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Loyola hosts top guitar duo The Assad Brothers

Loyola press release - November 1, 2006

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts will present Sérgio and Odair Assad on Sunday, November 5, 2006, at 3 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall. The performance by the Brazilian classical guitarists is part of Loyola's Montage Arts Series.

Known for their dynamic execution and uncanny ensemble playing, Sérgio and Odair Assad have been performing around the world for more than 25 years with guests such as Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Paquito D'Rivera. Their unique chemistry is a result of their close musical upbringing and studies with the best guitarists in South America– including seven years with guitar/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia. They have recorded widely, primarily for the Nonesuch and GHA labels, and won a Latin Grammy in 2002 for their release, "Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla."

The Assads' repertoire includes original music composed by Sergio Assad and his adaptations of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their standard classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau, and Scarlatti; and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera, and Debussy. Their programs are always a compelling blend of styles, periods, and cultures.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 students and Loyola community with ID. For tickets and more information, please contact the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.