Lois Robinson, Executive Director
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Concert program also features works by Darius Milhaud accompanied by Grambling State University's Orchesis Dance Company 

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SHREVEPORT, LA, FEBRUARY 6, 2020  - On Saturday, February 29 the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will transport its audience to 1920's Paris through jazz and Brazilian-inspired scores by Darius Milhaud, uniquely brought to life by Grambling State University's  Orchesis Dance Company . The SSO also celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth with his lively Symphony No. 7, appropriately dubbed "The Apotheosis of the Dance."

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor

MILHAUD  Le boeuf sur le toit
MILHAUD  La creation du monde
Orchesis Dance Company -
   Dianne Maroney-Grigsby, artistic director

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

A free pre-concert discussion starts at 6:40 p.m. 

Tickets are available online at  or by phone at 318-227-8863. Prices range from $20-$63. 
The SSO's season sponsor is Willis-Knighton Health System. The concert sponsors are Laura and Ed Crawford
About Orchesis Dance Company
Orchesis was founded in 1948 by Catherine Jones Williams to accomplish four major purposes. They were and are:
  • To train dancers aesthetically.
  • To develop high artistic standards and foster an appreciation of dance as an art form.
  • To create a community awareness of modern dance and make it an accessible experience.
  • To develop an ongoing repertoire that educates as it entertains.

The year 1957 found the dance group in great demand for performances at Grambling State University and other institutions in surrounding areas. In response to the demand, performances were given at "half time" during athletic events. Public appreciation of the group's work continued to be encouraging. This success resulted in the use of more intense study techniques, and performances became a priority for the company. By this time the modern dance group was working to prove the capabilities of the body as an expressive instrument by displaying stunning feats of virtuosity.

Fifty years after its founding, the Grambling State University Orchesis Dance Company has traveled extensively with the Marching Band and performed in many venue, such as hospitals, high schools, community centers, pageants, theaters, colleges and universities throughout the country and is one of the most promising components of Grambling State University's extra curriculums.

Mrs. Dianne Maroney-Grigsby succeeded Virgie Brossard Pradia to become the company's third Artistic Director. A native of Norfolk, VA, Dianne left home for New York in 1973. After joining the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, she toured extensively with that company, and performed with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in Europe, Asia, and Africa. In 1983 she left her position with Ailey to become Artistic Director of Orchesis and full time student at GSU. Mrs Maroney-Grigsby received her Bachelor Degree from GSU and her masters from Louisiana Tech University in nearby Ruston, Louisiana.

Dianne's long association with Carol Anglin's Louisiana Dance Foundation and its resident dance company, Louisiana Dance Theatre, led to an appointment to the position of Artistic Associate, and has won her the prestigious "Silver Leo Award" for her choreography at the 1994 Jazz Dance World Congress. In 1995 Dianne received the Living Legend award presented by the Nena Wideman Foundation of Shreveport.

Orchesis has been an outstanding ambassador for Louisiana while representing the state at performances in Japan and throughout America, from New York to California and most recently in Chicago. Dianne's and other fledgling choreographers work, and Orchesis Dance Company can be seen on TV commercials recently filmed for Proctor & Gamble and on The Cartoon Network. During a 2000 visit to Grambling State University by recording artist Vicky Wynans, Orchesis performed Dianne's choreography to "Long As I Got King Jesus." Orchesis along with the GSU Tiger Marching band was featured in the hit movie "Drumline" and Denzel Washington's "The Great Debaters."

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About the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra 
Since its founding in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become Louisiana's oldest continually operating professional orchestra and one of the most respected regional orchestras in the United States. The SSO's mission is: To Embrace - to embrace the community we serve and to be embraced by the same community; to broaden the level of supporters and their involvement with the orchestra; to work across the region with various arts organizations through cooperation and partnerships. To Enlighten - to educate; to enlighten the senses beyond the norm. To Experience - to provide the unique aesthetic experiences of live orchestral music; to give depth and enriching life; to connect people through music; to foster cultural diversity. To Excel - to foster artistic, organizational, and financial excellence.