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Loyola University New Orleans Rings in the Holidays with Exciting Concert Lineup

Loyola press release - November 30, 2016

The holiday season is in full swing at Loyola University New Orleans as the College of Music and Fine Arts unveils a stellar lineup of holiday concerts featuring students, faculty, esteemed alumni, and world-renowned violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Kick-starting the season on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m., the University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and outstanding student soloists present Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light: A Requiem. This concert comes after Loyola singers wowed audiences and composer Howard Goodall at Carnegie Hall in New York City last Sunday. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on Loyola University’s campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

After much anticipation, on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Loyola will be joined by alumni opera stars from across the country for the world premiere of “Letters to Santa.” Composed by Loyola alumnus Logan Skelton ‘83, the song cycle captures Skelton’s engaging and fresh musical style and features Loyola young alumni-turned-opera stars Emma Grimsley ‘14, soprano; America’s Got Talent star David Castillo ‘10, baritone; and Claire Shackleton ‘06, mezzo-soprano.

The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. A reception to meet the composer and artists will take place after the performance.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola, Loyola Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Jean Montès will direct the Loyola Symphony Orchestra in a concert spotlighting visiting guest artist Professor James VanDemark of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. The premier double bassist has performed around the globe with concert organizations ranging from the New York Philharmonic to the Netherlands Radio Symphony. VanDemark will perform the Gian Carlo Menotti Concerto for Doublebass. The performance is free and open to the public.

In keeping with tradition, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m., the university’s signature Christmas at Loyola concert will take place at the beautiful Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave. This year’s concert will feature Loyola Artist in Residence and internationally acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg performing “Winter” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Chamber Orchestra.

The annual celebration of the holiday season showcases various performance groups from Loyola’s School of Music. This annual showstopper and family-friendly concert is free and open to the public.

As the semester comes to a close, Loyola alumni and students will help the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra present Baroque Christmas, on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at the Orpheum Theatre in New Orleans and Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at the First Baptist Church Covington in Covington.

Ending the holiday season on a high note, the New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale concert: Herald will take place on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., at Holy Name of Jesus Church. This highly anticipated holiday season concert features NOVA’s signature blend of contemporary and historical choral music in one of New Orleans’ most breathtaking churches.

“These concerts not only showcase the range of talent seen here at the Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts,” said Rita O. Huntsinger Distinguished Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music Dr. Meg Frazier, “but also show the deep ties that Loyola maintains with its star guests and alumni, who help each year to put these magnificent programs together for an unforgettable holiday season.”