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Montage series celebrates Loyola's centennial with a weekend of free band, choral concerts

Loyola press release - March 16, 2012

In celebration of Loyola’s centennial, the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series presents three free band and choral concerts on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., the Loyola Concert Band will perform in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, featuring six special guest conductors, including Col. John R. Bourgeois '90, H'05, in the debut of “Ignatian Fanfare,” written exclusively for the centennial by Bourgeois. The fanfare is based on a motive from the Jesuit motto, “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,” (to the greater glory of God).

Loyola University New Orleans Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Edward J. Kvet, D.M.E., will also serve as a special guest conductor. Kvet, who accepted the position of provost in 2008, served as the dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts for 10 years. He began working at Loyola in 1982 and will retire as provost at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

The concert will also feature a suite from the ballet, “The Statue,” by Charles Fernandez ‘83, an Emmy and Annie award nominee whose concert and chamber works have been featured in such diverse places as Germany, Los Angeles, Sweden and England, and whose music has played a prominent role in multiple films and television series. In addition, the program will include “The Conqueror—March,” a traditional march by alumnus Alex Burtzos ’08, whose compositions have been performed by the Air Force Band of the Rockies, the New Orleans Music Ensemble and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, among others. Compositions and music by Loyola alumni that are related to Louisiana and New Orleans in particular will also be played, directed by guest conductor Maj. Scott Guidry of the United States Air Force Band.

The Loyola Chamber Singers will perform in two concerts on Sunday. The first, at 3 p.m. in Roussel Hall, will feature the Chamber Singers, Loyola Chorale and NOVA Chorale in a program of Psalm settings from chant to contemporary, including settings by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, René Clausen and many more. At 7 p.m., the Loyola Chamber Singers will be joined by the St. Louis Cathedral Choir and NOVA Chorale in a second performance at the St. Louis Cathedral.

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