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Southeastern Wind Symphony headlines Fanfare's fourth week

Contact: Christina Chapple


(1) Southeastern Wind Symphony (2) Twohawks (3) Alison Pelegrin (4) Bev Marshall


(5) Randy Sanders (6) Johnny Chauvin

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(1) WIND SYMPHONY AT FANFARE – The popular and acclaimed Southeastern Louisiana University will perform its Fanfare concert, “Where You There?,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond.

(2) NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC – The Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker joins the Fanfare schedule as the setting for “The Music of Twohawks,” presented by Native American flute recording artist Stephen Twohawks Reed, Monday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

(3) (4) HIGH NOON FICTION – Southeastern Louisiana University authors Alison Pelegrin and Bev Marshall will read from their works in Fanfare’s “High Noon Fiction” series at Monday, Oct. 22, at noon in Vonnie Borden Theatre in D Vickers Hall.

(5) ALL ABOUT POLITICS – Southeastern Louisiana University historian Randy Sanders will present talk about the lessons learned from “Dirty Politics” during the Fanfare “Then and Now” lecture series, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m., in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

(6) AN EVENING WITH JOHNNY – Photographer Johnny Chauvin, also known as area radio’s “Johnny in the Morning,” will discuss and display his work at Ponchatoula’s The Art Station at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

     HAMMOND – “Were You There?,” a Southeastern Louisiana University Wind Symphony concert spanning a century of music history and style, headlines the fourth week of Fanfare, Southeastern’s annual October arts festival.

     The symphony, directed by Glen Hemberger, will perform on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, 220 E. Thomas St. in downtown Hammond. 

     Hemberger said the Wind Symphony is dedicating the Fanfare concert to the memory of famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who died last month. “Pavarotti’s contributions to music were felt well beyond the opera world,” he said. “We will present Merlin Patterson's brilliant arrangement of ‘Nessun Dorma,’ the famed aria from the final act of Puccini's ‘Turandot,’ and one of Pavarotti's signature works.” 

     The Wind Symphony’s eclectic program will range from Karl L. King’s 1910 "The Melody Shop" to "Nitro" by Frank Ticheli, written last year. 

     The symphony will also perform Ticheli’s “Apollo Unleashed” from Ticheli’s “Symphony No. 2,” a selection that Hemberger described as “demanding, flashy, and magnificently crafted.

     “Ticheli is today considered among the most respected of all contemporary composers,” Hemberger said. A native of LaPlace, Ticheli was guest conductor of Southeastern's annual high school honor band in 2003. He is now a faculty member at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

     Hemberger said the concert’s title piece, “Were You There?,” is composer John Lynch’s version of the well known traditional spiritual by the same name. Wind Symphony flutist Karyn Huggett of Hammond will sing the hymn, followed by the Wind Symphony’s performance of Lynch’s intriguing arrangement. 

     The concert will also include three compelling works by Percy Granger, including a rarely performed setting of "The Gum-Suckers" March.

     Admission for the concert is $6, adults; $4, senior citizens, Southeastern faculty and staff, plus a one dollar Columbia Theatre handling fee. The concert is free to all students with I.D.

     Also during Fanfare’s fourth week:

     • The “Sunday With the Arts” concert series travels to St. Tammany Parish on Oct. 20, where the Christ Episcopal School Choir will perform at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Abbey’s Benet Hall, 75376 River Road, Covington. CES music director and Southeastern alumnus Svetlana Marr will lead the choir in a free concert of classical and contemporary choral music. A reception will follow in the Benet Hall lobby.

     • The “High Noon Fiction” series featuring Southeastern’s talented and award-winning faculty authors will continue on Monday, Oct. 22, with readings by Bev Marshall and Alison Pelegrin at noon in Vonnie Borden Theatre. Pelegrin, recipient of a creative writing fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts, will share poems from her newest book, “Big Muddy River of Stars,” winner of the Akron Poetry Prize. Marshall, a Southeastern alumnus and writer-in-residence, is the critically acclaimed author of “Walking Through Shadows,” “Right As Rain,” and “Hot Fudge Sundae Blues,” and recipient of the MLA Fiction of the Year Award.

     • Also on Oct. 22, the Livingston Literacy and Technology Center in Walker will be the setting for “The Music of Twohawks,” presented by Native American flute recording artist Stephen Twohawks Reed, director and founder of the Native American Flute Circle of Louisiana. The free concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

     • The Foreign Film Festival will offer the 2004 German film “in july,” Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre. Moritz Bleibtreu stars as Daniel, a shy Hamburg student teacher who impulsively resolves to follow a beautiful tourist he just met to Istanbul. His hapless odyssey is complicated by the irrepressible Juli (Christiane Paul), a street vendor who sold him an enchanted ring she guaranteed would help him find his true love. Through many mishaps and detours, Daniel's wayward journey is a wild ride. The 96-minute film is rated R for language.

     • At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Columbia Theatre, the Department of Music and Dramatic Arts’ dance program will present a modern and ballet dance concert, "Moxie Dance Project," including guest artists from Baton Rouge's "Of Moving Colors,” a unique dance company that combines movement, visual arts, literature and music in its educating and stimulating performances.

     Tickets for Moxie Dance Project are $4, general admission; $2 senior citizens, Southeastern faculty, staff and alumni and non-Southeastern students. Southeastern students are admitted free with I.D.

     Master classes will be held in conjunction with “Of Moving Color’s” residency. For information about the classes, contact Southeastern dance instructor Dana Brewer-Plazinic,, 985-549-5254.

     • Week Four’s edition of the Department of History and Political Science’s “Then and Now” lecture series will feature Southeastern historian Randy Sanders presenting “Dirty Politics: What Modern Political Hatchet Men Learned from Jimmy Carter’s Gubernatorial Campaign of 1970.” The free lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m., in the Pottle Music Building Auditorium.

     The author of the new book “Mighty Peculiar Elections: The New South Gubernatorial Campaigns of 1970 and the Changing Politics of Race,” Sanders will discuss how the 1970 gubernatorial campaign of Jimmy Carter, later known for his fairness and moderation, helped inspire present-day dirty politics. A book signing will follow his lecture.

     • Photographer Johnny Chauvin, also known as radio’s “Johnny in the Morning,” joins the Fanfare schedule on Oct. 24 with a special lecture sharing what he sees as he captures his images and tracking his photographic career from the crucial beginning years to his recent successes. His lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Art Station, 146 W. Oak St. in Ponchatoula. Tickets are $10 and additional information is available at

     • Just in time for Halloween, on Saturday, Oct. 27 children will find "Tricks and Treats" -- Halloween fun, stories, and crafts – at the Hammond Library. The free fun event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Hammond branch, 314 E. Thomas St.

     Columbia/Fanfare box office (985-543-4371) hours are noon to 5 p.m., weekdays. For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit the Fanfare links at

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