Events at the College


The LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts is proud to host or sponsor over 300 events each academic year, from a wide variety of disciplines within our institution. Some events are free and open to the public, while others have ticketed entry.


CMDA 2019 Spring Performance Guide is Now Available

Featured Events & Subscriptions

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The Turner-Fischer Center Presents: Elizabeth Cree

Based On The Novel By Peter Ackroyd

March 21 - 24, 2019  |  Shaver Theatre

Puts and Campbell’s highly suspenseful and theatrical opera interweaves several narratives: the trial of Elizabeth Cree for the poisoning of her husband, John; a series of brutal murders detailed in John’s diary; and the spirited world of the English music hall. Historical luminaries like George Gissing, Dan Leno, and Karl Marx all make appearances in this dark and thrilling collegiate premiere.

Music By: Kevin Puts
Libretto By: Mark Campbell

Directed By: Dugg McDonough
Conducted By: Michael Borowitz

Purchase Opera Subscription 

One ticket for two operas, at a 20% discount over the single ticket price. Operas include Elizabeth Cree and Les Mamelles de Tirésias.

 Purchase Single Tickets

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Swine Palace Presents: Airline Highway

By Lisa D'Amour

March 21 - 31, 2019  |  Reilly Theatre

In the parking lot of the Hummingbird Motel, off the highway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the hotel's residents have gathered to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, a burlesque queen who has been a mother figure to them all. Nearing the end, Miss Ruby requests that her funeral takes place while she is still alive. As the celebration continues deep into the night, the lives lived, and the lives to live, unfold.

Directed By: Joy Vandervort-Cobb


Purchase Theatre Subscription 

One ticket for four events, at a 25% discount over regular pricing. Events include: Our Town, Airline Highway, Dance & Physical Theatre Concert, and Take 5 Film Festival.

 Purchase Single Tickets



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Willis Delony, Piano & Guests
March 17, 2019  |  3:00PM  |  SOM Recital Hall

Prof. Willis Delony presents the second installment of his piano series, with guests Bill Grimes (bass) and Chad Braud (drums). Featuring the second book of Préludes by Impressionist master Claude Debussy, and a tribute to Bill Evans, considered by many to be one the most important jazz pianists of the Twentieth Century.

Free Admission!

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Hila Plitmann, Soprano
March 20, 2019  |  7:30PM  |  SOM Recital Hall

Operatic soprano Hila Plitmann has been hailed as “a glittering jewel on the international music scene,” known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship and ability to perform challenging new repertoire.

Free Admission!

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Wayne Bergeron & LSU Jazz Ensemble
April 11, 2019  |  7:30PM  |  Union Theater

The LSU Jazz Studies program welcomes legendary trumpet player Wayne Bergeron for an exciting guest performance with the LSU Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band.

Purchase Union Subscription

Three Union performances of your choice, at a 20% discount over the single ticket price.

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Box Office Information

CMDA & Opera Tickets

The CMDA Box Office sells tickets to all events in the following venues:

  • Claude L. Shaver Theatre
  • Reilly Theatre
  • Studio Theatre
  • School of Music Recital Hall

LSU Opera and LSU Theatre performances are sold through this office.

Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at: (225) 578-3527.

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Union Tickets

The Union Box Office sells tickets to all events in the Union Theater, such as:

  • LSU Wind Ensemble
  • LSU Symphonic Winds
  • LSU Symphonic Band
  • LSU Symphony Orchestra

Some special events, such as Tigerama or Candlelight, may be sold through this office.

Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at: (225) 578-5128.

Buy Union Tickets Online


Parking for Events

You may park in any of the non-gated parking lots or on the street near our performance venues. Do not park by any red or yellow curbs.

We pay a fee to LSU Parking for our patrons to park free of charge. If you receive a parking ticket, please bring it to the CMDA Box Office, located inside the Music & Dramatic Arts Building, for assistance.

For updates on construction, road closures, and zone changes, please visit the LSU Parking & Transportation Services website.

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