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Monroe Symphony Orchestra – International Journey

March 16, 2019 – 7:00pm

“International Journey” featuring Eugene Osadchy, cello     (The Assembly, West Monroe)

Enjoy a journey around the world with music from France, Austria, Russia, and America. Cellist Eugene Osadchy, hailed as having “the most refined and balanced string playing” by the New York Times, performs American composer Claire Fischer’s Suite for Cello and Orchestra. In addition, the MSO performs Ravel’s nostalgic music from the fairy tales of Mother Goose, Stravinsky’s delightful Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 60 in C Major “Il Distratto” – full of pranks and surprises!

General admission tickets are $25. Student tickets are $5.

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Spring Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series Lineup Announced

Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council will host its free Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series each Wednesday at noon in April at the Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe between St. Francis Medical Center and the courthouse. Performances include:

April 3 – Jordan and Stacy Sheppard
Husband and wife duo Jordan and Stacey Sheppard have been playing all over the southeast since 2008. Inspired by many different artists and genres, their sound is a blend of country, soul, blues, and rock ‘n roll. They have both been nominated multiple times for local music awards, and today you’ll see why! Come on down and catch today’s Series launch.

April 10 – Mason Granade
A long-time Series favorite, Mason has been performing for over thirty years and is a regular at such diverse venues as regional cafes and night spots and as Worship Leader at Bethel Baptist Church in West Monroe. If your playlist includes Eagles, America, and the Beatles, Mason’s your guy! You may also have heard his popular album recorded with Matthews-Granade on the radio or in R-Squared movies, “New Hope” and “Flag of My Father,” where he even had a cameo! Sneak a listen online at www.masongranade.com, then join us for this rocking spin to the Series!

April 17 – Mike McKenzie
An opener for Tim McGraw, T Graham Brown, and Bryan White will rock out our Series with his own unique style. Mike McKenzie is one of the busiest performers in the region, something he’s been doing since he was a kid, playing everyone’s favorite country, classic rock, and funk. Mike’s appearances are always fun and entertaining, and we’re excited to continue the Series with this local legend!

April 24 – Rod Payne and Lisa Spann
The Series ends strong with two local fan (and Series) favorites — Rod Payne and Lisa Spann. Rod is one of our area’s most visible musicians! He’s kept generations on the dance floor with show tunes, old standards, easy listening, and more. He’s excited to be joined today by frequent partner Lisa Spann, whose talent as a vocalist makes every performance fresh and fun. What a great way to wrap up the Series and help spring forward into the new season!

About the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana seeks to nurture a vibrant regional arts culture through support, promotion and education. The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana strives to be a transformative force for the community by encouraging a passion for the arts, promoting partnerships and collaboration, and ensuring access to the arts for all.

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Monroe Symphony Orchestra – Valentine Pops

February 9, 2019 – 7:00pm

Valentine Pops featuring Mandy Harvey        (Monroe Civic Center)

Love is in the air for our Valentine Pops concert, featuring the jazz vocals of Mandy Harvey, an award-winning singer and songwriter whose story of perseverance will move and inspire.

Mandy Harvey finished fourth on America’s Got Talent in 2017 and was Simon Cowell’s “golden ticket” selection.

Reserve your pops table now and enjoy such songs as “The Way You Look Tonight,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “When I Fall in Love,” and “Smile.”

To purchase a table, contact the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.

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Monroe Symphony Orchestra – Sports Spectacular

November 17, 2018 – 7:00pm

A Night at the Movies: Sports Spectacular     (The Assembly, West Monroe)

The MSO brings the world of sports to the concert hall with movie selections from Rocky, Chariots of Fire, Rudy, Hoosiers, and many more iconic films.  Rounding out the program will be a series of familiar college fight songs along with a few other surprises.

General admission tickets are $25. Student tickets are $5.

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Brown Bag Concert Series: The Oden Family

brown bag concert series

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana will once again host its free Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series at noon on Wednesdays this October at Anna Gray Noe Park in downtown Monroe. The public is invited to pack a picnic lunch or buy lunch from The Cookout food truck. The October Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series lineup includes:

  • October 3 – Mason Granade
    A long-time series favorite, Granade has performed for over 30 years and is a regular at local venues. Granade is influenced by The Eagles, America, and The Beatles. He is the worship leader at Bethel Baptist Church, and is featured in R-Squared films New Hope and Flag of My Father.
  • October 10 – Josh Madden
    Host of KEDM’s The Set List, Madden performs at local venues and teaches both guitar and piano to budding musicians. His musical influences are Ray Charles, Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Dave Matthews.
  • October 17 – The Lady & The Trouble
    Duo Joel Jordan and Katie Anzalone will bring vintage blues, R&B and Americana sounds to their premiere Brown Bag performance. The Lady & The Trouble have played at the Arts Council’s Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series, as well as Peaches Records, Disko Obscura, and Secondline Brewing in New Orleans.
  • October 24 – The Waterboys
    Featuring powerful harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars and a bountiful rhythm section, The Waterboys are three local musicians: Brandon Muey, Brian Burris and Morgan Decelle. Having performed for more than 16 years, the trio has played alongside our area’s best entertainers. Their eclectic mix spreads from classic rock to today’s hits.
  • October 31 – The Oden Family featuring West Monroe High School music students
    No tricks and all treats will be served at this Halloween Brown Bag performance featuring husband-wife duo Greg and Kristen Oden. The Odens are music educators at West Monroe High School, and have performed in Carnegie Hall. Joining the Odens are their children Blake and Morgan, and their students.

In case of rain, Brown Bag will be moved to First Baptist Church of Monroe. Brown Bag is sponsored by CenturyLink, KEDM, Origin Bank, and the City of Monroe. Complimentary cookies are provided by Mulhearn Corporation. Kilpatrick’s is providing a tent to keep the musicians cool and in the shade. Water and lemonade are provided by First Baptist.

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