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Loyola University College of Music presents The Loyola Ballet Spring Concert on April 27 and 28

Loyola press release - April 18, 2001

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents the Loyola Ballet Spring Concert, under the direction of Laura Zambrano. The concert is set for Friday and Saturday, April 27th and 28th 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 ballet company will present excerpts from Sleeping Beauty and other works. The Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble will be featured guest artists on the program.

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 www.loyno.edu/music.

The presentation of Sleeping Beauty features excerpts from Acts I, II and III of the popular ballet, which is set to music by Peter Tchaikovsky and staged after Marius Petipa by Loyola Ballet Director Laura Zambrano and Loyola Preparatory Program Director Gayle Parmelee.

Scenes of Vienna, a suite of dances including a polka, a galop and a waltz, which was choreographed by Leonid Jacobson, will be performed to music by Strauss. Several divertissements will also be presented: Ocean and Pearls, choreographed by Alexander Gorsky to music by Cezar Pugni; a pas de deux from Golden Age, choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich to music by Dmitri Shostakovich; and Spring Waters, choreographed by Asaf Messerer to music by Sergei Rachmaninov. Two Irish dances, choreographed by Michael Smith to traditional music, will be performed by award-winning Irish dancer Joseph LeDesma, III.

Several original choreographies will also be performed including: Disincarnate, choreographed by senior Krystina Lopez de Quintana to music by Sarah McLachlan; A Last Dance, choreographed by senior Monique Roussel to music by Brian Perry; and American Can-Can, choreographed by Loyola Preparatory faculty member Cheryl O’Sullivan to music arranged by Merle Evans.

The Loyola Ballet, part of the Loyola University College of Music Montage Series, has been presenting semiannual ballet performances to the public for the past 36 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. Visit the College of Music at www.loyno.edu/music.