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MUSAICA performs debut of 'Duck Girl'

Loyola press release - January 11, 2010

MUSAICA, a group of professional New Orleans musicians, will present the world-premiere of “Duck Girl,” a theatrical musical performance honoring iconic New Orleanian Ruthie Moulon. Moulon, affectionately known to scores of locals and tourists as “Ruthie the Duck Lady,” roamed the streets of the Vieux Carré for 50 years, in a wedding dress or fur coat, followed by pet ducks. “Duck Girl” was written for MUSAICA by contemporary New York composer William Vollinger.


The performance takes place Sunday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral in Covington, La. It will be repeated on Monday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Canal Street Presbyterian Church and on Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Charles Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. The performance is part of the series entitled “The Year of the Premiere,” in which each concert presents a world-premiere of a work written for MUSAICA.


Also performed will be Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet, Op. 37, by Malcolm Arnold and String Sextet in B-flat major, Op. 18, by Johannes Brahms.


Moulon, who was one of the last French Quarter eccentrics, zoomed from bar to bar on roller skates cadging cigarettes and beer. She died of cancer in 2008, at the age of 74. The work was written in the form of an imaginary interview with a young Moulon, looking into the origins of her lifestyle with her beloved ducks. She will be portrayed by award-winning actress Elizabeth Argus.


MUSAICA was founded by a group of professional New Orleans musicians in the fall of 2006, most of whom play with the Louisiana Philharmonic and/or teach at Loyola University New Orleans. The group was hailed by The Times-Picayune as “a triumph of musicianship and adventurous programming,” and was the winner of the 2007 award for best chamber music concert by the Gambit “Tribute to the Classical Arts.”


For more information or to schedule an interview with the group, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or 504-861-5882.