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Loyola University New Orleans Celebrates Piano with Two-day Showcase

Loyola press release - January 9, 2018

Inaugural Piano Alumni Weekend to feature renowned alumnus Logan Skelton and student recital

Renowned pianist and composer Dr. Logan Skelton ’83, D.M.A. will hold a masterclass, Q&A, and recital on campus next weekend during the inaugural Loyola Piano Alumni Weekend. Skelton will join current Loyola piano students for the two-day piano showcase, to be held at Loyola on Saturday, January 20 and Sunday, January 21.

“The purpose of our new piano alumni weekend is to showcase the success stories of both our notable alumni and our current students,” said Brian Hsu, assistant professor of piano. “I want this event to really help highlight the department and the talented people we have here. Going from Skelton, who came to Loyola for his undergraduate degree and is now internationally well-known, to a recital showcasing what our current students are doing—it really goes full circle.”

Loyola Piano Alumni Weekend will begin Saturday, January 20 with a piano masterclass given by Skelton at 2:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A session. Then, current Loyola piano students will perform a recital showcase from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Events for Loyola Piano Alumni Weekend will conclude Sunday, January 21 with a recital given by Skelton at 3 p.m., followed by a light reception.

“Bringing Skelton back to campus will be a special experience for everyone. We’re excited for the students to get a personal look at someone successful in piano with direct ties to their career here at Loyola,” says Hsu. “We’ll get to see him teach, answer questions about his experience, and share suggestions for students just starting out. I’m sure it will also be special for him as well to see undergraduates performing where he was a few decades ago.”

Dr. Logan Skelton is an alumnus of Loyola, class of ’83, and is currently a professor of piano at the University of Michigan. Skelton is a much sought-after pianist, teacher, and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. As a performer, Skelton has concertized widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia. As a composer, he has a special affinity for art song, having composed well over a hundred songs, including numerous song cycles. Skelton has recorded numerous albums and is a frequent guest at music festivals around the world. He has given countless performances and masterclasses at colleges, conservatories, and conferences throughout the U.S., South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Poland, and Czech Republic. He has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Missouri State University, and is currently Professor of Piano and Director of Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan.

Loyola Piano Alumni Weekend is open to the public, and all Loyola students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend. All events throughout the weekend are free except the Jan. 21 Skelton recital, for which tickets are $15 general admission, $13 seniors/Loyola faculty and staff, and $5 students. Online ticketing for Skelton’s recital is now available here.

All events will take place in Nunemaker Auditorium, Third Floor, Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Free parking is available in the university’s West Road garage, located off St. Charles Avenue.

For more information, contact the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074, visit presents.loyno.edu, or email tickets@loyno.edu.

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