Our Montage Performing Arts Series showcases some of the top arts events in the entire region. The series is dedicated to providing educational and entertaining performances, which include outstanding concerts, guest performers, master classes, jazz, dance, art exhibitions, and theatre productions in an intimate setting. Along with our own wonderful faculty artist and student events, the series has featured Sir James Galway, Wynton Marsalis, Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Alfred Walker, Ellen Taafe Zwilich, the Kronos Quartet, and many, many others.
This year's central theme anchors the dialogue around artists’ health and wellness. Our intention is to focus on artists as athletes and the many health and wellness issues faced by performing artists across disciplines. While we may be familiar with some health problems faced by well known artists, do we ever stop to consider the health of our high school students who participate in our beloved Mardi Gras parades? Imagine carrying a three or four pound instrument while marching for hours! The Year of Artists' Health and Wellness will strive to educate and deliver information on this topic and will culminate in a Symposium which will feature experts in the field of medical problems of performing artists.
We are extremely proud to announce that internationally-acclaimed soloist and chamber musician Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will be the Resident Artist in the College for the next two years. One of today's leading violinists, renowned for her work on the concert stage, in the recording studio, and in the orchestral arena as the Music Director and Concertmaster of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, a 19-member San Francisco Bay Area ensemble that performs conductor-less.
As Resident Artist Nadja will In January, we are thrilled to present a very special program dedicated to strings entitled “The Strings Live at Loyola,” a collaboration between Nadja, two-time grammy award winning violinist Mark O'Connor, and the Loyola Symphony Orchestra, led by Jean Montès. We are thrilled to invite you to discover the strings and engage with the many master classes and special performances Nadja will present throughout her stay at Loyola!
In 2016, Montage will take part in a worldwide celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. We have planned numerous events commemorating the Bard, beginning the Loyola Opera performance of Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Later in the spring, we will bring together two of the College of Music and Fine Arts’ emeriti faculty, theatre’s Don Brady and the School of Music’s David Morelock for a joint production of "The Play's The Thing." This tribute to Shakespeare will feature the Loyola Opera singers and members of our department of Theater Arts and Dance in the annual scenes program which will feature readings from several of Shakespeare’s famous plays, plus a wide variety of both operatic and Broadway staged adaptations of those works.
Continuing with the commemoration, the department of Theatre Arts and Dance will perform “Much Ado About Nothing,” and the Loyola Biever Lecture Series will sponsor a guest lecture on “Shakespeare in the 21st Century: Anyone From Birth to Old Age Can Relate to Any Character in Shakespeare.” Join us for an inspiring series of events celebrating the arrival in New Orleans of Shakespeare's renowned First Folio, the first traveling exhibition of William Shakespeare's plays, collated and published!