Nicholls to hold music and art events

Nicholls State University in Thibodaux is hosting musical and art events this week.

The NSU Camerata, a student string ensemble, will share the stage with a student orchestra from Great Britain’s University of Chichester for two performances.

Free and open to the public, the concerts will commemorate two Nicholls milestones — the official naming of the Mary M. Danos Theater (currently Talbot Theater) and the addition of a new Steinway piano to the Nicholls Department of Music, an All-Steinway program.

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Cut Off and at 8 p.m. Monday in Talbot Theater on campus.

“The dedication of this theater is both a solemn and exciting event because Mary was such a gracious woman who made a difference in the lives of everyone connected with Nicholls,” said Dr. David Boudreaux, vice president for institutional advancement. “She and her husband Al have been incredibly generous, endowing multiple professorships and scholarships. We are especially gratified that the upcoming joint performances will feature a piece written by Crispin Ward, the visiting orchestra’s conductor, honoring the theater’s late namesake. Mr. Ward named his piece ‘Grand Mary’ — a fitting title, indeed.”

Boudreaux said he expects the performances to be “win-win events for everyone, because students from both sides of the Atlantic will be able to learn from each other, enrich each other and entertain the people of the Bayou Region, all at the same time.”

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The public is also invited to attend NSU’s annual Art Day celebration Friday in various campus locations.

Hosted by the Department of Art, the all-day event will feature several demonstrations and panel discussions focusing on painting, graphic design, architecture and photography.

Highlights include guest lectures by Dr. Julia Sienkewicz, assistant professor of art history at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and Randell Henry, professor of art at Southern University.

The Art Day program is part of the 14th annual Jubilee: A Festival of the Arts and Humanities at Nicholls — held every spring to raise the level of awareness in the arts and humanities.

For a detailed schedule of Jubilee events, including times, locales and descriptions of Art Day activities, go to

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