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Contact: Christine Payton March 14, 2011
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
 
 
BEAUSOLEIL AVEC MICHAEL DOUCET IN RESIDENCE AT UL LAFAYETTE
Several events planned from March 21 - 25
 
Multi Grammy award-winning band, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, will be in residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from March 21 – 26 as part of the first year of programming by the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair of Traditional Music.

Band members will work with student musicians on campus individually, in master classes and with ensembles. The band will also work with dance students, music media students and be interviewed in the KRVS studios for future radio broadcast and for archival purposes.

Highlights of the week include a Cajun-Bluegrass Flatpicking Guitar Summit with guitar masters David Doucet of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and David Sonnier of the Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Angelle Hall, room 153. The summit is free and open to the public.

Also, a concert by Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet will be held on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets go on sale at 6:30 p.m. in Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. No advance tickets will be sold. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff get in free with current I.D. The band will perform selections with the UL Lafayette Symphony conducted by Michael Blaney in the second half of the show with arrangements by Danny Devillier.

Mark DeWitt, current holder of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair of Traditional Music, will host a free symposium open to the public on Friday, March 25 from 1:30 – 5 p.m. in Angelle Hall, room 153. This event will include a public master class featuring performances by the newly formed Traditional Music Ensemble, coached by members of BeauSoleil.

This will be followed by roundtable discussions with additional musicians including Wilson Savoy, David Greely, Joe Hall, Kristi Guillory, and D’Jalma Garnier about goals and future programming for the traditional music program on campus.

UL Lafayette research scientist Tommy Michot and faculty members Istvan Berkeley, Ray Brassieur, John Troutman, May Gwin Waggoner and Robert Willey will conclude the afternoon with their visions of the future of traditional music research at the university. The public is invited to attend and may drop in at any time during the afternoon.

These programs are part of the College of the Arts 5th annual Festival of the Arts. This year’s SPARK Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet at a Gala Festival Finale on Saturday, March 26 at Dupre Library at 7 p.m..

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