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SYLVIA NASAR HEADLINES FANFARE’S FOURTH WEEK
HAMMOND -- Author Sylvia
Nasar will talk about the tragic and triumphant life of economist John
Forbes Nash Jr. – the fascinating subject of her award-winning book, “A
Beautiful Mind,” and the hit movie it inspired -- during the fourth week
of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual arts festival.
Nasar’s lecture, “A Beautiful
Mind: Genius, Madness, Reawakening,” is the headliner in a week that also
spotlights an innovative string quartet; a pair of operatic gems; art and
jazz in downtown Hammond; quilts in neighboring Ponchatoula, and a lively
look at how Hollywood treats history.
Nasar’s Fanfare lecture is scheduled
for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing
Arts. A journalist who has covered the economy for “Fortune,” “U.S. News
& World Report,” and “The New York Times,” Nasar first learned of John
Nash in 1994 on the eve of the announcement that he would be awarded the
Nobel Prize for Economics.
“I heard a rumor that a mathematical
genius who had suffered from schizophrenia for three decades might be on
a short list for the prize,” said Nasar. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, this sounds
like a Greek tragedy, Shakespeare play and fairy tale rolled into one.’”
Nasar wrote the biography, her
first book, because “I was sure other people would find his story fascinating,
too,” she said. “Nash's miraculous remission is so inspiring.” Nasar’s
“A Beautiful Mind” subsequently won the National Book Critics' Circle Award
and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography.
Tickets for Nasar’s presentation
are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff
and alumni; and $8 for non-Southeastern students. Admission is free for
current Southeastern students with their university I.D.
To set the stage for Nasar’s
evening lecture, faculty from Southeastern’s College of Business and Technology
and Mathematics Department will discuss Nash’s amazing career and work
in a panel discussion earlier in the day. “The Mathematics of John Nash:
Some Beautiful Work” is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.
Critics cannot say enough about
the innovation and spirit of Fanfare’s Wednesday, Oct. 23 guests, the Turtle
Island String Quartet.
“It must have been like this
when Beethoven was taking Vienna by storm -- the exhilaration of seeing
the future of classical music unfold before your eyes and ears," the “St.
Louis Post Dispatch said. "The niche they fit into best might be labeled
‘Wow!’” “Billboard Magazine” described the four musicians’ artistry as
“bow-etry in motion."
Formed in 1985, the Turtle Island
String Quartet mix jazz, bluegrass, blues and rock with the European musical
tradition. The group’s debut recording, released in 1988, introduced the
music world to a new phenomenon, the jazz string quartet, and inspired
the devoted following TISQ has today. The group’s adventurous and surprising
blend of styles creates completely new musical textures and forms that
have been praised by the likes of acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma.
Tickets for Turtle Island String
Quartet are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and Southeastern faculty,
staff and alumni, and $5 for all students.
The quartet also will offer a
jazz clinic at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Music Recital Hall.
The musical troupe Tales &
Scales has created a new style of performing and even coined a new word
for it – “musictelling.” This unique group will bring an afternoon of unique
family entertainment to the Columbia Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Tales & Scales is the nation’s only ‘musictelling’ ensemble. Since
1986, the troupe of instrumental musicians have worked with the brightest
emerging composers, writers and directors to create innovative new
works designed to ignite the imaginations of children and family audiences.
Using minimal sets and costumes,
the uniquely-talented musicians of Tales & Scales spin music, story,
and dance into an unforgettable ‘musictelling’ performance experience that
dazzles audiences of all ages.
Tickets for the 2 p.m. performance
are $7 general admission and $5 for children under 12 years of age.
Southeastern’s Opera-Music Theatre
Program, always a hit during Fanfare, will contribute a double bill of
entertainment, two short operas by Gian Carlo Menotti, to the 2002 schedule.
“The Telephone” and “The Medium,”
which will be sung in English, present a double bill of hilarious comedy
and thrilling tragedy. “The Telephone” comically examines modern romance.
Ben, sung by graduate student James Flick of Kent, Conn., wants to propose
to his girlfriend Lucy, portrayed by Patricia Ramirez of Hammond, but is
having a maddening time trying to get off of the telephone.
“The Medium” explores the world of
the supernatural as the fraudulent Madame Flora, (Daveda Karanas of Mandeville)
in the midst of conducting a séance, feels a spectral hand on her
neck. She accuses her daughter Monica, Jacquie Brecheen of Ponchatoula
and mute assistant Toby (Hammond High School student Simon Pfiel) of playing
a cruel trick. The eerie tale explores whether or not Madame Flora is going
mad, or whether the other world is extracting its revenge.
“The Telephone” and “The Medium,”
directed by Larry Gray and produced by Charles Effler, will be performed
at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 24-26 at Southeastern’s Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, non-SLU students, and
SLU faculty, staff and alumni. Admission is free for Southeastern students
presenting a university I.D.
Hammond’s First Christian Church
will be the Week Four host of Fanfare’s Music for a Sunday Afternoon concert
series. Pianist and Southeastern graduate Lucien Zidaru and actor Bill
Haley will present an afternoon of music and poetry, “The Permanence of
Romantic Themes,” at 3 p.m., Oct. 20, at the church’s Reimers Auditorium,
located on the corner of E. Charles and N. Cherry streets.
The history and political science
department’s “Then and Now” lecture series continues with “Bad History
Goes to the Movies, Episode Two.” At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in
Pottle Music Building Auditorium, Michael Kurtz, an award-winning author,
historian and dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern, will take a look
at the Hollywood version of history in movies such as “JFK,” “Bonnie and
Clyde,” and “The Godfather.”
On Monday, Oct. 21, the Jane Austen Film Festival will continue
with the 7 p.m. showing of “Persuasion” at the East Gate Café and
Cinema on North Oak Street, across from the Southeastern campus. The free
film is rated PG.
Two community events join the
Fanfare calendar during the festival’s fourth week.
From 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct. 24, the Downtown Development District will sponsor “Art and All
That Jazz” in Hammond's historic district.
DDD Director Marco Monoc said approximately 40 businesses and restaurants
will participate in an art stroll from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and will distribute
discount coupons to kick off the holiday shopping season in the downtown
From 7 to 10 p.m., the DDD is sponsoring
a free concert in Cate Square by the hot young jazz group "Ingrid Lucia
and the Flying Neutrinos."
Downtown Ponchatoula will be festooned
with hundreds of colorful quilts on Saturday, Oct. 26 when Louisiana’s
Antique City celebrates the beautiful, practical art of quilting during
for the “Great Invitational Quilt Expo.” The day-long quilting celebration
includes activities for children, a quilter-merchant’s mall, antique shopping,
food, and the raffle of a patriotic quilt made by the Southern Samplers.
Lectures on dating quilts, dying fabric and quilt making begin at 10 a.m.
at the Fleur de Lis, 111 N. Sixth St. For more information, contact Expo
chair Marie Carroll at 225-294-2673.
In conjunction with the event,
the Louisiana Furniture Gallery, located in the old Acadian Cypress building
on SW Railroad Ave., will host an exhibit paying tribute to Ponchatoula
Artists. The exhibit will be open during the Quilt Expo and will culminate
with “Jazzing Up the Arts,” featuring the music of Reg Sanders from
6 to 8 p.m. For additional information about the exhibit, contact Carol
Siekkenin at 985-386-0471.
For a Fanfare brochure and ticket
order form or for additional information about Fanfare events, contact
the Public Information Office, 985-549-2341, email@example.com,
or Fanfare, 985-543-4366, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fanfare information is also available online at www.selu.edu/fanfare.
Fanfare tickets are available
at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts box office, 220 East Thomas
St., Hammond, 985-543-4371. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com.
Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays. The box office is open until
performance time for events at the Columbia Theatre.