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FANFARE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SOLOIST – Award-winning violinist Ilya
Kaler will be the guest soloist for the Southeastern Louisiana University
Chamber Orchestra’s 7 p.m. Oct. 25 concert at the Columbia Theatre for
the Performing Arts. The free concert is part of the university’s Fanfare
GOVERNOR IS FANFARE GUEST – Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu will talk
about the arts as the guest of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s
October festival of the arts. His free lecture is scheduled for 1 p.m.,
Oct. 27 at Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
LOST AND FALLEN – The Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony will
present “Heroes, Lost and Fallen,” a concert dedicated to America's war
veterans, at 7 p.m., Oct. 27, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts. The free concert will feature trumpet soloist Scott Hartman, head
of the trombone departments of Boston University and Yale University.
CHAMBER MUSIC – The Italian chamber orchestra Milano Classica will present
guest concerts at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Pottle Music Building Auditorium as part of the university’s annual Fanfare
BACK AT FANFARE – The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the popular national
touring company that casts local children in fresh versions of classic
fairy tales, will return to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Fanfare
with “The Jungle Book” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
PICNIC FINALE – Picnic ‘n Pops, the popular finale of Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Fanfare celebration, will feature the swinging 1940s-style
vocal group from St. Tammany Parish, the Sentimental Serenaders, at 7 p.m.
Oct. 31 at the Southeastern University Center.
FUN AND FACTS – William Robison, head of Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Department of History and Political Science, will present his annual Fanfare
“Then and Now” lecture with a Halloween twist at 11 a.m., Oct. 29 at the
Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
AND FRIENDS – While English professor Wade “Togaman” Heaton is no stranger
to Fanfare – his lecture and demonstration of Roman and Greek facts and
fashion has been an annual Fanfare treat – his 2004 presentation, scheduled
for 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Pottle Music Building Auditorium, will be an expanded
version. It will be preceded at 6 p.m. by “Tailgating with Togaman” in
the Pottle Performance Circle.
FANFARE’S FINAL WEEK FEATURES LECTURES,
CLASSICAL MUSIC, MISSOULA
HAMMOND – Fanfare’s fourth and
final week is truly a grand finale. Southeastern Louisiana University’s
annual festival of the arts, humanities and sciences has saved some of
its best for last, including its popular pops picnic, classical music by
stellar campus and guest ensembles, a children’s theatre favorite, and
a trio of free lectures.
The first of the guest lectures
will be presented at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 27 by Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu.
Landrieu, an aficionado of the arts himself, will address the role of the
arts in Louisiana.
Landrieu was elected Louisiana’s lieutenant governor in 2003 in his
first bid for statewide public office. Previously, he served for 16 years
in the Louisiana House of Representatives in the seat once held by his
sister, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, and his father, former New Orleans
Mayor and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Moon Landrieu.
As a state representative, Landrieu
led efforts to reform Louisiana's juvenile justice system, repeal the Orleans
Parish “amusement tax,” and fund the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium
of New Orleans.
He has been a practicing attorney for 15 years and is the president
of International Mediation & Arbitration, Ltd. He is a member of the
Supreme Court Task Force on Alternative Dispute Resolution, which was responsible
for developing the pilot mediation program in Orleans Parish. Landrieu
is trained in mediation and negotiation by the Harvard Law School Negotiation
Project, the American Arbitration Association, and the Attorney Mediator's
Institute. He has also taught alternative dispute resolution as an adjunct
professor at Loyola University Law School.
On a lighter note, Fanfare’s
final week includes the last two lectures in the “Then and Now” series
sponsored annually by the department of history and political science.
Department head William Robison, an historian of early modern England,
will continue the tradition of wrapping up the series with a talk that
combines “scholarship and silliness” to give a nod to Halloween. At 11
a.m., Friday, Oct. 29 in Pottle Music Building Auditorium, he will present
“Pagans, Piety, and Pumpkins: The Horrifying, Holy and Horticultural Histories
Robison said he will examine
the pagan origins of Halloween, its incorporation into the Christian liturgical
year, its place in popular culture, “and its relationship to the most sincere
“Rumors of free candy will be substantiated,” he said. “Regarding other
rumors … well, wait and see!”
Later that evening, “Then and Now” will bring back yet another
tradition – but with a brand new twist. English professor Wade Heaton is
widely known as “Togaman” for his presentations combining facts about Greek
and Roman history and culture with authentic reproductions of the ancient
world’s garb from togas to weapons.
This year, Heaton has moved
his Togaman lecture to the evening in order to present the complete array
of his Greek and Roman facts and fashion. And before the 7 p.m. lecture
begins in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium, he will host “Tailgating
with Togaman” at 6 p.m. at the adjacent Pottle Performance Circle.
“Since it’s a Friday night
before a home football game, we’re having what you could call a Louisiana
fall football version of an ancient Roman feast,” Heaton said. “There will
be tailgating food such as hotdogs and jambalaya, music, belly-dancing
by Bayou Shimmy from Baton Rouge, and Jove-knows-what other surprises.”
Guests for the tailgating
and lecture are invited to come in Halloween costume – “and it doesn’t
have to be togas,” Heaton added.
Also during Fanfare’s final
The final “Music
for a Sunday Afternoon” concert on Sunday, Oct. 24 will showcase the acclaimed
Centenary Choir at the First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise in
Hammond. The 3 p.m. concert is free and will be followed by a reception.
Recent additions to the choir’s 60 years of touring have included performances
in Brazil and South Africa as well as a fifth consecutive concert at a
White House Christmas reception. The choir’s varied repertoire ranges from
Bach to Broadway, folk to contemporary, and opera to oratorio.
Fanfare’s final week
will also free feature concerts by Southeastern’s Wind Symphony and Chamber
Orchestra, who will be joined by stellar guest soloists on the Columbia
Under the direction of Yakov Voldman,
Southeastern’s acclaimed Chamber Orchestra will perform selections by Paganini
and from Bisset’s “Carmen,” and will welcome as soloist Ilya Kaler at 7
p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. Kahler, the only violinist ever to win gold medals
at the Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Paganini competitions, will perform a
Brahms violin concerto. The American Record Guide described his recordings
of the Paganini Caprices to be “in a class by themselves,” while the Washington
Post praised Kaler as “a consummate musician...in total control at all
times, with a peerless mastery of his violin.”
On Wednesday, Oct. 27, the nationally
acclaimed Southeastern Wind Symphony, directed by Glen Hemberger, will
present a concert dedicated to America's war veterans, featuring David
Gillingham's award-winning “Heroes, Lost and Fallen.” The free concert
beings at 7 p.m.
The symphony will be joined by Scott
Hartman, head of the trombone departments of Boston University and Yale
University. Hartman is a former member of the famed Empire Brass Quintet,
and currently performs and records with Proteus 7, the Millennium Brass,
and the trombone quartet Four of a Kind. He has been featured with the
Boston Esplanade Pops, Chicago Symphony, and the BBC Radio Orchestra.
Auditions for "The Jungle
Book," the latest Fanfare production of the Fanfare favorite the Missoula
Children’s Theatre, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Southeastern
Lab School gym on North General Pershing. A total of 50-60 local students
will be chosen for the production. The audition is open to all children
and no preparation is necessary.
The nation's largest touring children's
theatre, Missoula will present AThe Jungle Book” at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the
Columbia Theatre. With original music and rollicking humor, Missoula gives
new life to Rudyard Kipling’s story of Mowgli, Riki-Tiki-Tavi, Shere Kahn
and Baloo. Join in Mowgli’s adventures as he escapes from the Monkey People,
outwits a tiger, enlists the help of a rock-python, and explores what it
means to be human.
Tickets for AThe Jungle Book” are $8
general admission; $6 senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and
alumni; $5, group rate; and $3 all students
The Foreign Film Festival
will conclude on Wednesday, Oct. 27 with the French classic “Grand Illusion”
at 3 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall. One of the very first prison escape
movies, “Grand Illusion” is hailed as one of the greatest films ever made.
Jean Renoir's antiwar masterpiece stars Jean Gabin and Pierre Fresnay,
as French soldiers held in a World War I German prison camp, and Erich
von Stroheim as the unforgettable Captain von Rauffenstein.
A reception is scheduled from
5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Center for Contemporary Art in
East Stadium for participants in the International Sculpture Center Conference.
Fanfare and the Department of Visual Arts have sponsored the “Southern
States Sculpture Exhibition as well as a free lecture and workshop series
in conjunction with the Oct. 28-31 conference in New Orleans. The lectures
and workshops are open to students and the general public. For more information,
contact Gallery Director Dale Newkirk at 985-549-5080.
The Italian chamber orchestra
Milano Classica will perform on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Critics around the globe have
praised Milano Classica for “returning the charm” to familiar scores from
the Baroque, Italian and German repertoire, as well as contemporary composers.
The ensemble has performed in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia,
and Turkey, and is a regular in many international music festivals.
The orchestra’s short 2 p.m. performance is
free; the full-length 7 p.m. concert will include Vivaldi’s much loved
classic, “ Four Seasons.” Tickets for the evening performance are $8, adults;
$6, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni; $5, group
rate; and $3, non-Southeastern students. Admission is free for Southeastern
Southeastern Danceworks joins
the Fanfare schedule on Friday, Oct. 29 with “Rapunzel,” another of writer
Alan Marsh’s mythology with a new and edgy twist. Directed by Southeastern
dance professor Martie Fellom, the timeless story of the beauty with flowing
locks is brought to life through dance, choreographed by Southeastern students
Jarrod Cashe, Kristin Brooke Johnson, and Micah Richerand. Tickets are
$5, general admission; $3, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff
and alumni and non-SLU students. The performance is free for Southeastern
On Sunday, Oct. 31, Fanfare
2004 takes its final bow with its traditional perennial favorite, Picnic
‘n Pops in the University Center arena.
Picnic ‘n Pops music will be provided
by the Sentimental Serenaders, a north shore-based group of musicians and
vocalists specializing in the swinging music of the 1940s. Led by Covington
musician Robert Seago, the group has carved a special niche for people
who love to shake a leg to songs such as “In The Mood, “Blue Moon,” or
Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade.” and like to shake a leg.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m.
performance. Arena seating tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students,
and free for those under 12 years with an adult.
Fanfare tickets are available at the Columbia box office, 220 East
Thomas St., Hammond, 985?543?4371. Most tickets can also be purchased online
Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays. The box office is open until
performance time for events at the Columbia Theatre. Fanfare information
is available online at www.selu.edu/fanfare.