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Loyola Ballet to perform "The Nutcracker Suite" with Loyola Symphony Orchestra

Loyola press release - November 17, 2008

The Loyola Ballet will present a holiday concert featuring Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite” and other contemporary and character works. “The Nutcracker Suite” will be accompanied by the Loyola Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Jean Montès.

The performances will take place on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola University New Orleans’ main campus.

“The Nutcracker Suite” is a selection of dances taken from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker.” The dances include the “Overture,” “March,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Russian Dance,” “Arabian Dance,” “Chinese Dance,” “Dance of the Flutes” and “Waltz of the Flowers.” Choreography of the performance is based on a previous production by Gayle Parmelee, associate professor emerita and coordinator of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program, with excerpts by Laura Zambrano, director of the Loyola Ballet, and Cheryl O’Sullivan, faculty member of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program.

This performance marks the Loyola Ballet’s first performance to use live accompaniment by the Loyola Symphony Orchestra.

Returning Loyola alumna Colleen Murphy will perform the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” Guest artist Kimberly Matulich Beck, formerly of the Alabama Ballet, and Junio Teixeira, of the New Jersey Ballet, will perform the “Arabian Dance.”

The Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble will open the second half of the program performing a Moldavian Suite, set to traditional folk music, choreographed by Svetlana Al Neyadi and staged by John Rodi.

Beck and Teixeira will also perform “Bailero” from “Songs of the Auvergne” composed by Joseph Canteloube and choreography by Derek Deane. Returning alumnus, Kenneth Bryan will perform “The Lonely Shepherd,” composed by James Last and with choreography adapted after Boris Myagkov.

Murphy will also perform “You go to my Head,” a contemporary work choreographed by Gilbert Rome, faculty member of the Loyola Preparatory Ballet Program, and music by John Frederick Coots.

The evening will conclude with “The Waltz” from Charles Gounod’s opera “Faust” and the finale from Giacomo Meyerbeer’s ballet suite, “Les Patineurs,” both choreographed by Zambrano.

The Loyola Ballet has been presenting semi-annual ballet performances to the public for the past 42 years. This performance is presented as part of Loyola University’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for all students, children and seniors. For ticket information, please visit www.montage.loyno.edu or call (504) 865-2074. Tickets can also be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.

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

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