New Orleans area higher education briefs for April 29, 2013

Opera program celebrates Britten

The opera program at Loyola University New Orleans presents its spring workshop “Great Britten: Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Benjamin Britten” Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall.

A celebrated composer, conductor and pianist, Britten was a central figure of 20th century British classical music. The evening’s program will feature a variety of English opera highlights, including selections from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Turn of the Screw,” “Paul Bunyan,” “Peter Grimes,” Noye’s Fludde,” “Gloriana,” “The Rape of Lucretia” and “Albert Herring.” Carol Rausch will once again assume the role of music director and pianist.

Trombone Shorty group to stage fest

The Trombone Shorty Foundation will stage its first Shorty Fest at 9 p.m. Thursday at Generations Hall, and students in the Trombone Shorty Academy, the after-school music program at Tulane University, will perform.

The fest will feature performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cha Wa and Hot 8 Brass Band.

Tickets to Shorty Fest are $40 and up, with proceeds going to the Academy. They can be purchased online at http://www.tromboneshorty
foundation.org.

Dillard’s presents ‘Dreamgirls’ encore

Dillard University’s 2013 Pre-Commencement Scholarship Benefit will be a one-night encore performance of the Dillard theater production of “Dreamgirls” featuring special guest Jennifer Holliday at 8 p.m. May 9 in Lawless Memorial Chapel.

All proceeds will go toward student scholarships. The show will also serve as a celebration of the completion of the $70 million Advantage Dillard! Capital Campaign.

Holliday’s performance as Effie “Melody” White in the original Broadway production of “Dreamgirls” earned her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist.

Dillard’s production of “Dreamgirls,” directed by Troy R. Poplous, played sellout crowds from April 5-14.

Tickets for the encore performance are $25. Purchase tickets at http://www.dillard.edu or visit the university cashier in Rosenwald Hall, room 108E, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Loyola students named finalists

Students at Loyola University New Orleans leading an anti-bullying campaign were named finalists in a nationwide public relations competition for college students — the Public Relations Student Society of America 2013 Bateman Case Study Competition.

The Loyola Bateman team’s “Step Up, Reach Out!” campaign to stop childhood bullying was chosen as one of three finalists among 68 entries to compete in the final round May 10.

Loyola will face teams from Kent State University and North Dakota State University for the final competition. Loyola team members include Dwayne Fontenette, Haley Humiston, Charlie LaRock, Leah Whitlock and Vannia Zelaya. Loyola public relations professor Cathy Rogers, Ph.D., spearheads the students’ participation in the competition.

LSUHSC professor named to program

Maria Blanco, assistant professor at the Human Development Center in the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Allied Health Professions, has been selected to serve as an Act Early Ambassador for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs, Act Early” Program.

Blanco will play a role in educating Louisiana’s parents, health care professionals, and early educators about early childhood development, warning signs of autism and other developmental disabilities, and the importance of acting early on concerns about a child’s development.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau