Members will play classical music at the one-afternoon-only concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in F.G. Bulber Auditorium on the McNeese State University campus, but they will include a healthy dose of clowning around. In fact, the concert is really a musical cabaret. There will be laughter!
The foursome is composed of educated instrumentalists who graduated from the prestigious Academies of Music in Warsaw and Lodz, Poland, but they soon decided they just couldn't take themselves too seriously.
"We exist despite the sober formality of great concert halls, despite the boredom of classical musicians' life, despite fanatic lovers of classical music, despite fans of rock, rap or pop who are afraid of classical music," according to Filip Jaslar, first violin player. "We treat our Muse with a humorous irony, and we're sure, she will have nothing against it!"
"The concert is a throwback to the old Victor Borge days," said Mary Richardson, director of the series. "The concerts we present in the series are all chosen by a dedicated committee of Lake Area citizens - and they were just about rolling on the floor when they watched this group." Snippets of the group are available on the Banners Series website at www.banners.org.
She added that the Banners Series seeks to bring performances to the community that parents and grandparents will be glad to bring their families to. "We want to support families," Richardson said, "and this concert will please both the adults and the youngsters. The group has created a unique musical cabaret. The music -not the words - are what make you laugh. It's irresistible!"
heir first cabaret program, called "Mozart's Still Alive." Since then, they have given cabaret concerts throughout Europe, in Canada, the United States and in Asia.
The musicians are best known in Europe where they are frequent TV guests as well as the featured artists of international galas and concerts. The quartet has received sought-after prizes such as the Grand Prix of the XVIII Festival of Satire and Comedy in Lidzbark and the Bronze Penguin ("Pingwin z brazu") Award, which is presented by the cabaret community of Zielona Gora, the informal capitol of Polish cabaret.
They have also collaborated with other artists, including Bobby McFerrin and the famous mime, Irek Krosny.
The MozART Group has produced two DVDs, which were released in Poland with great success. More than 100,000 copies of "Best of MozART Group" have been sold.
The MozART Group is the second of 20 performances and lectures included in the McNeese Banners Series. Performances will continue through May 12. A brochure describing the various performances is available by calling the Banners office or going to the Banners website.
Tickets to the performance are included in memberships to the Banners Series. A basic membership includes two tickets to all performances, plus seating in a reserved area and invitations to members-only receptions. Cost is $150. Memberships are available online at www.banners.org or by calling the Banners Series office at 337-475-5123.
Individual tickets are also available at $20 for adults and $5 for students. McNeese and Sowela students are admitted free with IDs. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at the Lake Charles Civic Center Box Office or online at www.banners.org.
The series is supported by memberships and corporate sponsors, which provide 60 percent of the cost of the series. All hotel rooms for the artists are provided by the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel. Special support for the educational outreach program, which provides live performances in 60 K-12 schools, is provided by CITGO, the city of Lake Charles and the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.
Other sponsors include Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, Chase, Stockwell Sievert Law Firm, Jeff Davis Bank and Trust, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital Foundation, Entergy, PPG, Union Pacific Railroad, AT&T and AT&T Yellow Pages, IBERIABANK, Knight Media Inc., the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Empire of the Seed, KPLC TV, the American Press, Ranier Law Firm, Bolton Ford, ConocoPhillips, Southwest Beverage Co., the Stream Family, Fuerst Law Firm, Lake Charles Pre-Sort, Louisiana Swashbucklers, Frame House & Gallery, Domino's Pizza, Paradise Florist, Louisiana Lottery, Townsley Law Firm, Sasol North America, The Hearing Center, Newman, Hoffoss & Devall LLP, First Federal Bank of Louisiana, Partners in Physical Therapy, Sweets and Treats, Southern Sound Systems and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living.
Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.