Friends of Elemore will present the Turtle Island Quartet with a special guest appearance by Michael Doucet, in the James Devin Moncus Theatre of the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette at 8 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011.

Friends of Elemore, LLC, is a new organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds in support of the Elemore Morgan Jr. Visual Arts Endowment.

The Turtle Island Quartet, since its inception in 1985, has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed theTurtle Island Quartet to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.”

Now the two time Grammy®-winning quartet ventures to Electric Ladyland, tackling works by legendary guitarist, songwriter and performer Jimi Hendrix, as well as other compositions reflective of and inspired by Hendrix’s music including TIQ founder David Balakrishnan’s new composition “Tree of Life.”

Cajun fiddler, singer and songwriter Michael Doucet is the founder of the band BeauSoleil, and was one of 12 recipients in 2005 of the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts. Additionally, Doucet received Grammy Awards in both 1998 and 2009 for his work with BeauSoleil.

A 7 p.m. preview of a new exhibition by internationally recognized Louisiana visual artist, Francis Pavy, will open the celebratory evening.

The concert assists the Elemore Morgan Jr. Visual Arts Endowment which supports programs reflecting the passion and vocation of Elemore Morgan, Jr. There are only 300 seats in the Moncus Theatre, and this concert is expected to sell out quickly!

Tickets are priced individually at $78.00, and can be reserved by sending an email here. Checks should be made out to: “Community Foundation of Acadiana.” “Friends of Elemore, LLC” should be written on the memo line of your check.

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