Catholicism and the Arts Series: Faithful Musical Modernisms

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago will host its annual Catholicism and the Arts Series: Faithful Musical Modernisms. The William Ferris Chorale will be performing a collection of sacred choral pieces, including works from Francis Poulenc, Jean Langlais, Pierre Villette, as well as the poignant Berliner Messe of Arvo Part.

Pulenc, Langlais, Villette, and Messe all suffered in their own ways, and yet they composed powerful sacred works in testament to their faith. Join The Joan and Bill Hank Center for a performance of these works at Loyola’s Madonna della Strada Chapel on Thursday, March 17, and hear how these artists overcame their struggles with faithfulness to their faiths and through music.


The performance will begin at 7 PM until 8:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public. If you’d like more information about the performance, click here!

Posted on by Jacob Sierra in Music, Around Town, Around Campus 2 Comments

Context 2016

On Spring Break with nothing to do? Check out Filter Photo‘s Context 2016! With a theme revolving around the idea of fragility, this poignant exhibition was opened for viewing March 11th and will run until April 23rd. Join others at the opening reception on March 18, from 6-9 PM if you’re looking to add some social spice to the experience.  Juried by Loyola’s own Jennifer Murray, come out and peruse the work of 30 phenomenal artists!

For more details on the location or upcoming shows, please click here!

Posted on by Dina Puthenpurakal in Visual Arts, Around Town, Weekend Update, General Comments Off on Context 2016

Doors to A Doll’s House


The corsets and petticoats are packed into boxes, the old lamps and furniture stored safely away. The lights are down in the Newhart Family Theatre, and it’s eerily silent backstage. The time has come, and as much as we don’t want it to go, it’s time to close the doors on A Doll’s House.

Set in 19th century Norway, A Doll’s House focused on the relationship between Nora and Torvald Helmer. In a patriarchal world, Nora had no freedom, no ability to live as she wished outside her own home. She made a choice in an attempt to help her husband, and in a series of events that included blackmail, old flames, and dying family friends, she accidentally stumbles on an escape from oppression.

A Doll’s House is thought-provoking and important, and has had a truly fantastic run. DFPA Theatre Professor Ann Shanahan directed, and she shared a few words about her experience working with the cast and crew. Jessie Ellingsen, the student who played Nora in the production, provided her own insights on her character and the creative process in theatre. We even had Box Office employees talk to Loyola students about their own opinions regarding feminism and its evolution through history. With so many highlights, it’s difficult to see A Doll’s House go, but just as Nora made her own decision to set herself free, so must we.

A little nostalgia doesn’t hurt though. If you were unable to see the magic of A Doll’s House in person, or just want relive the memories one last time, check out the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Flickr page! We’ve got photos from performances, and even an inside look at one of the rehearsals!

And if you know you’ll miss Loyola’s theatre productions, never fear. She Loves Me will be making its mainstage debut in mid-April, so you don’t have to wait long to see another DFPA performance in the Newhart.

Posted on by Kelsey Dame in Theatre, Around Campus, General Comments Off on Doors to A Doll’s House