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Award-winning pianist Duggan returns to Loyola for an evening of Beethoven

January 31, 2014

The Rev. Seán “Brett” Duggan ’77, a Loyola University New Orleans alumnus and celebrated pianist, will return to campus Friday, Feb. 7 for an evening of Ludwig van Beethoven’s musical masterpieces—the “33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Opus 120” and “Hammerklavier Sonata in B-flat, Opus 106.”

The event is free, open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Calhoun Street.

Duggan has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the American Chamber Orchestra, among others. He has served as a professor, adjudicator and guest artist at many prestigious institutions, including the Eastman School of Music and the Golandsky Institute at Princeton, N.J.

After receiving his Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Loyola, he went on to complete his Master of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Duggan spent three years as the Pittsburgh Opera Company’s pianist and assistant chorus master. He also taught piano at Carnegie Mellon and was a member of the Carnegie Mellon Piano Trio.

In 1982, Duggan left Pittsburgh to enter the Benedictine order at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, La. Six years later, after finishing his thesis "A Crystallization of Bach," he completed his Master of Arts in Theology at the Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans and was ordained to the priesthood that same year. From 1988 to 2001, Duggan taught music, Latin and religion at St. Joseph Seminary College and was the director of music and organist at the abbey. He returned to St. Joseph’s Abbey in August 2013.

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