Four Hands Piano Concert with Chee-Hung Toh & Dennis Lee

April 16, 2012 by Fawn Roy  
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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.

Community Day Provided Art Workshops for All Ages

February 27, 2012 by Fawn Roy  
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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.

UL Performing Arts Presented Antonine Maillet’s The Rabble [Les Crasseux]

February 24, 2012 by Fawn Roy  
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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.

Multiple Sights Auction

February 17, 2012 by Fawn Roy  
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As part of the Festival of the Arts there was an auction for a collection of works by UL Lafayette Visual Arts faculty. Included in the portfolio were one of a kind artworks.

To view more artworks from the portfolio you can visit http://rabbleauction.tumblr.com/

The winning ticket was drawn the opening night of the reception. The winner received the entire portfolio of art: one 9×12” artwork by
each faculty member.

Trimpin: The Sound of Invention

February 6, 2012 by Fawn Roy  
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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.”

Percussion Ensemble Concert

October 26, 2011 by Fawn Roy  
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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.

Symphony Halloween Concert

October 19, 2011 by Fawn Roy  
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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 on Friday, October 28, 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: Carnival of the Animals , selections from The Planets,  A 5th of Beethoven, In the Hall of the Mountain King and more.

There will be guest appearances by pianists Yu Ling Huang-Davie and Chan Kiat Lim, narrator Robyn Nolting, and 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 www.ularts.com to view information about all College of the Arts performances.

Beaux Arts Ball 2011 a Success!

September 28, 2011 by Fawn Roy  
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The UL Lafayette College of the Arts hosted a successful Beaux Arts Ball Wednesday October 12.  Special guests of honor at this year’s Beaux Arts Ball were Kate Linder, one of the stars of the famed soap opera “The Young and the Restless” and famed production designer Joe Stewart, recipient of this year’s SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award.  The event took place at the River Oaks Event Center in Lafayette.

Linder has starred as  “The Young and the Restless” character Esther Valentine since 1982.  What initially began as a small speaking role for her turned into repeat appearances, which grew into the key role that it is today.  Linder also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Linder will travel to Lafayette to help celebrate the creative work of  her friend and colleague Joe Stewart–the award-winning set designer who attended ULL.  The Beaux Arts Ball followed through with a raucous night of creativity and imagination with an all-out call for costumed revelers to dress up to the nines—think Erte images and the Folies Bergere—and celebrate the spirits of music, dance, theater, visual arts, architecture and design.

Amidst this night of fun, music and pageantry, Stewart was announced the winner of the UL Lafayette College of the Arts 2012 SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award.

Stewart attended Cathedral Carmel High School and studied architecture at the University of Southwestern Louisiana  (now UL Lafayette) before transferring to Carnegie Mellon University to graduate with a B.F.A. in Drama (Design).  His illustrious career had humble beginnings.  After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Stewart moved to New York to find work in theatre and television set design.  He quickly went from working with stage clothing to being named Assistant Art Director for the soap opera “Days of Our Lives.” Stewart has worked on sitcoms, award shows, special events, game shows, charity telethons, talk shows, music and variety series and specials, and live theatrical productions.   To date, he and partner John Shaffner have received three Primetime Emmy Awards for David Copperfield Specials and one for The George Lopez Show, three Daytime Emmy Awards for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, one for the George and Alana Show, one Art Director’s Guild Award, and one Los Angeles Area Emmy Award.

Stewart is also the Artist in Residence with the UL Lafayette College of the Arts for 2011-2012.  He will work closely with theatre, design, architecture and choreography students, and give periodic lectures on the art of stage and set design during his residency.
From Art Nouveau to Art Deco to Art New Age, the spirit of Beaux Arts Ball-goers is what makes this night zing.  Great music by The Nouveau String Band, a delicious dinner served cocktail buffet-style, special guests and more surprises await revelers who make it to this event.  The Divas, a special group of sponsors, will pay homage to Stewart, soap operas and grand operas in a costumed pageant.  Performances and parades by UL Lafayette College of the Arts students will make the night even more exciting.

“The historic Beaux Arts Balls of Europe will have nothing on our version in Lafayette.“ says UL Lafayette College of the Arts Dean Gordon Brooks. “ We are a community who likes to dress up, parade, and celebrate life.  I have no doubt Lafayette will step up to its own tradition and bring their party to our party!”

Associated Travel, The Lemoine Company and Paul’s Jewelry are lead sponsors of this important event that raises funds to support scholarships, professional development, student organizations, student productions and other activities that ensure the vitality of the UL Lafayette College of the Arts.

Photo of Ms. Linder by CharlesBush.com

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UL Lafayette Students Contribute to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Pt. II

August 9, 2011 by Fawn Roy  
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The blockbuster movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. II, in theaters now has a Ragin’ Cajun connection. Several UL Lafayette graduates of the Department of Visual Arts and a current student helped with 3-D production of the film.

Jordan Alphonso graduated from UL Lafayette in 2009 with a concentration in computer animation. He’s a Lead Artist with Pixel Magic, a Los Angeles based visual effects firm.

Alphonso works in the company’s satellite office in the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise in University Research Park.  He and the team of UL Lafayette graduates and a current student converted about 24 minutes of the final film from 2D to 3D.

“ We had our hands on about 420 shots from the movie, but due to it still being in post-production while we were working, about 95 or so of our shots were edited out of the film,” he said.

He explained a little about the conversion process. “For a movie to be released in 3D, you have to have two films that are exactly the same except shot from two slightly different angles (mimicking what the human eye sees),” he said. “What those silly glasses do is separate your eyes so that your left eye can only see the left film and your right eye can only see the right film, giving the illusion that it is in 3D.”

The conversion process comes in when the film is shot with only one camera. “A visual effects house like Pixel Magic takes the one camera shot and creates two new images based off the information that is given from the one camera,” Alphonso said.

He noted that as many as 21 artists worked on the film. That’s double the staff at the firm’s Los Angeles office. All were working on 3D conversion.

“The computer animation program within the College of the Arts at UL Lafayette came in handy and helped us meet our deadline with the show,” he said. “Since most of the artists were well-versed on the computer, we were able to shorten the training and have them jump into work quicker.”

UL Lafayette graduates who worked on the conversion include: Patrick Trahan, Adam Prejean, Donald Gremillion II, Hal Moore, Adam Folse, Tyler Broussard, Jacob Kebodeaux, Mendsaikhan Tsolmon, Scarlett Hanks, Trista Medine and Michael Rung. J. Thomas Wilson, a current UL Lafayette student, also worked with Pixel Magic on this project.

Joe Stewart Named 2012 Festival of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

July 13, 2011 by Fawn Roy  
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The College of the Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is excited to announce the honoree for their 6th annual Festival of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.   This year’s recipient will be Joe Stewart, a Lafayette native turned famed production designer.  Stewart attended Cathedral Carmel High School and the University of Southwestern Louisiana  (now UL Lafayette) before transferring to Carnegie Mellon University to graduate with a B.F.A. in Drama (Design).  His illustrious career had humble beginnings.  After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Stewart moved to New York to find work in theatre and television set design.  He quickly went from working with stage clothing to getting hired as Assistant Art Director with the television series “Days of Our Lives.”   Thus began his rise to fame.  Stewart has worked on sitcoms, award shows, special events, game shows, charity telethons, talk shows, music and variety series and specials, and live theatrical productions.   To date, he and partner John Shaffner have received three Primetime Emmy Awards for David Copperfield Specials and one for The George Lopez Show, three Daytime Emmy Awards for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, one for the George and Alana Show, one Art Director’s Guild Award, and one Los Angeles Area Emmy Award.

In addition to being the Festival of the Arts Honoree for the UL College of the Arts, Stewart will also be Artist in Residence with the UL Lafayette College of the Arts for 2011-2012.  He will work closely with theatre, design, architecture and choreography students for the production of “The Rabble,” a play about Acadian life by French Canadian Antonine Maillet that will be featured during the Festival of the Arts.  Stewart’s specialty is “creating an environment for storytelling,” with which he will be assisting during the production of “The Rabble.”  He will also be giving periodic lectures on the art of stage and set design during his residency.

The Festival of the Arts will be held March 22-30, 2012.  For more information as it becomes available please visit www.arts.louisiana.edu or call 337-482-6224.  The COA Calendar of Events is available at: ularts.com.

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