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The Banners Season exists to bring artistically excellent and thought provoking programs in both arts and humanities to the people of Southwest Louisiana. It is headed by Dr. Philip C. Williams, McNeese State University president, and organized through the McNeese Foundation. “How fortunate we are to live in a community where cultural programs, lectures, and educational outreach are available to every citizen in Southwest Louisiana through the Banners Program here at McNeese,” says Dr. Williams. “These events are made possible through your continuing participation as membership subscribers, the many hours of hard work contributed by our volunteers, and the generous support of the sponsors listed in your program. Thank you for everything you do to make the Banners Series a reality.” With its varied programming, Banners is designed to appeal to all ages and all demographic groups. Music programs, for example, range from bluegrass to classical. Banners allows families to celebrate the arts together. “McNeese State University’s Banners Cultural Series attracts multi-generational and diverse audiences from southwest Louisiana and beyond by providing a vast array of programming and talent,” says Richard H. Reid, vice president of University Advancement and executive vice president of the McNeese Foundation. “McNeese Foundation is proud to be a partner and supporter of the Banners Series.”
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The Education Connection: Bringing Banners to the Classroom Each spring, over 25 programs ranging from music to lectures are presented to the general public through the Banners Cultural Season. In addition to the main programs, about 60 outreach programs are brought into the Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis Parish K-12 schools. BannersEngagesTM coordinates the educational outreach that the Banners Season does in the community. Each year, over 17, 000 young people will be touched through these programs. Live performances are brought to area public and private schools and public libraries in an effort to open young eyes to the cultural world around them. “Research continues to show the benefit of these cultural opportunities for our young students,” says Patricia Prudhomme, director of Banners at McNeese. “Their performance in academics will improve as well as their creativity and imagination. The environment created within Banners supports lifelong learning and an appreciation of cultural diversity.” Prudhomme says that CITGO has been a tremendous leader for the community by being the lead sponsor for this work. “They help ensure that we can bring this tremendous resource to our young people each year. In addition, many of our Banners Season sponsors assist by making it possible for us to visit their Partner in Education school.” For more information on BannersEngagesTM, visit www.banners.org.
February O’Connor String Quartet Saturday, Feb. 23 • 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University Grammy Award-winning violinist/composer/ fiddler Mark O’Connor is widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America and surely one of the brightest talents of his generation. Mark O’Connor incorporates many musical styles and genres into a sound that is uniquely his own. The performance will be presented as a quartet. This quartet offers an unforgettable evening of explorations in new musical territory.
Maceo Parker Friday, March 1 • 7:30 pm Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center
Maceo Parker simultaneously represents and connects the history of soul and funk music in one golden thread. For nearly half a century, the soft-spoken saxophonist from North Carolina has been a major component of funk as the key soloist heard in the live bands and recordings of James Brown, George Clinton and Bootsy Collins.With his own band, Parker continues the funk legacy. Koresh Dance Company Saturday, March 9 • 7:30 pm Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center Renowned for its powerful stage presence and high-energy style, Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company has been hailed as a vital force on both national and international stages. Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and Artistic Director Ronen Koresh, this troupe presents its audiences with an exciting and emotional blend of ballet, modern and jazz molded into a style of choreography that is both eloquent and explosive. Christopher O’Riley with the McNeese Wind Symphony Saturday, March 16 • 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University As host of the popular NPR music program, “From the Top,” Christopher O’Riley is well known for his eloquent and compelling musings on music and popular culture. His latest performances stretch the piano beyond the classical repertoire and into the rich uncharted territory of contemporary and alt-rock. O’Riley is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation, touring extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician and appearing with every major orchestra. 6
Juan José Valdés: Mapping Cuba Tuesday, March 19 • 7 pm, F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University Valdés is the official geographer of the National Geographic Society. He guides and assists the Map Policy Committee in setting border representations,disputed territories and naming conventions. He also serves as the director of editorial and research for National Geographic Maps, where his prime responsibility is to ensure accuracy and consistency for all maps and map products. Valdés, a child refugee from Cuba, relates how he became the cartographer of the National Geographic Society and produced its first map of Cuba in over 100 years. McLeod Lecture Series Thursday, March 21 • 7 pm Ralph Squires Auditorium, McNeese State University The 10th Annual McLeod Lecture Series examines how partisan politics have impacted state legislators and government at all levels. How can elected officials work better across the aisle? The panel will address the challenges of holding firmly to one’s beliefs while working collaboratively with those holding opposing views. The McLeod Endowment, in memory of former legislator and judge, Bill McLeod, supports this series and the Southwest Louisiana Legislative Archives at McNeese. 26th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition Thursday, March 21 • 6 - 8 pm Shearman Fine Arts Annex, McNeese State University The 26th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition opens with a reception honoring the exhibiting artists at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Grand Gallery of the Shearman Fine Arts Annex at McNeese State University. Spencers: Theatre of Illusion Friday, March 22 • 7:30 pm Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center What the Spencers create is “theatre” in the truest sense of the word. Audiences cross over a threshold of disbelief and are captivated only moments after Kevin and Cindy take the stage.By combining original theatrical elements with cuttingedge illusions, audience interaction, dramatic lighting, special effects, beautiful scenery, music, movement and stage magic, the Spencers have propelled the age-old art of magic into the present.
April Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Sunday, April 7 • 7 pm, Burton Complex Live from Savannah, Ga., raised in the Louisiana Delta and now performing across the nation, Jeremy Davis is proud to present his Fabulous Equinox Jazz Orchestra. Don’t expect a concert or a jazz recital, but a one-of-a kind, highenergy stage show featuring some of the best entertainers and musicians the industry has to offer.This fresh approach to the Great-American Big-Band revival developing across the nation is revolutionary. Andy Narell Friday, April 12 • 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University Over the course of 11 solo albums and two more as co-leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project, Andy Narell has pioneered the role of the steel pan in contemporary music. In 1999, Narell became the first foreigner to compose for Trinidad’s Panorama Steel Band competition, guiding the 100-player Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra to the finals of both the 1999 and 2000 Panoramas. February 2013
Roy Kesey Saturday, April 13 • 7 pm Ralph Squires Auditorium, McNeese State University Roy Kesey’s latest book is the novel Pacazo, winner of Word Riot’s 2012 Paula Anderson Book Award. His next book, a collection called Any Deadly Thing, will be published by Dzanc Books in February 2013. He has won two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Fiction, and a 2010 prose fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and children. Dali Quartet Sunday April 14 • 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University
With an artist’s grace and a Caribbean soul, the Dali Quartet is today’s freshest voice in classical and Latin-American music. Anchored in both Venezuela’s El Sistema and in American classical conservatory traditions, this exciting young quartet combines the best of both worlds.The Dali Quartet’s captivating performances of traditional string quartet and Latin-American repertoire create an extraordinary concert experience that takes listeners on an eclectic journey of rhythm and sound. Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics & Religion A lecture by Steve Gimbel Thursday, April18 • 7 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University The Nazis referred to the theory of relativity as “Jewish science” to denigrate it. While their reasoning for this label was flawed, we do see the influences of religion and politics in the theories of space and motion that came before that of Einstein. Are there similar traces of these times and background in Einstein’s scientific reasoning? Pokey LaFarge Saturday, April 20 • 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University Of the many roots musicians traveling the world and spreading the early American music tradition, Pokey LaFarge is next in line to make a significant impact on music enthusiasts everywhere. From St. Louis, Mo., this group’s creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing rings true and fine, making it among the most innovative of all the purists performing American roots music today. Perilous Journeys with Karin Muller Tuesday, April 23 • 7 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University This Swiss-born author, filmmaker, photographer and adventurer set out to travel the world’s historic highways. Karen Muller is an expert lecturer for the National Geographic Society and Smithsonian. Her high-energy, multi-media performance February 2013
is guaranteed to inspire your spirit of adventure, with insights into world traveling that few ever experience. Perilous Journeys is a behind-the-scenes look at living (as a woman, alone) in war zones, communist countries, among the Maasai and the Bushmen, and a dozen other cultures from Cuba to Sudan, Vietnam, Japan and South America. Ruthie Foster Saturday, April 27 • 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. In addition to leading her own band and touring with it around the world, Foster has also collaborated on stage and recordings with a diverse list of artists including Warren Haynes, Big Head Todd, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Bibb and Paul Thorn. She’s a regular favorite at an equally diverse list of festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Monterey Blues Festival, Merlefest and the Kate Wolf Festival.
Lynn Trefzger Friday, May 3 • 7:30 pm Rosa Hart Theatre, Lake Charles Civic Center Lynn Trefzger is a ventriloquist/comedienne with a trunk full of zany characters that have accompanied her to stages throughout the country. Audiences are treated to Lynn’s vocal illusion talents, when they may meet a drunken and lovable camel, a grumpy old man, a feisty little girl, and may even see some other audience members who are brought up for the action. Her off-the-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, no two shows are alike. McNeese Jazz Festival featuring Wycliffe Gordon Saturday, May 4 • 7:30 pm F.G. Bulber Auditorium, McNeese State University One of the world’s leading trombonists and most prolific composers, Wycliffe Gordon is a true gem among jazz musicians. Handpicked right out of college to join the original Wynton Marsalis Septet, Wycliffe has been making a name for himself ever since. www.banners.org
Koresh Dance Company Brings Anniversary Performance to Rosa Hart Theatre Renowned for its powerful stage presence and high-energy style, Philadelphia’s Koresh Dance Company has been hailed as a vital force on both national and international stages and on Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., the company will bring its show to Rosa Hart Theatre in Lake Charles.
Founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and Artistic Director Ronen Koresh, this troupe presents its audiences with an exciting and emotional blend of ballet, modern and jazz molded into a style of choreography that is both eloquent and explosive. Koresh was born and raised in Israel where he began his dance education as a youth, training with his mother, a folk dancer in the Yemenite tradition, and with a local Tel Aviv folk dance group. In 1983, following a three year enlistment in the Israeli army during which he was able to continue his dance training, Koresh immigrated to the United States to pursue a career in dance beyond Israel. He trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City and in 1984, he began performing with Shimon Braun’s acclaimed Waves Jazz Dance Company in Philadelphia. He was one of the original Evening Magazine Dancers and won a People’s Choice Award in 1987 as Philadelphia’s Most Outstanding Jazz Dancer. Since forming the company, Koresh has created a vast repertoire of more than 40 works and continues to create new works each year. The company tours extensively, both nationally and internationally, performing his work and the work of guest choreographers including Donald Byrd (Spectrum Dance Theater), Ohad Naharin (Batsheva Dance Company), Robert Battle (Battleworks/Alvin Ailey), Itzik Galili (Galili Dance) and Paul Selwyn Norton. Koresh Dance Co. is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Louisiana Division of the Arts. Koresh Dance Co. is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. All general admission seats are in the balcony. Only season subscribers and corporate tickets will be allowed in the orchestra seats. Visit www.banners.org to purchase tickets. 8
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Become a Banners Member Don’t miss a single Banners event this season. Memberships at various levels are still available for purchase. In addition to tickets for all of the events, Banners members also receive access to special, members-only events throughout the year. For more information on securing a membership, call 475-5123, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.banners.org.
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