A special anniversary concert, a classic musical and an address from a retired general highlight Fanfare's third week
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LEGENDARY GENERAL – Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore will be the featured speaker at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 20, 7 p.m. as part of the university’s annual Fanfare arts celebration.
HAMMOND – A 15th anniversary concert, a powerful general, and a classic musical highlight the third week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October-long arts festival.
“It is no coincidence that the peak of Fanfare is occurring during Southeastern’s Homecoming festivities; the entire campus and community will be buzzing with activity, with so many things to do and see,” said Kenneth Boulton, interim director of Columbia Theatre and Fanfare. “Undoubtedly the program highlight of the week is the production of ‘South Pacific,’ about which people have been inquiring all summer long. Add to that our Fanfare featured speaker, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore at the Columbia, as well as numerous lectures and recitals, and you have a week worthy of celebrating.”
Fanfare’s third week begins with the Southeastern Community Music School (CMS) 15th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, Oct. 17 at First United Methodist Church in Hammond. The free 3 p.m. concert will showcase an entertaining variety of individual and group performances by the talented students and faculty of the CMS, which has grown to be one of the university’s most visible and successful outreach initiatives.
To help Fanfare celebrate its 25th season, Southeastern’s Opera/Music Theatre Workshop will present the first production of “South Pacific” seen in Hammond in a quarter century. The production opens on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
Written by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning writing team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, “South Pacific” opened on Broadway in 1949 and instantly became a hit. Based on stories by James Michener’s book “Tales of the South Pacific,” the show explores racial intolerance and prejudice as experienced on a remote island during World War II.
Despite its serious themes, “South Pacific” has been delighting audiences all over the world for decades, featuring such hit songs as “There Ain’t Nothin’ Like a Dame,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,” “I’m in Love With a Wonderful Guy,” and “Some Enchanted Evening.”
Performances will be Monday through Friday, October 18 – 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium. General admission ticket prices are $16 for adults and $13 for seniors, Southeastern faculty/staff and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free of charge with their IDs. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 E. Thomas Street, (985) 543-4371.
On Wednesday, Oct. 20, Fanfare will present its featured speaker, retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore. The Louisiana native served as the U.S. Army commander who led the task force charged with the New Orleans and Gulf Coast recovery in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Honore will discuss the state of Louisiana’s recovery.
The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre in downtown Hammond.
Also during Fanfare’s third week:
▪ The Foreign Film Festival continues on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., with the Italian film “I’m Not Scared” in the Student Union Theatre. Everyone’s a suspect when a shocking secret is revealed in this hypnotic suspense thriller. Hailed by critics everywhere, this award-winning story of innocence and evil has a stunning conclusion. The free film is rated R.
▪ The Then and Now Lectures features Southeastern Communication Professor Joe Burns who discusses “What Was the First Rock and Roll Record?” on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Burns will discuss exactly what rock and roll music is, where the name came from, its origins and eventual demise at the hands of oncoming new music genres.
▪ The Southeastern Alumni Exhibition opens on Saturday, Oct. 23, and remains open through Nov. 13. Located in the Contemporary Art Gallery in Clark Hall, the exhibit highlights the talents of Southeastern alumni, and a special opening reception is planned as part of Southeastern’s Homecoming Day festivities on Oct. 23 from 2 – 5:30 p.m.
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, Wednesday and 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.