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Montage to feature guest cello and jazz percussion artists next week

October 9, 2009

Dr. Alexander Russakovsky

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series presents exciting solo concerts next week featuring classical cello and jazz percussion artists. The Montage series is brought to you by the College of Music and Fine Arts at Loyola University New Orleans.

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Dr. Alexander Russakovsky, associate professor of cello at the University of Southern Mississippi, will present a cello concert at 7:30 p.m. in Roussel Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex. Admission is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65, by Frédéric Chopin; Requiebros, by Gaspar Cassadó; and Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 119, by Sergei Prokofiev.

In addition to his academic work, Russakovsky is a founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet with which he has performed throughout Israel, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and France. He has made numerous solo appearances with orchestras in Israel, Russia and the United States and has collaborated with string quartets and other chamber music groups including with the Chamber Music Series of the Italian Spoleto Festival and the Western Slope Music Festival in Colorado.

He studied at the Leningrad Conservatory under renowned Russian professors Emmanuel Fishman and Anatoli Nikitin. Russakovsky received a bachelor of music degree from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and a master of music degree from the Yale School of Music. He holds a doctorate in cello performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied with Geoffrey Rutkowski and Ron Leonard.

Bob Moses

On Thursday, Oct. 15, the Jazz Underground Series will present renowned jazz percussionist Bob Moses as he performs “Heart Mantra” at 7:30 p.m., in Satchmo’s Jazz Café, located in the lower level of the Danna Student Center.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for non-Loyola students and Loyola faculty and staff. Loyola students are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling 504-865-2074.

Moses, a drummer, composer, and visionary, is most recognized as a colorful and adventurous arranger and composer for large ensembles. His influences range from the early masters—Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis—to ethnic sources from Africa and Latin America.

During his early career, Moses toured with famed drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Harold Vick and the Mike Gibbs orchestra. He recorded a trio album in 1975, “Bright Size Life,” with Pat Metheny and the late Jaco Pastorious, and started his own record label, Mozown Records. Under it, he released “Bittersuite in The Ozone,” “When Elephants Dream of Music” and “Visit with the Great Spirit.”

Moses is currently an instructor at the New England Conservatory of Music.

For more information about these and other Montage events, visit montage.loyno.edu or contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or 504-861-5882.

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