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Loyola University Brings Music to the Newman Bandstand in Audubon Park

Loyola press release - October 11, 2016

(New Orleans-Oct. 11, 2016) Loyola University New Orleans is proud to be participating in the annual “Music Under the Oaks” performance series sponsored by Bellwether Technology, Iberia Bank and Audubon Park on Sunday Oct. 23, 2016.

Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and watch Loyola School of Music host an evening in Audubon Park at the Newman Bandstand starting at 5 p.m. The Newman Bandstand is located on the South end of Audubon Park, between Magazine Street and the lagoon.

The concert will open with a performance by the Loyola Brass Ensemble, led by Associate Professor of Classical and Jazz Trumpet Dr. Nick Volz, and it will showcase a variety of chamber music, ranging from baroque chamber works to the music of the Beatles and popular movie themes.

Coordinator of Jazz Studies Dr. Gordon Towell will conduct the 20-piece Loyola Jazz Band performing a repertoire including popular classics and contemporary big band works. The Jazz Band set will also feature singers, showcasing some of Loyola’s Jazz Studies Vocal Majors.

“Loyola’s students and faculty have long been a part of the multi-faceted music scene in New Orleans, and as performing musicians, we love to play in beautiful places,” said Dr. Volz. “The Newman Bandstand is one of these beautiful and alluring spaces. It was built in 1921 to host live chamber music concerts, but it lay dormant for several decades before we started the Music Under the Oaks series in 2014. Now it is an incredible opportunity for our students to perform in a regular concert series in such a unique and relaxed setting.”

The event is free and open to the public with food and drinks available for purchase. All purchases directly support maintenance and improvements in Audubon Park, including lawn care, seasonal plantings and the protection of historic live oak trees.