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BB King's Blues Club…

May 27 - 27, 2016
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May 27 - 27, 2016
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Birdfoot Festival

May 27 - 28, 2016
Join us for the 5th Anniversary Birdfoot Festival. Through live chamber music,… more

David Hansen's Garden…

May 27, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Greek Festival 5K and…

May 27 - 27, 2016
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House of Blues…

May 27 - Dec 30, 2016
Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink… more

Knockout Champion Hour

May 27 - 27, 2016
TNM’s weekly comedy competition culminates in this special… more

Leroy Jones - Guest…

May 27 - 27, 2016
Live performance! more

New Orleans Greek…

May 27 - 29, 2016
Every year descendents of one of the Western world's oldest cultures celebrate… more

New Orleans Photo…

May 27 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is proud to be the first venue to … more

Saenger Theatre…

May 27 - 29, 2016
WICKED, New Orleans' most popular musical, looks at what happened in the Land… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

May 27 - 27, 2016
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

The Franchise

May 27 - 27, 2016
The best of the cream of the crop. A showcase of the heavyweights. The… more

The New Orleans Wine…

May 27 - 29, 2016
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is one of the premiere events in… more

Theatre on Tap…

May 27 - 29, 2016
Stars, stripes, and salutes will storm the stage Memorial Day weekend, … more

Traditional Home's…

May 27 - Jun 12, 2016
Join us in the Uptown District for our first-ever New Orleans Showhouse!… more

Treme 7th Ward Arts…

May 27 - 29, 2016
Join us to celebrate the history, music, traditions, and culture of two of the… more

Aquarium Open Studios

May 28 - 28, 2016
Join resident artists of The Aquarium Gallery and Studios at 934 Montegut St.… more

Backyard Grooves

May 28, 2016 - Jan 10, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages.   more

BB King's Blues Club…

May 27 - 27, 2016
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Bicentennial celebration of Verdi and Wagner boasts Loyola symphony, chorus and illustrious alumni

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Jess Brown
Communications/Artist Relations Manager
Office of Public Affairs | Loyola University New Orleans
Phone: 504.861.5882
Cell: 504.344.4178

Bicentennial celebration of Verdi and Wagner boasts Loyola symphony, chorus and illustrious alumni

LOYOLA PRESS RELEASE - November 15, 2013

A free concert commemorating the 200th birthdays of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner features the Loyola Symphony Orchestra and Loyola Chorus alongside special guests and Metropolitan Opera stars Alfred Walker '96, Greer Grimsley '76 and Luretta Bybee. The program will include selections from Verdi's "Otello," "Aida" and "La Traviata," as well as Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" and "Die Walkure," including the famed "Ride of the Valkyries."

The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola's main campus. A complimentary wine and cheese reception sponsored by the Loyola Alumni Association will precede the performance.

Metropolitan Opera stars Walker and Grimsley, both New Orleans natives and bass baritones, are two of the most prominent Wagnerian singers today. Grimsley recently starred as Wotan in the Metropolitan Opera and Seattle Opera productions of the "Ring Cycle," and Walker performed the title role in "The Flying Dutchman" for the Boston Lyric Opera and the Wagner Geneva Festival in Switzerland. Mezzo-soprano Bybee, who also held a leading role in Seattle Opera's "The Ring Cycle," completes the star-studded cast.

In addition to Loyola's student ensembles and special guests; faculty, staff and alumni joining the "Bicentennial Celebration of Verdi and Wagner" include Loyola Associate Chaplain Ken Weber, baritone; voice instructors Tyler Smith, dramatic tenor, and Betsy Uschkrat, soprano; and alumna Amy Pfrimmer M.M. '06, soprano.