Trumpeter Dave Scott will be featured Symphony soloist

The theme for the Lake Charles Symphony’s second concert of the season — “Spain to Finland with Stops in Between” — is in keeping with the season’s theme, “Journeys.”

The Spanish influence is evident in the overture, “Capreccio Espagnol,” by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

It was the winner of “People’s Choice” polling done at earlier symphony events, including the September concert, the Discovery Series, Art Promenade and the Holiday Gala.

Dave Scott, professor of trumpet at McNeese State University, will be featured soloist. He and the orchestra will perform Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Concluding the concert will be Symphony No. 2 in D major by Jean Sibelius of Finland.

“I came here in 1990, and in my second year here, Bill Kushner (then- conductor of the Lake Charles orchestra) asked me to play this concerto, so I guess it’s come full circle,” Scott said. “I love this symphony and am proud to be playing it again with the Lake Charles orchestra.”

Scott said he is honored to hold the Dave Scott Endowed Chair in the orchestra.

“A lot of trumpet players will be in the audience, past students, present students and friends. The first movement is much like a conversation among friends, so it is appropriate for such an audience.”

Scott was born outside Louisville, Ky., and paid his way toward his master’s degree as first bugler for races at Churchill Downs. He is a founding member of Pastiche, a renowned McNeese faculty chamber quartet.