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Piano competition winners to perform at Loyola with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

March 28, 2008

This Sunday, Loyola offers an exciting line-up of talented pianists coupled with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO). The winners of the 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC), held each summer in New Orleans, will have the chance to perform with the LPO which is an opportunity granted as part of their placement within the competition. Konstantin Soukhovetski, first-place winner, will play the Saint-Saëns’ piano concerto No. 5 in F Major; Alex McDonald, second-place winner, will play Liszt’s piano concerto No. 2 in A Major; and Christopher Atzinger, third-place winner, will play Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 4 in G Major. All three artists will perform at Roussel Hall on Loyola’s main campus with the LPO on Sunday, March 30, at 3 p.m.

This performance is an opportunity provided to the winners as part of their prize package from the NOIPC. Held each year, the NOIPC provides opportunities for the most gifted musicians to further their careers and to offer to the community an opportunity to discover some of the world’s finest pianists. The winner(s) are given cash prices and provided with performance opportunities with several of Louisiana’s orchestras including this performance with the LPO. The first-place winner is also granted a solo concert at Wigmore Hall, in London.

This event with the LPO is sponsored by the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans and Loyola University’s College of Music and Fine Arts. The performance is featured as part of Loyola’s Montage Series.

Tickets are $30 general admission (advance purchase); $40 general admission (at the door); and $20 for students; and can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans at (504) 899-4826.

For more information about the NOPIC, including a schedule of this year’s competition, visit www.masno.org.

For more information about this performances, please contact Sean Snyder at Loyola University at (504) 861-5882, or email smsnyder@loyno.edu.

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