HAMMOND � A "ghoulish" chamber concert, readings in prose and poetry and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University's annual October-long arts festival.
"Fanfare is entering its final week, but there is no shortage of great events to experience," said Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Interim Director C. Roy Blackwood. "Aside from the always terrific lectures and readings, everyone can anticipate a concert by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, featuring magnificent music, as well as a Halloween costume contest."
Fanfare's fifth week begins on Monday, Oct. 29, when the Chamber Orchestra will present a Halloween concert at Columbia Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Under the baton of Yakov Voldman, the concert will feature a "ghoulish" concoction of classical favorites and fun, including a Halloween costume contest and candy. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.
General admission is $10, $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff and senior citizens, and patrons under 18. Children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted at no charge. College students with university I.D. are also admitted free.
Louisiana Connections: Fiction and Poetry Readings from the English Department Faculty continues on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 12:30 p.m. with Bev Marshall. The free event will take place in the Contemporary Art Gallery. A Department of English writer-in-residence, Marshall is the author of "Walking through Shadows," "Right as Rain," and "Hot Fudge Sundae Blues."
A second reading follows on Wednesday, Oct. 31, with Tim Gautreaux, Department of English writer-in-residence, at 12:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery. Gautreaux is the author of the novels "The Next Step in the Dance," "The Clearing," and "The Missing."
Fanfare's Then and Now Lecture series concludes Oct. 31 with the "More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture" by History and Political Science Department Head William Robison. He will present "Battling, Bedding, Burning and Beheading: True Tales of Terror from Tudor Times" at 1 p.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. Through film clips and discussion, Robison will illustrate the most terrifying true tales from Tudor times.
Also during Fanfare's final week:
? The Foreign Film Festival concludes on Oct. 30, 5 p.m., with the German film "Rosentrasse" in the Student Union Theatre. While countless Jews were being sent to concentration camps for execution, Jewish husbands of Aryan wives suffered a different fate: they were separated from their families and imprisoned in a factory on a street named Rosentrasse. On that street their wives stood in protest in the name of love until they were reunited with their men. The free film is rated PG-13 and is approximately 136 minutes.
? On Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., the Department of Fine and Performing Arts' Guest Artist Recital Series will present Craig Hultgren, cello, at Pottle Annex Recital Hall. Hultgren will play a solo program of recent compositions for cello. The free concert features works by living composers and includes works with amplification, audio soundfile playback and a computer score-reading tablet.
? On Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., the Southeastern Concert Choir and Women's Chorale presents "Nocturnes" a free concert at the First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise in Hammond. Featuring a work by Dan Forrest, "Nocturnes" is three movements for chorus and percussion ensemble. The movements are titled "Stars," "Lightly Stepped a Yellow Star," and "...Thou Motive of the Stars." Conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, the group will also perform "Sure on This Shining Night" by Morten Lauridsen and Gustav Holst's "I Love My Love."
? The final Louisiana Connections: Fiction and Poetry Readings from the English Department Faculty is scheduled on Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. in D Vickers Hall, room 383. The readings include Leigh Rourks, author of "Moon Trees," a top 10 finalist in the 2012 Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction Contest, and David Rodriguez, past editor of "Double Dealer Redux."
Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. Some tickets may be purchased online at columbiatheatre.org. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and one hour prior to Columbia performances. For a complete schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.