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Come see young artists shine at the Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition Saturday, January 13th in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall.

The Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition is hosted by the Monroe Symphony League as a fundraiser for the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, as well as a chance to seek out local young talent from the surrounding area. The competition has been running for nearly 40 years.

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KEDM will feature many special programs this holiday season. Join us on our 2017 holiday journey.

December 14

9 a.m.   Christmas with The Mormon  Tabernacle Choir 

The world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings familiar carols along with lesser-known melodies that are fast becoming the new classics. Hosted by Julie Amacher.

1 p.m. Advent Voices

New Orleans Music Stars Fade Away, Others Are Rising

Oct 27, 2017
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With this week's death of Fats Domino, a generation of New Orleans musical royalty fades further away.

 But some of the stars who helped put New Orleans on the musical map in the '50s, '60s and '70s are still performing, like Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville and Deacon John Moore.

 And younger New Orleans-born stars continue to make their mark: Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste and members of the musical Marsalis family, among others.

The Downtown Gallery Crawl will celebrate 10 years this Thursday night in Monroe and West Monroe.  The crawl features art, music, food and fun. 

The event will happen at nine downtown art galleries that will host special exhibitions from local artist.  The crawl runs from 5-9 p.m. and will happen rain or shine. Original art will be for sale and many artist will be on hand to answer questions about their work. 

The University of Louisiana Monroe welcomes the world-famous Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps for a day of rehearsal and a performance of its competition show on Tuesday, July 25. 

Based in Casper, Wyo., Troopers is a founding member of Drum Corps International, one of the largest organizers of youth activities in the world. The corps members are high school and college musicians.

 In the summer, the Troopers travel to competitive shows and camps throughout the country. The stop in Monroe is on the way to a competition in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Wednesday.

Monroe's Music Leaves Listeners Haunted

Oct 24, 2016
Monroe Symphony Orchestra

The Monroe Symphony Orchestra opened its season with Hauntingly Beautiful Music on Saturday October 22 at 7 p.m. at the W.L. Jack Howard Theatre of the Monroe Civic Center.

This opening concert rings in the Halloween holiday by encouraging guest to come dressed in their Halloween costumes. The musicians will also be dressed in their Halloween attire.

Trailblazin' The Blues In The Bayou State

Jul 28, 2015

A love of the blues brought them together.  Now, Kirby and Lesli Rambin hope to bring historic locales and people of the music to everyone in a Louisiana Blues Trail.

"We were at a wedding reception in late May, and Kirby's grandfather, Bill Rambin, said you guys spend so much time in Mississippi, why don't you create a Louisiana blues trail," said Lesli.

At their table, they started writing names and places onto cocktail napkins.  The paper trail continued during  the drive home.  A few piles of paper and napkins were sorted through and the project was underway.

Music Festival to Benefit Local Boys and Girls Clubs

Jul 14, 2015

The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana will be hosting a music festival featuring Marc Broussard and Grant Terry.

 The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana will present the Jazzland Music Festival. The festival will be used as a fundraiser for the clubs in the region. The festival will be headlined by Marc Broussard and Grant Terry. Both are Louisiana natives.