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Loyola symphony orchestra and jazz band perform this weekend

April 20, 2012

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans features the Loyola Symphony Orchestra and the Loyola Jazz Band in two free performances this weekend in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.

The Loyola Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jean Montès, D.M.A., will perform on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. The program will begin with “Overture to Romeo & Juliet,” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Alex Mayon, the 2012 Loyola concerto/Aria Competition trumpet winner, will perform “Concerto for Trumpet in D major” by Giuseppe Tartini. The evening will conclude with Rebecca Jordan, 2012 Loyola Concerto/Aria Competition piano winner, in Serge Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto no. 3, op.26 in C major.” The program will also include the premiere of student Wayne Mitchell’s composition, “Prelude for Orchestra,” which was the winner of the 2012 Loyola Composition Competition.

On Sunday April 22 at 7:30 p.m., the Loyola Jazz Band will perform Coordinator of Jazz Studies John Mahoney's 1978 arrangement of “Like Someone in Love,” featuring seniors Michael Velasquez on trombone, Wayne Mitchell on tenor saxophone and Joel Zobrist on drums. Senior bassist Calvin Morin-Martin will be featured on Thad Jones’ “Three and One,” along with freshman baritone saxophonist Scott Clemens and junior trumpeter Carson Wahl.

In addition, a mini-tribute to the late jazz composer, Bob Brookmeyer, will be presented in the form of three of his pieces, all written for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Senior trumpeter Chris Ronning, along with junior trombonist James Keene, will be featured on Brookmeyer’s “Willow Weep for Me.” “Make Me Smile” is a concerto for lead alto saxophonist Nick Ellman, as is “Nasty Dance” for tenor saxophonist Ian Bowman. Several other songs will round out the program, including Mahoney’s “Barely in Time,” Pat Metheny’s “Have You Heard” and Billy Byers’ “Big Brother,” an original for the Count Basie Orchestra.

Free parking is available in the West Road Garage located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Avenue. For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at jlbrown@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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