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Montage features chamber music, jazz and masterclasses next week

September 18, 2009

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans gets into full swing next week with a diverse offering of events. Featured will be a masterclass by composer David Stock, the Loyola Faculty Chamber Ensemble, jazz saxophonist Ed Petersen and a performance and masterclass by vocalist Clara O’Brien.

On Monday, September 21, Composer/Conductor David Stock will give a lecture and masterclass about music composition at 5 p.m. in Communications/Music Complex, room 103. The event is open to the public.

Stock is professor of music at Duquesne University, where he conducts the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble. He has been composer-in-residence of the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Seattle Symphony, and is conductor laureate of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 1976. Stock’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Australia, China and Korea.

The Loyola Faculty Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert of string quartets by Schumann and Shostakovich on Tuesday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. The concert, which takes place in Roussel Hall, is open to the public.

The performance will feature Loyola faculty members Amy Thiaville, violin; Bruce Owen, viola; and Allen Nisbet, cello; along with LPO violinist Elizabeth Overweg.

The Jazz Underground Series will open this year with the annual Coltrane Festival featuring jazz saxophonist and UNO music professor Ed Petersen. “Transition: Petersen plays Coltrane” takes place Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Satchmo’s Jazz Café, located on the lower level of the Danna Student Center. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for Loyola faculty and staff. Students are admitted free. Tickets are available online at montage.loyno.edu and at the door Thursday night.

Petersen, associate chair of music and coordinator of jazz studies at the UNO, teaches applied saxophone, jazz improvisation and directs the UNO Louis Armstrong Quintet. He has recently performed with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, The Clearwater Jazz Festival, The Kimmell Center and the Lincoln Center Jazz Festival. His performances and musical compositions are featured on numerous recordings, including three Grammy-nominated albums.

Noted mezzo-soprano Clara O’Brien will also perform on Thursday, September 24, at 12 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium. The free concert will feature songs by Schubert and Debussy.

O’Brien will give an open masterclass on Friday, September 25, at 4:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium.

O’Brien has performed with the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Aspen Music Festival and various other national musical organizations. She has won the Grand Prix Paul Derenne, International Concours de chant de Paris for her interpretation of Impressionist and post-Impressionist French mélodie. She is also a noted interpreter of late-Romantic and Modernist German Lieder.

O’Brien studied at the Eastman School of Music and at the Dana School of Music. She completed her stage training at the Curtis Institute of Music and was a Fulbright Scholar. O’Brien is currently assistant professor of voice at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

For more information on these or other Montage events, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or 504-861-5882. More information can also be found online at montage.loyno.edu.

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