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Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago
Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents Water of Life
Music and Dance Programs Collaborate March 17 in Madonna della Strada Chapel
CHICAGO, March 8, 2013 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts is proud to present Water of Life, a work that pairs student music ensembles with dance majors in a performance that celebrates the role of water in our lives and promotes the sustainable use of water resources.
Water was chosen because of a piece presented in an earlier performance by dance majors that reflected a similar theme. Based on Loyola’s location on the shores of Lake Michigan and the idea that there was a rich trove of choral music reflecting on water, the theme resonated with the department and caused them to create a program that highlights the sublime role of water in life through musical compositions, dancing, and text, which explores the crucial role of water in biology, ecology, and theology.
“We all feel extremely positive about the collaboration between music and dance,” said Sandra Kaufmann, director of dance. “This is our fourth production together in the Madonna della Strada Chapel, and we have seen that our art forms enhance the experience of the other. The live music makes that dance more poignant, and the dance makes the music come to life.”
Along with dance majors, the performance features music from Loyola’s Schola Cantorum, Chamber Choir, University Chorale, and the Women’s Chorus.
Following the decision to focus on water for the performance, which occurred last year, Loyola made national news for its decision to ban plastic water bottles on campus. Kaufmann felt at that point they had a much larger issue on their hands and everyone involved became enthusiastic that their performance could support a larger view of water conservation and care.
Quite apropos, World Water Day will be held just a few days after the performance. “Our final statement is in support of the UN International Year of Water Cooperation and World Water Day,” said Kaufmann. “It expresses our hopes that through the beauty of our cooperation, a sense of the sublime need for water in our world and global cooperation can be inspired.”
Water of Life will be performed on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m., in Madonna della Strada Chapel. Admission to the performance is free. Madonna della Strada Chapel is located at 1032 W. Sheridan Road in Rogers Park, on the southeast side of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Tickets can be reserved online at LUC.tix.com. Contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.8400 with questions or concerns, or visit blogs.luc.edu/ArtsAlive for more information.
About the 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 more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit blogs.luc.edu/ArtsAlive.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.
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