Adults and little ones alike will get into the Halloween spirit when the UL Lafayette Symphony, under the direction of Michael Blaney, presents its Annual Halloween Concert Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall Auditorium. Orchestra members will be wearing costumes, and the audience is encouraged to show up in their favorite Halloween costumes. Musical highlights of this year’s concert include: Suite from Video Games Live, Picture at an Exhibition, Danse Bacchanale, Flinstones Meet the Jetsons, and Copland’s Hoedown. Guest appearances by the UL School of Music Faculty and Lafayette Ballet Theatre. It’s a great way to celebrate the holiday in a fun and entertaining way.
Admission is $8 for adults, FREE for 17 and younger, FREE for all UL students, faculty, and staff with I.D. All proceeds benefit the UL-Lafayette Orchestra Program. For more information call the UL School of Music at (337) 482-6012
The College of the Arts will hold its annual Beaux Arts Ball on Friday, October 24, 2014, at River Oaks Event Center. The costume ball will take place from 7:00-10:00 p.m. with the theme of water. The 2015 SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award recipient will be formally announced as renowned architect, environmental activist, educator, and friend, Edward Cazayoux. All proceeds from the event will support the UL Lafayette College of the Arts.
Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner with wine pours and a cash bar while dancing the night away to the 20-piece UL Jazz Ensemble. With the theme of water, guests are encouraged to dress as a swamp, the great flood, a water lily, iced tea, or any state of the basic element. Tickets are $75 per person, $600 for a table of 8, and $1,000 for a sponsorship. They can be purchased online at bab2014.eventbrite.com or by calling (337) 482-6224.
Those who purchase tables can put their creativity in motion and join the table-decorating contest to obtain the coveted trophy for best themed table decoration. Join the UL Lafayette College of the Arts for the annual Beaux Arts ball on Friday, October 24, 2014 in the Vermillion Room at River Oaks Event Center, 520 East Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette, La.
About 2015 SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award recipient:
The College of the Arts at UL is thrilled to announce the selection of Edward ‘Eddie’ Cazayoux, FAIA, to receive our SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award. Eddie was born in New Roads Louisiana. He received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now UL Lafayette) and a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Eddie returned to his alma mater to teach Architecture in 1976, becoming the Director of the School of Architecture and Design in 1985 and holding that position until 1998. For 30 years, Eddie would have an enormous impact on the school, his students, his colleagues and our community. He is a renowned architect, environmental activist, and educator. His research and design work focusing on sustainable architecture and historic preservation has been recognized locally, nationally, and internationally innumerable times over his four-decade long professional career. Eddie’s influence can also be felt through the work of every architect and designer that he taught and inspired during his 30 years of teaching Architecture at UL Lafayette.
The UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert featuring guest string performers on Saturday, February 8, 7:30 PM, in Angelle Hall Auditorium. Over 120 pre-college string players from throughout Louisiana will join forces with the UL Symphony to perform Viva La Vida by Coldplay and Holst’s Brook Green Suite. The UL Lafayette Symphony will also perform the Bruch Violin Concerto (featuring UL violin student Julia Lang), the Mozart G MajorFlute Concerto (featuring UL flute student Julie Sabo) and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture. Please join us for this special concert at the School of Music. For more information please call the UL School of Music at (337) 482-6012.
The UL Lafayette School of Music is proud to present two nights of small group jazz featuring Combo I, II, III and Guitar Ensemble. Both nights of the concerts will be held on the UL campus at Burke Hall on November 25 and 26th at 7:30pm and are free and open to the public.
Monday November 25th will feature the Guitar Combo and Combo I. The Guitar Ensemble will be directed by adjunct Guitar Faculty Brian Gaudino and will consist of three to five guitarists and a rhythm section. Combo I will be directed by Professor of Trumpet and Coordinator of Jazz Studies Dr. Paul Morton. As UL’s most advanced student group, Combo I will be performing all original compositions written by members of the group.
Tuesday November 26th Combos III and II will be performing. Combo III, directed by Music Media Coordinator Chris Munson, is the entry level jazz combo where students play a variety of jazz standards that explore some of the more basic and common changes/forms in the Bebop idiom. Combo II will be lead by Professor of Guitar Studies, Dr. Jeffrey George. This combo is for students who have significant experience improvising and explores advanced repertoire.
The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts presents State of La Danse
November 14-16 at 7:30pm and November 17 at 2pm. All performances will be at the Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium at Angelle Hall on the UL Lafayette campus.
The 2013 production of State of LA Danse will feature excerpts of the classical ballet Paquita. Paquita was first presented by the Paris Opera Ballet on April 1, 1846. In 1881, Mariuus Petipa (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty among others) produced a revival of the ballet, which added new music composed by Ludwig Minkus that survives today. Paquita, re-staged and directed by resident faculty artist Marie Broussard, has become a major cornerstone of the traditional classical ballet repertory.
The work of three guest artists appears on the stage of this years’ production of State of LA Danse. All of them are inspirational natives of Louisiana
Blakeley White-McGuire, currently Principal dancer with the internationally renowned Martha Graham Dance Company, has performed some of the greatest roles in American Contemporary dance. Ms. White-McGuire not only contributes her choreography in a duet entitled Woman performed by UL Lafayette dancers and will also perform a solo entitled Audubon Bridge on the program. Ms. White-McGuire has been lauded by the New York Times as a dancer of “powerful technique, dramatic instinct and an appealing modern spunk”.
Clarice Young of New Roads, Louisiana holds a BFA in Performing Arts with a concentration in dance from UL Lafayette. Ms. Young is a Principal dancer and Rehearsal Director with Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE and has assisted Brown with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Philadanco. In the fall of 2013, during two residencies at UL Lafayette. Ms. Young, who will receive her MFA degree from Hollins University in 2014, worked intensively with the UL Lafayette dancers to create Into the Light, set to a musical score by Andrew Vasquez and Gregory Porter. The New York Times declared “The stately presence of Ms. Young contrasts beautifully with her silken suppleness”
Cathy Hebert , owner and director of the Hebert Dancentre in Opelousas contributes Jai Ho to this year’s program. Ms. Hebert was a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Opera. She has re-staged Jai Ho, which was originally choreographed by internationally recognized Indian choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan during a residency at the Hebert Dancentre.
To complete the performance, Kenneth L. Jenkins, Coordinator of Dance and Director of State of LA Danse has created Odds and Ends using improazational techniques to create the movement palettes which is set to a mix of traditional throat singing techniques and experimental music by Ken Ueno at the Dartmouth Contemporary Music Lab.
Join the UL Chorale and Chamber Singers as they present concerts on November 11th and November 12th entitled “Folksong.” The programs explore the diverse and thought-provoking ways which we might define the term “folksong.” Musical selections will feature traditional music from right here in the United States like folk melodies, Shaker tunes, popular music, and hymns, as well as multicultural music from Latin America, Russia, Sweden, Germany, and Scotland. Join us November 11th in Burke Theatre on the UL campus at 7:30pm, or November 12th at Asbury United Methodist Church at 7:30pm. All performances are free of charge to attend.
UL-Lafayette Faculty members Michael Blaney (violin), William Plummer (harpsichord) and guest artists Molly Goforth (cello), Stephanie Pielok (violin) will present a Baroque Chamber Music Recital on Monday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., in UL’s Angelle Hall Choral Room (room 153). The program will include: Leclair, Première Récréation De Musique; Corette, Sonatille IV; Purcell, Sonata IV; Mattheson, Sonata II and Corelli, Sonata Decima. A wonderful opportunity to hear Baroque music treasures not often performed in Lafayette. This recital is free and open to the public. For more information please call the UL School of Music at 482-6012.
The 2nd Annual Visual Arts Faculty Portfolio Raffle is now underway! Thirteen amazing works by thirteen amazing Visual Arts professors are on exhibit in the Dean’s Gallery, Fletcher 202. All the works are approximately 9 X 12 inches and comprise this year’s portfolio to raise funds in support of the College of the Arts’ programs and students.
Raffle tickets are $5 each and are available during business hours in the Dean’s Office (Fletcher 205). Tickets will also be on sale at ArTech Fusion 13 on March 8, 6:30pm, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The winning ticket will be drawn during the ArTech Fusion 13 program on March 8.
To view the entire portfolio online, click HERE
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will welcome visiting artist Doris Bittar to campus next week. Bittar, an Arab-American, is a multi-disciplinary artist who combines history and design. Her media include paintings, photographs, map collages made from envelopes and installations that combine sculpture and music.
“She sees patterns as cultural DNA,” said Renate Dohmen, an assistant professor of visual arts who invited Dohmen to UL Lafayette. “Her work is relevant to painters, 3-D graphic artists, photographers and others.” Dohmen teaches art history, including a course on Islamic art.
Bittar will give to two talks, which are open to students and the public.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20 at noon, she will present “Inside Arabic Calligraphy: from Alef to Zaha.” Alef refers to the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, Zaha to Zaha Hadid, an award-winning Iraqi-British architect who incorporates flowing lines — like those in Arabic calligraphy — in contemporary designs. Bittar will speak at Fletcher Hall, Room 134. She will discuss how a spatial “reading” of Arabic calligraphy has influenced artists and architects, including Hadid.
On Thursday, Feb. 21, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:15 p.m., she will talk about her own work in a presentation called “Doris Bittar: Core Patterns.” The presentation will be held in Griffin Hall, Room 147.
Bittar teaches at California State University, San Marcos. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from State University of New York at Purchase and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of California, San Diego. Her work is represented by galleries in California, Switzerland and Jordan. She has participated in exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.
Deborah Cornell is the Chair of Printmaking at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Her works in printmaking and multimedia installation are shown internationally, with recent solo shows in Buenos Aires, Venice, Iceland, and St. Petersburg Russia as well as in New York and Boston.
Students can attend her lecture in Fletcher Hall Room 301 at 10 am on Monday, February 4th.