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Loyola University College of Music presents The Loyola Piano Trio in concert on Tuesday, Decemebr 5th

Loyola press release - November 26, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents the Loyola Piano Trio. The concert is set for Tuesday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

The Loyola Piano Trio won the Big Easy Award's Tribute to the Classical Arts award for Best Chamber Music Performance of 1999. The trio is violinist Valeria Poullette, cellist Allen Nisbet, and pianist H. Jac McCracken. The program will feature Franz Schubert's Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 99, the José Bragato arrangement of Astor Piazzola's Invierno Porteño, and Ned Rorem's Spring Music. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492.

Poullette serves as instructor of violin at Loyola University College of Music. In addition to playing solo recitals, Poullette currently performs with the Loyola University Faculty Piano Quartet, Loyola Faculty Piano Trio, Tulane Summer Lyric, and the Windsor Court Chamber Players. A former first violinist with the New Orleans Philharmonic, she has also held the position of concertmaster of the New Orleans/ Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, and the Jefferson Chamber Orchestra. Chamber music ensembles with which she has performed have included the Festival String Quartet, First Monday Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Loyola Baroque Chamber Players. She attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Loyola University New Orleans, and the Music Academy of the West, where she received her chamber music coaching from Leon Fleisher , Eugene Lehner, Walter Trampler, and members of the Julliard String Quartet. Her violin teachers include Berl Senofsky, Joseph Silverstein, and Mitchell Stern.

Nisbet has been teaching cello and bass at Loyola University since 1986. He was cellist in the New Orleans/Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra from 1975-1992. He has also been a member of the Colorado Arts Trio at the University of Northern Colorado and the Festival String Quartet, which was Artist-in-Residence at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has served as Summer Artist Faculty at the University of Illinois, and has been artist-teacher at many summer music festivals. Mr. Nisbet has served as assistant principal cellist of the Denver Symphony and has performed chamber and solo concerts throughout the country and in Europe. He can be heard on Spectrum Records and Albany Records.

McCracken is an associate professor of music at Loyola University, where he has taught piano and music literature since 1976. He is a graduate of East Carolina University and the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Robert Carter and Raymond Dudley. He also has sudied privately with Rudolph Ganz and Byron Janis, and in 1969 he was awarded a performing fellowship at the International Bach Society Summer Study Session under the direction of Rosalyn Tureck. In 1970, he received a Fulbright-Hayes grant to Italy where he studied chamber music with Guido Agosti at the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and private piano with Ilonka Deckers-Küszler in Milan.

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