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1)Cedric Bridges2)Tyler Smith

Jazz concerts, a tenor duo, poetry readings and a holiday lecture highlight Fanfare's final week

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


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JAZZ DUO – Fanfare will present the tenor duo of Cedric Bridges, above left, and Tyler Smith on Oct. 25. The free 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. 

     HAMMOND – A “Jazzical” Sunday, an incredible tenor duo, readings in prose and poetry and a holiday lecture favorite highlight the final week of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October-long arts festival.
     “Even though Fanfare is in its final week, there is surely no shortage of great events to experience,” said Columbia Theatre and Fanfare Interim Director Ken Boulton.  “Aside from the always terrific lectures and readings, everyone can anticipate a very special concert by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, featuring the magnificent baritone Dr. David Bernard, of Southeastern’s own music faculty. You will melt when you hear his voice.”
     Fanfare’s fourth week begins on Sunday, Oct. 24, with “Jazzical,” a concert that combines the talents of Southeastern’s Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Band II. The free concert will be at First Baptist Church in Hammond at 3 p.m. Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Band II, directed by Pat Kerber and Richard Schwartz respectively, team up for an eclectic program of Spanish classical music and spicy Latin jazz standards.
     On Monday, Oct. 25, Fanfare will present the tenor duo of Cedric Bridges and Tyler Smith. The free concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. 
     A Southeastern alumnus, Bridges has performed on stage with numerous companies, including Des Moines Metro Opera, Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, and the New Orleans Opera. He has also appeared with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and New Orleans Symphony Chorus.
     Smith has appeared in numerous operatic and concert performances throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Most recently he performed the roles of Canio in the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre’s production of “I Pagliaci” and Maxwell in Pensacola Opera’s world premiere of “The Widow’s Lantern.”
     Fanfare’s Then and Now Lecture series will conclude on Oct. 29 with the “More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture” by History and Political Science Department Head William Robison. He will present “Guy Fawkes, Gunpowder Plot, and the Great Pumpkin: Mid-Autumn Mayhem, Murder, and Mystery” at 11 a.m. in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Robison will discuss the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 – an attempt to overthrow the English government. The epic failure is still celebrated each year on Guy Fawkes Day, Nov. 5, the “English Halloween.”
     Also during Fanfare’s final week:
 ▪ The Louisiana Connection: Readings in Poetry and Prose continues on Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m. with the English Department’s Alison Pelegrin and Norman German. The free event will take place in the Contemporary Art Gallery. Pelegrin is the author of two poetry collections, most recently “Big Muddy River of Stars.” German will read from his book “A Savage Wisdom,” which was reviewed as “a work of exceptional literary merit.”
 ▪ The Foreign Film Festival continues on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m., with the German film “The Lives of Others” in the Student Union Theatre. The film focuses on a corrupt government official who falls for a pro-Socialist playwright’s girlfriend. The free film is rated R.
 ▪ The Then and Now Lecture on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. features historian Craig Saucier, discussing “Mything in Action: The Fantasy of the ‘Special Relationship.’” Accounts of Anglo-American relations often emphasize that World War II forged a “special relationship” – a term favored by Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair – based on a gradual, steady development of friendship based on common language, shared commitment to democracy, and mutual commercial interests. Saucier will show that, in fact, following an uneasy partnership in World War I, Anglo-American relations in the 1920s and ‘30s were characterized by suspicion and mistrust. The free lecture will be in Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
 ▪ On Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., Fanfare will present James Wilcox, the “Featured Writer for Common Readings in the English Department.” The free lecture will take place in the Student Union Theatre. A Hammond native, Wilcox attended Yale University, where he studied creative writing with Robert Penn Warren. After working at Random House and Doubleday in New York, he went on to write nine novels.
 ▪ Also on Oct. 28, Jazz Ensemble One will present “A-List Jazz,” at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Led by Glen Hemberger, the group will present some of America’s standards and hits from blues to rock and Latin to swing. General admission tickets are $6, and Southeastern students are admitted free with university I.D.
 ▪ Fanfare will conclude on Oct. 29 at the Columbia Theatre with a concert by the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra. Under the baton of conductor Yakov Voldman, the 7:30 p.m. concert will feature classics, fun, and baritone David Bernard. General admission tickets are $10, and $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff, and senior citizens. Patrons under the age of 18 and college students with university I.D. are admitted free. 
     Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 543-4371. Some tickets may be purchased online at 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 543-4366 or visit

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