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Loyola University New Orleans Presents Annual Prism Concert

Loyola press release - September 27, 2016

Student showcase is one of the year’s most popular musical events

Loyola University New Orleans music students are preparing to showcase a range of skills and talents at this weekend at the largest musical celebration held on campus — and one of the most popular.

The Loyola College of Music and Fine Arts gathers Saturday evening for the university’s annual Prism concert, a special selection of sounds and songs performed by talented student ensembles. With music ranging from classical to iconic New Orleans jazz, the concert will touch on everything from orchestra to opera.

The annual Prism Concert at Loyola University New Orleans is a rare opportunity for the Loyola student body and the greater New Orleans community to get more than a taste of what it is that we are doing here at the College of Music and Fine Arts,” said Dean of Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts Tony Decuir. “This concert is a showcase of extraordinary student talent that will marvel and captivate audiences.”

Under the direction of Dr. Meg Frazier, Loyola Chorale will perform “Prayer of St. Patrick” by Ross Bernhardt and “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” from Johannes Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem; Tom Petterson, piano. The Loyola Chamber Singers will sing “Bumblebee” by Anders Edenroth with Alicia Melendez, Alexandra Mena, and Reid Canal, soloists.

Representing Opera Workshop, undergraduate student Haley Whitney will sing “What Good Would the Moon Be?” from Street Scene by Kurt Weill and Langston Hughes with accompaniment on piano by Carol Rausch, director of the Loyola Opera Theatre.

Under the direction of Dr. Jean Montès, Loyola Symphony Orchestra will perform the Overture to La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi.

Under the direction of Dr. Gordon Towell, the Loyola Jazz Ensemble will perform “Stompin’ at the Savoy” by Chick Webb, Benny Goodman, Andy Razaf, and Edgar Sampson, arranged by Bill Holman; and “Mueva Los Huesos” by Gordon Goodwin.

Under the direction of Dr. Serena Weren, the university’s Wind Ensemble will perform Sound and Smoke: Movement II: (avalanche of eyes) by Viet Cuong.

The annual Prism concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Entrance is located on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage.