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Ballet, Opera and Jazz at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center

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The Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center is one of Central Louisiana’s most visited venues for drama, ballet, live music, voice, musical theater, and cultural events and performances. The 615-seat, state-of-the-art facility is located in downtown Alexandria and is a key component of the city’s riverfront Cultural Arts District.

Coughlin-Saunders is home to the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, which offers an annual concert series as well a program for young musicians known as the Youth Honor Orchestra. The performing arts center also hosts a variety of productions throughout the year including traveling opera and ballet companies, and other performers such as Tango del Cielo and internationally-known harpist Anna Maria Mendieta.

Children and families enjoy holiday performances and youth theater productions at Coughlin-Saunders. The Red River Dance Company holds its seasonal performances at the facility as well.

Photo Credit: Alexandria Pineville Convention Visitors Bureau