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Archive for December, 2012

Christmas Musical

Posted by on December 10th, 2012
Category Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights, Natchitoches In the Press, Natchitoches.NET News, Press Releases
  ‘Changed by a Baby Boy’ is an exciting Christmas musical which offers a contemporary look at the birth of Jesus and how it changed the world. Free to all, this Southern Gospel work is suitable for all ages and offers spirit lifting songs and drama that may change the way you have looked at this incredible event.  All performances are at the Natchitoches Art Center on 2nd Street, on Friday Dec. 14th at 6pm and Saturday Dec. 15th at 1, 3, and 5pm.

Candlelight Tour of Homes

Posted by on December 5th, 2012
Category Explore, Experience, and Enjoy Natchitoches Parish!, Natchitoches Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Natchitoches.NET News

Experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event, Candlelight Tour of Homes.  On Wednesday December 12 visit the Samuel Guy House, Procell Condo in the Nakatosh Hotel and the Prudhomme-Rouquier House.  Tour tickets are $15 per tour.

Friday December 14 homes include: Cypress Place, Winbarg Cottage & Chaplin House.

Saturday December 15 homes include: Natchitoches Historic Foundation House, Chez des Amis and Lemee House.


Christmas Celebrations at Natchitoches Parish Library

Posted by on December 4th, 2012
Category Natchitoches.NET News

NATCHITOCHES - Christmas is coming early to the Natchitoches Parish Library. On December 8, the Natchitoches Parish Library will bring you a Children's Christmas Party. From 1 - 3 p.m. library patrons of all ages are invited to stop by the Natchitoches Parish Library at 450 Second St. for crafts, activities, and all kinds of Christmas merriment.

Then on December 11 & 12 the Natchitoches Parish Library will have a Christmas story time at 10 a.m. And on December 13 the Natchitoches Parish Library will show a Christmas movie beginning at 3:30 p.m.

These Christmas programs are free and open to the public and will be held at the Natchitoches Parish Library. Please call NPL Community Outreach Coordinator Amy Walmsley at (318) 357-3280 or stop by the children's desk at the Natchitoches Parish Library at 450 Second St. or visit their website at for more information.

Lessons and Carols to be Presented Tuesday

Posted by on December 4th, 2012
Category Natchitoches.NET News

NATCHITOCHES - The Northwestern State University Chamber Choir will present a candlelight service of "Lessons and Carols" Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at 145 Church St. in Natchitoches. Admission is free and open to the public. Dr. Burt Allen will direct the Northwestern choir. Dr. Greg Handel is the organist and Kallie Stephenson is the soprano soloist. Jordan DeRouen will also perform on organ. This is the 22nd consecutive year in which the NSU choir has presented this service. According to Allen, the "Lessons and Carols Service" is based upon the century-old tradition established at Kings College, Cambridge, England, where it is performed every Christmas Eve to standing room only crowds and broadcast worldwide. "Lessons and Carols" consists of nine lessons, readings for both the Old and New Testament of the Bible, allrelated to the Advent and birth of Christ. Each Lesson is followed by the choir singing one or more carols whose text relates to each of the readings.  During the carols, altar servers light a variety of candles, which remain lit throughout the service.  Gradually, the church is transformed from darkness into light as theService concludes in a festive recessional. The Chamber Choir, founded in 1987 by Allen, is a highly auditioned choral ensemble that specializes in performing music suitable for smaller choirs.  Membership is made up of students at Northwestern State, many of whom are music or music education majors, but several have majors in other fields including business, social work, socialsciences, and theatre. The Chamber Choir has established an outstanding reputation for choral performance in the gulf coast region.  They have been invited to sing for several professional conferences sponsored by the Louisiana Music Educators and theLouisiana Choral Directors Association. Most of the Chamber Choir was in the NSU International Chorale that toured England in the spring of 2010. In 1997, they appeared in solo performance in Carnegie Hall in New York City.   The Chamber Choir has also joined forces with the University Concert Choir to form the NSU Symphony Chorus and perform major works for chorus and orchestra including the Brahms "Ein Deutsches Requiem," Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," Poulenc's "Gloria," the Bach "Magnificat," the Mozart "Requiem," Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," Igor Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms," Franz Josef Haydn's "Mass in Time of War," Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and many others.

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