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Loyola trustee and priest discusses Jesuits' influence on music

Loyola press release - January 13, 2011

The Rev. T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Ph.D., Loyola University New Orleans trustee and director of The Jesuit Institute at Boston College, will present Jesuits and the Arts: Mission Music and Music of the Missions-Is There Such a Thing,” on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will be held in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Prior to the lecture, the Loyola Alumni Association will sponsor a wine and cheese reception at 6 p.m. in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery on the fourth floor of Monroe Library.

The talk will focus on music and the Society of Jesus in missions during the early modern period. Kennedy will use musical examples from the Jesuit Missions in Latin America, China and New France, known today as Quebec, to address whether “Mission Music" is its own genre within the general category of sacred music. He will also explore how the Jesuits used music in their missions and how they derived meaning from it.

Kennedy is rector of Boston College’s Jesuit Community and has been a member of the Boston College faculty since 1988. In 2006, he was named the Peter Canisius Professor of Humanities and Music. Kennedy was also The Martin D'Arcy Professor at Oxford University for the 2004 winter term.

He is a currently a corresponding member of The Jesuit Historical Institute, Institutum Historicum Societatis Jesu, Rome. In addition to being a trustee at Loyola University New Orleans, Kennedy also sits on the Board of Trustees for Loyola University Maryland and the Boston Early Music Festival.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.