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Loyola University College of Music Presents Distinguished Guest Artist Award to Peter Gennaro

Loyola press release - October 24, 1997

(New Orleans)The College of Music will present the 1997-98 Distinguished Guest Artist Award to world-renowned Broadway dancer/choreographer Peter Gennaro. The Loyola Ballet, under the direction of Gayle Parmelee, will perform his works on a program titled Ballet & Broadway. The concerts are set for Friday and Saturday, November 21-22, 1997 in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue. The award will be presented to Mr. Gennaro during the performance on Friday, November 21st.

Peter Gennaro, a native New Orleanian, is a Tony Award winning dancer/choreographer with a long list of Broadway and television credits. Some of his career highlights include Broadway's The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Annie and the television variety program "The Perry Como Show."

The concerts will consist of a performance of the ballet Napoli, followed by the showing of an original video on the career of Mr. Gennaro. The concert will close with a performance of Mr. Gennaro's works, including "Hard Knock Life" from Annie, "The Continental" from "The Perry Como Show," and "He's My Friend" from The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Mr. Gennaro's daughter, Liza, came to New Orleans to work with the Loyola Ballet to recreate many of her father's works for the Ballet & Broadway show. The ballet students were able to dance for Ms. Gennaro in a true Broadway audition atmosphere, which enabled students to experience real-life competition for starring roles.

Past recipients of the Distinguished Guest Artist Award include Maxim Shostakovich, Marilyn Horne, Danny Barker, John Kander, Fred Ebb, Quincy Jones, Col. John Bourgeois, Van Cliburn, and Gordon Getty.

Admission for the Ballet & Broadway performances is $10 for general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens. For ticket information, call the College of Music ticket box office at 865-3492.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074, or via e-mail at wick@loyno.edu.

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music, founded in 1932, gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses in the only college of music conducted by the Jesuit fathers in the United States. The college's reputation for excellence is founded on the work of a faculty whose distinction as scholars, performers, and most importantly, as educators, has been nationally acclaimed. Loyola's music alumni have become successful in virtually every area of the professional music world.