Loyola music faculty to host free concerts this week

Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) will be hosting two concerts this week in the Mundelein Center auditorium. Each concert will begin at 7:30 pm and are free to the public, but reservations are suggested. The concerts will feature university music faculty and several visiting musical guests.

The first concert, sponsored by the Luxembourg American Cultural Society, will be held on Monday, when the DFPA will host Sounds of Luxembourg II featuring Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen Trio, Luxembourg’s premiere jazz group.

On Friday, Con Spirito will take the stage at Mundelein Center and present a program which combines classical, jazz, Latin-inspired, and early 20-century music.  It is during this second concert that the musicians of Loyola University will be showcased.

Here are the details from the Loyola University Chicago Newsroom:

Faculty Music Concerts Headline March DFPA Events at Loyola Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents Faculty and Musical Guests in March Concert Events

Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) will host two free on-campus concerts in March featuring University music faculty and visiting musical guests.

On March 12, the DFPA will host Sounds of Luxembourg II. This concert event will feature visiting guest, Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen Trio (The RDW Trio), Luxembourg’s premiere jazz group. Featuring acclaimed jazz pianist Michel Reis, award-winning bass player Marc Demuth, and percussionist sensation Paul Wiltgen, The RDW Trio will perform a contemporary jazz concert sponsored by the Luxembourg American Cultural Society.

The concerts will continue with Con Spirito! on March 16, which will be a collaborated program of classical, jazz, Latin-inspired, and early 20-century music. This diverse group of accomplished professionals includes composer and Professor of Music Gustavo Leone, vocalist and Director of Music Charles Jurgensmeier, S.J., and distinguished pianists and assistant professors of music, Haysun Kang and Anthony Molinaro.

Featured performers in Con Spirito! will also include additional Loyola faculty members Kyle Asche (guitar), Scott Burns (saxophone), William Cernota (cello), Rob Dillon (percussion), Ellen Huntington (flute), Andrew Nogal (oboe), Sunshine Simmons (clarinet), and Austin Wulliman (violin), and special guest musician Doyle Ambrust (viola).

Sounds of Luxembourg II and Con Spirito! will begin at 7:30 p.m in the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Auditorium located at 1020 W. Sheridan Road. Both events are free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly recommended. For more information on concerts at Loyola, please contact boxoffice@LUC.edu or 773.508.3847, or visit blogs.LUC.edu/artsalive.

– Amanda Bonafiglia

Uptown pair charged with torturing puppies and posting on YouTube

An Uptown man and a 13-year-old boy face multiple charges after allegedly posting videos of themselves torturing puppies on YouTube.

Here is a portion of the story from CBS Chicago:

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, police say Joshua Moore, 22, of the Uptown neighborhood, and the younger boy, abused the animals for no reason than their own personal entertainment.

They are now facing a combined 21 counts of animal torture and animal cruelty. The torture counts are felonies.

The videos are no longer available on YouTube, but police say they show the suspects violently spinning the small dogs and puppies and circles on their leashes, then shooting close-ups of their eyes pulsating.

The two are seen tossing terriers and Chihuahuas into the air and allowing them to drop and land hard on the floor.

In one video, they take puppies away from their mother and hide them, leaving the frantic dog looking for them.

Police say the suspects identified themselves by name in the videos, and were also easy to find because of their many distinctive tattoos, the Sun-Times Media Wire reported.

Police from Fort Wayne, Ind., assisted in the investigation, after police found out the 13-year-old boy had gotten on a Greyhound bus that headed there from Chicago, the wire reported.

Ten dogs were also removed from a home in the 200 block of North Lockwood Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood, police said. The dogs were taken into protective custody.

Complaints to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals led to the arrests.


– Esther Daniela Castillejo