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Creative Louisiana: Mary Claire Delony & Willis Delony

Creative Louisiana

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

Baton Rouge, LA

Creative Louisiana: Mary Claire Delony & Willis Delony

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Nurturing the Creative Soul

Join us to hear father Willis Delony and daughter Mary Claire Delony talk about embracing one's own creative path. Willis is an acclaimed jazz and classical pianist, while his daughter Mary Claire is an accomplished visual artist. Both are heavily involved in the arts but chose very different paths.

Whether you are exploring your next chapter of creative growth, or nurturing your own child's creative spirit, their talk will lend insight. And if you know the Delony's, it's bound to be an entertaining morning!

The talk will be experienced in the context of Mary Claire's current Baton Rouge Gallery exhibit, "Vaudevillians," a charming and whimsical experience.

Children welcome, ages 0-100.


Event Details:

Friday, May 30, 2014

Baton Rouge Gallery

8:30 am coffee & mingling

9:00 am creative talk

10:00 am everyone is off to work or school

It's free!


 About Mary Claire Delony

Delony Promo ImageMary Claire Delony’s paintings depict stories that embody joy, happiness and passion, constructing metaphors based on personal myths and inspired by the classics of literature, storytelling and music.

During her time in New York City, Delony studied under artists Bill Jensen, Carl Plansky, Carol Robb and John Newman. Delony has participated in juried exhibitions in New York State and Louisiana and has contributed to public art auctions.

She is currently a Talented Visual Art Teacher with East Baton Rouge Parish as well as an Adjunct Faculty member with the LSU School of Art. She also completed a residency at the International School of Paintings, Drawing and Sculpture, Montecastello di Vibio in Umbria Italy.

About Willis Delony

Willis DelonyIn a career spanning over three decades, Willis Delony has won acclaim as a classical and jazz pianist, conductor, composer, and arranger. His concert explorations of the jazz and classical piano worlds are showcased in a series of recordings on the Centaur label. A New World A’ Comin’ – Classical and Jazz Connections was released in 2001. Double Dance – Classical and Jazz Connections II was released in 2008, while the final installment of the series, Out of Character – Classical and Jazz Connections III, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2014. Previous album credits include a recording of sonatas by Samuel Barber and Sergei Prokofiev, also on the Centaur label, and a jazz album entitled Civilized Conversations, featuring Delony and bassist Bill Grimes. He collaborated with bassoonist William Ludwig on the Mark Records release, Rhapsody in Bassoon, which features the world premiere recording of Andre? Previn’s Sonata for Bassoon and Piano.

Delony has appeared as piano soloist, guest pianist/arranger or conductor with American orchestras in Wichita, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Madison (Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra), Spartanburg (South Carolina), Rochester, Omaha, Nashville, Fort Worth, New Orleans (Louisiana Philharmonic), Shreveport, Tampa (the Florida Orchestra), Columbus (GA), Orlando, Toledo, St. Louis, Annapolis, and Baton Rouge. On the international scene he has performed with the Toronto Symphony, the National Orchestra of Moldova and the Shanghai Symphony. As a solo and collaborative recitalist, he has performed classical and jazz concerts throughout the U.S. as well as France, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Delony’s orchestral arrangements have been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. His work as pianist, arranger and conductor is currently featured in Club Swing, Stay Tuned, Cool and Swingin’, and Live From the Ultra Lounge, the popular orchestral shows featuring the Minneapolis-based vocal group Five By Design. Delony performed as guest pianist/arranger with the group in a 2012 holiday tour with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Delony is the Aloysia Barineau Professor of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University, where he recently completed a two-year term as Interim Director of the School of Music. He is a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship awarded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and in May 2012, received the Edith Kirkpatrick Arts Leadership Award given by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.


About Creative Louisiana

Creative Louisiana was founded in June 2011 with a mission to support and accelerate Louisiana creativity and innovation. Follow Creative Louisiana on Twitter @WeAreCreativeLA and on Facebook

Curated by Wendy Overton of Creative Fire Labs, LLC.

Videography by Krist Norsworthy. See his work on the Creative Louisiana Vimeo Channel.

Have questions about Creative Louisiana: Mary Claire Delony & Willis Delony? Contact Creative Louisiana

When & Where

Baton Rouge Gallery - center for contemporary art
1515 Dalrymple Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM (CDT)

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