Music concerts, lectures highlight Fanfare's final two weeks

Monday, October 20, 2014 Halloween Spooktacular
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – Head of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Kenneth Boulton, right, and Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra Yakov Voldman, take a moment to show off their cowboy costumes after a previous year's Halloween Spooktacular concert.

HAMMOND – Music concerts and lectures highlight the final two weeks of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University's annual October-long arts festival.

Fanfare's third week begins on Tuesday, Oct. 21, with a performance by the Southeastern Guitar Quartet at 7:30 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. The free concert will include a diverse program of music ranging from the Italian Baroque to 20th Century Cuban repertoire.

Next up is Communication Professor Joe Burns with his Then and Now Lecture presentation "Do You Hear What I Hear? Facts and History of Christmas Carols" Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. From "Silent Night" to "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," Burns will discuss the history of the songs we know so well.

Oct. 27 will see the grand openings of Lekotek and Snoezelen, sensory demonstration projects. Southeastern is the first and only university in the nation to host these projects that are designed to make the world of play accessible to all children. Sponsored by the College of Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning, the projects will be officially opened in the Cate Teacher Education Center.

Also during Fanfare's final two weeks:

▪ On Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m., in the Student Union Theatre, the English Department and the Southeastern Writing Center will present Terrance Hayes, author of several award-winning volumes of poetry, as part of the Common Read program.

▪ Also on Oct. 23, the Southeastern Wind Symphony will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. Adult tickets are $14, faculty/staff/seniors/alumni tickets are $5, and students are free with I.D.

▪ On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center, KIVA, the College of Education and the Department of Teaching and Learning in collaboration with The Library of Congress – Teaching with Primary Sources present "Riders of the Ophan Train." The free multi-media presentation tells the story of the 250,000 orphans who were put on trains between 1854 and 1929 and sent all over the U.S. to be given away. Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

▪ The free lecture "Mamma's Brown Sugar" will be presented on Oct. 29 from 12-2 p.m. in the Teacher Education Center, room 1022, by Celina Echols, professor of Teaching and Learning and author of the book "Mamma's Brown Sugar." Echols shares her own experiences of foster care and adoption.

▪ Also on Oct. 29, the final Then and Now Lecture at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium features History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, discussing "Doctor WhoDat Hatches a Halloween 'Doctor Who' Hapless Hortonless History Lesson." The more-or-less annual Halloween lecture returns as Robison takes a further look at the Doctor's "historical" excursions. The lecture is free and candy will be thrown.

▪ On Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m., the Student Council for Exceptional Children Chapter and Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society will present the fall dinner and dance for OPTIONS and area group homes for adults with disabilities. The event takes place in the Southeastern Lab School Gym.

▪ On Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m., the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present its Spooktacular 4 concert at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. General admission tickets are $10; faculty, staff, seniors are $5, and patrons under 18 and college students are admitted free with I.D.

▪ On Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m., Missoula Children's Theatre will present "The Pied Piper" at 5:30 p.m. in the Amite High Theatre, located at 406 S. Laurel St. in Amite.

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 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

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