Audience may recognize Sicilian composer’s works

3D Journeys

Portrait of Bellini by Carlo Arienti, as printed in “Vincenzo Bellini: His Life and Operas” by Herbert Weinstock.

Dr. Beth Everett, associate professor of music at LaGrange College, understands that listeners at her 3D Journeys lecture Monday may not be familiar with her topic: “Vincent Bellini, Sicily’s Son of Musical Drama.”

“But,” Everett said with a twinkle in her eye, “many people have heard his music and don’t realize it.”

One of Bellini’s most famous arias figures prominently in recent pop culture, she said. Not to tip off the lecture, but the phrase “The Incredible Hulk” is involved.

The fact that Bellini is not a name on the tip of most tongues is kind of the point, Everett said, now completing her third year as the college’s director of choral activities. The 3D Journeys travel/lecture series is all about lifelong learning. Sicily is this year’s topic, and lecture goers will learn about a native of Sicily who became a famous composer and made, Everett said, “an incredible impact” on the world of music.

“Here is this man from little old Sicily, who lived a very short life, just 34 years, and died nearly 200 years ago, in 1835, yet we are still talking about him and hearing his music today.”

Beth EverettA native of North Carolina, Everett brings a wealth of experience to her role at the college, where she conducts the Chamber Choir and teaches courses in conducting, vocal music and music history. She has studied, performed, conducted and taught around the country and even abroad, as a faculty member of the National Music Conservatory in Amman, Jordan, from 1996-1998.

Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree is from the University of Southern Mississippi, and she holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in church music from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Prior to returning to school for her doctorate, she taught for three years at Landmark Christian School in Fairburn.

“From that experience, I was familiar with LaGrange College and this area and knew it would be a good place to live and work,” she said.

She had little idea, however, just how “good a place” the college’s music department would become. The recently completed renovation of the former West Side Magnet School into a spacious, state-of-the-art music school was barely on the radar when she accepted the opportunity here.

“It’s an awesome facility,” she said. “Students and faculty are just loving it.”

For her lecture (10 a.m., Monday in Dickson Assembly Room), Everett plans to follow a style she uses with her music history students and as a pre-concert lecturer for the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra.

“I aim to keep it interesting. I like to share little nuggets that offer insight into a composer’s life as well as his work.”

Monday’s presentation will include excerpts from Bellini’s most famous pieces, done in the Bel Canto (“beautiful singing”) style favored by fabled performers like Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland and Pavarotti.

Dr. Everett will come to Monday’s lecture fresh off a performance of her own, as soloist with the LaGrange Symphony at its well-received “Water” concert Tuesday. She also is conductor for the Sons of Lafayette male chorus and is hoping to lead LC students on a January 2018 Interim trip to musical sites in Europe, including Milan, Italy, where Bellini did much of his best work.

If you go: All 3D Journeys lectures are free and open to the community. They are held at 10 a.m. on the fourth Mondays of January, February, March and April in Turner Hall at LaGrange College, and each lecture stands on its own. Attendance at the previous Sicily lectures is not necessary to attend Monday’s lecture. Park in the lot behind Sunny Gables Alumni House, 910 Broad St. A shuttle service to the door will begin at 9:30 a.m. An optional Dutch-treat lunch, featuring a Sicilian entrée, will be available in Pitts Dining Hall following the lecture. For information call (706) 880-8244 or email

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Cultural Enrichment events


  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, 7:30 p.m., Price Theater


  • Bowls for Empty Bowls, 11:15 a.m., Lewis Library Plaza
  • Georgia Politics and the Confederate Flag, 11:15 a.m., Dickson Assembly Room
  • NetVue sophomore retreat participation presentation, 11:15 a.m., library auditorium
  • Herbal Medicines: History or Promise for the Future?, 6:30 p.m., Hills and Dales Visitor Center
  • Western Movie Night: Hell or High Water, 7 p.m., library auditorium
  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, 7:30 p.m., Price Theater


  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, 7:30 p.m., Price Theater


  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, 7:30 p.m., Price Theater


  • The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, 3 p.m., Price Theater


April faculty and staff birthdays

1 Rebecca Davis
6 Tracy Riggs
Jacob Wise
7 Dawn Coker
John Hughes
16 Marty Pirrman
19 Tiffani Bray
Dorothy Joiner
20 David Wiggins
21 Sandy Blair
29 Alex Csiernikid

The Panthers (23-2), ranked fourth by ABCA/Collegiate Baseball and fifth by, defeated No. 3 Emory 9-4 in Atlanta on Tuesday. Casey Bell had three hits and four RBIs. LaGrange hosts Hampden-Sydney in a three-game series beginning today (Friday) at 7 p.m. The two teams play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 2 p.m.

The Panthers (3-2) beat visiting Hollins 21-6 on Tuesday. Madeline LaCavera and Davida White had four goals each for LC. The team hosts Greensboro on Saturday and Ferrum on Sunday. Game time is noon for both days.

LaGrange finished sixth at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational. Logan Lanier remained in the Golfstat Division III player rankings and tied for fifth at Jekyll Island. The Panthers, ranked sixth in Division III by Golfstat, play in the Wynlakes Collegiate Invitational in Montgomery, Alabama, on Monday and Tuesday, March 27-28.

Men's TennisMen’s tennis
The Panthers (8-5, 2-3 USA South) lost 7-2 at Huntingdon in a USA South match Wednesday. Mitchell Corley and Will Thompson won their #1 doubles match, while John Mitchell Benton was a winner at #4 singles. The team plays at USA South foe Maryville on Saturday.

Women's TennisWomen’s tennis
Huntingdon downed the Panthers (6-6, 0-1 USA South) 7-2 on Wednesday. Jenna Eppes and Jia Lee won their #1 and #4 singles matches respectively. LaGrange plays Saturday at Maryville and Sunday at Salem in USA South matches.

The Panthers (5-15, 4-8 USA South) lost both games of a USA South doubleheader to visiting Averett last Sunday. Amber Arnold and Kelsey Dietz each hit a home run for LaGrange. LC plays USA South doubleheaders at Methodist on Saturday and at Meredith on Sunday.

TeachersEducation majors Emily Arnold, Anna Morman, Kylie Reynolds and Sterling Ancrum recently shared their research on bullying and teaching English language learners at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference in Savannah, Georgia. Dr. Colby Jones accompanied the students and participated as a panel member on the topic of bullying.

“The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” opens Monday and runs through Friday at Price Theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m. through Thursday and a 3 p.m. matinee on Friday. Please note times and days. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (55 and older) and non-LC students and free for LC students, faculty and staff. The box office is open weekdays from noon until 4 p.m. Email the box office to make reservations at, or call 706-880-8080.

The application deadline for the Travel Scholarship for Transfer Students has been extended to midnight Wednesday. To apply, visit Click on “Programs” in the top left-hand corner, then go to “search,” “show,” “scholarships and “search.” Select Travel Scholarship for Transfer Students, and it will go to the brochure page with appropriate information. For more assistance, contact Michele Raphoon at

This is the final week for Pennies for a Purpose, a community service initiative through the USA South Athletic Conference. LaGrange is competing with other institutions in the conference in an effort to raise the most funds. These funds will then be donated to a charitable cause of our choice. Donation jars have been placed in various locations around campus, including Post Office, Panther Connection, Admissions Front Desk in Banks Hall, Laura Faulkner’s office in Banks Hall, Alumni Relations in Smith Hall, Lewis Library front desk, Pitts Dining Hall, Becky Anderson’s office in Callaway Academic Building, Vickie Evans’ Office in Manget, Jenna Jones’ office in Callaway Education Building and at Candler Cottage.

Today is the last day to sign up for intramural soccer and softball. Team captains should email rosters and team names to Jenna Jones at

LaGrange College cheerleading tryouts will be from 9 a.m. until noon April 22 in the CEB gym. For more information, email Braily Guthrie at