Loyola at a Glance
Ensembles rock Roussel Hall in free performances this weekend
April 16, 2010
It’s a free music weekend at Loyola University New Orleans. Several music ensembles from the College of Music and Fine Arts will perform free concerts in Roussel Hall throughout Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, April 17, at 3 p.m., the Loyola Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will give a concert dedicated to J. Edgar Monroe Foundation for its generous support of music students from Costa Rica. Directed by Dr. Joseph Hebert, the concert will begin with Costa Rica’s national anthem and the Star Spangled Banner, and will feature traditional wind band standards and favorites. Since its establishment in 1995, the Monroe Foundation has given more than $1.6 million in scholarship funds to support the international student program at Loyola.
On Saturday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., the Loyola Symphony Orchestra will give its annual concert featuring the winners of Loyola's Concerto, Aria and Composition Competition held the previous fall. This year's concert will feature Concerto for Oboe in D major, by Richard Strauss, featuring oboe soloist Rafael Monge-Zuniga, a music performance senior from Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica; and Concerto for Bass, by Loyola instructor and LPO musician Dave Anderson, featuring double bass soloist Susana Obando Barquero, a music therapy senior from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The performance will also feature an original composition, "Variations on a Jazz Funeral," by Joseph Shirley, a music composition senior from Madison, Miss.
On Sunday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., the Loyola Jazz Band and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble will perform a concert showcasing music from some of this era’s best big bands. The Monk Institute Ensemble will open the show with several Gerry Mulligan classics. The Loyola Jazz Band will then take the stage featuring music from the Buddy Rich Big Band, the Stan Kenton Orchestra and the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, along with arrangements by Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer and Al Cohn.
During the Sunday concert, the Loyola jazz faculty will award a student the university’s first Gerry Mulligan Scholarship for Musical Excellence.
The Gerry Mulligan Jazz Scholarship was established in March 2010 by the Franca and Gerry Mulligan Foundation through John Snyder and Artists House Foundation with the purpose to promote excellence in jazz performance and composition. Recipients are selected by their teachers based on their need and promise as young jazz artists. Awards are made on a quarterly basis in music schools throughout the U.S.
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 504-861-5882.
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