A performance by the chamber music ensemble Project Trio next week will kick off the first of several free concerts at the University of Louisiana’s Angelle Hall Auditorium.__

The UL Symphony and more than 100 string students from around Louisiana will perform with Project Trio as part of the University’s annual String Day Concert. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20. It’s sponsored by the University’s Concert Series and Symphony.

Members of Project Trio will present workshops for UL music students and visiting string students on the day of the concert.

Learn more about Project Trio’s visit on the College of the Arts website at arts.louisiana.edu.

Trumpeter and composer Irvin Mayfield and his quintet will perform selections from “Dirt, Dust and Trees – A Tribute to Literary Legend Ernest Gaines,” at 7:30 pm. on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

The University’s Jazz Combo I, a group of students directed by Dr. Paul Morton, will perform with Mayfield to open the concert.

Learn more about Mayfield’s concert at the Ernest J. Gaines Center website at ernestgaines.louisiana.edu.

The Symphonic Winds and the Wind Ensemble will play a two-part concert that will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.

The Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. Eric Melley, will play first. The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. William Hochkeppel, will follow.

Selections will include music by Bach, Bryant, Holst, and Mendelssohn. Congo Square, a new work by San Antonio composer James Syler, also will be performed.

Freddi Williams Evans, author of Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans, published by UL Press, from will host a free lecture before the concert, at 6:45 p.m.

For more information, contact Hochkeppel at (337) 482-5669 or Hochkeppel@louisiana.edu.