A Gaelic singer, two lectures and a film musical score premiere highlight Fanfare's first two weeks

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Michael Martin
by: Tonya Lowentritt

MARTIN OPENS THEN AND NOW LECTURE SERIES– Southeastern Louisiana University's Fanfare will present the first lecture in the 14th annual "Then and Now Lecture Series" on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium. Author Michael Martin will present "Russell Long: A Life in Politics." The lecture is free and open to the public.

HAMMOND – A film musical score premiere, an acclaimed Gaelic singer and a pair of lectures are just some of the events providing the opening flourish for the 29th season of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University's annual October arts festival.

On Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium the Department of History and Political Science's "Then and Now Lecture Series" officially kicks off its 14th presentation of free lectures. Michael Martin will present "Russell Long: A Life in Politics." The Cheryl Courrege Burguie/Board of Regents Professor of History and Director of the University of Lafayette's Center for Louisiana Studies, Martin will discuss his book about Long. The son of flamboyant U.S. Sen. and Gov. Huey P. Long, Russell Long made his own mark in history by serving in the U.S. Senate from 1948 to 1978 and as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.

Oct. 8 – 10, international visual artist David Dubose will present a printmaking workshop for students. Dubose has been recognized for his use of paper to create original prints and mixed medium works. He is currently an assistant professor of drawing and foundations at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Also on Oct. 8, a "Then and Now" lecture on "The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the Outbreak of World War I" will be presented by Southeastern Instructor of History Craig Saucier, at 1 p.m., in Pottle Music Building Auditorium. On June 28, 1914, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated with his wife. Saucier tells how the murder precipitated a month-long diplomatic crisis that culminated in the outbreak of World War I.

The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. A groundbreaking artist who entices new audiences worldwide, Fowlis pushes musical boundaries with adaptations of songs from her native Scottish Gaelic tradition. She is so well-known that when Disney Pixar ("Finding Nemo," "Toy Story," "Up") was searching for the perfect voice to feature in the soundtrack to "Brave," their research led them to Fowlis. Tickets for the concert range from $20-$34.

The first two weeks of Fanfare culminate with the presentation of "Frankenstein: The Movie Score," performed by the Southeastern Wind Symphony under the direction of Guest Conductor Michael Shapiro at the Columbia Theatre on Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

One of Hollywood's classic horror films starring Boris Karloff, comes to the Columbia Theatre with a new score by Shapiro, music director of the Chappaqua Orchestra in New York's Westchester County. Shapiro has written the score for "Frankenstein" for wind symphonies, which makes its world premiere at the Columbia with the Southeastern Wind Symphony. Fans will have the rare opportunity to relive a classic movie with an original score. Tickets range from $20-34.

Fanfare tickets are on sale at the Columbia/Fanfare box office, 220 E. Thomas Street, 985-543-4371. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 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.


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