This week’s Art Talk Monday, written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC’s Executive Director
Ruston Civic Symphony Society presents two of the best in classical music with the Karkowska Sisters Duo on Thursday, October 25, at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The Karkowska Sisters Duo performs extraordinary programs of virtuosity and laughter that are full of beautiful music, unforgettable stories, and comedy. Anna, a virtuoso violinist, and Kasha, a concert pianist, graduated from the Julliard School of Music in New York and the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, Poland. They have performed at Carnegie Hall and many other prestigious venues throughout North and Central America and Europe, winning top awards in international competitions and meeting with standing ovations and rave reviews! The Duo’s evening performance is sponsored by Ruston Civic Symphony Society in partnership with the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Anna and Kasha are also very interested in furthering the music education of students and will perform in conjunction with the Symphony Society’s goal of taking classical music to our schools. The Sisters will be performing Thursday morning for area students, through a grant from South Arts, in collaboration with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council. NCLAC and the Dixie Center for the Arts partner each year to bring a “school show” to Ruston 6th graders. NCLAC’s Gallery Coordinator, Sophia Maras, developed an educational packet that was distributed to classes earlier in the month. This packet serves to prepare students for their interaction with the Karkowska performance, introducing musical terms, instrumentation, and history. In addition, Nancy Waldron’s Talented Art 6th graders from IA Lewis, and Maggie Boudreaux’s 6th grade art students from AE Phillips, will have artwork on display at the Dixie for the performance. The music-themed works will be on display October 25 – November 12, so that patrons and visitors of the Dixie Center will be able to view them as well.
What a great day full of classical music, made possible by strong collaboration between our region’s nonprofits. Be sure to join us at the Dixie Center for the Arts for the public evening performance on Thursday, October 25. The Karkowska Sisters Duo performed in Ruston once before, and met with such acclaim that they’ve been asked to return. Tickets are $20, and are available at the Dixie Center for the Arts’ Box Office, 212 North Vienna in Ruston. The number is 255-1450. Tickets are also available at the door, with doors opening at 6 and performance at 7.