Posted by Philip Poole on 2014-09-24By Emily Duval
Samford University’s Wind Ensemble will host flute soloist Pedro Eustache as guest artist for their Oct. 2 concert. In addition to improvising with the ensemble, Eustache will be featured as a soloist in a classical concertino.
“If I had to give the concert a theme, it would be ‘Old and New’,” commented Wind Ensemble director Demondrae Thurman. “We will play contemporary band music and transcriptions of older compositions. With a wide variety of tastes and styles, the concert should challenge the students and reflect the talent of Eustache.”
Associate School of the Arts Dean Kathryn Fouse was first introduced to Eustache when they both performed at a festival in the Dominican Republic. “I knew immediately that he would be a perfect fit for Samford, and we are excited to present a world class musician,” said Fouse.
Eustache is Venezuelan-born and currently travels around the world performing. An artist who is open about his faith, he uses his gift in many different ways, including working with evangelist Luis Palau. Eustache has collaborated with musicians like Sir Paul McCartney and composer Hans Zimmer.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall and is free to the public.
Eustache will also be playing at a 5:30 p.m. Vespers services Oct. 3 in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel.
Emily Duval is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Office of Marketing and Communication.
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