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Performance will highlight life and work of St. Ignatius of Loyola

A collaboration between departments in the Creighton University College of Arts and Sciences has created a rich and moving tribute to the life and work of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Ignatian tradition that will have its world premiere Sunday, April 23.

Ignatian Portrait will be performed by Creighton’s Symphonic Band and the University Orchestra. Fred Hanna, DMA, a professor of music in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, has composed the score for the piece, and Bob Whipple, PhD, of the Department of English, has written text to accompany the music.

The piece has its roots in the professors’ meeting at the first Creighton Colleagues Program, an initiative designed to help University leaders learn more about the Ignatian tradition in education. Whipple and Hanna decided to collaborate on a final project for the program yoking music and writing to demonstrate their appreciation of the Jesuit founder and his work.

Ignatian Portrait’s first performance will take place as part of the Spring Concert, April 23 at 2 p.m., in the Lied Education Center for the Arts. Admission is free, with a suggested donation to the Siena/Francis House, and the performance is open to the public.

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