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'The Magic Flute' opera features Loyola-heavy cast

November 19, 2010

The College of Music at Loyola University New Orleans is putting its talents into action with the New Orleans Opera Association’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” this weekend. Many of the college’s faculty, staff, students and alumni will be performing in the opera, which runs tonight, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Tickets and information are available online at www.neworleansopera.org or by calling 504-529-2278.

Faculty and staff who are involved include Carol Rausch, director of Loyola Opera Theater, chorus master; Ken Weber, associate chaplain for liturgy and music in Loyola’s Office of University Ministry, performing as Speaker of the Temple; Patti Adams, instructor of flute, who is the scenic backdrop designer; and Betsy Uschkrat, instructor of voice, performing as 1st Lady.

College of Music students who are performing are Dody Nolan, senior from Kenner, performing as a 1st Geni; Jacob Penick, senior from River Ridge, and David Castillo, senior from New Orleans, performing as Speaking Slaves; and Jimmy Dornier, junior from Gramercy, and Jody Hinkley, junior from Belle Chase, performing as Singing Slaves.

Loyola alumni who are performing are Sarah Jane McMahon ’02, performing as Pamina; Amy Pfrimmer, MM ’06, performing as 2nd Lady; Mary Penick Akin ’09, performing as 3rd Lady; Dana J. Wilson, MUED, ’02, performing as the Tenor Priest; and Jayme Hogan-Yarbo '09, performing as 2nd Geni.

According to Rausch, 13 out of 34 choristers for "The Magic Flute" are also current Loyola students.

“Loyola continues to be a major player involved with many of the previous and upcoming productions at New Orleans Opera,” said Rausch. “This involvement speaks volumes for the college, especially for current students who are performing with a professional opera company. Not many music programs in the nation can say that.”

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

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