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Loyola hosts New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival

Loyola press release - July 10, 2015

Loyola University New Orleans will host the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans’ 2015 New Orleans Piano Institute & Keyboard Festival this month, bringing musicians from around the world to campus.

The festival takes place Sunday July 19 through Sunday, July 26 at Loyola’s Roussel Performance Hall. All competition rounds, master classes and lectures are free and open to the public. Sponsors include Loyola University, the Hall Piano Company, Steinway and Sons, WWNO 89.9, Arts Council New Orleans, and the Wendell & Anne Gauthier Family Foundation.

The closing weekend of the 2015 NOPI/KF will also feature performances by former New Orleans International Piano Competition winners Stanislav Khristenko and Peter Mack. Khristenko performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday July 24 and Mack performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25. Both recitals take place in Roussel Hall. Tickets for these recitals are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. A package ticket for both solo recitals is available for $35 for adults and $25 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 504-865-2074. Visit here for performance programs and bios of Khristenko and Mack.

This summer’s event represents the 34th annual New Orleans Keyboard Festival (NOKF) and the 14th annual New Orleans Piano Institute (NOPI). Since 1981, MASNO has offered a weeklong festival featuring a series of master classes, lectures, and recitals. The educational component of the keyboard festival was enhanced in 1999 with the establishment of the New Orleans Piano Institute.

An intensive solo performance program for advanced and intermediate college, high school, and junior high school pianists, NOPI attracts local piano students, as well as those from other states and abroad, to take private piano lessons with members of a distinguished faculty.

This year the festival will include solo and concerto competitions. The Steinway Society of New Orleans, in collaboration with the New Orleans Piano Institute, present the NOPI Concerto Competition of which the winner receives a cash prize of $500 in addition to a performance with the New Orleans Civic Symphony. The concerto competition will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, in Roussel Hall.

In addition to the master classes and lectures, there will be a special presentation by Peter Mack at 1:15 p.m. Friday, July 24, in Room 240 of the Communications/Music Complex. Sponsored by New Orleans Music Teachers Association, the program is titled "Lower the Rear End of the Elephant Slowly onto the Keys: Teaching Basic Artistic Concepts by Using Colorful Imagery."

For a complete schedule of events, or to purchase tickets, contact the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans at 504-899-4826.