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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Jump on the Soul Train!

Breaking out the polyester are Ann Barilleaux, Richman Reinauer,
Nomica Guillory, Billy Edwards &Angie Manning.



(Time to get your Summer Pops tickets!)

-By Angie Manning
Are you ready for this?! The Motown musical era boasts some of the all-time greats like Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and The Supremes. This year, the Lake Charles Symphony invites everyone to jump on the “Soul Train” and take a nostalgic trip through the sixties for the Summer Pops Motown concert next Saturday, July 14.

For music-lovers who have never made it to a symphony concert, it’s a perfect way to experience the orchestra for the first time and meet the symphony’s conductor, Bohuslav Rattay, beginning his third season with the symphony. You can also meet some of the locals who are involved in supporting and promoting the symphony like co-chair of the Summer Pops, Richman Reinauer.

“It has been a blast working as co-chair of the 2012 Summer Pops.  This group was determined to bring to Lake Charles a night combining the best of what a local symphony means to the community...some fun...some friends and family...some toe-tapping and most importantly some musical culture. Our Motown theme will bring some of the best national talent combined with our acclaimed local symphony to create a unique night of artistic fun,” said Reinauer.

Joining the party will also be Broadway stars! Singing the tunes that topped the Billboard charts during the sixties will be Broadway’s Ramona Keller, Destan Owens, and Kimberly JaJuan.   Keller made her Broadway debut in “Smokey Joe’s Café” and originated the role of Radio 1 in Tony Kushner’s “Caroline or Change.”   She revived this role in London at the Royal National Theater.  Destan Owens starred on Broadway in “Rent,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” and in “Dreamgirls” with Jennifer Holliday.   Kimberly JaJuan has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and National Tours of “Smokey Joe’s Café,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Music of the Night,” “Dreamgirls,” and “Ragtime.”

So, what’s important? You need to mark your calendars, make plans and get your tickets! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the music begins at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats are $40 each or $300 for a table of eight.  Riser seats are $20 and $25.   Mr. Gatti’s will provide pizza which may be ordered in advance for reserved tables and seats, or purchased that evening. A cash bar is available.                 

FOR TICKETS, call the Symphony Office at (337) 433-1611 or order online at Follow the Symphony on,  and Don't miss the Soul Train!

  First Federal Bank is the Title Sponsor of this year’s Summer Pops with major support  from La Lottery, Sasol, NAI Lake Charles and Mr. Gatti’s. Funding is also provided through a Partnership Grant from the City of Lake Charles and the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA and also a Marketing Grant from the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau.