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Saturday, March 18th, the Monroe Symphony Orchestra is holding its Spring POP's Concert, Simply Sinatra. The concert will be held in the Monroe Civic Center Arena at 7 p.m.

Steve Lippia, a practical double for Sinatra's voice, will be the guest singer at this concert. Lippia will be singing classic Sinatra music, along with classical swing music. Still an orchestra concert, Lippia will be accompanied by the orchestra.

The Monroe Symphony League is hosting their Spring Book Sale this Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th, and again the following weekend.  The Book Sale will take place in two buildings located at 320 North 4th Street. 

  The Spring Book Sale will have books of all categories from cookbooks to fantasy to nonfiction and are priced at about a tenth of the retail price with some books for only a dime. Along with books, there will also be magazines, sheet music, and CDs.

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Saturday, December  10th at the Monroe Civic Center the silent film, The Snowman, will come to life with help from the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Chorus. 

Howard Blake's The Snowman, is the well known Christmas story of a boy who builds a snowman that comes to life. The Monroe Symphony is adding its own twist on this movie through sound. The first half of the movie will have the orchestra's music behind it helping tell the story, while the second half of the movie will be accompanied by the chorus.

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With summer fully underway, many people are looking for the next good book to help them pass the time. Keeping that in mind, the Monroe Symphony League is holding a Book Fair this weekend, June 4 and 5, and next weekend June 11 and 12.

The book sale helps fund the Symphony League's projects throughout the year. Other projects the League sponsors include: the annual "Sound Safari" for local schools, the "Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artist Competition", and the new formed "New Music on the Bayou Festival" which is currently underway.

The receding floodwaters have left many North Louisiana residents with a sincere appreciation of their community. The Monroe Symphony Orchestra is no exception. The symphony closes out its 45th season with a fundraiser called "Anchor in the Storm" benefiting both the orchestra and the United Way.

The Monroe area is home to many great arts organizations, but only one symphony orchestra. For 45 years the Monroe Symphony Orchestra has provided the community with live performances of world class classical music. The symphony give its last performance of the season Saturday, April 30.

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The Monroe Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to the music of Elton John and Billy Joel, Saturday February 13.

“The music of Elton John and Billy Joel really lends itself towards symphonic background,” says conductor Clay Couturiaux. The Symphony incorporates a full “rock” band in order to honor the two singer-songwriters. Band members include Juilan Jones,  Larry Anderson, and Bach Norwood.

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Contestants from across Louisiana are competing this weekend in the 2016 Marjorie Stricklin Emerging Artists Competition, for a chance to perform with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra during its next season. 

It's an annual event established by the Monroe Symphony League and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra to promote and encourage excellence in musical performance.

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The Monroe Symphony Orchestra presents its holiday concert "Brass and Pipes" Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Monroe, featuring the brass section and the church's pipe organ, played by Richard Seiler.

"The Strings usually take center stage at our concerts, so we thought it was time for the Brass section to have a chance to shine," says Executive Director Nancy Miller.

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The Monroe Symphony Orchestra opens its 45th season Saturday at the Jack Howard Theatre.

The concert, titled An Evening of Gershwin, features the music of George Gershwin.  "His music relates to us.  It's Americana," says MSO conductor Clay Couturiaux.  "These four selections we're performing are his most popular symphonic pieces."