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FANFARE ORCHESTRA SOLOISTS – Southeastern Louisiana University music
faculty members Henry Jones, piano, and Richard Schwartz, alto saxophone,
will solo with the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra during Fanfare, Southeastern’s
annual festival of the arts. The concert is scheduled for Monday,
Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
CHURCH AND STATE – Southeastern Louisiana University philosophy
professor Barbara Forrest will speak on “Church and State Separation: The
Myths and the Truth” as part of Southeastern Louisiana University’s Fanfare
“Then and Now lecture series. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct.
26, at 1 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
OUTSTANDING SOUTHERN WRITERS – “High Noon Fiction,” a new series
during Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual festival of
the arts, will feature readings by two outstanding Southern writers – Southeastern
writers in residence Tim Gautreaux and Bev Marshall. The event is scheduled
for Monday, Oct. 24, at noon at Vonnie Borden Theatre.
FANFARE WELCOMES “THE COACH” – Coach Ken Carter, the California
high school basketball coach who demanded that his players excel in the
classroom as well as on the court, is the headline lecturer of the 20th
season of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual arts festival.
Carter will appear at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Tuesday,
Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 985-543-4371 or visit www.columbiatheatre.org.
ROUSSEAU AT FANFARE -- Internationally renowned classical saxophonist
Eugene Rousseau will join the Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony
as soloist on Thursday, Oct. 27, for a 7:30 p.m. concert at the Columbia
Theatre for the Performing Arts. The concert is one of three featuring
Southeastern ensembles during the fourth week of Fanfare, Southeastern
Louisiana University annual arts festival.
SOUTHEASTERN’S OWN SHINE DURING FANFARE’S
HAMMOND – The talents and
scholarship of Southeastern Louisiana University’s own – the musicians,
scholars and authors among the university’s students and faculty -- will
shine during the fourth week of Fanfare.
Week four of the university’s
20-year-old October arts festival will feature three concerts by university
ensembles; the second installment of “High Noon Fiction,” a new Fanfare
series showcasing award-winning Southeastern writers; and a lecture by
philosophy professor Barbara Forrest, a nationally-known expert on the
issue of separation of church and state.
The week, however, will
not be without Fanfare’s trademark high profile guest artist. On Tuesday,
October 25, Fanfare will host an inspirational lecture by its 2005 headliner,
Coach Ken Carter, the high school basketball coach who made headlines for
insisting that his students be both academic and athletic winners.
Carter’s lecture, “Average
Is Just Not Good Enough,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre
for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $18, adults; $15, senior citizens,
Southeastern faculty, staff, alumni; $12, group rate; and $8, non-SLU students.
Southeastern students are admitted free with their university I.D.
In 1997, Carter, a successful
businessman for years, returned to his California alma mater, Richmond
High School, as basketball coach. He immediately required his players to
sign contracts to keep their grades above a “C” average.
During the 1999 season,
Carter made headlines by locking out his undefeated varsity team for poor
performance in the classroom. His players responded to the coach’s bold
action, improving their performance both on the count and in the classroom.
Today, Carter is still
coaching as leader of SlamBall’s The Rumble. He is also the owner and operator
of Prime Time Sports and Prime Time Publishing under which he has published
three books. His controversial coaching move and principled stand on academics
caught Hollywood's attention, resulting in the production of “Coach Carter,”
a movie starring Samuel L. Jackson. Carter’s honest, straight forward delivery
makes him a highly sought-after speaker in academic, business and sports
Fanfare’s fourth week begins
with the first of the trio of Southeastern concerts. The Southeastern Jazz
Combo, directed by Richard Schwartz, will perform on Sunday, Oct. 23, at
Hammond’s First United Methodist Church, 220 Rue Denise. The free 3 p.m.
concert is part of Fanfare’s Sunday With the Arts series. The ensemble
plans to perform a mixed variety of standards from the jazz repertoire
made famous by Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong,
Duke Ellington and many others, including Southeastern's own famed alumnus
On Monday, Oct. 24, Fanfare
classical music enthusiasts will be treated to “New Beginnings,” a concert
by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra. Director Yakov Voldman has said
the title for the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Columbia Theatre was inspired
by an influx of new musicians, all international students who are replacing
peers who graduated last spring.
Under Voldman’s baton,
the orchestra will perform works by Rossini and G. Holst. Faculty soloists
Henry Jones, piano, will be featured in Mozart’s “Concerto in B-flat major,”
while his Department of Music and Dramatic Arts colleague, Richard Schwartz,
alto saxophone, will solo in T. Ryabchikova’s “Express Concerto.” The concert
will also showcase new orchestra violinists Vanya Karachobanova, Anton
Smirnov, Jie Gao, Milena Rusanova, Igor Gladkov, Olena Gladkova, and George
The third concert of Fanfare’s
fourth week, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 at the Columbia Theatre,
will spotlight the acclaimed Southeastern Wind Symphony, conducted by Glen
Hemberger. Internationally renowned classical saxophonist Eugene Rousseau
will join the symphony in an evening of historic and contemporary favorites.
Rousseau served for 20 years as chief consultant for saxophone development
and research with the Yamaha Corporation and is Distinguished Professor
Emeritus at Indiana University.
The concert will feature
music by Leonard Bernstein, Johann Sebastian Bach, Percy Grainger, Jean
Sibelius, Charles Ives, and Eric Whitacre.
Tickets for the Chamber
Orchestra and Wind Symphony concerts are $5, adults, and $3, senior citizens,
Southeastern faculty, staff, and alumni. All students are admitted free.
Also on Monday, Oct. 24,
High Noon Fiction, scheduled for Vonnie Borden Theatre at noon, will feature
readings from their works by Southeastern writers in residence Tim Gautreaux
and Bev Marshall – both acclaimed short story writers and novelists.
Gautreaux, who was a member
of the English faculty for three decades, has been published in “Harper’s,”
“The Atlantic Monthly,” “GQ,” and “Zoetrope,” as well as the O. Henry and
Best American short-story annuals. His first novel, “The Next Step in the
Dance,” won the 1999 Southeastern Booksellers Award. His latest novel,
“The Clearing,” was listed on USA Today’s 10 best books and chosen by the
Mid-South Bookseller’s Association as the best novel of 2003.
Marshall, a Southeastern
alumnus, is the critically acclaimed author of “Walking Through Shadows,”
“Right As Rain,” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues.” Her novels have been nominated
for the National Book Critics Circle's Fiction of the Year Award, the Mississippi
Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction of the Year Award, and the Mississippi
Library Association Award.
The History and Political
Science Department’s popular “Then and Now” lecture series will continue
on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium
with “Church and State Separation: The Myths and the Truth,” presented
by Barbara Forrest, professor of philosophy. Author of “Creationism’s Trojan
Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design,” Forrest is a member of Americans
United for Separation of Church and State’s National Advisory Council,
and a longtime defender of First Amendment rights. She will discuss past
and present myths about separation of church and state in America and what
the U.S. Constitution and the courts actually say.
Also during Week Four,
Fanfare’s Foreign Film series will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 26, with
“El Super,” scheduled for the Music Recital Hall at 3:30 p.m. In the critically
praised Spanish film, which will be shown with English subtitles, a Cuban
exile working as a building superintendent in New York longs to return
to his homeland -- or at least Miami, where it doesn't snow.
On Friday, Oct. 28, and
Saturday, Oct. 29, Sweet Home Folklife Days, held annually at the Sweet
Home Baptist Church Museum on Hwy. 51 North in Kentwood, will join the
Fanfare calendar. A celebration of Kentwood’s African American community,
activities from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will include hands on demonstrations
of story telling, home remedies, hair styling, childhood games and music,
and a traditional baptism at the “baptizing hole” -- Cool’s Creek. Traditional
African American foods will be offered for sale and children can hear a
variety of music, from drum beating to gospel, at the children's music
Admission is $2, adults,
and $1, children. For information, call 985?229?5016.
Fanfare’s fourth week concludes
with another community favorite – a fun event for children hosted by the
Hammond Library, 314 E. Thomas St. On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 a.m.,
children can enjoy “Tricks and Treats,” a morning of Halloween fun, stories,
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.