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ARISE Academy Benefit…

Sep 22 - 22, 2014
ARISE Academy is partnering with Bayou Kayak for a fundraiser. Rent a… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 22 - 22, 2014
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Jon Cleary & the…

Sep 22 - 29, 2014
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Mark of the Feminine

Sep 22 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

New Orleans Fringe…

Sep 22 - Oct 15, 2014
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The Victory Belles…

Sep 22 - Nov 19, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 22, 2014 - Jun 24, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

“Bites of Bywater”

Sep 23 - 24, 2014
Dishcrawl, a national start-up founded on the premise that communities can be… more

Family Yoga at Longue…

Sep 23 - 23, 2014
Mothers, fathers or caregivers and children 3 months to crawling can join in on… more

Irvin Mayfield Jazz…

Sep 23 - 23, 2014
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Kinder Garden:…

Sep 23 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 23 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 23 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 23 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (no more)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Standing in the…

Sep 23 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Trinity Artist Series…

Sep 23 - Oct 7, 2014
Join us for "Organ & Labyrinth" and candlelight with Albinas… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 24 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 24 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 24 - 24, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Pub Quiz

Sep 24 - 24, 2014
Test your knowledge of an array of topics, including World War II, at the… more

ARISE Academy Benefit…

Sep 22 - 22, 2014
ARISE Academy is partnering with Bayou Kayak for a fundraiser. Rent a… more

Alumnus and award-winning Bach pianist returns to Loyola

LOYOLA PRESS RELEASE - MARCH 5, 2013

The Rev. Seán "Brett" Duggan '77 is an internationally renowned pianist and acclaimed expert on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. On Sunday, March 17, Duggan returns to Loyola University New Orleans to perform Bach's masterpiece, "The Art of Fugue."

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. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will immediately follow the performance in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.

Part of the ongoing centennial celebration at Loyola, this performance marks the official debut of the College of Music and Fine Arts' new Steinway grand piano, made possible through the leadership gift of a generous Loyola donor and supplemented by the Steinway Society of New Orleans, Rita Huntsinger and the college's visiting committee.

Duggan is a two-time winner of the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for Pianists in Washington, D.C. He 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. Duggan 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. He is currently an associate professor of piano at SUNY Fredonia.

In 1999, Duggan released the CD, "Seán Duggan Plays Bach: A Monk and His Music." For the 250th anniversary of Bach's death in 2000, Duggan performed the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard works eight times in various American and European cities. He is currently in the midst of recording those complete works, which will comprise 24 CDs.

A native of New Jersey, Duggan began playing piano at age 10. He received his Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Loyola and 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.