Shreveport

Last Modified: September 30, 2008Music

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A revised version of the famous Louisiana Hayride radio show has returned to the stage of the Municipal Auditorium in order to continue the honored tradition of bringing talented musicians and singers from the Ark-La-Tex region to the attention of the public. Each 2-hour show contains a Gospel music segment, a comedy segment, and a healthy dose of good old fashioned country music. Each show pays tribute to a legendary star who blazed a popular musical path for others to follow, and then provides an opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talent. Country music has a long tradition of being the most popular type of music in the South. For those who are more inclined toward the most happening avant-garde sounds, KSCL 91.3 FM radio supports Shreveport’s underground music scene. KSCL 91.3 FM is a student run radio station broadcasting from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport. In addition to the Strand Theater, the Civic Theater, Expo Hall and the casino resorts, all of which feature shows by nationally known musicians, there are more than 40 smaller clubs located in Shreveport-Bossier City that present live music acts.  

For classic music lovers: the Symphony Orchestra, the Opera and the Ballet

For 60 years, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Opera have been entertaining Louisiana’s classical music lovers. The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts per season, most of which are broadcast on Red River Radio operated by Louisiana State University Shreveport. Both the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Opera are renowned for the high quality of their performances. In addition to its annual schedule of operatic performances, the Shreveport Opera developed a successful touring program called Shreveport Opera Xpress whose mission is to introduce young people to opera by bringing opera to the schools. Since 2000, the Shreveport Opera Xpress has entertained more than 300,000 students in the schools plus many more thousands of their parents, and it has been nominated for the Governor’s Arts in Education Award.  

Founded in 1973, the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet completes Shreveport’s classical music scene by presenting at least two full-length classical ballets annually. Their tradition is to begin each season with a free outdoor performance called Ballet Under the Stars at which people can comfortably rest on blankets and enjoy a picnic while watching performances by the Metropolitan Ballet in conjunction with other local dance groups, and to end each season with a traditional Christmas performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker.