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ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
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NASA Week to Blast…

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas will host a week of space exploration… more

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Jul 5 - Sep 7, 2015
Ten Years Gone brings together six artists whose work engages with the broad… more

Red, White, and…

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
In a most unusual salute to Independence Day, Audubon Butterfly Garden and… more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jul 6 - 6, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

LIVE BAND KARAOKE…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Rock out on stage with Mixed Nuts as your band! All ages and free each Tuesday… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Jul 7 - 28, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Octavia Art Gallery -…

Jul 7 - 25, 2015
This summer, Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present new works by Cuban based… more

Ogden Museum Book…

Jul 7 - 7, 2015
Join us at the Book Club for  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Jul 7 - 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

The Sweat Social…

Jul 7 - Dec 20, 2015
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Gambit’s 2015…

Jul 8 - 8, 2015
Gambit's 2015 Emerging Chefs Challenge recognizes the next generation of… more

2015 Francisco…

Jul 9 - 9, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's 2015 Francisco Bouligny Lecture will… more

Langlois Girls Night…

Jul 9 - Sep 3, 2015
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LIVE IMPROV WITH NOLA…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Improv Comedy with NOLA ComedySportz is great for all ages. The audience of a… more

San Fermin in Nueva…

Jul 9 - 12, 2015
The 9th Annual Running of the Bulls at San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) is… more

Yappy Hour in the…

Jul 9 - 30, 2015
Join us for  Yappy Hour in the Courtyard at Rare Form, to benefit the… more

Friday Nights at NOMA

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Every Friday evening, come to the museum for activities and entertainment.… more

Smoothie King Center…

Jul 10 - 11, 2015
Garth Brooks is bringing his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood to the Smoothie… more

Toast & Tiki Tails

Jul 10 - 10, 2015
Toasts & Tiki-Tails" will be held at the NO Fleas Market  during… more

ESSENCE Music Festival

Jul 5 - 5, 2015
The ultimate party weekend is highlighted by performances from a variety of… more

Montage Series offers two free music festivals this month

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Montage Series offers two free music festivals this month

The Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series at Loyola University New Orleans will host two free music festivals this month. On March 16 and 17, trumpeter Ben Albright and percussionist Nobue Matsuoka ‘94 will be featured guests at the annual Trumpet and Percussion Festival. On March 24, high school bands from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will travel to Loyola University to participate in ensemble performances and workshops as part of the Invitational Bands Festival, featuring guest clinician and conductor, David Holsinger.

The Trumpet and Percussion Festival includes free recitals with Albright and Matsuoka on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street. Friday's recital includes a prelude by the Loyola University Trumpet Ensemble, and Saturday's performance features a prelude by Mass Trumpet Ensemble.

In addition to the concerts, free masterclasses taught by Albright, Matsuoka, as well as Loyola faculty members Nick Volz, Jim Atwood, Dave Salay and Vance Woolf, will be held throughout the weekend. An instruments exhibit, offering musicians the opportunity to experiment with new trumpets, will be open on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public and will be held in the Communications/Music Complex.

Albright, trumpeter for the The President's Own United States Marine Band since 2008, performs with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra and Marine Chamber Ensembles. Prior to joining The President's Own, he performed with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York, among others.

Matsuoko currently teaches orchestral percussion at American University in Washington, D.C., where she is also head of the music library. A native of Japan, Matsuoko came to the United States in 1989 to study percussion at Loyola University. Her professional career has included performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan, among others.

Held annually, the Invitational Bands Festival invites select bands to travel to New Orleans and work with clinicians in an effort to develop better techniques as an ensemble. The festival, which is free and open to the public, takes place Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Communications/Music Complex.

This year's ensembles, selected from a pre-recorded audition process, are Haynes High School, Metairie, La., Michael Genevay, director; Faith Academy High School, Mobile, Al., David Pryor, director; and Gulf Breeze High School, Gulf Breeze, Fla., Neal McLeod, director.

The event culminates with a concert directed by Holsinger with Loyola's Wind Ensemble at 3 p.m. in Roussel Hall. The program features 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.

Well known for his differentiating time signatures throughout his pieces, Holsinger has won four major competitions, including a two-time American Bandmasters Association Oswald Award. Several of his compositions have been finalists in both the DeMoulin and Sudler competitions. Holsinger currently serves as composer-in-residence at Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The Trumpet and Percussion Festival is sponsored by the Loyola University Department of Bands.  For more information or a complete schedule of events during this festival, contact Nick Volz at nrvolz@loyno.edu or call 504-865-3444. For more information on the Invitational Bands Festival, contact Joe Hebert at jghebert@loyno.edu or 504-65-2852.

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