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From jazz to classical, Montage series hosts free weekend concerts

Loyola press release - April 8, 2013

This weekend, the Loyola Concert Band, the Loyola Jazz Band and the Loyola University Chamber Singers continue a series of concerts as part of the Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans. All concerts are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, April 20 at 3 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, the Loyola Concert Band and the Loyola Wind Ensemble, directed by Joseph Hebert, Ph.D., will perform a program featuring Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry,” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite” and Alfred Reed’s “A Springtime Celebration.” The Loyola University Chorus will join the musicians to perform “The Battle on Ice” from Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky Suite, as arranged by Hebert.

The Loyola Jazz Band concert Sunday April 21 at 3 p.m. in Roussel Hall will include several new arrangements, including “Before You Go,” which features three graduating seniors: Nick Ellman on clarinet, Wayne Mitchell on tenor sax, and Griffin Semple on guitar. The band, directed by Coordinator of Jazz Studies John Mahoney, will also play Slide Hampton’s arrangement of J.J. Johnson's melody “Lament;” several Jim McNeely songs, including one inspired by the Swiss artist Paul Klee; Horace Silver’s “Cookin’ at the Continental,” as arranged by Michael Abene for the GRP All-Star Big Band; and “Count 'Em,” a Quincy Jones number originally written for Count Basie.

The Loyola University Chamber Singers, directed by Meg Frazier, D.M.A., will present an evening concert April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Name of Jesus Church. The eclectic program will include selections by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Olivier Messiaen, among others, and will feature student conductors Max Welch, Morgan Carr and Justin Schuetz.

Free parking for all events is available in the West Road Garage, accessible from St. Charles Avenue.