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Columbia Theatre to suspend all operations

Columbia Theatre to suspend all operations

Jordyn Franklin, Staff Reporter

March 25, 2020

Following Gov. John Bel Edwards’ press conference on March 16, public schools, casinos and movie theaters all across Louisiana have closed.  As of March 18, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts has also closed its doors to the public.  With the Columbia Theatre’s closure, questions about the previously upcoming shows have ...

Jack Wright brings Neil Diamond tribute to Columbia

Jack Wright brings Neil Diamond tribute to Columbia

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

March 4, 2020

In celebration of an award-winning singer-songwriter and actor, the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will showcase “The Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond.” Taking place on March 6 at 7:30 p.m., the show is a multimedia experience that pays homage to Neil Diamond’s legacy. Jack Wright,...

Yuletide spreads holiday spirit

Yuletide spreads holiday spirit

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

A performance in a theatre downtown will bring Christmas spirit and holiday music to Hammond. The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will present its annual Yuletide Celebration. The celebration is performed by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, which features local student choirs that perform...

Music department reflects back on events of the semester

Music department reflects back on events of the semester

Ellie ketentzian and Rebeca Lemos, Graduate Assistants at the Department of Music

November 17, 2019

It has been quite busy in Pottle Music Building since the beginning of the semester. The events that have taken place are impressive considering the size of the department. It seems like the simultaneous work of different ensembles and professors is having a deep cultural impact not only on the Hammond...

A galaxy far away comes to the Columbia Theatre

A galaxy far away comes to the Columbia Theatre

Samantha Gambino, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

One-man Star Wars trilogy brings in a crowd of old and new fans with one person performing all the roles of the first three movies.  Chalres Ross, a comedian and Star Wars fan, held a one-man Star Wars trilogy Nov. 7 at the Columbia Theater.  Since 2002, Ross has been performing his one-man Star Wa...

Durand Jones and the Indications perform at Columbia Theatre

Durand Jones and the Indications perform at Columbia Theatre

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

November 7, 2019

Durand Jones, a university alumnus, recently returned to Hammond after touring internationally  with his band, Durand Jones and the Indications. The band performed on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ on the March 29, 2019 show. The band continued to tour around the U.S. before taking off for a European to...

Columbia features Romantic-era composers through the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Columbia features Romantic-era composers through the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Jacob Summerville, Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 2019

The walls of a Hammond theater echoed the works of two German composers this fall. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performed “Romantic German Masters” at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 25 starting at 7:30 p.m.  Under the direction of Gemma New, a New Zealand-born...

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Columbia Theatre

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Columbia Theatre

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2019

Professional orchestra players are scheduled to perform in downtown Hammond this month. The Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts will be hosting a performance by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a New Orleans based ensemble and the only full time professional orchestra within the Gulf South...

The Hammond ballet magic on and off stage

The Hammond ballet magic on and off stage

Maiah Woodring, Staff Reporter

December 4, 2018

According to Executive Director of the Columbia Theatre Roy Blackwood, “The Nutcracker” is the most popular production that the theatre shows. This year, the classic tale is back and will be performed Dec. 7-8 at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre.  Blackwood, who is accustomed to tickets for this Hamm...

Tribute in the Columbia: Carole King

Zachary Araki, A&E Editor

October 19, 2018

Executive Director of the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts Roy Blackwood looks to round up Fanfare by presenting a tribute to the songwriter Carole King. “Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook” will take the Columbia Theatre stage on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Blackwood said, “When...

One man and his guitar

One man and his guitar

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

October 15, 2018

During "Lonesome Traveler: The Concert with Peter Yarrow," the spotlight shone on a single performer with his guitar. On Oct. 12, at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Peter Yarrow, an American singer and songwriter, engaged with the audience telling jokes and singing songs like “Puff,...

Actors take theater audiences into the woods

Actors take theater audiences into the woods

Prakriti Adhikari, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2018

Every play performed on stage requires an ample amount of hard work and preparation. The university Department of Music and Performing Arts presented “Into the Woods” in the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts. The play was performed on Sept. 27-28 at 7:30 p.m. and brought together characters...