A concert at Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Oct. 23, will offer not only a faculty member performing on both clarinet and saxophone, but also a reception that will provide information about the newly formed Tech Friends of Music Club.

Lawrence Gibbs

Lawrence Gibbs, an associate professor of music, will be featured in the first event of the 2008-09 Faculty Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts. The reception will take place in the Recital Hall immediately following the performance.

Gibbs, whose career has taken him to national and international venues, will offer a mix of standard and cutting-edge literature. Pieces will include Schubert’s searing and meditative masterpiece, ‘The Shepherd on the Rock,’ featuring faculty soprano Lisa Maxedon; Paul Creston’s dizzying ‘Concerto for Alto Saxophone,’ in which Gibbs will be assisted by pianist Shayla Blake; and a Hungarian dance by Leo Weiner.

Gibbs serves as associate director of bands in the School of Performing Arts, directing the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, as well as teaching clarinet and saxophone to private students. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the performance, contact Dr. Daniel Immel at (318) 257-5273.

The reception following Gibbs’ concert will provide information concerning the music department’s new Tech Friends of Music Club, which community members are invited to join.

The club is designed to appeal to classical music fans, people interested in learning more about classical music, those wishing to support students pursuing a music degree, or persons who would like to get acquainted with student and faculty performers. Activities and benefits of joining the group will be explained at the meeting. For more information regarding Tech Friends of Music, contact Dr. Randall Sorensen at (318) 257-5473 or sorensen@latech.edu.

Written by Sallie Hollis