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FANFARE LECTURE – Veteran Southeastern Louisiana University history
professor Michael Kurtz, dean of the Graduate School, will present “The
Depths of Human Depravity” Serial Killers in American History” on Monday,
Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. The free lecture
is part of Fanfare’s popular “Then and Now” lecture series.
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READINGS BY WRITERS – The debut of “High Noon Fiction,” a new Southeastern
Louisiana University Fanfare series sponsored by the Southeastern English
Department,” will feature three award-winning faculty writers, from left,
poets Alison Pelegrin and Jack Bedell, and short story writer Norman German.
The free series begins at noon, Monday, Oct. 17, at Vonnie Borden Theatre.
A DOUBLE DIP OF AQUILA – The critically-acclaimed Aquila Theatre
Company will return to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Fanfare for
the arts festival’s 20th season with two productions – The Strange Case
of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” on Oct. 18 and “Hamlet” on Oct. 20. Curtain
is 7:30 p.m. in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are
available at online at www.columbiatheatre.org
or by calling the Columbia box office, 985-543-4371.
COACH CARTER, THE MOVIE – As a warm-up for the Oct. 25 Southeastern
Louisiana University Fanfare guest appearance by Coach Ken Carter, the
Campus Activities Board is hosting a free outdoor, big screen showing of
the biopic based on the life of the high school coach who benched his championship
basketball team until their grades improved. “Coach Carter” will be shown
on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in the War Memorial Student Union parking
OPERA CLASSICS – Up and coming young baritone Andrew Garland will
present a concert on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium as part of the university’s
annual Fanfare festival of the arts. Tickets are available at online at
or by calling the Columbia box office, 985-543-4371.
FANFARE’S THIRD WEEK FEATURES DOUBLE DIP
OF FANFARE FAVORITE AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY
HAMMOND – Audiences can enjoy a double-dip of a Fanfare favorite
during the third week of Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual festival
of the arts.
In honor of Fanfare’s 20th season,
the festival is bringing back the popular Aquila Theatre Company for two
servings of drama -- Shakespeare’s incomparable “Hamlet” and “The Strange
Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a stage adaptation of the Robert Louis
Stephenson novel that virtually invented the horror fiction genre.
Fanfare’s third week will also
include concerts by Andrew Garland, an acclaimed young baritone, and Trio
Sonaçion, a Southeastern ensemble with a Latin flare; a veteran
history professor’s lecture on American serial killers; readings by award-winning
Southeastern authors; a French foreign film, and a screening of the hit
biopic “Coach Carter” as a warm-up to the real-life Coach Ken Carter’s
appearance later in October.
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll
and Mr. Hyde” is scheduled for Oct. 18 at Southeastern’s downtown Hammond
theater, while “Hamlet” follows, also at the Columbia, on Oct. 20. Curtain
for both performances is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $22, adults; $20, senior
citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni; $18, group rate; and $10,
non-SLU students. Southeastern students will be admitted free with their
Aquila's new production of
“The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” draws on the company's long
tradition of adapting for the stage important classic stories such as Homer's
“The Iliad,” Rudyard Kipling's “The Man Who Would Be King,” and H. G. Wells'
“The Invisible Man.”
Set in Victorian London, a city
of fog, dark alleyways, creaking doors and suspicious inhabitants, the
play offers compelling views of the nature of human emotion and the bounds
of scientific research. It is also a fascinating detective story and a
fictional parallel for the unsolved murders of “Jack the Ripper.”
Using original music and choreography and the best actors from London
and New York, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” promises to
be an unforgettable evening of spine tingling, thoughtful and exciting
One of Shakespeare's greatest
plays, “Hamlet” is also one of western literature’s most complete portrayals
of the human psyche, a compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition,
love and revenge that has enthralled audiences for 400 years.
“The New Yorker” has acclaimed
Aquila’s productions of Shakespeare as "beautifully spoken, dramatically
revealing and crystalline in effect.” “The New York Times” says that Aquila
“makes Shakespeare perfectly comprehensible” and hails the company as “an
extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit.”
Directed by Robert Richmond, and
featuring some of the company's finest actors, Aquila's “Hamlet” will seek
to shed new light on this vitally important play for a 21st century audience
in a production that will prove exciting, innovative and accessible.
Young opera singer Andrew Garland,
a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory
of Music, will present a Fanfare concert on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
at the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Garland, a baritone, is a member
of the acclaimed Seattle Opera’s Young Artists Program. At CCM he sang
roles in Mozart’s “Nozze di Figaro” and “Così fan tutte” and Ravel’s
“Heure Espagnole.” A finalist in the 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Council
regional auditions, he also has appeared with Dayton Opera in Puccini’s
“La Bohème” and with Cincinnati Opera as the Motorcycle Cop in Heggie’s
“Dead Man Walking.”
Tickets for Garland’s concert
are $10, adults; $8, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni;
$7, group rate; and $5, non-Southeastern students. Admission is free for
Southeastern students with their university I.D.
Also during Fanfare’s third week
will present an afternoon of guitar duets and art songs at Mandeville’s
New Covenant Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 16, as part of Fanfare’s
free “Sunday With the Arts” series. The trio includes Southeastern guitar
faculty Patrick Kerber and Jeff Rogers -- who is also music director of
the host church -- and soprano Patricia Ramirez, a Southeastern alumnus
originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who is now studying vocal performance
and conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi.
The trio’s program, which will
begin at 3 p.m., will include Manuel de Falla's “Seven Spanish Folk Songs”
and excerpts from his flamenco inspired ballet, “El Amor Brujo”; Enrique
Granados' elegant “Tonadillas” and “Danzas Espanolas”; songs and guitar
duets by Joaquin Rodrigo and Fernando Sor. The church is located at 4375
The works of talented
and writers-in-residence of the Southeastern English Department will be
showcased in “High Noon Fiction,” a new Fanfare series featuring personal
readings by the award-winning authors. The first of two free readings,
scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17, at noon in Vonnie Borden Theatre, will feature
poets Jack Bedell and Alison Pelegrin and short story writer and novelist
Highlights will include Pelegrin’s
“Song for Gretna,” an elegiac poem from her poetry collection, “The Zydeco
Tablets,” and German’s "Call Forwarding," a story about a fish that swallows
a cell phone with an important message on it. Bedell, editor of Southeastern's
literary journal "Louisiana Literature," will read from his newest work,
“Come Rain, Come Shine."
The Department of
History and Political Sciences’ popular lecture series, “Then and Now,”
will feature a lecture on American serial killers by Michael Kurtz, dean
of Southeastern’s Graduate School and an authority on the history of crime
in America. The free lecture is scheduled for on Monday, Oct. 19, at 1
p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Kurtz has earned national
praise and recognition for his book and Southeastern course on one of the
cruelest and most controversial of crimes, the Kennedy assassination. Now
the co-author of the Pulitzer Prize nominee “Earl K. Long: The Saga of
Uncle Earl and Louisiana Politics” will discuss some of America’s worst
Film Festival will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the
Music Recital Hall with “Ponette,” winner of the 1997 New York Film Critics
Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The captivating movie, which
will be subtitled in English, portrays how a little girl copes with her
Audiences can warm
up for the Oct. 25 Fanfare guest appearance by Ken Carter, the California
high school basketball coach who in 1999 famously locked his championship
team out of the gym until their grades improved, by viewing “Coach Carter,”
the movie starring Samuel L. Jackson. A free outdoor big screen showing
of the hit film is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. in the parking
lot of the War Memorial Student Union. Carter will be Fanfare’s 2005 headline
speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre.
Fanfare tickets are available
at the Columbia box office, 220 East Thomas St., Hammond, 985-54304371.
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.