Mar 202012

Loyola University musicians will present a series of five classical performances — four of which are free — over the next two weeks, starting tonight (Tuesday, March 20).

Details, via a news release:

Montage Series features chamber music, wind ensembles and opera excerpts

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans presents two weeks of music events in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall at the end of the month.

On Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., Loyola’s notable Faculty Chamber String Quartet will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s “String Quartet, Op. 59, No.2” and Felix Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1.” Performers include faculty members Rachel Jordan, violin; Bruce Owen, viola; Allen Nisbet, cello; and Amy Thiaville, violin.

The Loyola Chamber Orchestra, directed by Jean Montès, D.M.A., will perform on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. The program will include Vaughan Williams’ “Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra,” Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons ‘Summer,’” featuring three violin soloists, and Franz Schubert’s “Quartet in D Minor” and “Death and the Maiden.” The orchestra will also be performing at the 15th annual Bach Around the Clock event at Trinity Episcopal Church on March 24 at 10:15 p.m.

The Loyola Wind Ensemble will perform a concert directed by special guest conductor David Holsinger on Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m. The program will feature three of Holsinger’s original compositions: “To Tame the Perilous Skies,” a work commissioned by the 564th Tactical Air Command Band, “Texas Promenade,” a celebration of the 50th Anniversary Convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association, and “Homage: Three Tapestries,” a tribute to Czech-American composer Vaclav Nelhybel.

On Monday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Crescent City Wind Symphony will perform selections by J.P. Souse, K. King, Giuseppe Verdi and Percy Grainger. The group will also perform “Parade of the Tall Ships,” by Jay Chattaway and selections from the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Lion King.”

On Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m., the Loyola Opera will delve into music that is alternately romantic, bawdy and full of fire with “Going for Baroque: Opera Excerpts,” featuring 29 students in a rich repertoire of the Baroque period with arias and ensembles by Claudio Monteverdi, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, and Jean-Baptiste Lully, among several others. Twelve operas will be represented, including “Giulio Cesare,” “Rinaldo,” “The Fairy Queen,” “Alceste” and “The Beggar’s Opera.”

The Loyola Faculty Chamber, Wind Ensemble, Crescent City Windy Symphony and Loyola Chamber Orchestra events are all free and open to the public. Tickets for “Going for Baroque” are $8 for general admission and free for the Loyola community. For tickets and information, visit or call 504-865-2074. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at or call 504-861-5882.

  One Response to “Loyola presents two-week series of free classical concerts”

  1. The Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall is one of the most magnificent venues in New Orleans. No one should miss these concerts, if at all possible. The last time I was there was for the Emanuel Ax piano concert and, believe me, I was thrilled, not only by Mr. Ax, but the hall, itself. Please, do not miss this series!

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