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The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual Pops Concert Thursday, Nov. 8

Posted by on November 6th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!
NATCHITOCHES - The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual Pops Concert Thursday, Nov. 8 at7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is music director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony. The concert is a Louisiana Statehood Bicentennial Concert and will feature works by Louisiana composers Nettie Chenevert, Thomas Hundemer and Richard Rose. Tickets are $10. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. The program includes Grande Terre Overture by Chenevert, Acadian Songs and Dances from Louisiana Story by Virgil Thompson, Eine Kleine Cajunmusik from On Highways and Byways by Hundemer, Les Sauvages de America ‘Rondeau’ from Les Indes Galantes by Jean Philippe Rameau featuring soprano D'Nissa Hester, tenor Michael Rorex and the NSU Chorus and Louisiana Medley arranged by Rose featuring Louisiana, My Home Sweet Home, Give Me Louisiana and You Are My Sunshine. The orchestra will also perform Evangeline: Two Cajun Songs arranged by Michael Story, SATCHMO! (A Tribute to Louis Armstrong) arranged by Ted Ricketts, The Dying Poet by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Mississippi Suite by Ferdie Grofe and the premiere of the Louisiana 1812 Overture by Rose. ‘The work starts as a musical sketch of Louisiana,’ said Rose, a former faculty member at Northwestern State. ‘As I wrote it, I thought of the hills between Natchitoches and Alexandria that are so green. The second part is my concept of the French influence in Louisiana and includesparts of the French national anthem La Marseallaise and as it fades out you feel the excitement of what is about to happen as Louisiana becomes a state. It builds up to sounds of celebration. The piece was fun to write, but not easy.’

Historic District Walking Tours being offered in November

Posted by on November 5th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches In the Press, Natchitoches.NET News, Press Releases
  Visitors to the Natchitoches Historic District during November may see an increase in pedestrian traffic along Front and Second Street.  Cane River Creole National Historical Park is partnering with the Historic Downtown Development Commission to present walking tours of one of the Nation's most historic and picturesque downtown landscapes. The tours will provide visitors with and overview of Natchitoches history led by a National Park Ranger.  They will discuss the areas native tribes and conclude with describing 21st century preservation efforts.  Along the way visitors will hear about the Colonial period, Civil War and contributions of the Creole culture. Each tour will begin at 2:00 pm at the Cunningham Law Office (Headquarters of the Natchitoches Historic Foundation), located at 550 Second Street. The tours will last approximately 90 minutes and will require a moderate amount of walking.  There is no charge to take the tour. Scheduled tour dates include November 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 26, 29 & 30.  December dates have not been released. For additional information contact the NPS at 318-356-8441.  

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