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Loyola University College of Music presents The Loyola Ballet Fall Concert on November 16 and 17

Loyola press release - November 6, 2001

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents the Loyola Ballet Fall Concert, under the direction of Laura Zambrano. The concert is set for Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th at 8 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 ballet company will present Swan Lake, Act II, excerpts from Nayada and the Fisherman and Gaite' Parisienne, a patriotic salute entitled The Union and a guest performance by the Komenka Dance Ensemble.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492. For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074, or via e-mail at wick@loyno.edu. Visit the College of Music at music.loyno.edu.

The popular scene from Swan Lake, choreographed by Lev Ivanov to music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky, is set by the lake where an evil magician has bewitched young maidens and transformed them into white swans. The spell can only be broken by the power of true love. Prince Siegfried falls in love with the beautiful swan Odette and vows to free her from the evil spell with his love. The role of Prince Siegfried will be performed by guest artist Gregory L. Schramel, who has numerous professional dance credits including former principal dancer with the Atlanta Ballet and the Cincinnati Ballet, as well as former soloist with Miami City Ballet. The role of Odette will be portrayed by Livia Hill. This enchanting scene was staged on the Loyola Ballet by Director Laura Zambrano and Preparatory Ballet Program Director Gayle Parmelee.

Excerpts from Nayada and the Fisherman, choreographed by Jules Perrot to music by Cesare Pugni, will also be performed. The ballet is the story of a young fisherman, performed by Rick Richards, who finds an unusual catch - a beautiful mermaid portrayed by Ashley Guynes. He sets the mermaid free, but she follows the fisherman back to his village, where she is greeted by the villagers. The role of the fisherman's girlfriend is danced by Andrea Ganier. Other works include excerpts from Gaite' Parisienne, choreographed by Leonide Massine to music by Jacques Offenbach, and Moldavian Suite, choreographed by Svetlana Al Neyadi to traditional folk music for the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble.

The concert concludes with a rousing, patriotic salute titled The Union, choreographed by Parmelee to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk. This red, white and blue production was first presented in 1991 during the Gulf War.

The Loyola Ballet, part of the Loyola University College of Music Montage Series, has been presenting semi-annual ballet performances to the public for the past 35 years.

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.