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.
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.
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.
The UL-Lafayette Concert Series presented a guest artists recital featuring violinist Lina Bahn and pianist Stephen Vanhauwaert, on Tuesday February 15, 7:30 PM, in Angelle Hall Auditorium. They performed works by Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Felder and Franck.
Lina Bahn has spent twelve seasons as part of the award-winning Corigliano Quartet. Their CD in collaboration with the Friedman Quartet was cited in the New Yorker’s “Best 10 Recordings” list. Bahn is currently the executive director and violinist with the Verge Ensemble at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. During the 2010 season, Ms. Bahn performed in an inauguration concert as the violinist of the Smithsonian’s National Gallery New Music Ensemble, and she now holds post as Assistant Professor of violin at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Stephen Vanhauwaert has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique.” His piano playing has claimed many prestigious awards such as the Maurice Lefranc award, the Rotary Prize, the Galiot Prize and the USC Concerto Competition. Vanhauwaert performs regularly throughout Europe and the US, both solo and in chamber groups. He recently finished his China solo debut tour in 2010, which was received with great critical acclaim.
The UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra presented a free concert featuring UL Student soloists and guest string performers on Saturday, February 19, 7:30 PM, in Angelle Hall Auditorium. Over 100 pre-college string players from throughout Louisiana joined forces with the UL Lafayette Symphony to perform Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. UL student soloists Julia Lang, violin; Stephen Tumblin, marimba; and singers Alex Hollerman and Jenee Luquette were featured soloists with the orchestra. The evening will conclude with a performance of Leonard Berstein’s Overture to Candide.
Ten elite drum corps visited Cajun Field on July 26 at 6:30pm for the 4th Annual Drums Across Cajun Field. Drum corps that performed for this event included the Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, Glassmen, Troopers, Blue Nights, The Academy, Mandarins, Pacific Crest, Pioneer, and Cascades.
The annual event was sponsored by the UL Lafayette Pride of Acadiana Marching Band.
Visit www.dci.org or www.ulbands.com for more details.
On Wednesday September 22 New York City based SoPercussion will give a free performance and demonstration in Angelle Hall from 10am-11:45am. The percussion group will discuss and demonstrate techniques used in integrating media, both audio and video, with live performance. During this demonstration, they will talk about their groundbreaking work Imaginary City, a sonic meditation on urban soundscapes commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2009 Next Wave Festival. For the past several years, So has been joining electronic duo Matmos for shows around the country and in Europe, exploring the sonic and theatrical possibilities of beer cans, hair clippers, ceramic bowls, and dry ice. This collaboration culminated in a new album, Treasure State, released on Cantaloupe Records in Summer 2010.
If you like what you hear and see, you can catch them again that night as they play at Parc International for the PASA in the Park at 7pm.
For more information on the group visit their website.