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Director of Public Programming
Loyola Celebrates Composer Fryderk Chopin
Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts has partnered with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, the Paderewski Association, and the Chicago Sister Cities: Warsaw Committee, to present Chopin & Paderewski 2010, an international and interdisciplinary academic conference, on November 11-13 in honor of the 200th anniversary of composer Fryderyk Chopin’s birth.
The three-day conference, highlighted by academic lectures and professional recitals, will culminate with Chopin at 200, a free public concert featuring works by Chopin and Paderewski rendered by prominent Chicago musicians and Loyola faculty members Haysun Kang, Anthony Molinaro, Cameron Smith, and MingHuan Xu, as well as guest artists, including the Lira Ensemble. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on November 13, at the Auditorium in the Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts (1032 W. Sheridan Rd.) on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.
Polish musician Fryderyk Chopin was born in 1810 and became a prolific composer and genius pianist in his lifetime. Though he only lived to age 39, his immortal works are still recognized and appreciated as worldwide as masterpieces. Highlights of the evening’s program include his perennially loved waltzes and polonaises, played alongside the compositions of his fellow countryman, pianist and diplomat Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941).
This year’s celebration of the lives and works of Chopin and Paderewski is underscored by Loyola’s commitment to interdisciplinary education and cultural experience. The concert highlights not only the composers’ musical artistry but also their Polish identities-an especially relevant factor here in Chicago, a city with significant historical ties to Polish immigration. A series of collages entitled Remembering Chopin by artist Maria Elena Macias will be on display in the lobby, providing a visual component to this multifaceted approach.
This event is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, the Paderewski Association, and the Chicago Sister Cities: Warsaw Committee, as well as the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the interdisciplinary Polish Studies program at Loyola.
This concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended to guarantee advance seating. To make reservations, please visit LUC.tix.com. Contact the Box Office at 773.508.3847 or BoxOffice@LUC.edu with questions or concerns. For more information about the conference, visit www.chopin-paderewski.org.
About Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes over 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit LUC.edu/DFPA.
About Loyola University Chicago
Since its founding in 1870, Loyola University Chicago has prepared people to lead extraordinary lives. With enrollment exceeding 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates representing all fifty states and 82 countries worldwide, Loyola is the largest Jesuit university in the United States. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s ten schools and colleges encompass arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report and is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and civic engagement by prestigious national organizations such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Visit LUC.edu for more information about Loyola University Chicago.