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Loyola University College of Music presents the Loyola Piano Trio in recital February 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Loyola press release - February 7, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents the Loyola Piano Trio, featuring Valerie Poullette, violin; Allen Nisbet, cello; and H. Jac McCracken, piano. The concert is set for Tuesday, February 15, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located on the second floor of the Communications/Music Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

The Trio has been nominated for the Big Easy Classical Tribute to the Arts Awards best chamber music category for the past two years. Their program includes the Beethoven Trio No. 7, Op. 97 (Archduke); Aaron Copland's Vitebsk, and Henry Cowell's Trio (1968).

General admission is $10; and $5 for students. Tickets and additional information are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492. For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074.

Valerie Poullette is a past first violinist with the New Orleans Philharmonic, is the violin instructor at Loyola University College of Music. In addition to performing solo recitals, she serves

as the violinist in the New Orleans/Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Tulane Summer Lyric Orchestra. She has also performed as soloist with the Jefferson Chamber Orchestra and the First Monday Contemporary Music Ensemble. Having attended the Peabody Conservatory, Boston University, Loyola University, and the Music Academy of the West, she received coaching in chamber music from Leon Fleisher, Eugene Lehner, Walter Trampler, and Lawrence Lesser. Her violin teachers have included Berl Senofsky, Joseph Silverstein, and Mitchell Stern.

Allen 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. He 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.

H. Jac 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 studied 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, Italy.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. The College of Music gives students the opportunity to combine liberal studies with professional music courses. Loyola offers the only College of Music within the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Its 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.