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Montage offers diverse group performances this week

November 14, 2008

This week, Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts will offer a vast array of group performances as part of its Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.

Loyola Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola’s main campus

Dr. Jean Montès leads the Loyola Symphony Orchestra in an evening featuring Symphony No.5 in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven; Overture from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” op.21 by Felix Mendelssohn; and Trumpet Concerto by Aleksandr Grigori Arutiunian.

The concert will also feature Loyola faculty member and trumpet artist Nick Voltz as the soloist on Arutiunian’s trumpet concerto.

The performance is open to the public.

“Spinning into Butter” tackles latent racism

Nov. 14, 15, at 8 p.m.

Marquette Theater, located on the second floor of Marquette Hall

Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and director Laura Hope bring to the stage the hidden racism that may lurk in people’s hearts in Rebecca Gilman’s “Spinning into Butter.”

Set at a small, mostly white private liberal arts college in Vermont, “Spinning into Butter” explores the danger when society fails to confront issues of racism and political correctness.

“This is a dangerous, searching, brilliant play, probing the self-inflicted wounds of a self-righteous civilization.” – London Sunday Times

“It’s a potent topic, and the playwright explores it with an admirable boldness as well as a nice leavening humor.” – Variety

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors and children, and can be purchased on the web at montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Loyola Wind Symphony and Concert Band Concert

Wind Symphony — Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m.
Concert Band — Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m.
Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola’s main campus

Dr. Joseph Hebert and Col. John R. Bourgeois (Ret.) direct in an afternoon of symphonic sounds featuring a diverse array of musical selections.

The Wind Symphony concert will feature “Masquerade” by Vincent Persichetti; “Overture for Wind Band” by Felix Mendelssohn; “Noisy Wheels of Joy” by Eric Whitacre and “The Beau Ideal” by John Philip Sousa.

The Concert Band performance will feature “Prelude,” “Siciliano” and “Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold, arranged by John Paynter; “Dance of the Jesters” and “Dance Napolitaine” from “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky; and “English Folk Song Suite” by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

The Concert Band performance will also feature Loyola faculty member and trumpet artist Nick Voltz as soloist on Tchaikovsky’s “Dance Napolitaine” from “Swan Lake.”

Col. John Bourgeois served for 17 years as the 25th director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. As director of “The President’s Own,” Bourgeois was music adviser to the White House. He selected the musical program and directed the band in its traditional place of honor at the U.S. Capitol for four presidential inaugurations, a Marine Band tradition dating to 1801. He regularly conducted the Marine Band and the Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, appearing there more frequently than any other musician in the nation. Since retiring from the Marine Band, Bourgeois has been actively involved in music as a guest conductor, has published new editions of classic band compositions, and is a visiting professor in a chair endowed in his name at Loyola.

The performances are open to the public.

The Ellis Marsalis Quartet presents “An Open Letter to Thelonious”
Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m.
Satchmo’s Jazz Café, Danna Student Center

Legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis and his quartet will appear at Loyola University New Orleans to perform a concert headlining the hits from their latest recording, “An Open Letter to Thelonious.” The concert takes place Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the intimate setting of Satchmo’s Jazz Café, located in Loyola’s Danna Student Center.

Marsalis’ quartet includes Marsalis on piano, Derek Douget on tenor and soprano saxophone, Jason Stewart on bass and Jason Marsalis on drums.

Some of the performed pieces include “Crepescule with Nellie,” “Jackie-Ing,” “Epistrophy,” “Monk’s Mood,” “Light Blue,” “Ruby, My Dear,” “Rhythm-a-Ning,” “'Round Midnight” and “Evidence.”

Tickets for the performance are $10 general admission and $5 for students and Loyola faculty and staff. Tickets are available online at montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola box office at (504) 865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information about any of these events, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call (504) 861-5882.

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