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LPO and Loyola University New Orleans Collaborate on Brahms' 'Requiem'

Loyola press release - October 27, 2016

Concert features Loyola Chorale, NOVA Masterworks and music by Ravel, Barber and Brahms

The Loyola University New Orleans Chorale and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) collaborate this weekend to perform Brahms' Requiem at the Orpheum Theater. The exciting concert features NOVA Masterworks and music by Ravel, Barber and Brahms. The Loyola Chorale will perform Brahms' Requiem with the LPO at 7:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 28, 2016 and give an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Tickets range from $20 to $140 and may be purchased here.

“Loyola School of Music has a close collaborative relationship with our friends at the LPO, and we’re very excited about this upcoming weekend of performances,” said Rita O. Huntsinger Distinguished Professor of Music Dr. Meg Frazier, who serves as director of the School of Music and director of choral activities in Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts. “Our singers have the opportunity to work with this professional orchestra on some masterworks of choral/orchestral literature with a world-class conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto. We’re thrilled, and we hope the Wolf Pack comes out in strong support on Saturday night to enjoy the performance!”

The LPO continues its “Fantastic Journey” with a program of remembrance, featuring reflective works by Brahms, Barber, and Ravel, according to a concert summary. The concert begins solemnly with Ravel’s beautiful Pavane for a Dead Princess, followed by the LPO’s debut performance of Barber’s Prayers of Kierkegaard. Finally, New Orleans’ own Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano; Grant Youngblood, baritone; NOVA Masterworks and Loyola Chorale combine to provide the impressive vocal forces for Johannes Brahms’ spiritual masterpiece, A German Requiem.

LPO Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, a world-class artist who has served with the LPO for a decade, will conduct the orchestra. And the evening brings a special joy for Loyola. Sarah Jane McMahon, who is soprano soloist for the Brahms and Ravel pieces, is a 2002 graduate of the Loyola School of Music, where she majored in voice. The Saturday evening performance is also billed as “Loyola at the LPO” night, with reduced tickets for Loyola students, faculty/staff, and alumni.

The concert is expected to last 1 hour and 40 minutes. A pre-concert talk will take place one hour before the show.

Friday, October 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Brahms Requiem

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Encore Performance: Brahms Requiem
Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, La. 70112

MAURICE RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Sarah Jane McMahon, Soprano
NOVA Masterworks, Choir

SAMUEL BARBER Prayers of Kierkegaard
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor

JOHANNES BRAHMS Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
Carlos Miguel Prieto, Conductor
Sarah Jane McMahon, Soprano
Grant Youngblood, Baritone
Loyola Chorale, Choir
NOVA Masterworks, Choir

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