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Lafayette, LA – Multi Grammy award-winning band, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, will be in residence on the University of Louisiana campus 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. They will also work with dance students, music media students and be interviewed in the KRVS studios for future radio broadcast and for archival purposes.

The highlights of the week include a concert by Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 pm (General admission tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm; no advance ticket sales) in Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. Tickets are $10 (free for students, faculty and staff) and can be purchased at the door. The band will perform selections with the UL Lafayette Symphony, Michael Blaney, conductor, in the second half of the show with arrangements by Danny Devillier.

Free and open to the public will be 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, 7:30 pm, Angelle Hall, Room 153.

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 pm, 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, to be followed by roundtable discussions with additional musicians (including Wilson Savoy, David Greely, Joe Hall, Kristi Guillory, and D’Jalma Garnier) and all those in attendance about goals and future programming for the traditional music program on campus.

UL 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 pm.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 pm - Cajun-Bluegrass Flatpicking Guitar Summit with David Doucet and David Sonnier, Angelle Hall, Room 153. Free admission.

Friday, March 25, 1:30 – 5 pm – Traditional Music Symposium hosted by Endowed Chair, Mark DeWitt, with Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, UL Lafayette faculty, community musicians, Angelle Hall, Room 153. Free admission. Taft Street parking garage will remain open, normal rates apply.

Friday, March 25, 7:30 pm – Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet in Concert with UL Lafayette Symphony conducted by Michael Blaney, Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium in Angelle Hall. General admission tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm; Doors open at 7 pm; no advance ticket sales. Tickets are $10 (free for students, faculty and staff).


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