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(1) Southeastern Chamber Orchestra(2) Richard Schwartz(3) Danny Acosta

A special musical celebration, a jazz duo and madness highlight Fanfare's final week

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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(1) CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY – The Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will perform at its “75th Jubilation Showcase” as part of Fanfare, Southeastern’s month-long celebration of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The performance is scheduled for Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

JAZZ DUO – Southeastern Director of Jazz Combos, Richard Schwartz (2), and Danny Acosta (3), Southeastern mathematics professor, will combine their musical talents for an afternoon of spirited jazz at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville Oct. 25. The free 3 p.m. concert is part of Fanfare’s Sundays with the Arts series.

     HAMMOND – A 75th jubilation musical showcase, an incredible jazz duo, a powerful day-long program devoted to madness in art, literature and society and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October-long arts festival.
     Fanfare’s fourth week begins on Sunday with a jazz duo performance Oct. 25 at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum, 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville. Richard Schwartz, Southeastern director of jazz combos and saxophonist, and Danny Acosta, a Southeastern mathematics professor and a gifted guitarist, will perform at 3 p.m. The two will join musical forces for an afternoon of spirited jazz standards. Admission is free.
     On Monday, Oct. 26, the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the music department’s 75th anniversary with its “75th Jubilation Showcase.” Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre, the concert will feature classics and fun. Under the baton of conductor Yakov Voldman, the orchestra will present the Mozart Overture from “Marriage of Figaro” and Brahms’ 4th movement of the 1st symphony. The evening will culminate with the music of  J. Strauss and numerous waltzes, polkas, gallops and marches that are reminiscent of the iconic New Year’s Eve Concert in Vienna.
     Tickets are $6, adults; $4, senior citizens, faculty, and staff; all students are admitted free with I.D. 
     The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences will present an all-day event that showcases its departments on Oct. 27 at Pottle Music Building Auditorium. The day-long program will include multimedia presentations, discussion panels, lectures and a musical performance designed to raise awareness and promote acceptance of deviancy and mental illness. A detailed presentation schedule is available at
     Fanfare will conclude on Oct. 30 with the “More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture” by History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, who will present “The Wrath of the King: Henry VIII, Cardinal Wolsey, and the Surrey Justices in Star Chamber” at 11 a.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. 
     The lecture focuses on Robison’s research on a fierce local feud that spawned decades of corruption, disorder, and violence and culminated in 1519 with Cardinal Wolsey’s carefully staged display of the young Henry VIII’s royal wrath in the court of Star Chamber. 
     Also during Fanfare’s final week: 
     ▪ The Foreign Film Festival continues on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m., with the Spanish film “Innocent Voices” in the Student Union Theatre. Set in war-torn 1980s El Salvador, the film tells the story of 11-year old Chava who suddenly becomes the “man of the house” at a time when the government’s army is forcibly recruiting children for civil war. Based a true story of life, love, and the enduring power of the human spirit, the free film is rated R for disturbing violence and language.
     ▪ The Then and Now Lecture on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. features Samuel Hyde Jr., Southeastern’s Leon Ford Endowed Chair in Regional Studies, discussing “Wisconsin Raiders in Confederate Louisiana: The Civil War Reminiscences of a Union General.” General Halbert E. Paine commanded the Fourth Wisconsin Regiment, which left a devastating legacy in southeastern Louisiana. Paine describes events such as the occupation of New Orleans, Battle of Baton Rouge, assaults against Ponchatoula and the Port Hudson campaign. A book signing follows the free lecture in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
     ▪ The Southeastern Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will present “Voices of Light – A Choral Tradition” on Oct. 28 at the First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise, Hammond. Two talented ensembles will join forces for one unforgettable concert. Conducted by Alissa Mercurio Rowe, “Voices of Light” features the Southeastern Women’s Chorale and Concert Choir. The 7:30 p.m. concert is free.
     ▪ On Oct. 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre, Julia Flanders will present “Digital Humanities.” Director of the Digital Women Writers Project and Associate Director with the Scholarly Technology Group at Brown University, Flanders will examine the role different forms of digital representation, XML markup in particular, can play in creating durable, sustainable materials to support advanced digital scholarship. The presentation is free. 
     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 During October the box office is open each week day 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

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