Festival of the Arts 2014 Schedule
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.
The UL School of Music and Performing Arts will be presenting their annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 1st at 7:30 pm in Angelle Auditorium. This exciting performance will feature the combined talent of the UL Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Choir, & Percussion Ensemble.
“This is a great way to enjoy some holiday music and take a 90-minute break before exams begin,” says UL Band Director William J. Hochkeppel.
Each group will be performing Christmas classics including works by Rutter, Holst, Reed, Tschesnokoff, Camphouse, Hansen, Prokofiev, and Walton.
For more information call 337-482-6224.