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Theatre, jazz, piano, band, orchestral, choral, oh my!

Loyola press release - November 10, 2008

This week, Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts will offer a diverse array of solo, ensemble and theatrical performances. Variety like this can only be found in Loyola’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.


Guest piano concert featuring David Northington
Mon., Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m.
Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola's main campus

David Northington, concert pianist and professor of piano at the University of Tennessee, will perform a concert titled “Piano Works of Aaron Copland: An American Master.”

At his New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times called Northington “an immensely gifted musician…who combines the technical mastery of a virtuoso with the musical sensitivity of a poet.”

Northington will perform Copland's Piano Sonata, “Three Moods,” “Passacaglia,” “Four Piano Blues” and “Piano Variations.”

Admission to the performance is free.


Loyola faculty brings chamber music alive
Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola's main campus

Members of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts strings faculty and staff will perform a chamber music concert this Tuesday featuring String Quartet No. 4, by Walter Piston; Tango Ballet for String Quartet, by Astor Piazzolla; and the “Trout” Quintet, by Franz Schubert.

Concert performers include Amy Thiaville, violin; Elizabeth Oberweg, violin; Bruce Owen, viola; Allen Nisbet, cello; David Anderson, bass; and Yui Asano, piano.

Admission is free.


Loyola jazz workshop band performs at Satchmo’s
Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Satchmo’s Jazz Café, located in the Danna Student Center basement

Loyola jazz studies professor, Tony Dagradi, directs this group of students in a lively performance this Thursday.

The group will perform an assortment of jazz standards by Miles Davis and Chick Chorea, and an original composition by Dagradi.

Admission is free.


Loyola Choirs Fall Concert

Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola's main campus

Meg Hulley Frazier, assistant professor of music and coordinator of choral activities at Loyola, will direct the Loyola University Chorus and Chorale in a concert this Thursday featuring a variety of sacred and contemporary choral selections.

Admission is free.


“Spinning into Butter” tackles latent racism

Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., and Nov. 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, at 8 p.m.
Marquette Theater, located on the second floor of Marquette Hall

Loyola’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and director Laura Hope bring to the stage the hidden racism that may lurk in people’s hearts in Rebecca Gilman’s “Spinning into Butter.”

Set at a small, mostly-white private liberal arts college in Vermont, “Spinning into Butter” explores the danger when society fails to confront issues of racism and political correctness.

“This is a dangerous, searching, brilliant play, probing the self-inflicted wounds of a self-righteous civilization.” – London Sunday Times

“It’s a potent topic, and the playwright explores it with an admirable boldness as well as a nice leavening humor.” – Variety

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for students, seniors and children, and can be purchased on the web at montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074. Tickets will also be available at the door 30 minutes prior to the performance.


Loyola Symphony Orchestra
Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola's main campus

Dr. Jean Montès leads the Loyola Symphony Orchestra in an evening featuring Symphony No.5 in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven; Overture from “A Midsummer Night’s Dreams,” op.21 by Felix Mendelssohn; and Trumpet Concerto by Aleksandr Grigori Arutiunian.

The concert will also feature Loyola faculty member and trumpet artist Nick Voltz as the soloist on Arutiunian’s trumpet concerto.

The performance is free.


Loyola Wind Symphony and Concert Band Concert

Wind Symphony - Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m.
Concert Band – Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m.
Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola’s main campus

Dr. Joseph Hebert and Col. John R. Bourgeois (Ret.) directs in an evening of symphonic sounds featuring a diverse array of musical selections.

The Wind Symphony concert will feature “Masquerade” by Vincent Persichetti; “Overture for Wind Band” by Felix Mendelssohn; “Noisy Wheels of Joy” by Eric Whitacre and “The Beau Ideal” by John Philip Sousa.

The Concert Band performance will feature Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold, arranged by John Paynter; “Dance of the Jesters” and Dance Napolitaine from “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky; and English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

The Concert Band performance will also feature Loyola faculty member and trumpet Artist Nick Voltz as soloist on Tchaikovsky’s Dance Napolitaine from “Swan Lake.”

Col. John Bourgeois served for 17 years as the 25th director of “The President’s Own Marine Band.” As director of “The President’s Own,” Bourgeois was music adviser to the White House. He selected the musical program and directed the band in its traditional place of honor at the U.S. Capitol for four Presidential Inaugurations, a Marine Band tradition dating to 1801. He regularly conducted the Marine Band and the Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, appearing there more frequently than any other musician in the nation. Since retiring from the Marine Band, Bourgeois has been actively involved in music as a guest conductor, has published new editions of classic band compositions, and is a visiting professor in a chair endowed in his name at Loyola.

The performances are free.