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Internationally Celebrated Faculty from Southern Mississippi University Join Loyola University New Orleans for ôVisiting Faculty Member Recitalö

Loyola press release - November 14, 2016

Loyola University New Orleans College of Music and Fine Arts welcomes Alexander Russakovsky and Elizabeth Moak from the University of Southern Mississippi for a “Visiting Faculty Member Recital” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on Loyola University’s campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Coordinated by Loyola’s own Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra Dr. Jean Montes, this concert gives students and the community an opportunity to be exposed to artists from other music programs and uncover new insights from famous faculty.

Alexander Russakovsky studied cello at the Leningrad Conservatory, under renowned Russian professors Emmanuel Fishman and Anatoli Nikitin. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy and his master’s degree at Yale University, where he studied under Aldo Parisot. He also holds a doctorate in cello performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A founding member of the Jerusalem Academy String Quartet, Russakovsky has performed throughout Israel, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Holland and France.

Elizabeth Moak has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Winner of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition, Elizabeth Moak holds the Diplôme de Virtuosité from the Neuchâtel Conservatory in Switzerland. In addition to having received honors for her solo playing, Moak has also been recognized for her collaborative work by the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and the Music Academy of the West. Moak is currently on the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi and previously was named a Teaching Fellow at Peabody Conservatory and received Millsaps College’s Outstanding Young Faculty Award.

“The Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts features an all-star line-up of professors,” said Dr. Montes. “Providing students networking opportunities with professionals and stars beyond our own campus is key to creating and establishing well-rounded music students with strong networks in the industry.”

Loyola New Orleans’ College of Music and Fine Arts is constantly creating opportunities to introduce students to practicing music professionals who have gained recognition in their fields. Through this recital, students will gain exposure to internationally trained and celebrated artists.

The program for the recital will include:

Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 J. S. Bach (1685-1750)





Menuet I & II


Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102 Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Mit Hmor


Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen

Nicht zu rasch

Stark und markiert

Suite for Cello Solo Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966)



Intermezzo e Danza Finale

Cello Sonata, L. 135 Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto

Sérénade: Modèrèment animé

Finale: Animé

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