Nicholls presents ‘Monster Piano’ fundraiser

THIBODAUX — The Nicholls State University Foundation and Nicholls Department of Music will present the Sixth Annual Monster Piano Concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Mary M. Danos Theater.

Light refreshments and drinks will be served during intermission. Reservations are $50 per person, and checks should be made out to Nicholls Foundation. All proceeds will go to the renovation of the Mary M. Danos Theater.

“The theater is so important to us. It’s where we perform,” said Dr. Carol Britt, director of the School of Music. “The building has not been renovated since it was opened more than 40 years ago.”

The performance will include familiar classical music paired with some modern selections — everything from an adaptation of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, to “Tonight” from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” to Lady Gaga.

There will be 19 performers — including Nicholls faculty, alumni, friends of the university and local high school students — performing on seven of the Department of Music’s Steinway grand pianos.

The Nicholls Department of Music is the only public music school in the state that’s earned the designation of being an “All-Steinway School,” and exclusively uses elite Steinway pianos for performances and music education.

The Nicholls Foundation, the university’s fundraising arm, is working to raise $1.5 million for this project, which will include new theater seating, lighting, sound system, curtains, flooring, walls and ceiling.

The improvements to the theater will also include more accessible accommodations that comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

For more information or to reserve a seat call 985-448-4005.

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