On October 13th, 2012, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) celebrated the rededication of the historic Mundelein Skyscraper, now Loyola University Chicago’s Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The renovation of this Art Deco building provides an environment for the students of dance, fine arts, music, and theatre to create and innovate, and a space to engage the public for exhibitions and performances. Mundelein’s restoration is emblematic of the development occurring in the department; with the opening of the Newhart Family Theatre, the Underground Laboratory Theatre, and Skowronski Music Hall, the department’s dynamic programs now have state-of-the-art facilities for all their growing disciplines. Some of its major accomplishment throughout the year include:
In an incredibly busy year, The Newhart Family Theatre’s inaugural season started with Illuminating Voices, a collection of short plays written by Loyola alumni and faculty. The department also produced the classics The Trojan Women, Tartuffe, and concluded its season with the production of the satirical musical comedy, Urinetown. In the Underground there were five original student plays presented in a reading series, a musical for children, a radio play of War of the Worlds and two full productions produced, directed, and designed entirely by students.
DFPA capitalized on the reopening of the skyscraper by presenting the Chicago International Poster Biennial—displaying 175 winning submission—and the Fine Arts’ Senior Exhibition in the Newhart Promenade Gallery. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts will open a summer show featuring the work of emerging artists in Chicago in the More Than Naked show. This exhibition presents a striking collection of local art unified by the exposure of raw materials. It will run from June 28-August 10.
The music program also brought in distinguished guests such as vocal technique professor and artist Delia Surratt. Surratt, a renowned performer, gave a free concert and a lecture entitled “Unleashed Emotion: Opera’s Transformation of Sacred Music.” The program also continued its collaboration with the Artist in Residence, the William Ferris Chorale. The Chorale performed as a part of Loyola’s concert series in Mundelein Auditorium, featuring, among others, the Orchestra, Wind, & Percussion Ensembles Concert, the Fall Jazz showcase, and the Schola Cantorum. The DFPA also presented a concert by world-renowned pianist and Loyola faculty member Anthony Molinaro showcasing his newly released CD, “Here, There, and Everywhere.”
Further defining the performing arts at Loyola, the department introduced a new dance major to the curriculum focusing on classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance. In addition, faculty and students collaborated with the music and theatre programs to create Water for Life, a study of one of the world’s most precious resource. Loyola’s first dance concert is upcoming February 2014, featuring new works from Loyola dance faculty, Doris Humphrey’s art deco masterpiece “Grieg Concerto,” and classical performances like “Pas de Six.”
So Much More!
As the arts are continually breaking new ground, so is Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. In the fall, its newly-renovated Mundelein Center will host “Lost in Yonkers,”—a Pulitzer-prize winning drama, the Shakespearian masterpiece “Twelfth Night,” and a new fall concert series, to name a few exceptional performances from an exceptional department. Visit DFPA’s website for all updates, or check out the Arts Alive blog.