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December, 2014

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strsuss December 11-13, 18, 20 - Celebrate the Season with
Strauss Theatre Center
, in collaboration with Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, as they bring you one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man.  A fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader when he arrives in River City, Iowa.  After conning the citizens into buying non-existent instruments and uniforms, his plans are to skip town with the cash, but he falls in love with Marion the librarian who transforms him into a respectable citizen.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com



st. joseph ornamentDecember 13 -
All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentleman and the high-energy show that is "Jeremy Davis & Clay Johnson present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra." Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage at Saint Joseph Arts, Inc! Fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary entertainers lead by Frank Sinatra, Davis & Johnson are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul. 3:00 p.m. 118 Arts drive, St. Joseph, LA. For more information call 318-766-3344 or visit http://www.stjosepharts.com


mso ornament December 14 - Be there for Monroe’s favorite holiday musical tradition as the Monroe Symphony Chorus and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra celebrate the holidays with
Sounds of the Season.
Share it with family and friends, and marvel in the season.
   Clay Couturiaux, conductor; Deborah Chandler, chorus director.
3:00 p.m.; West Monroe Convention Center.

For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.

la delta ballet December 19 - “The Ice Palace” This all new ballet
takes place in a “frozen” kingdom with all of your favorite icy characters that will bring this enchanting story to life.
     Based on the popular Hans Christian Anderson story, “The Snow Queen”, this ballet is sure to please all bringing love and Compassion to your hearts this Christmas season.
It’s must see! Jack Howard Theatre; 7:30 p.m.
For more information visit Louisianadeltaballet.com



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January, 2015




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masur museum January 22 - The Masur Museum of Art proudly presents the Reception and Artist Talk for Birney Imes’ Whispering Pines. Whispering Pines is a series of photographs by the renowned American photographer Birney Imes. These images tell the very personal story of white juke joint owner Blume Triplett's informal journey towards desegregating his beloved business and home, the Whispering Pines. Imes’ photographs possess a genuine warmth and hardscrabble honesty that parallels broad political and cultural themes in the twentieth century South. This exhibition is on view through February 14, 2015. This free and public event goes from 6 – 8 pm. Birney Imes himself will give a brief Artist Talk a 6:30 pm. Like us on Facebook, visit masurmuseum.org or call 318.329.2237 for more information.

 


st. joseph ornamentJanuary 23 - Originally from the UK and now based in Dallas, David Howarth is one of the most versatile and exciting young pianists around today. Trained at the Royal College of Music in England, he is sure to dazzle you as Saint Joseph Arts, Inc. presents David with his uncompromising virtuosity on all 88 keys of the piano. He has performed for Royalty and Celebrities all over the world including George Clooney, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow and David Beckham. David has also composed, produced and arranged music for some of the world’s finest musicians and singers, and his unique style of music can be heard on radio stations all over the world. 7:00 p.m. 118 Arts drive, St. Joseph, LA. For more information call 318-766-3344 or visit http://www.stjosepharts.com

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February, 2015

mso ornament February 8 - Travel with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra to Hollywood for
Music to our Eyes: Blockbuster Film Scores as we experience the sounds of the past 75 years of great motion picture scores. From uplifting Rocky and epic Lawrence of Arabia, to the adventurous and fantastical Pirates of the Caribbean, Braveheart, Back to the Future, as well as the great Westerns The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, Silverado, and Dances with Wolves, re-live music of the big screen from legendary composers Henry Mancini, Maurice Jarre, John Barry, Elmer Bernstein, James Horner, and more.
   Clay Couturiaux, conductor; 3:00pm, Monroe Civic Center Arena.
For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.


la delta ballet February 13, 2015: “Dancing With the La. Stars”
Now in its 7th season, this popular Louisiana Delta Ballet fundraiser is the party of the year! Salsa your way to the Monroe Civic Center Arena and watch local personalities and celebrities compete for the 2015 championship. Reserve your Corporate Table today! Louisianadeltaballet.com

st. joseph ornamentFebruary 13 - Before a single note leaves his lips or one chord is strummed from his acoustic guitar, Kevin Mac convinces you to love him. His style is refreshing and honest, guaranteed to thrill the Saint Joseph Arts, Inc. audience. His words speak of love, heartache, happiness, and appreciating the small things while his fingers confirm that each song tells a story of the life he’s lived by way of his guitar. 7:00 p.m. 118 Arts drive, St. Joseph, LA. For more information call 318-766-3344 or visit http://www.stjosepharts.com

 

strauss February 20-22, 27, 28 - The Futrelle Sisters are in trouble again in Southern Hospitality with a problem that is bigger than ever!  Their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction.  Promises made to a woo salsa manufacturing company’s representative as he scouts the town as a possible location for the factory are not to be believed!   But how the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro pull together and save their town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity - and a recipe for total hilarity.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

rose theatreFebruary 20, 21, 22 - If you like classic horror flicks you will love
“Attack of the Zombies,”
a shriek-and-shudder funfest presented by
the Rose YOUtheatre.
Howie, Louise, Gary and Phoebe are in charge of “Zombie Night,” the annual senior class party. They locate an abandoned farmhouse by an old graveyard. Actually, the house was once occupied by the creepy, crawly Dr. Thanatos, who tried to re-animate the dead. Vivian and Anne show up, determined to destroy the party. (They’re sore losers who wanted a sock hop instead.) Enter a grim farmer who warns the kids that it’s dangerous to stay. We soon discover why — zombies! While the decorations go up, the zombies shuffle from the graveyard. Cosmic cannibals! Its zombies versus students! The spoof races to a spine-chilling and hilarious finale. Friday and Saturday 7:00 p.m. Sunday 2:00 p.m. Bastrop; For more information call (318)-283-0120 or visit http://www.rosetheatre.org/

 

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March, 2015


masur museum March 7 – The Masur Museum of Art proudly presents the
Reception and Juror’s Talk for the 52nd Annual Juried Competition. Sponsored by CenturyLink, this exhibition showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium. This long running juried competition also showcases some of America’s best curatorial talent. Recent jurors include: Kelly Shindler, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; George Shackelford, Kimbell Art Museum; Liza Simone, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles; Alison Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Houston, currently Bo Bartlett Center; and Miranda Lash, currently Speed Art Museum.

Our Juror, Sandra Firmin, Director and Chief Curator, Colorado University Art Museum will speak about the selected work as well as the current atmosphere of contemporary art at 6:30 pm. She will also announce $3,200.00 in prizes, including $1,000.00 for Best in Show.

The reception is from 6 - 8 pm. This exhibition is on view from March 4 to June 20, 2015. Like us on Facebook, visit masurmuseum.org or call 318.329.2237 for more information.

 

masur museum March 13 - The Twin City Art Foundation’s
Off-The-Wall Fundraiser
returns to the Masur Museum of Art. In addition to the Off-The-Wall silent auction of wonderful artwork, the evening will include live music, door prizes, and the Bon Voyage Trip Raffle. Proceeds from Off the Wall support exhibitions and educational programs at the Masur Museum of Art. 6:30 P.M. 1400 South Grand Street. Call 318.329.2237or visit www.masurmuseum.org for more information. 

 

mso ornament March 14 - Le Bonheur: The Monroe Symphony Orchestra welcomes spring with Bach, Haydn, and Mozart. Virtuosic cellist, Cicely Parnas, will perform Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major. Also performed this evening: Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047; Haydn: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in C Major; Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201.
   Clay Couturiaux, conductor. 7:00 p.m.; West Monroe High School Auditorium.
For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.



la delta ballet March 26-28, 2015

Louisiana Delta Ballet hosts the
Regional Dance America/Southwest Festival!
Twenty-three Regional Companies and six hundred dancers from Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, & New Mexico will travel to Monroe to showcase three amazing performances.
Ticket packages available! Louisianadeltaballet.com

rose theatreFriday and Saturday, March 27, 28 - "Alibis" Dinner Theatre revolves around a dinner party hosted by Primavera Donna. Much to the annoyance of her guests, which include a social butterfly, a playboy, a dotty chemist, an aristocrat of dubious origin, a nun who has taken a vow of silence and a part-time detective, Primavera is suspiciously missing from her own party and is later found dead. As a storm outside rages and the body count mounts, the guests must contend with interruptions, shocking revelations, tacky special effects, suspicious staff and the arrival of a mysterious visitor, as they attempt to determine “Who dunnit?”
   Doors open at 6:00 P.M. Dinner served at 6:30 P.M. Tickets for MEMBERSHIP may be reserved beginning March 16.
   Tickets sales for membership and the general public will begin March 20. Call the Visitor Center (281-0911, 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.) to make reservations. Tables of 8 may be reserved, if paid in advance. Tickets are $40.00.


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April, 2015

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April 16-18
- The Duck Commanders' "BeardFest."


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June 5 and 7 - The new Louisiana Opera, presenting fully staged performances at ULM, presents the sparkling beloved comedy
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Rossini, in the
Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall on Friday, June 5, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 7, at 2:00 p.m.
 

Tickets will be on sale in April, and will be $25 for general admission, with a $10 student ticket.  For more information, call 342-3247.

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April 24-25
The Twin City Ballet’s beautiful dancers and a beautiful setting combine to make an unforgettable evening for patrons of North Louisiana’s signature spring arts event, Ballet Under the Stars. Celebrated choreographers such as Joe Istre, Kelli Barclay, Diane Maroney-Grigsby, Leaia Alsup, along with others work their magic to produce a varied, full spectrum concert that covers many genres, including ballet, jazz, musical theatre, modern and contemporary dance. Beautiful Kiroli Park creates the perfect backdrop for our dancers to share their incredible strength, musicality, beauty and joy of dance. Kiroli Park Amphitheater.  Spring Children’s Production – After much success, Twin City Ballet will again be presenting area school children with a fun, entertaining and educational show in Kiroli Park in conjunction with Ballet Under the Stars. This production is intended to be interactive and the audience is encouraged to dance and sing along with the characters on stage. This show appeals to all generations and reminds everyone, “No one cares if you can dance, JUST GET UP AND DANCE!”  Kiroli Park Amphitheater.  For more information visit http://www.twincityballet.org


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May, 2015


mso ornament May 2 - Join the Monroe Symphony Orchestra
and the Monroe Symphony Chorus as we close the 2014-2015 season with a
Springtime Finale featuring one of the best-known works in the repertoire of classical music, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor. This work is almost universally considered Beethoven’s greatest work and is considered by many to be one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.
   Clay Couturiaux, conductor, Deborah Chandler, chorus director.
7:00 p.m.; Jack Howard Theater at the Monroe Civic Center.
For more information call 318-812-6761 or visit www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com.

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May 3 - The premier springtime event and fundraiser for the arts!
The crowd gathers on a perfect spring Sunday afternoon for great food, jazzy music, great artwork, a beautiful bayou-side outdoor setting and a lot of fun. 
The event can be no other than the 18th annual Blend of the Bayou by Men Who Cook, Men Who Mix & Men Who Brew, held by the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council to help underwrite Arts Council projects including touring age-appropriate activities to area schools.
   The wildly popular event centers around a wide array of delicious food and beverages prepared and served by 50 prominent area professionals and businessmen who generously volunteer their time and talents for the cause.  The results of their labors are served from whimsically decorated tasting tables in a pastoral bayou-side setting.  Adding the finishing touches to a perfect afternoon is a local band to provide upbeat live music for the event, artworks from over 20 area artists for sale, the Men Who Brew sponsored by Community Trust Bank and the Men Who Mix sponsored by BancorpSouth whose officers and other celebrity bartenders provide guests with their favorite libation.  5:00 until 7:00 PM.  For ticket information call (318) 396-9520 or visit www.nelaarts.com


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strauss May 8-10. 15-16 - Promises, Promises, the 1968 Broadway musical based on the 1960 film, The Apartment, based on a Neil Simon book, closes the Strauss Theatre Center season with music by Burt Bacharach.  The story of a nice guy in a world where niceness goes unnoticed and rewarded, Chuck Baxter wants to be a romantic figure, but the girls don’t remember his names, wants a promotion in his Manhattan Insurance office, but the personnel director is oblivious to him.  Shuck soon discovers what other people consider his only asset: his apartment.  Promises are made, including promotion, marriages are broken and new loves arise.  Chuck eventually decides to be his own man and to get away from what his life is in Manhattan, but something stops him just as he is about to leave.  For more information call 323-6682 or visit www.strausstheatrecenter.com

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June, 2015

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June 5 and 7 - The new Louisiana Opera, presenting fully staged performances at ULM, presents the sparkling beloved comedy
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE by Rossini, in the
Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall on Friday, June 5, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 7, at 2:00 p.m.
 
Returning to Monroe to sing is New York-based baritone John Brandon, singing the charming title role of Figaro, who is The Barber of Seville. Brandon, known popularly on websites as the “bari-hunk,” joins Monroe favorite Ron Ulen, who has sung three major roles for the Louisiana Opera, and is the head of the voice department at the University of Texas-San Marcos. Ulen sang major roles in Germany and Switzerland for 19 years.  A new addition to the LA Opera this year is comic-bass Robert Allen Saunders, singing the part of Dr. Bartolo. The veteran performer is on the voice faculty at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Another comic character in the opera, the servant Ambrosius, will be performed by David Zepeda, a singer-actor who has performed countless comic roles in his thirty years’ experience singing at the Wurzburg, Germany opera house. 

The female central character of the opera is Rosina, and soprano Claire Vangelisti, who has sung the leading soprano roles in the Louisiana Opera’s last three productions, sings this delightful role.  Richard Seiler is the pianist, and Mark Ross Clark stage directs and produces the opera. The cast includes ULM voice faculty members Julian Jones and Mathew James.  Joining the ULM professors is new production member Jeffrey Peterson, opera coach at Baylor University, acting as music coach and playing harpsichord.

Tickets will be on sale in April, and will be $25 for general admission, with a $10 student ticket.  For more information, call 342-3247.


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rose theatreJune 19, 20, 21, 2015 & June 26, 27, 28 - A fast-paced, wildly funny farce, "Divorce Southern Style” at the Rose Theatre centers on the zany schemes of a middle-aged divorcee who decides that the time is ripe to get back together with her ex-husband. Divorced for fifteen years, and running low on cash, Eleanor Bander decides reconciliation with her ex-husband (whose second wife died the year before) is her best hope. To lure him within striking range, she tells him that their daughter is about to be married—hinting that it is a forced situation—when the truth is that the daughter is merely engaged again (for the fifth time) to her long-standing fiancée. The ex-husband, Walter, not only arrives but brings along his current flame, a former classmate who was Eleanor's competition from high-school days. As the plot thickens, which it does with growing hilarity, Eleanor's friends and neighbors become involved in the action, culminating in a surprise birthday party where the truth, at last, comes out. But Walter is prepared to forgive and forget, and falls easily into Eleanor's trap. So easily, in fact, that Eleanor is the one who now has second thoughts—deciding that it is better, after all, to stay single and broke than to resume the bickering that drove her away from Walter in the first place.
   Friday & Saturday Performances – 7:00 p.m. Sunday Performances – 2:00 p.m. Bastrop; For more information call (318)-283-0120 or visit http://www.rosetheatre.org/


 

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