Turtle Island Quartet to Perform in Concert, Supports Elemore Morgan Jr. Visual Arts Endowment Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana

By: Angela Becnel - Staff Writer
LAFAYETTE - The Community Foundation of Acadiana is a 501 © (3) non-profit entity and focuses its primary grant making within an eight-parish area which are Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. The Foundation currently has assets exceeding $47 million and has granted more than $20 million back into this community of Acadiana since its inception in 2000. For more information visit www.cfacadiana.org. - or call Kathryn Wynne at (337) 769-4844.

In memory of artist, teacher and long-time arts advocate, Elemore Morgan, Jr., Friends of Elemore will present a benefit concert featuring the world-renowned Turtle Island Quartet on March 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. in the James Devin Moncus Theatre of the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Proceeds of the concert benefit the Elemore Morgan Jr. Visual Arts Endowment, a Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. Tickets may be purchased online at http://acadianacenterforthearts.org.

The event will begin with a 7 p.m. preview of a retrospective exhibition by internationally recognized Louisiana artist Francis X. Pavy.

As an extension of the Endowment’s mission, Friends of Elemore presents the Turtle Island Quartet, a two-time Grammy winning string chamber music group renowned for their exploration of jazz, classical, American vernacular and world music styles, taking their audiences on a journey through many musical vernaculars.

This performance, with special guest Michael Doucet, will tackle works by legendary guitarist, songwriter and performer Jimi Hendrix, as well as other compositions reflective of and inspired by Hendrix’s music.

“This benefit not only allows us to present world-class performers to the people of the eight parishes which make up Acadiana, but to further extend the mission of supporting and honoring artists as Elemore did throughout his life and career,” said artist, endowment co-creator and board member Francis X. Pavy.

A lifelong resident of Louisiana, Francis X Pavy was born in Lafayette on March 2, 1954. As a child, he studied art under the direction of Elemore Morgan Jr. At the age of 12, Pavy, an avid photographer, set up a darkroom in the attic of his parent’s house. In college he studied music, ceramics, animation, painting, printmaking and sculpture, graduating in 1976 with a fine arts degree in sculpture. Pavy’s work has been published in a variety of catalogs, books and magazine articles, including “Elvis & Marilyn: 2 times Immortal”, (US & Japanese Edition), “The South: A Treasury Of Art and Literature”, “Francis X. Pavy, La Musique Zydeco”, “The Colors of Rhythm” and “Outward Bound, American Art on the brink of the 21st Century”.

Pavy’s retrospective of his 35 years as an artist includes pieces from 1976 until present. His art collection will show at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the Turtle Island quartet and will contain a variety of multi-media pieces, including paintings, prints, constructions and sculpture

Since its inception in 1985, The Turtle Island Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 GRAMMY®-Awards for Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. Check http://turtleislandquartet.com/ to hear the sounds of this group of artists.

The mission of the Elemore Morgan, Jr. Visual Arts Endowment, a Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, is to demonstrate that the visual arts are significant cultural necessities by supporting, promoting, enhancing and strengthening the visual arts, primarily in south Louisiana. To further the endowment’s mission, funds will support programming—exhibitions, symposia, workshops—visual arts activities and scholarships, reflecting the passion and life-long vocation of Elemore Morgan Jr. www.cfacadiana.org/elemore

To purchase tickets for the Friday, March 11 Turtle Island Quartet chamber music performance visit http://acadianacenterforthearts.org. Tickets are $75 per person for Front Orchestra per person; $40 each for Rear Orchestra per person; and $10 discount with a valid student identification.

Community Foundation of Acadiana’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our region by increasing giving, connecting donors to the causes they care about, and providing leadership on community needs and opportunities. Donors establish funds at the Foundation, with any dollar amount, invest the fund, and make grants on fund earnings to fulfill immediate community needs or permanent charitable objectives.

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