Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition in Fletcher Hall Gallery

November 17, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Department of Visual Arts proudly announces the upcoming 2015 Fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday, November 17 from 6-8 p.m. and will remain open until November 25 in the Fletcher Hall Gallery (second floor of Fletcher Hall). Admission is free and open to the public.

The visual arts majors are required to complete two three-hour courses throughout the senior year devoted to the development of independent studio research and to the preparation of professional skills and career goals. The two semesters are structured to foster self-discovery through rigorous and sustained studio experimentation, moving toward the cultivation of a body of work and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition.

Inquiries may be directed to the Visual Arts Department at 337-482-6056.

Students can see Paquito D’Rivera with the UL Jazz Ensemble for free

November 11, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Jazz Ensemble and the Acadiana Center for the Arts have two opportunities for students to hear Paquito D’Rivera on Friday, November 13 free of charge.

ACA and the UL Bands are sponsoring the 10 a.m. master class in the UL band room (Angelle Hall, Room 168) and the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette.

For the evening concert, students can go to the ACA box office with a valid UL student ID and pick up a complimentary mezzanine ticket. This can also be done on the night of the performance on a first come, first served basis.

D’Rivera is a 13-time winner of Grammy Awards and Latin Awards for his Latin jazz compositions and performances. The UL Jazz ensemble will be featured as guest artists with D’Rivera on four of his big band compositions. To read more about D’Rivera and his work, go to

For further information on the concert, contact Bill Hochkeppel at (337) 482-5669 or call ACA at (337) 233-7060.

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State of LA Danse will bring a variety of dance to Angelle Hall

November 10, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts presents State of LA Danse November 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and November 22 at 2p.m.

All performances will be at the Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall on the UL Lafayette campus. The 2015 production of State of LA Danse, directed by Kenneth L. Jenkins will feature a range of dances, both ballet and modern, which are each thoughtfully diverse in subject matter and richly innovative in their approach.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Resident artist faculty member Marie Broussard has restaged one of the most popular of all ballets, Swan Lake, Act II. Professor Broussard has collaborated with Michael Blaney, Director of the UL Symphony Orchestra to perform the Tchaikovsky score for these performances.

Kimberly Matulich-Beck, performing in the lead role of the Swan Queen, Odette, will join corps de ballet dancers from UL Lafayette. Matulich-Beck is a native of New Orleans who studied with Kathy Gamble, Mr. Harvey Hysell and Maestro Vincenzo Celli before becoming a member of the Nashville Ballet and The Alabama Ballet, where she quickly rose to the rank of principal dancer. Matulich-Beck is now the co-director of the Jefferson Ballet Theatre and Jefferson Ballet School in Kenner, LA.

Dadier Aguilera will partner Matulich-Beck in the role of the prince. Aguilera is a graduate of Excuela-Cubana and has danced with numerous ballet companies. In 2002, he was awarded Best Male Dancer by Bomsucesso Bank and nominated again in 2007. From the time of his arrival in the United States, Aguilera has dedicated himself to teaching and choreographing classical ballet and contemporary dance at The Ballet Studio in Lafayette, Louisiana. He also serves as the Artistic Director of Ballet Acadiana.

The evening will conclude with the premiere of three original works of modern dance choreographed by three Louisiana natives, Sonia DeVille of Ville Platte, Frances Barker of Lafayette and CoCo Loupe originally from Baton Rouge. DeVille offers Nora’s Highway and states, “We see the journey of Alzheimer’s highway not through the patient, but through the children”.

Frances Barker’s explorations for her new work began as an observation and contemplation of how hair extensions could be viewed as subversive. This has led her to examine how we can transcend certain cultural categories and create new ones for ourselves.

CoCo Loupe returns to UL Lafayette this year with a new dance choreographed especially for UL dancers. Last year’s audience will remember her stunning work rites of way. In this year’s piece, CoCo is responding to questions of how people see modern dance and their expectations as to what modern dance “should” be. Her work always informs, moves and stretches the viewer’s imagination.

For more information, call (337) 482-6357 or go to

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” opens this weekend

November 10, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The Performing Arts program of the UL Lafayette School of Music and Performing Arts continues its 2015-2016 season with Christopher Durang’s Tony-Award winning play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.”

The hilarious comedy opens this week and runs November 13 though 15, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Performances will take place in Burke Theatre on UL’s campus.

In his most recent blockbuster, Durang’s signature humor is on brilliant display as he simultaneously sends up classic characters of Chekhov while examining at the ways we each deal with change – in families and in the larger world around us.

The play contains some adult language and situations and is not suitable for young children. The production is directed by UL student Logan Frederick.

Tickets are free to UL faculty, students and staff with a current ID and $10 for general admission.

For more information, please call 482-6357. Purchase tickets online here.

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UL Opera presents Viva Italia! An Evening of Italian Opera Scenes

November 3, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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UL Lafayette Opera Theatre presents Viva Italia! An Evening of Italian Opera Scenes this weekend.

Performances are this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. in Burke-Hawthorne Theatre.

Scenes will be represented from The Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale, The Elixir of Love, La Traviata,
I Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi, La Cenerentola, The Italian Girl in Algiers, La Boheme
and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Directed by Shawn Roy, with musical direction by David Boudreaux, the cast of 10 UL Lafayette voice students will
fill Burke Hall with some of opera’s greatest Italian music. Performing Arts students Caitlyn Manfre and Lukas Guilbeau are
costume designer and stage manger/lighting designer, respectively.  Included in the cast are Nathan Abbott, Natalie Bodkin, Casey Robichaux, Gilda Parlatto, Holden Greene, Sarah Rees, Sean Cormier, Vanessa Benoit, Miguel Ochoa and Hillary Bonhomme.

Tickets are free for UL students, faculty, and staff and are available at or at the door.

UL Wind Ensemble to Present Homecoming Concert

October 22, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The UL School of Music presents “Globetrotting & Homecoming – a Musical Tour of 7 Continents” as this year’s Homecoming concert featuring the UL Wind Ensemble .

The free concert will take place Friday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Angelle Hall auditorium. With American music to open and close the concert, the program features music about, from, or inspired by each of the seven continents. Highlights include: “American Salute,” “Hary Janos Suite,” “Australian Up-Country Song, ” “Antarctica,” “Ulla In Africa,” and “Kojiki” by UL composer-in-residence, Quincy Hilliard.  ”Fanfare for the Great Hall” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Angelle Auditorium, and Frank Ticheli’s “REST” will be performed as a Lafayette Strong tribute.

UL Symphony presents 20th Annual Halloween Concert

October 13, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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Adults and little ones alike will get into the Halloween spirit when the UL Lafayette Symphony presents its 20th Annual Halloween Concert on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall Auditorium.

Conducted by Michael Blaney, musical highlights of this year’s concert include: Holst’s “Mars,” Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Williams’ music from the original “Star Wars (Episode 4),” music from the film “Psycho,” excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” and a new orchestral arrangement written by UL student Dylan Hebert that contains themes from “Isle of the Dead,” “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” and Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”

There will be guest appearances by the Star Wars Rebel and 501st Legions, UL Women’s Choir, UL Dance Department and UL School of Music Faculty.  It’s a great way to celebrate the holiday in a fun and entertaining way. Orchestra members will be wearing costumes, and the audience is encouraged to show up in their favorite Halloween costumes as well.

Admission is $8 for adults, free for 17 and younger, and 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.

Check out this video to see an excerpt from a previous Halloween concert.

“Self-Portraits in History” opens in the Dean’s gallery

October 8, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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An exciting new exhibit has opened in Fletcher Hall titled “Self Portraits in History.”

Former and current photography students of Lynda Frese showcase their unique work in the Dean’s Gallery, Fletcher Hall 202, until the end of October.

Students currently enrolled in Intermediate and Advanced Photography made themselves a part of history by digitally editing themselves into classic photos from the last several decades.  Many of the photos are seamlessly edited, and it is often difficult to tell who in the picture is from 2015 and who is from 1915.

Also featured in the exhibit is “Self-Portraits in a Photo Booth,” a collection of photo booth images by Frese’s Beginning Photography students from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Frese has always wanted to do something with these photos, and she found this exhibit to be an appropriate opportunity to showcase them.

Performing Arts Department presents “ART,” a multi-lingual comedy

October 8, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The department of Performing Arts in the UL College of the Arts opens the 2015-2016 season with ART, the hit comedy about three friends and the remarkable painting that comes between them. ART by Yasmina Reza is sponsored by the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, presented in both French and English, and directed by University of Louisiana at Lafayette theatre professor Carl Granieri.

ART is on stage October 14 – November 1, 2015, at the A. Hays Town House on the UL Lafayette campus. Show times are 7:00pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00pm Sundays. Tickets are $10 and may be ordered online at or by calling the Performing Arts Office at 337-482-6357. UL Lafayette Faculty, Staff, and Students are admitted free with proof of ID (they should order in advance online).

In ART, a wealthy young doctor, Serge, astounds his two best friends, Marci and Yvonne, when he purchases an unusual— and unusually priced— contemporary painting.  When Marci confronts Serge and ridicules him for wasting his money, the three begin to question the nature of their relationship.  As the play progresses and their wrangling escalates, it soon becomes clear that ART is less about art and more about the complexities of truth and loyalty in friendship. “ART is a hilarious exploration of what we endure when we feel betrayed by our friends.  It’s cruel and painfully funny at the same time, and some of the most poignant moments in the play are also the most ridiculous.  This alchemy is the secret to the play’s worldwide acclaim,” said Granieri.  In a first for the department, the piece is being presented in both the original French as well as in English, making use of Christopher Hampton’s wonderful translation of Reza’s play.  Both the French and English casts feature talented female performers in roles typically reserved for men.  “Regardless of gender or nationality, the play is packed with insights about all those unmentionables that we’re not supposed to talk about in our relationships: who’s more powerful, who’s richer, cooler, smarter, who has more sex appeal, who’s the leader and the follower, and how do we compete with each other?”

Since its premiere two decades ago, ART has become an international theatrical sensation.  It has been translated into 35 languages and produced all over the world.  The play opened in Paris in 1994, where it won Molière Awards for best author, best play, and best production.  It went on to receive the 1997 Olivier Award for best play and the 1998 Tony Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play. “This play has touched a nerve far more universal than even Yasmina Reza probably could have once imagined,” Granieri said.

UL Lafayette’s production of ART features the acting talents of six theatre BFA students. In the English-language production, Irene Ryan Award nominee and graduating senior Candace Taylor portrays Marci, an aeronautical engineer who is bewildered and angered by her best friend’s new purchase.  Serge is played by junior BFA candidate Tycarlous Deberry, while Missy Shepherd, also a junior, portrays Yvonne, the flustered friend perennially caught in the middle.  In the French-language production, a trio of sophomore BFA acting students— Kaitlin Romero, Christian Moussiet, and Brandii Champagne— portray Marci, Serge, and Yvonne respectively. Romero, Moussiet and Champagne are not native French speakers and have made the extraordinary commitment to learning an entire full-length play in a language they don’t speak. “Working closely with the Francophone Studies department, our students in the French cast have challenged themselves in a way most professional actors would never dare.  I have been extraordinarily impressed with their work ethic and bravery in this process.  The opportunity to serve Acadiana by presenting a work in the language that is the root of our culture, however, was an opportunity we could not pass up.  The College of the Arts is thrilled to be making our available in French.”

Playwright Yasmina Reza was born in 1959 in Paris, France. After studying at Paris X University and the Jacques Lecoq Drama School, she began her career as an actress. Her first play, Conversations After a Burial (1987), gave her immediate success as a playwright. Reza’s plays have been international critical and popular successes, translated and produced worldwide. In addition to Art, she is the author of The Passage of Winter (1989), The Unexpected Man (1995), Life x 3 (2000), and Une Piece Espagnole (2004). Her novels include Hammerklavier, Desolation, and Adam Haberberg.

Translator Christopher Hampton is an award-winning writer, translator, and lyricist. His credits include translations of Reza’s Conversations After a Burial, Art, The Unexpected Man, and Life x 3. His plays The Philanthropist and Les Liaisons Dangereuses received Tony Award nominations for Best Play. His screenplay for the film Dangerous Liaisons, adapted from his play, won a 1988 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Hampton won a 1995 Tony Award for Best Book for the musical Sunset Boulevard. His most recent endeavor is writing book and lyrics (with Don Black) for Dracula, The Musical, which opened on Broadway in August.

Director Carl Granieri teaches acting, directing, and dramaturgy at UL Lafayette, and works professionally as an actor and director. He began his career on stage in Philadelphia with tent-pole companies there, including Theatre Exile, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Co., Mauckingbird Theatre Co., Simpatico Theatre Project, the PAC, Delaware Theatre Co., and the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, among others. His work on Necropolis for the London-based Beautiful Confusion was named ten-best of the 2007 International Prague Fringe Festival. From 2010-2012 he served as the Consultant for New Play Development at Philly’s Arden Theatre Co. and worked as a production dramaturg and assistant director for the Philadelphia Theatre Co., Vanity House Theatre, and Temple Rep. He directed world premiere pieces for Girasole Productions (Casual World/Intimate Heart) and ELI Radio, two of which toured internationally in 2009 and 2010 (Amore Italiano, An Evening in Naples).  Mr. Granieri also helmed projects for Philadelphia Dramatists Center and Villanova Theatre Second Stage. He serves as artistic liaison to The Marty Wilson Art and Music Foundation and is an associate of Directors Gathering, a think-tank and advocacy organization serving theatre directors, which he helped launch in 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Louisiana, he held teaching posts at Rowan University, Temple University, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Carl holds an M.F.A in Acting from Temple University and an M.A. in Dramaturgy from Villanova University.

The production team assembled for ART includes Scenic Designer Shannon Miller, who is the UL Lafayette PFAR Production Manager and an Assistant Professor of Theatre in Tech and Design, and Costume Designer Kendra Weeks, an Instructor of Theatre in Costume Tech and Design at UL Lafayette.

The A. Hays Town House is on the grounds of the Hilliard University Art Museum, located at 710 East St. Mary Boulevard.

Performances in English:

- October 14th, 15th, 21th, and 22th at 7:00pm (Hilliard Galleries

open at 5:00pm)

- October 16th, 17th, 22nd, and 24th at 8:00pm (Hilliard Galleries open at 6:00pm)

- October 18th and 25th at 2:00pm

Performances in French:

- October 28th and 29th at 7:00pm (Hilliard Galleries open at 5:00pm)

- October 30th and 31st at 8:00pm (Hilliard Galleries open at 6:00pm)

- November 1st at 2:00 PM

College of the Arts to host 6th Annual Beaux Arts Ball

September 21, 2015 by Travis Guillory  
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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of the Arts will host its annual Beaux Arts Ball on Friday, October 23, 2015 in the Atchafalaya Ballroom of the new student union.

The costume ball will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. with the theme of earth, honoring the 2016 SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Nick Spitzer. All proceeds from the event will support the students of 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.

Guests are encouraged to put their creativity in motion by dressing as this year’s theme, earth. Those who purchase tables can join the table-decorating contest to obtain the coveted trophy for best themed table decoration.

Tickets are $75 per person, $600 for a table of 8, and $1,000 for a sponsorship. They can be purchased online at or by calling (337) 482-6224.

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