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Louisiana Sinfonietta concert set for Sunday

Angela Draghicescu

The Louisiana Sinfonietta will take on a decidedly international flavor for its concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the LSU School of Music Recital Hall on Dalrymple Drive. Diverse instrumental soloists originally from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Brazil and Mexico will join with the chamber orchestra to present classical music from Germany, Italy and Greece in… Continue reading →

Acadiana Repertory Theatre announces its 2016 productions, all by female playwrights

Photo by DANNY IZZO -- Erica Jure will play the absinthe fairy in Acadiana Repertory Theatre's production of 'La Fée Verte,' which opens Feb. 5.

In 1669, British female writer Aphra Behn produced a play and people laughed. Over 400 years later, not much has changed, and Acadiana Repertory Theatre has taken the hint. The company’s four productions scheduled for 2016 all were written by female playwrights, with “La Fée Verte” by Bridgette Dutta Portman opening the season on Friday,… Continue reading →

‘Russian Tradition’ set at LSU School of Music

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- Carlos Riazuela will conduct the LSU Symphony Orchestra in the concert, 'The Russian Tradition,' Thursday.

Tickets are on sale for the LSU Symphony Orchestra’s concert, “The Russian Tradition,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in the LSU Union Theater, Raphael Semmes Drive. As a major performing ensemble in the LSU School of Music, lead by conductor Carlos Riazuelo, the orchestra’s repertoire encompasses established orchestral masterworks from the Baroque to the 20th century,… Continue reading →

Leviathan Trio to present free concert at SLU

Photo provided by Elizabethan Gallery -- Keith Douglas' 'Blue Heart'

The Leviathan Trio, headed by noted composer and pianist Joseph Dangerfield, will present a free concert at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Pottle Auditorium in Hammond at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The group’s visit is part of a tour of concerts throughout the southeastern United States. The performance will feature Dangerfield’s composition “The Knot,” an authorized companion piece to George… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area arts calendar this week: Jan. 31 - Feb. 7

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: Auditions for Indpendence Park Theatre’s production of Yasmina Reza’s drama, “God of Carnage,” will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the theater, 7800 Independence Park Blvd. Callbacks will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Auditions will consist of one… Continue reading →

Rapid-fire 'Shkspr' comedy play hitteth all the right notes

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE   Theatre Baton Rouge hits a homerun with 'The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr,' where Tyler Grezaffi often performs at breakneck speed.

Most years, you can count on the first post-Christmas Theatre Baton Rouge production to be on the serious, thoughtful side. Think “Other People’s Money” (2015) and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (2013). Don’t let the name fool you: “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” is not such a play. Nt tht thr s nythng wrng wth… Continue reading →

Trisha Yearwood joins cast as Mary in New Orleans staged ‘The Passion’

Associated Press file photo --Country singer Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood will play Mary, the mother of Jesus, in “The Passion,” a two-hour musical event, airing live from New Orleans March 20 on Fox. The country superstar will join multi-platinum recording artist Prince Royce, who will portray the disciple Peter. New Orleans native and film and TV mogul Tyler Perry was previously announced as the… Continue reading →

Manship Theatre names Melanie Couvillon as new executive director

Photo provided by Manship Theatre -- Melanie Couvillon has been named executive director of Manship Theatre.

Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts has named Melanie Couvillon as its executive director. Couvillon, who has been serving as interim director since September 2015, has worked at Manship Theatre since 2010 as the director of family programming and events. Prior to Manship, Melanie Couvillon was executive director of Playmakers of Baton… Continue reading →

Works create different versions of reality in Baton Rouge Gallery’s ‘Surreal Salon 8’

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER -- Denham Spring artist Victor LeBlanc's painting 'Digital Bath' is featured in Baton Rouge Gallery's 2016 'Surreal Salon 8.'

Everyone’s version of reality is different in Baton Rouge Gallery’s “Surreal Salon 8,” especially in Victor LeBlanc’s “Digital Bath.” In the painting, a sleeping woman draped in cloth is suspended in what the artist calls a metaphor for a world where everyone is so plugged in to technology that they’re creating… Continue reading →

This week's Baton Rouge area arts calendar: Jan. 3 - 10

Here’s what’s happening this week in the area arts and cultural scene: The Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 River Road S., hosts First Sunday 1-5 p.m. today. There’s free admission to the galleries, reduced admission to planetarium shows, and a variety of art and science exhibitions and activities. (225) 344-5272. LSU… Continue reading →

Nostalgic Christmas Festival, 'Wonderful Life' radio play part of community-event series at John Schneider Studios

Advocate staff photo by ROBIN MILLER -- The Broadmoor Theatre sign will light the John Schneider Studios barn, where 'It's a Wonderful Life' will be performed at the J.S.S. Christmas Festival.

The spotlight will shine on the old Broadmoor Theatre sign to welcome everyone to John Schneider Studios barn for a Christmas Festival on Friday and Saturday. The festival revolves around three performances of the NOLA Voice Talent Foundation’s staged radio play of “It’s a Wonderful Life” in the barn. “This will… Continue reading →

Cangelosi Dance dishing up a ‘Holiday Mixture’

Advocate staff photo by CHARLES CHAMPAGNE    Aaron Lafitte, front, and fellow dancers, from left, Megan Delatte, Millenique Brown and Hannah Willson will take the stage for the 'Winston Winter' number in the Cangelosi Dance Project's "Holiday Mixture" show Friday.

Three different shows in two days. “What was I thinking?” says Kris Cangelosi, whose Cangelosi Dance Project will be giving the performances — one on Friday and two on Saturday. “It’s been a challenge, but it’s our chance to feature everyone in different styles of dance, and it’s been worth it.” The company… Continue reading →

Daniel Stetson named executive director for LSU Museum of Art

Photo provided by LSU --- Daniel Stetson, new executive director of the LSU Museum of Art

Daniel Stetson, recent executive director of the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been named as the executive director for the LSU Museum of Art effective Jan. 1. The announcement was made by LSU President F. King Alexander this afternoon. “Daniel brings a great deal of leadership and experience to the museum, and we… Continue reading →

Theatre Baton Rouge switches up seasonal production of the Charles Dickens classic

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Marley, played by Mike Sager, visits Mike Katchmer's Scrooge in Theatre Baton Rouge's 'A Christmas Carol.'

Five years of looking at Christmas through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge has given Mike Katchmer a special insight into Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. “It’s a story about change,” Katchmer says. “It’s about how we can all look at our past, present and future and change, and there’s hope and redemption in that change.”… Continue reading →

BRCC presents ‘Christmas Carol’

The Baton Rouge Community College Theatre will present Tony E. Medlin’s one-person original production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Thursday through Sunday in the Magnolia Theater, 201 Community College Drive. The Sunday matinee begins at 2 p.m. All other performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Loved by both the young and young at heart, Dickens’… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge production of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' something cast expects fans to love

Advocate photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON  --  Frenemies Lucy, played by Marion Bienvenu, and Charlie Brown, played by Wil Thomas, will take the stage for Playmakers' telling of the annual classic 'A Charlie Brown Christmas.'

Five decades ago, Charlie Brown worried that commercialism was overtaking Christmas. It has. But that doesn’t make the telling of what’s become a Christmas classic any less compelling and enjoyable. “Charlie Brown was talking about how it was happening when the Christmas special was released 50 years ago,” says Colt… Continue reading →

Capitol Park photo exhibit tells story of Louisiana’s impact on music

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Tom Brown's Five Rubes are 'Keeping Time,' the name of the exhibit at the Capitol Park Museum.

Just how many musicians could Steve Valenti crowd onto that little stage behind his bar? Well, everyone in Oscar “Papa” Celestin’s band managed to squeeze in, playing their sets while bartenders grabbed bottles lining the edge of the stage. Proof is in Charles F. Bennett’s 1949 photograph, one of 50 in the Continue reading →

SLU, Northshore Society choirs to perform Christmas favorites

The Southeastern Louisiana University Chorus, Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will join the Northshore Choral Society for a performance at St. Joseph’s Abbey in St. Benedict near Covington on Sunday. Sponsored by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the free performance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Southeastern Director of the University Chorus/Northshore Chorale Brian Martinez… Continue reading →

This week's arts calendar: Dec, 6-13

Photo provided by the River Community Church -- Yvonne Bayahm's 'Homecoming,' is in the River Community Church's Creativity Group's art show, 'This and That,' at DeAngelo's Restaurant on Bluebonnet Boulevard.

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: The Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge, is holding an open house at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, which will include free tours of the exhibits, a visit from Santa “Claws” and reindeer food and Christmas ornament crafts. Musical performances… Continue reading →

As evenings begin to cool, jazz heats up at Manship

Brian ShawPhoto provided by LSU School of Music

It may be chilly outside, but hot jazz will warm the Manship Theatre on Dec. 8-9, when Brian Shaw, Willis Delony and Bill Grimes gather to perform their annual “Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz” concerts. This is the fourth year these members of LSU’s faculty jazz quartet have staged this show, which also… Continue reading →

Theater festival ends with ‘All My Sons’ production

Wanderlust Theatre Co. will present, as the conclusion of the yearlong citywide Arthur Miller Centennial Theatre Festival, “All My Sons,” at Theatre 810, 810 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Performances are set for Fridays through Sundays, Dec. 11-13 and Dec. 18-20. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. The play explores family secrets, the… Continue reading →

Annual Christmas Concert set Sunday

Advocate file photo - Director Sheily Bell and the Baton Rouge Concert Band will be playing holiday favorites at the Dec. 6 concert.

If the Baton Rouge Concert Band’s didn’t play “Sleigh Bell” at its annual Christmas Concert, Director Sheily Bell is afraid of what might happen. “It’s everyone’s favorite,” Bell says, adding with a laugh, “and I think people would start throwing things at us if we didn’t play it at the end.” But that’s… Continue reading →

Guitar ensemble sets Dec. 1 fall concert

The Southeastern Guitar Ensemble, directed by instructor Patrick Kerber, will perform its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Pottle Auditorium in Hammond. The free program will feature music for guitar duo, guitar trio, guitar with trumpet, two guitars and voice and the full ensemble of 10 guitars. “This will be… Continue reading →

FW Gallery artists showcased at Shaw

Photo provided by FW Gallery -- Sarah Wiseman's 'Light on Tower'

FW Gallery is partnering with the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., to showcase FW artists. The gallery will bring a selection of works from its roster of accomplished artists to the first- and fourth-floor public spaces. The shows will open with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4. In… Continue reading →

Lion finds way back to ‘L e Souvenir’ cover

Photo provided by Southeastern Louisiana University -- A lion drawn by Jeffery Lynn Kirk, a decorated veteran and the deceased son and brother of Southeastern Louisiana University alumni, adorns the cover of the 2015 student yearbook.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s 2015 edition of “Le Souvenir,” the university’s student yearbook, holds special meaning for a family with strong Southeastern ties. As the deadline to turn in artwork for the 2015 yearbook approached, editor Fernanda Chagas couldn’t find a graphic of SLU’s mascot, a lion, for the cover. “We haven’t had a lion… Continue reading →

LSU announces tenor Groves as artist-in-residence

Paul Groves

The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts has announced the appointment of tenor Paul Groves as the artist-in-residence in the LSU School of Music beginning in the 2016 spring semester. Groves will work with voice students in private coaching and public master classes during the semester, and he will give a public performance on campus each… Continue reading →

SLU to present new take on old Russian folktale

The musical drama “The Soldier’s Story” will be presented at Southeastern Louisiana University at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in the Pottle Music Recital Hall on campus. Admission is free. “The Soldier’s Story” is an updated and reimagined musical drama based on Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat,” a Russian folktale. In the original… Continue reading →

Check this week's arts calendar: Nov. 22-29

Here’s what’s happening in the area arts and cultural scene: James Alexander and the Nicholls State University Camerata, a student string orchestra, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Julien Poydras Museum and Arts Center, 500 W. Main St., New Roads. Free admission. Also, a Christmas bonfire will follow the New Roads… Continue reading →

‘POPssical’ quartet Well-Strung to play Baton Rouge benefit concert Friday

Photos provided by Mark Cortale -- Well-Strung, whose members are, from left, Edmund Bagnell, Trevor Wadleigh, Christopher Marchant and Daniel Shevlin, will be bringing their hotness and their musicianship Friday to Theatre Baton Rouge.

Kristin Chenoweth couldn’t help pointing out the obvious: “They’re hot,” the Broadway star said in her introduction of Well-Strung at a concert last year. The four guys in the New York-based singing string quartet will be bringing their hotness, and their musicianship, to Theatre Baton Rouge’s stage on Friday in a benefit concert for the… Continue reading →

Mural projects transform buildings all over Baton Rouge

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Baton Rouge has an ever-growing gallery of public murals, like this one by French artist SETH near the intersection of 15th Street and South Boulevard in Old South Baton Rouge, which was funded by the Museum of Public Art.

The largest art gallery in Baton Rouge charges no admission. The paintings — and there are dozens of them — are splashed across downtown buildings, northside grocery stores and the facades of run-down houses. Some of these artworks depict iconic personalities like Gov. Huey P. Long in his crisp linen suit, while others capture Mississippi Delta… Continue reading →

Symphonic Winds rehearsal to be part of concert

Photo provided by the LSU School of Music -- Dennis Llinas conducts the LSU Symphonic Winds.

The LSU Symphonic Winds’ concert on Tuesday will open with a rehearsal, which may have audience members wondering if they’ve walked into the performance a little too early. Director Dennis Llineas will explain during the program that he wants the audience to see what goes into a rehearsal. And he wants everyone to know why… Continue reading →