Concert attracted music lovers to St. Peter’s Church

February 27, 2018 GMT

The acoustics in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Iberia provided the perfect setting for the many violins cellos and horns that were apart of the Acadiana Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s concert.

“I’ve heard our patrons call the concert Champagne for the Ears,” said Cathy Indest, President of the Iberia Cultural Resources Association and organizer of the event.

More than a 100 music lovers came from as far east as Morgan City and as far west as Lafayette to witness the orchestra’s latest spring concert -- ‘A Prelude To Spring.’

They filled the church Sunday afternoon to get a listen to the sounds that caused anyone in ear range to pause and become enlightened by the drama of the bass and whimsical delight of the flute in the 23-member orchestra directed by Mariusz Smolij.

“We’ve been preparing for the performance for a week and a half,” said Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Operations Manager Tonio Cutrera. “A part of the performance was performed at Acadiana Center for the Arts last week, but today there are special pieces we’ve added for this performance such as the vocalists.”

There were three soul-stirring vocalists who accompanied the orchestra with music ranging from Bach to Webber to classic masterpieces such as Ave Maria. Brian Shaw served the audience as a trumpet soloist, as Holden Greene, tenor and Andrea Mouton, soprano added their talents to the stage.

“This is possible because of the amazing generosity of symphony patrons in New Iberia that grace us with the $54,000 a year it takes to put this on,” said Indest. “The funding provides four free concerts throughout the year for the community to come out and enjoy.”

Indest said after every performance she hears comments such as “this was the best performance yet” from patrons. Sunday’s performance ranked high among those in attendance as well.

“I think this is a wonderful event, the music is just full of beauty,” said Rae Scott who traveled from Morgan City to be a part of the event.

Sue Sylvester, and her friend Faye Tarantino of New Iberia, came out for the performance as well. Their faces were full of smiles.

“It’s just beautiful I’ve been coming to these concerts ever since they started having them.” Tarantino said.