Donaldsonville conductor to perform in France

Staff reports

European audiences in attendance at the 2009 Jazz & Blues Festival of Grenoble, France on March 13 will be treated to a special full length multi-faceted arts concert featuring the indigenous music and traditions of Louisiana.

Michel Veran created the production, “Louisiana Stories” based on the unique programming ideas of Everrett Parker of Donaldsonville  who will also appear as a guest artist in various roles.

Parker teaches music at LSU and assisted the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs last year when the group brought the Harmony-Meylan orchestra to Gonzales and Baton Rouge last year.

Parker is director of Gospel Choirs at LSU, organist at Shiloh Baptist Church in Baton Rouge and Fiscal & Development Officer for VSA arts of Louisiana, Inc. He will be a vocalist, conductor, pianist, and Hammond organist at the Milan performance.

“Louisiana Stories” is a concise telling of the state’s history in Cajun and Zydeco classics. The narrative also includes an accounting of more recent events related to the impact of storms on Louisiana as well as the celebration of Mardi Gras.

On stage, the concert band, with chorale Clap Yo’ Hands and Everrett Parker will be joined by Sarah Savoy and the Francadiens, under the direction of Vincent Stephan and Michel Veran.  Manual Houssais will narrate.

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