AUBURN – Auburn University will hold its third annual Middle School Symphonic Honor Band Festival Feb. 2-4 on the university campus. Close to 275 middle school musicians from more than 97 schools representing five states will participate in a weekend of concerts, rehearsals and social activities. The festival is hosted by the Auburn University Bands in conjunction with the Department of Music and College of Liberal Arts.
The musicians will audition for chair placement in one of three bands, designated as “Symphonic, ” “Tiger” and “Eagle.” Guest composer and clinician Matt Conaway will conduct one of his original compositions with each ensemble. Other guest conductors include Audrey Murphy, conducting the Symphonic Band; Connie Hammond, conducting the Tiger Band and Chris Walker, conducting the Eagle Band.
AUBURN – Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of the late ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, will return to Auburn University on Saturday, March 5, to present the keynote address on restoration efforts along the Gulf coast and his new restoration non-profit organization, “Plant A Fish,” as part of the premiere of BLUE on Tour March 3-5.
Cousteau’s address will take place from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the Sciences Center Auditorium, located at 315 Roosevelt Concourse, followed by a screening of the film, “America’s Underwater Treasures.” There will be a 30-minute question and answer session with Cousteau after the film at 7 p.m.
AUBURN – The top 650 high school and middle school band students in the state of Alabama will gather at Auburn University for the All-State Band Festival today through Saturday, April 15-17. The students, representing more than 350 high schools and middle schools, will perform in free public concerts on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Student Activities Center.
Participants were selected for the festival through competitive auditions held at eight district sites. When they arrive at Auburn, the young musicians will audition again for chair placement in the junior high band and the three high school bands, designated as “Red,” “White,” and “Blue.”
AUBURN – The 2009 War Eagle Native American Festival will take place on Friday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.
The Auburn University Multicultural Center and Access and Community Initiatives, both of which are units of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will host the free public event.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will present the Southern Arts Federation’s second annual Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival on Tuesday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. This public event is free, with complimentary snacks served at a 7 p.m. break in the three-hour program.
The Short Circuit Traveling Film Festival is the only program that spotlights short films created by filmmakers living and working in the Southeastern United States. It is comprised of 12 short films selected for their artistic merit by a panel of media arts professionals. This year’s films range from fiction and animation to experimental and documentary by filmmakers from Georgia, Louisiana and Florida.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Multicultural Center/Access and Community Initiatives, units of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will host the 2008 War Eagle Native American Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, on the grounds of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.
The free, two-day event will celebrate the history and culture of southeastern indigenous peoples with traditional singers, musicians, dancers, storytellers and reenacters from Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Living campsites will be set up on the grounds and traditional Native American food, artifacts and souvenirs will be available for purchase.