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Photography, Katrina-inspired jazz and pirates lead upcoming Montage Series events

Loyola press release - February 1, 2010

This week is packed with entertainment and art at Loyola University New Orleans. The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series will showcase New Orleans photographer Erika Goldring, a Katrina-inspired jazz concert and swashbuckling performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."

Photography by Erika Goldring

The vivid work of New Orleans-based music and fine arts photographer Erika Molleck Goldring will be featured in an upcoming exhibit of new photos, “Performance Portraiture,” in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery at Loyola University New Orleans.

An opening reception will kick off the show at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4. “Performance Portraiture” will be displayed in the gallery Feb. 4 through April 6. Both the reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Goldring has developed her own unique style of performance portraiture. Her character-driven portfolio features celebrated artists such as Beyonce, Keith Richards, Willie Nelson and Fats Domino, as well as breaking new acts in genres such as jam, jazz, blues, reggae, blue grass and alt-country. Goldring’s works have been accepted into the Smithsonian-affiliated Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Miss.

Katrina-inspired jazz concert

Music professor and jazz saxophonist Tony Dagradi will perform an evening of jazz at Loyola alongside New Orleans jazz musicians Simon Lott, drums, David Torkanowsky, piano, and George Porter Jr., electric bass and vocals, in a concert titled, “Fleur Debris – When the Water Receded.”

The performance takes place Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in Satchmo’s Jazz Café, located on the lower level of Loyola’s Danna Student Center. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for non-Loyola students and Loyola faculty and staff. Loyola students are admitted free. Tickets are available online at www.montage.loyno.edu or at the door Thursday night.

“Fleur Debris – When the Water Receded,” is based on an album currently in the works by the quartet that features original compositions and jazz standards inspired by Hurricane Katrina.

Pirates of Penzance

Loyola Opera Theatre gives a swashbuckling presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, “The Pirates of Penzance” in two performances this week. Music director Carol Rausch and New York stage director Bill Fabris lead the cast and live orchestra on Feb. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall located in Loyola’s Communications/Music Complex.

Set in 1879 England, “The Pirates of Penzance” introduces 21-year-old Frederic, who is just being released from his apprenticeship to a band of tenderhearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two instantly fall in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that since he was born on Feb. 29, he technically only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship agreement states that he must remain apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Learn Frederic’s plan of escape in this lighthearted and rip-roaring tale of pirates on the high seas and damsels in distress.

Tickets are $40 for reserved seating, $25 for general admission and $15 for all students, children and Loyola faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at www.montage.loyno.edu or by calling the Loyola Box Office at 504-865-2074.

For more information about any of these events, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.