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A musical duo, readings in poetry and prose and Southeastern's own highlight Fanfare's third week

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – A musical duo, readings in poetry and prose and performances by Southeastern Louisiana University’s own performers highlight the third week of Fanfare, the university’s annual October arts festival.
     Fanfare’s third week begins with a performance from Duo Montagnard, a musical duo composed of Joseph Murphy, saxophone, and Matthew Slotkin, guitar. Formed in 2002, Duo Montagnard has performed over 160 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Denmark, Greece, New Zealand and Australia. They have commissioned and premiered 10 pieces and currently play all original music.
     On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the series Reading Lives: Readings in Poetry and Prose, sponsored by the Department of English, kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Scheduled in the Contemporary Art Gallery, the first readings will feature Writer in Residence Bev Marshall, author of “Right as Rain” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues,” and prize-winning poet Alison Pelegrin, author of “Big Muddy River of Stars,” and “Hurricane Party.”
     On Thursday, Oct. 20, the readings continue with faculty members David Armand and Jack Bedell at 12:45 p.m. in the Contemporary Art Gallery. Armand won the 2010 George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel “The Pugilist’s Wife.” Bedell is editor of “Louisiana Literature” and director of Louisiana Literature Press. His most recent poetry collections are “Come Rain, Come Shine,” and “Call and Response: Conversations in Verse.” 
     Also during Fanfare’s third week: 
     ▪ The Foreign Film Festival continues on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m., with the Spanish film “Mi Querido Tom Mix” in the Student Union Theatre. The legendary Hollywood cowboy Tom Mix rides out of the silent screen and into the world of a humble provincial family in 1930s Mexico. The free film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 100 minutes.
     ▪ Then and Now Lecture features Southeastern History and Political Science faculty member Margaret Gonzalez-Perez who discusses “Religion and Terrorism” on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. In the free lecture, Gonzalez-Perez will discuss how that Islamic radicalism has less of a connection to religion than it does with utilitarian and pragmatic concerns, such as strategic and military tactics.
     ▪ The Southeastern Wind Symphony presents “Lost Vegas,” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. Conducted by Glen J. Hemberger, the acclaimed orchestra will present an evening of stunning music by some of the world’s most revered composers. General admission is $10; $5 for Southeastern faculty and staff and seniors; with patrons under 18 and college students (with university I.D.) admitted free.
     ▪ Southeastern Dance presents “The Firebird,” on Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Vonnie Borden Theatre. “The Firebird” is an eternal story of loss and redemption, passed down through the ages and evolving through difficult cultures. This fresh, new interpretation combines dramatic and evocative dance choreography with a colorful potpourri of bird motifs in a coming of age tale.
     ▪ New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale (NOVA) on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 100 West Church Street in Hammond. Celebrate 400 years of exquisite choral music performed by one of this region’s premier choral ensembles. NOVA has performed by invitation in many venues throughout Louisiana, always exemplifying a superb grasp of vocal style and expressive depth. The presentation is free.
     For more information or for a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit

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