Classical guitarist John De Chiaro head's up the Alexandria Strings Program in several public schools. He says 20 students will play Carnegie Hall on Dec. 1.
Rapides Youth Orchestra is on a roll. The students are preparing to play concerts at Carnegie Hall and the White House in December. But before then, they’ll compete in the Crescent City Classic National Orchestra Competition on March 23. Later this month, they’ll perform the National Anthem at a New Orleans Hornets game. Classical guitarist John De Chiaro teaches string instruments at three public schools in Alexandria. He says it’s easy to spot the kids who will stick with music. It’s not their raw talent that stands out; rather, it's their accountability.
Shreveport is paying tribute to its native son Van Cliburn, the legendary pianist died Feb. 27 at his Fort Worth home. His early career was nurtured by the Shreveport Symphony community, and he never forgot that, according to Lester Senter Wilson. She’s been executive director of the Wideman International Piano Competition in Shreveport for 30 years. She said Cliburn played five times with the Shreveport Symphony, including a performance in 1972 when he celebrated the orchestra’s 25th anniversary. People packed the hall.
The Louisiana Office of Tourism and Oxford American Magazine will sponsor a series of concerts and symposiums that showcase Louisiana’s musical heritage. The tour is called the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience, and it begins Feb. 23 at Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium. The program is titled, “From Elvis to Hank to Johnny: Celebrating 65 years of the Louisiana Hayride.” Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said he will kick off the series in Shreveport.
The public libraries in Longview and Marshall are collection points in an effort to digitize home movies and other films that showcase Texans through the generations. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Texas Film Commission aim to preserve Texas’ media heritage through the Texas Film Round-Up program. The organizations are providing free digitization of Texas-related home movies, according to Longview Public Library media specialist Elissa Breitenstein.
Benton High School students (from left) Ellie Schott, Emalie Boggs, Aislinn Kimbrough and Morgann Hutchinson are part of Bossier's Talented Arts Program that will stage the Lucile McIntyre play, "The Way It Is."
Bossier’s Talented Arts Program will present a one-act play this week about the stresses that teenagers face in high school. The play “The Way It Is” explores issues like bullying and teenage suicide.
Benton High School junior Morgann Hutchinson plays a character who copes with helicopter parents. They’re overbearing and push her to the brink.