FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Public Programming
Dept. of Fine & Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts Celebrates the Holiday Season
CHICAGO, November 22, 2013- Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) will celebrate the holiday season with Lessons and Carols and Joyola!, both featuring Loyola’s own talented student musicians and performers. Performances include religious music as well as secular holiday favorites.
Lessons and Carols features Loyola’s University Chorale, Women’s Chorus, and Schola Cantorum. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus are told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis and the gospels. “We hope to convey the message of hope, peace, and goodwill that Christ brought to earth through His birth,” said Steven Betancourt, director of liturgical music.
Joyola! features student musicians as they perform secular seasonal hits and jazz variations. Director of Ensembles Dr. Frederick Lowe describes Joyola! as “holiday music, pure and simple” and songs that “should be familiar to most.” Friends and family can come together over old favorites and also new versions of Christmas and holiday works.
Lessons and Carols will take place on Saturday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Madonna della Strada Chapel. Admission is free. Madonna della Strada Chapel is located at 1032 W. Sheridan Road, on the far-east end of Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.
Joyola! will be held on Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mundelein Auditorium. Tickets are $10 with discounts available for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. Mundelein Auditorium is located on the first floor of the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts at 1020 W. Sheridan Road, in Rogers Park on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Ticket reservations for Joyola! can be made at LUC.tix.com.
At the Joyola! performance, Loyola students will be collecting canned goods to feed families in Appalachian, Kentucky as part of Project Merry Christmas. The canned goods collected will provide three months of food for hundreds of families in Appalachian. Anyone that donates will receive free admission to Joyola! or other various performances.
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. Nearly 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 GraduateSchool. 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 or @LoyolaNewsroom.