The Magical Music of Disney

Join the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in celebrating their 100th season as they present a supercalifragilistic carpet ride through the most popular Disney scores of all time.

The Magical Music of Disney invites audiences of all ages into Elsa’s ice castle, Belle’s ballroom, and Ariel’s underwater cove as the symphony brings classic works to life. Animated images will be projected throughout the performance, fully immersing audience members in the world of Disney.

Loyola flute instructor, Ellen Huntington, writes: “I am looking forward to performing in the Magical Music of Disney with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in April. I have played with the orchestra for fourteen seasons and this is the first time we have presented a pops concert that is truly geared toward families, which is a great outreach opportunity for the orchestra and the community. I’m very excited that my young daughter will be in attendance to experience an orchestra for the first time in a concert hall!”

rsz_familymusiccarnivalfinalSo what are you waiting for? Pack up the family suburban, and drive on down to Davenport, IA on April 9 for the free Family Music Carnival beginning at 10:00 AM! The concert begins at 2:30 PM in the Adler Theatre. You can purchase your tickets here for what promises to be an enchanting afternoon!

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myths and facts – the culture of the columbine shooting

Columbine Photo - From the Cafeteria

Dylan and Eric in the Columbine cafeteria on the   day of the shooting – April 20, 1999

Hello bloggers!

Last week, we went into detail about the process of writing and selecting the play columbinus. This week, we’re going to attempt to dispel some of the rumors surrounding the Columbine Massacre itself.

I would like to note before we proceed – most of my dramaturgical background comes from two sources – the play itself and Columbine by Dave Cullen. Dave Cullen is a reporter who has worked with Salon, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. He is one of the few reporters who has covered the Columbine Shooting since the beginning. His book offers a magnificent look at the Columbine Shooting and it also serves well as an examination of the culture that breeds these events. If you’re interested in an even deeper look into the aftermath of the Columbine Shootings, I definitely recommend checking that out.

The New York Times Report from April 21, 1999 (the day after the Columbine Shooting) reported that two young men, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, shot and killed 20 people, while injuring another 24. The New York Times continued, saying that Dylan and Eric were targeting jocks and popular kids in particular. The New York Times and other news sources concluded that Eric and Dylan were apart of the “Trench Coat Mafia,” a group of counter-culture individuals who wore trench coats, listened exclusively to Marilyn Manson and Rammstein and were intent on starting massacres against “popular” students throughout the United States. Other news outlets reported that there were as many as 4 shooters, that the shootings went on for hours, and other pieces of speculative information that turned out to be either amalgamations of a combination of reports or rumors started by members of the school and Littleton, CO community. Read more

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Present Standard

Flags, which are sometimes called ‘standards’, are used as a method of national identification. By just taking a look at simple patterns and colors, one immediately recognizes the country represented in the image. Try it for yourself with these standards:



Edra Soto and Josué Pellot draw upon this idea of national identification within the context of American immigration to present their curated exhibition, Present Standard. It combines both the meanings of present (contemporary, existing now) and standard (normal, national identity) to express,with over 25 works by 25 different immigrant artists, the struggles involved with leaving one’s home to settle in a new place.

One such artist is Loyola lecturer of Fine Arts Rafael E. Vera, as he was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Though he, his wife, and their two kids live in Chicago now, his Venezuelan background is highly influential to his artwork.

So what are you waiting for? Check out Vera’s work and others! Present Standard is free and open now until April 24 at the Chicago Cultural Center! Click here to learn more about the exhibition!

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