Adults and little ones alike will get into the Halloween spirit when the UL-Lafayette Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Blaney presents its Annual Halloween Concert. Tuesday, October 30, 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: James Bond, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Danse Macabre and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. The orchestra will also present a world premiere performance of Eric Sharp’s Renegade Convergence featuring the UL Dance Department. 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 or visit music.louisiana.edu/ to view information about all upcoming performances.
UL Art students took a semester abroad this Summer in Paris, France to study as well as site see the historic city. Check out our Facebook Page for more pictures from the trip.
Animation Career Review has made a list and compiled the top 20 Best Animation Programs in the South and UL’s Animation program has made the list. Congratulations to our staff for helping us make such an incredible program! Click the link below to review the article.
Twenty-five graduating seniors participated in the exhibition, representing concentrations in Ceramics, Computer Animation, Graphic Design, Media, Metalwork and Jewelry, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. The two-semester Senior Project course sequence is the capstone experience in the Visual Arts Department.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Concert Series proudly presented world class pianists Chee-Hung Toh & Dennis Lee in a Solo and Four-Hands Piano Concert on Monday April 23 in Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. Toh and Lee performed works by Clementi, Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, and Moszkowski.
The UL Lafayette College of the Arts hosted Community Day on Saturday March 24 as part of the 2012 Festival of the Arts. Community Day combined activities from the Department of Visual Arts and the School of Music & Performing Arts. It was a great chance for children and adults of all ages to participate in workshops on various art techniques, to receive free musical instruction and demonstration, and to participate in musical jam sessions.
Other offerings of Community Day included live music on the grounds, a bake sale, face painting, and games.
The UL Lafayette College of the Arts presented Antonine Maillet’s The Rabble [Les Crasseux] on March 22-29 as part of the 6th Annual Festival of the Arts. The production opened on the 22nd with an invitational reception and auction.
The Rabble [Les Crasseux] is a groundbreaking play by Antonine Maillet, Canada’s premier Acadian author and playwright. Her play is about the return of the Acadians after their initial exile from Nova Scotia, but after being allowed to return, they find that they are not welcome on the land that they previously owned. Then they learn that they are to be exiled once again, but this time they strategize to maintain what is theirs. The UL Lafayette production of the play relied on parallel cultural experiences and expressions of the Cajun people. The UL Lafayette Performing Arts cast delivered a dialogue that was robust and passionate. The play is written in an ambiguous historical framework, so this production was developed within a sort of ‘suspended world,’ where the characters were archetypes of the personalities they represented.
“We are very excited to bring Madame Maillet’s characters to life with the production of The Rabble as well as to have the opportunity tell a part of the Acadian story that may not be as familiar as others in the Acadiana area,” said Camille Bulliard, Director. “The Rabble is a perfect opportunity to support our mission as the premier pre-professional performing arts training program in Louisiana, bringing progressive, exhilarating, state of the art productions to the community. Madame Maillet’s work offers the Performing Arts Program this opportunity supported with the robust ‘carnival-esque’ quality and deep brotherhood known of the Acadians/Cajuns, upon which our young actors and dancers in training can explore and expand upon.”
The production was designed, collaboratively, by a team of faculty and students working with Joe Stewart, 2011-2012 College of the Arts Artist-in-Residence, internationally recognized production designer, Lafayette native, and this year’s recipient of the SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award.
To view more artworks from the portfolio you can visit http://rabbleauction.tumblr.com/
Kinetic artist, composer and inventor, “Trimpin” was in residence in the College of the Arts from February 16-17, 2012. The documentary “Trimpin: The Sound of Invention,” by Peter Esmonde was shown in Fletcher Auditorium, room 134 at 7:30 on February 16 as part of the Bayou Bijou Film Series. Trimpin remained for question and answer after the film. Trimpin also gave a presentation in Fletcher Auditorium, room 134, at 7:30 on February 17 under the auspices of the University Concert Series.
Trimpin is a specialist in integrating sculpture and acoustic devices, and is said to be one of the most stimulating one-man forces in music today. Each one of his fanciful installations is unique. For the 1989 Composer-to-Composer conference in Telluride, Colorado, Trimpin created a computer-controlled system to perform Conlon Nancarrow’s player piano compositions with mallets striking 100 Dutch wooden shoes, arranged in a horseshoe from the edge of the balcony at the Sheridan Opera House. He has constructed fire organs, liquid percussion systems, and a tower of more than fifty self-playing and self-tuning guitars in honor of Jimi Hendrix. In 1997 he received a MacArthur “Genius Grant” for exceptional creative work. Music professor Robert Willey, who organized the visit, recommended the experience for people looking for creative inspiration: “Trimpin thinks out of the box…way out.”
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Percussion Ensembles will present their fall concert on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 7:30 PM in the Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. The program will feature performances of two major works, The Phantom Dances by Michael Hennagin and Dooms Day Machine by percussionist and composer Michael Burritt of the famed Eastman School of Music. The ensemble will also perform a percussion arrangement of the widely popular Oblivion by Argentinean composer Astor Piazolla. The Steel Drum Band and Afro-Caribbean Ensemble will close out the program with selections from their upcoming clinic and concert at the Louisiana Music Educators Conference. Admission is free.
For more information please call 482-6016. For more information about UL Lafayette College of the Arts events visit arts.louisiana.edu.