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Monroe Symphony Orchestra – Season Finale

April 27, 2019

Celebrate the final concert of the MSO’s 48th Season as two award-winning pianists showcase their unique styles in this season finale!

2018 Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Winner Joseph Kingma mesmerizes with Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16., and 2019 winner Beatrice Hoang showcases her prodigious fingerwork on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb Minor, Op. 23.

Sponsored by the Monroe Symphony League and the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, this concert will be an event not to be missed!

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

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Louisiana Delta Ballet: Coppelia

Louisiana Delta Ballet presents Coppelia. Set in a European village, Swanhilda sees her fiance’ throwing kisses at Coppelia. Swanhilda soon learns that Coppelia is actually a doll that belongs to Doctor Coppelius, the local toy maker.  She decides to impersonate the doll, in order to win the love of Franz.  This charming classical ballet is for children and the children at heart.

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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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Dancing with the Louisiana Stars

Salsa your way into the Monroe Civic Center Arena and cheer on your favorite local celebrity for the 2019 championship title at Dancing with the Louisiana Stars, presented by the Louisiana Delta Ballet.  VIP tables include our area’s finest culinary treats, beer, and wine.  Call 318.345.1155 today for a table reservation.

Dancing with the LA Stars

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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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Masur Exhibit Closes

“Richard Buswell: Close to Home” is a stunning black and white photography series by Richard Buswell, examining up-close the abandoned artifacts of Montana’s ghost towns and frontier homesteads. This exhibition was organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

“En plein air: The Artist and The Natural World” will look at the ever-influential relationship between art and nature, illustrated with works from the Permanent Collection of the Masur Museum of Art.

Both exhibitions will be on display Nov. 1, 2018 – Feb 9, 2019 and admission is always free!

Bernece Berkman-Hunter, Birds of the Sheltered Bay, 1970, etching. Courtesy of the Masur Museum of Art.

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Louisiana Delta Ballet: A Christmas Carol

Join the Louisiana Delta Ballet on a comedic journey that leads to Ebeneezer Scrooge realizing that friends and family are more valuable than material possessions.

A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens holiday classic, is sure to impress!  School performances will be held December 11 through December 14, and the GALA performance is Friday, December 14 at Jack Howard Theatre.  This is the perfect outing during the holiday season.  School teachers call 318-345-1155 to reserve your class today.  For all ages! Tickets available at www.louisianadeltaballet.com, the Monroe Civic Center Box Office, or at the door.

A Christmas Carol

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Cottonland Christmas

Strauss Theatre presents Cottonland Christmas – Christmas on the River – Celebrations Across Louisiana.

Everybody celebrates Christmas, but in Louisiana, Christmas is a colorful, diverse and unique celebration. Up and down the highways and byways of our state, the people of our state gather around rivers, bayous and lakes to celebrate Christmas in many cultural ways with wonderful variety. Our 2018 Cottonland Christmas presentation will highlight the diversity of our state as we travel up the rivers of our state celebrating Christmas Louisiana-style.

Returning to a tradition started years ago by Strauss, we celebrate the Christmas season in “Cottonland Christmas” featuring area soloists, ensembles, and dance groups, all sharing the joys of the season. Come get in the spirit of Christmas!

Cottonland Christmas is at 7 p.m. December 7, 8, 10, and at 2 p.m. December 9.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students: https://www.strausstc.com/tickets2/

christmas on the river

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Cottonland Christmas

Strauss Theatre presents Cottonland Christmas – Christmas on the River – Celebrations Across Louisiana.

Everybody celebrates Christmas, but in Louisiana, Christmas is a colorful, diverse and unique celebration. Up and down the highways and byways of our state, the people of our state gather around rivers, bayous and lakes to celebrate Christmas in many cultural ways with wonderful variety. Our 2018 Cottonland Christmas presentation will highlight the diversity of our state as we travel up the rivers of our state celebrating Christmas Louisiana-style.

Returning to a tradition started years ago by Strauss, we celebrate the Christmas season in “Cottonland Christmas” featuring area soloists, ensembles, and dance groups, all sharing the joys of the season. Come get in the spirit of Christmas!

Cottonland Christmas is at 7 p.m. December 7, 8, 10, and at 2 p.m. December 9.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for students: https://www.strausstc.com/tickets2/

christmas on the river

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