Loyola’s theater season opens with Our Country’s Good

ourcountrysgoodOur Country’s Good, the first production of the mainstage season for the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, opens tonight at Mullady Theatre.

Here’s how the Arts Alive blog, which is mediated by the department, describes the play:

England, in an extreme attempt at social and economic reorganization (in response to the economic depression, rising unemployment rates, and crime which the country faced in 1780) sent a large portion of British convicts to the newly formed penal colony of Australia.

Against this backdrop, playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker sets her extraordinary tale of redemption, passion, and the power of art; bringing the audience into that colony, begging them to see the revitalizing and humanizing potential of the theatre, and most of all, the human spirit.

The show opens tonight and runs Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. from Oct. 15-24.

Tickets range from $7-15, and can be purchased at the box office in the Centennial Forum Student Union or at luc.tix.com. Those interested can contact the Box Office at 773.508.3847 or at boxoffice@luc.edu with any questions.

– Bailey Dick

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Loyola to learn about social justice at St. Sabina

Michael Pfleger

Loyola University Chicago students will have a chance to learn more about social justice and mentoring during a Saturday visit to St. Sabina Catholic Church on Chicago’s South Side.

Loyola’s Department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (DSDMA) will be leading an initiative to St. Sabina, one of the most well-known Catholic parishes in the Chicago area and the largest African American school in the Archdiocese, which serves over 300 students, according to Loyola’s University Calendar.

This will be an opportunity for Loyola University Chicago to collaborate with St. Sabina, who is under the leadership of the Rev. Michael Pfleger (Loyola Alum 1971) to be an encouragement to the youth of today and leaders of tomorrow. Loyola students will have the opportunity to talk with Pfleger, who has been involved in social justice movements in the city of Chicago for the past 35 years. This will be a first-hand dialogue on the struggles and triumphs of social activism. Father Pfleger has been on the forefront in challenging irresponsible gun laws to the increasing violence in the city of Chicago.

This will be an opportunity for Loyola students to stand as role models and educators about the importance of setting goals and aspiring to achieve them. They will have the responsibility to inspire and encourage the youth through their stories, while sharing important tips that all college-bound students need to know.  Students will be joining the Social Justice Advocates, STARS, LUCES, Social Justice Living Learning Community, Black Mens Initiative and other students as they contribute to an important cause and the youth of today.

Committed faculty and staff members are invited to attend as well. We hope this day will only be the beginning to something much greater.

There will be transportation, breakfast and lunch provided. The bus will leave Loyola from the Life Sciences Building at 8:00am and return at 1:30pm.For more information, contact Benjamin Harris @ bharri7@luc.edu or 773-508-3929.

 – Jordan Gutterman

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-Jordan Gutterman

Latino Music Festival comes to Loyola

By Dylan Nelson

The São Paulo City String Quartet played an eclectic set of Brazilian, Argentinian, and American music to an enthusiastic crowd of around 70 at the Madonna della Strada chapel at Loyola University Chicago.

The four players, Betina Stegmann, Nelson Rios, Marcelo Jaffé, and Robert Suetholz, have studied all over the world and together are considered one of Latin America’s premiere chamber ensembles.

The performance, which included selections by the famous Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos as well as pieces by lesser-known artists like Antonio Carlos Gomes, was part of the fifth annual Latino Music Festival, a program of the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.

The festival’s mission, according to co-director Gustavo Leone, 53, a professor of music at Loyola University Chicago, is “to produce concerts and promote awareness of intellectually significant music from Latin America and Spain,” especially music that many Chicago concert-goers haven’t heard before.

“We don’t need more concerts of salsa music,” he said. “There’s plenty of that.”

Jaffé, 47, a professor of viola at the University of São Paulo and viola player in the quartet, echoed his sentiments when he explained how the music on Tuesday’s program was chosen.

“We picked a repertoire that could show the many different aspects of Brazilian music,” he said. “When we go abroad, we feel we have to play music from our country. If we don’t play it, who will?”

The audience responded warmly to the quartet’s performance, which was supplemented between songs with commentary, history, and joking from Jaffé, including a few cracks about the national rivalry between Argentina and Brazil.

Ultimately, though, the night was about music and not nationality. Prompted by a prolonged standing ovation, the players returned to their seats for an encore, in which they paid tribute to American composer Samuel Barber.

“I focus on the music when I’m playing,” Jaffé said. “I don’t think. I just let it flow.”

The Latino Music Festival runs until December 8th.

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