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LOOKING AT LEE – Southeastern Louisiana University military history
professor Harry Laver will discuss the Confederate general’s strategy in
“Robert E. Lee's Strategic Gambling Habit.” The free lecture is part of
Fanfare’s popular “Then and Now” lecture series sponsored by the Southeastern
History and Political Science Department. The free lecture is scheduled
for Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
EXPLORING THE HUMAN VOICE -- Toxic Audio, a five-member vocal band
that combines popular and original songs, musical improvisation, and comedic
sound effects in a high energy acappella performance, will appear at the
Pottle Music Building Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. during
the second week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual
CLASSICS IN THE COUNTRY – “Classics in the Country,” a concert featuring
acclaimed violinist Arkady Yanivker, will join the Southeastern Louisiana
University Fanfare schedule on Sunday, Oct. 9. Sponsored by the Amite
Arts Council, the 6 p.m. concert will be held at the Amite High School
Performing Arts Center. For additional information, contact Renee Carpenter,
Amite Arts Council chair, 985-748-5153.
SHUT UP AND DANCE – Odyssey Dance Theatre, a hit at Fanfare 2004,
will return to Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual arts festival
and to the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts stage for a 7:30 p.m.
performance titled “Shut Up and Dance,” on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
FANFARE’S ROBIN HOOD FEATURES LOCAL CHILDREN – Area children can
audition for a role in the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s musical version
of “Robin Hood” at 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, at the Southeastern Lab School
gym. After a fast and fun week of rehearsals, the Southeastern Louisiana
University Fanfare production will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct.
15, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
FANFARE CLASSICS – The Serafin String Quartet will be the guest
of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Fanfare, presenting a full-length
evening performance at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium on Wednesday,
Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and a free “informance” – a combination lecture and
performance – on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.
MUSIC, THEATRE DANCE HEADLINE FANFARE’S SECOND
HAMMOND – Music, theater
and dance share top billing as Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s
annual festival of the arts, enters the second week of its 20th anniversary
“Music” encompasses classics
and new works performed by the Serafin String Quartet and the electrifying
sounds and showmanship of the unique acappella ensemble, Toxic Audio. “Theater”
includes the classic play “Steel Magnolias” by Southeastern Theatre and
a musical version of the legend of “Robin Hood” from the ever-popular Missoula
Children’s Theatre. And “dance” is an encore performance by last year’s
Fanfare favorite, Odyssey Dance Theatre.
Meanwhile, Fanfare’s second
week also features two films, a lecture about Robert E. Lee, a puppet show
for children, and a special musical performance in Amite.
Theater starts off the
week on Monday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Southeastern Lab School gym,
when area children can audition for roles in Missoula’s “Robin Hood.” Missoula’s
unique system of casting community children in its own musical version
of a popular fairytale has been a Fanfare tradition since 1992. This season
nearly 50,000 youngsters will participate worldwide in Missoula productions,
learning valuable lessons in self-esteem, creativity, and teamwork – and
having an unforgettable good time.
After a week of intensive
rehearsals the talented young cast will bring to life the tale of the outlaw
with a heart of gold. The performance is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15,
at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.
Tickets are $10, adults; $8, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff
and alumni; $7, group rate; and $5, all students.
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at
7:30 p.m. Odyssey Dance Theatre, which wowed last year’s Fanfare audiences
with its Halloween theme program, “Thriller,” will be back on the Columbia
Theatre stage. This year’s program is “Shut Up and Dance,” an eclectic
mix of dance works that pushes the choreographic envelope and stretch the
talented dancers’ artistic muscles.
Now in its 11th season,
Odyssey Dance Theatre is made up of dancers that specialize in every medium
and style of dance, from ballet to tap, jazz to modern, and ballroom to
funk/hip-hop. Founded and directed by Derryl Yeager, a former principal
dancer with Ballet West and veteran of Broadway, television and film, Odyssey
has received rave reviews and standing ovations wherever they have performed.
Their program will include
works such as “No Strings Attached,” “Motif,” “The Krew,” and “Club Calloway.”
Since Odyssey Dance Theatre
is also part of the Columbia Theatre season, ticket availability may be
limited. Tickets for “Shut Up and Dance” are $32, Orchestra 1 and Loge;
$28, Orchestra 2 and Balcony 1; $20, Orchestra 3; and $19, Balcony 2. Admission
is free for Southeastern students with their university I.D.
Odyssey dancers will also conduct a master class on Monday, Oct. 10,
at 3:30 p.m. in the Kinesiology and Health Studies Building dance studio.
On Oct. 12 and 13, Fanfare
patrons can hear why the Serafin String Quartet has received accolades
from audience members and critics alike. The ensemble – violinists
Kate Ransom and Timothy Schwarz; violist Ruth Frazier, and cellist Carolyn
Ellman – will present a full-length evening performance at the Pottle Music
Building Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and a free “informance”
– a combination lecture and performance – on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m.
in the Music Recital Hall.
Tickets for the Oct. 12
performance are $10, adults; $8, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty,
staff, alumni; $7, group rate; and $5, non-Southeastern students. Admission
is free for Southeastern students.
Toxic Audio, a five-member
vocal band that combines popular and original songs, musical improvisation,
and comedic sound effects in a high energy acappella performance, will
appear at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 13, at
7:30 p.m. The “Toxins” create their unique sound by combining tight harmonies
with vocal percussion and voice effects processors.
In the 2003, Toxic Audio's
album, “Chemistry” was named "Album of the Year" by the Contemporary Acappella
Society of America. Toxic Audio won the 2004 Drama Desk Award for “Unique
Theatrical Experience” for their Off-Broadway Show in New York’s John Houseman
Theatre where they continue to electrify audiences by exploring the boundaries
of the human voice. The group has made national television appearances
with Ed McMahon and Wayne Brady, and even sang a reggae-style weather report
on ESPN2's morning show "Cold Pizza."
Toxic Audio tickets are
$10, adults; $8, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni;
$7, group rate; $5, non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students free
Also on week two’s schedule
“Classics in the Country,” sponsored by the Amite Arts Council, scheduled
for Sunday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Amite High School Performing Arts
Center, 403 S. Laurel St. The recital features Arkady Yanivker, first violin
for the Toronto Symphony and Toronto Philharmonia, accompanied by pianist
Olga Tcherniak. Reserved seat tickets, $10, are available in Amite at the
Mulberry Tree, Chamber of Commerce, and City Hall, and at First Guaranty
Bank branches in Hammond, Ponchatoula, Independence. For additional information,
contact Renee Carpenter, Amite Arts Council chair, 985-748-5153.
A special presentation of the 1950 Oscar-winning film “Cyrano de Bergerac”
by the Southeastern Psychology Department. Scheduled for Monday, Oct. 10,
at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, the free film will be followed
by a panel discussion with Southeastern professors Joe Burns, communication,
and Katherine Kolb, foreign languages, and Alvin Burstein, head of the
Southeastern Theatre’s production of “Steel Magnolias,” at 7:30 p.m.,
Oct. 12-15 at Vonnie Borden Theatre. One of the world’s most often-produced
plays and a high-profile movie, “Steel Magnolias” pulls tears from the
most cynical eyes, as the main characters -- a mother and her courageous
daughter -- cope with illness, marriage, childbirth, and early death. Tickets
for the show are $10, adults; $6, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty,
staff, alumni, non-Southeastern students; Southeastern students free with
Southeastern history professor Harry Laver’s lecture, “Robert E. Lee's
Strategic Gambling Habit,” another offering in the “Then and Now” lecture
sponsored by the Southeastern History and Political Science Department.
The free lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. in the
Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Laver, who teaches courses on military
history and is noted for his popular field trips to battlefields and war
museums, will discuss the strategy of the Confederate States of America’s
The Foreign Film series’ “You Laugh,” an Italian film, subtitled in English.
Novellas by Nobel Prize-winner Luigi Pirandello provided the source for
this Italian anthology of two tales written and directed by Paolo and Vittorio
Taviani. The free film will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m.
in the Music Recital Hall.
The Tangipahoa Parish Traveling Puppet Theatre, which will present "The
Undersea Adventures of Baby Bear and Goldilocks," a program complete with
skit, puppet show, stories, and crafts. The free fun event is scheduled
for Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hammond Library, 314 E. Thomas.
Fanfare tickets are available
at the Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas St., Hammond, 985?543?4371.
Online ticket ordering is available at www.columbiatheatre.org.
Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays. The box office is open until
performance time for events at the Columbia Theatre. For additional information,
contact the Columbia Theatre at 985-543-4366.