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Loyola Symphony performance features music of composer greats, Debussy and Shostakovich

Loyola press release - December 2, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans is hosting its 2014 Symphony Orchestra Performance with Russian-American cellist Tanya Anisimova Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The free, public performance will take place in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located on the second floor of the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola's main campus.

Anisimova will join an orchestra of 65 talented Loyola students for the performance, which features three pieces by master composers Claude Debussy and Dmitri Shostakovich. The performance will start off with the piece "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun" by the French composer and continue with Anisimova as the featured soloist in the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1. The concert will conclude with the Shostakovich Symphony No. 1, which was written by Shostakovich when he was only 19 years old.

"The student artists have been challenged with reaching their full potential in bringing to the forefront this live performance of the works of these two musical giants, who as composers, have influenced a large school of contemporary artists, composers and musicians alike," Jean Montès, associate professor of music and director of orchestras, said.

Anisimova was the artistic director of the Mousetrap Concert Series back in 1999. She has been described as a gifted, thoughtful and powerful cellist by The Washington Post. Anisimova divides her time among touring, composing and recording.