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Flutist Sir James Galway gives masterclass at Loyola

Loyola press release - March 21, 2011

Internationally-renowned flutist Sir James Galway will present a special flute masterclass at Loyola University New Orleans on Sunday, March 27, while in town for a performance with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The masterclass will take place at 10 a.m. in Roussel Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, and will feature two flutists from Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts performing for Galway. The event is free and open to the public.

Galway comes to New Orleans to perform William Bolcom’s “Lyric Concerto” for Flute and Orchestra with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Saturday, March 26, at 8 p.m. in the Mahalia Jackson Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets and information can be found online at www.lpomusic.org or by calling 504-523-6530.

A living legend, Galway’s musical virtuosity is equaled only by his limitless ambitions and vision. Through extensive touring, selling more than 30 million albums and his frequent international television appearances, Galway has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts.

Born in Belfast, United Kingdom, Galway studied in London and Paris. After maintaining a career with various London orchestras, he took the coveted position of solo flutist under Herbert von Karajan with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Alongside his busy performing schedule he makes time to share his wisdom and experience with young artists, conducts masterclasses, commissions new flute works, and publishes articles, flute studies and books.

Galway is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Musician of the Year by Musical America, 1997; The Recording Academy’s President Merit Award, 2004; The Classic Brits Outstanding Contribution to Classical Music Award, 2005; Ford Honors, 2008; Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, 2008; and the First Artist Laureate of the Ulster Orchestra, 2009. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has honored him twice with an Order of the British Empire in 1979 and a Knighthood for Services to Music in 2001.

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