Music concerts, Broadway and lectures highlight Fanfare's final week

Friday, October 16, 2015 Halloween Spooktacular
by: Tonya Lowentritt

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR – Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra Conductor and resident cowboy Yakov Voldman accepts accolades from the audience after last year’s Halloween Spooktacular.


     HAMMOND – Music concerts, a Broadway musical and lectures highlight the final week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual October-long arts festival.
    Fanfare’s finale begins on Wednesday, Oct. 21, with the first of two free Then and Now Lecture presentations in Pottle Auditorium. First up is Communication Professor Joe Burns’ “Music and the Law: Copyrights and Copywrongs” at 1 p.m.
    “In March of 2015, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay the family of Marvin Gaye $7.3 million because the song ‘Blurred Lines’ sounded too much like Gaye’s ‘Got to Give it Up,’” Burns said. “The verdict now stands as the largest amount awarded in a copyright infringement suit but certainly not the only one.”
    Join Burns to hear about other high-profile music copyright cases plus a quick overview of what the law says one can and cannot do. Hint – what’s on your iPod?
    The final Then and Now Lecture will be presented by Department Head of History and Political Science Bill Robison. His free lecture “A Feast of Famous Fifteens in Fact, Fiction and Film” will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. Prior to the lecture, Robison will present “The Fifteen Film Festival” at noon, featuring all the silly films that have preceded his previous Fanfare lectures.
    For the More-or-Less Annual Halloween Lecture, Robison will discuss 15 famous events with centennials in 2015. Can he relate Halloween to Constantine’s clemency, a Frankish MC Hammer, Viking dragons, St. Bernard’s robe, John Lackland’s soft sword, medieval global cooling, Agincount’s archers, Henry VIII’s virility, Galileo’s telescope, Jacobites’ kites, Jean Lafitte’s hook, Napoleon’s hemorrhoids, Pluto’s picture, Einstein’s theory of relativity, and Babe Ruth’s first home run? Attend the presentation to find out, wear a costume, and get free candy.
    Also during Fanfare’s final week:
     ▪ On Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., the Columbia Theatre will present Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, a blues/rock/gospel/soul band, as part of their New Artist Concert Series. General admission tickets are $15 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
     ▪ On Oct. 25, the Southeastern Community Music School will present a 20th Anniversary Concert at 3 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Hammond.
     ▪ On Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m. the Columbia Theatre will present “Broadway’s First Hit Musical,” an improvised musical comedy. Tickets for the concert are loge $39; orchestra/balcony $25; and students $15 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
     ▪ On Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of Sims Library will host Wine with Friends, a fundraising event in support of Sims Memorial Library, at the library, room 211. Tickets are $35 each. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so early reservations are requested. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Order tickets online at or via check payable to Southeastern Foundation, SLU 10896, Hammond, LA 70402.
     ▪ On Oct. 31 at 2 p.m., the Southeastern Chamber Orchestra will present its Spooktacular 5 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.
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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