Calling all opera lovers, opera scholars, and really anyone who has at least a mild interest in seeing what opera is all about: if you want to experience opera in Chicago, but don’t want to spend large amounts of money for a single show, come to Loyola’s Night at the Opera!
This April on Wednesday the 27th, the Univeristy Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Chamber Choir will come together to perform scenes from a variety of beloved operas. Selections range from classics such as Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, and Bizet’s Carmen to numbers you never even knew existed in operatic form, such as the “Witches’ Chorus” from Macbeth, an “Evening Prayer” from Hänsel and Gretel, and several numbers from the musical South Pacific. The performance will feature Loyola’s Symphony Orchestra, solos from some of the best vocalists in our music program, and a special guest appearance by celebrated tenor Garrett Johannsen of the William Ferris Chorale. Join us to experience great opera – or really, over fifteen great operas – at unbeatable prices in an intimate, up-close setting. Whether you’re a confirmed opera fanatic or a first-time attendee, this is not an event to miss!
Night at the Opera will take place at 7:30 pm in Mundelein Auditorium. Tickets range from $6-$10 and can be purchased here. More information can also be found here.
A large music concert with a vast audience, in an even grander venue, can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. In an attempt to divert from the typical large musical showcase, the Las Vegas Philharmonic is exploring chamber music through a more intimate lens. With performances catering towards a smaller crowd, the Philharmonic will be playing at the Smith Center of Performing Arts in the Troesh Studio Theatre. Musical numbers will include works by Brahms, Mozart, Bach, and other world renowned composers. Not only is the Philharmonic bringing top performers and classic pieces, but Loyola’s own Instructor of Clarinet Cory Tiffin will also be performing. The event will consist of a series of three unique performances featuring piano, strings, and winds. So come out and see this colorful musical collaboration by the Philharmonic starting Tuesday, April 26th at 7:30 PM!
To purchase tickets, click here or contact The Smith Center box office at 702-749-2000. Don’t miss The Las Vegas Philharmonic’s and also come out to support one of Loyola’s own at this grand musical event!
For more information, check out a performance review here.
Do you know that giddy, smiley feeling that you get when you’re in love? Where just the thought of them makes your heart flutter and stomach flip? Where you start to dream about their existence and your next encounter, hoping that they share the same feelings for you? I have been lucky enough to feel this feeling every day, with a source that will never let me down – good food. Although my love story isn’t as romantic as Georg and Amalia’s in She Loves Me (playing in the Newhart Family Theatre from April 15 – 24), I’d like to share my favorite restaurants with you in the hopes that you will find your true food love too.
Rub’s Backcountry Smokehouse, located at 6954 N Western Ave, has a perfect assortment of barbecue flavors that is sure to please anyone. If you’re looking for the feeling of a home cooked meal, this is definitely the place to go! All sandwiches and meals are cooked using wood burning smokers – this is the real deal guys. Did I forget to mention their house-made sides that are made fresh daily? Beat that dining hall food every single time. It was love at first bite for me and the Truffled Mac N Cheese (it’s only $4!) and we’ve been going strong ever since. And if I haven’t convinced you yet, try the Smoked BBQ Nachos and you’ll be in it for the long haul. Check out out the full menu here!
If you’re the kind of person who needs to explore their options before seriously committing, then Twisted Tapas is the place for you. Located just a few blocks away from Loyola’s campus at 1146 W Pratt Blvd, this place specializes in traditional and international fusion tapas and even has a brunch menu. My personal favorite dishes are the Black Bean Cakes (avocados are so good to me), the Chicken Meatballs and the Cucumber Salad. Each plate ranges from an affordable $5 to $12 and is the perfect spot to grab a bite with a few friends before seeing the show! Click here to see the wide variety of hot and cold tapas.