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Hawkacappella Invitational

Last Friday, (February 21) a few Lehigh a cappella groups held the annual “Hawkapella” invitational. Lucky for us, student photographer Jenna Guma, ’17 took some great shots. She surely captured the joy here:

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East Winds upcoming concert, February 23

(from Zoellner Marketing Press Release. All images by Christopher Eshleman )

EWQ group2013-0363The Lehigh University Music Department presents the East Winds Quintet: Music through the Seasons on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3 pm in Baker Hall. Tickets are $12. WDIY is the Music Department Season Sponsor.

The ensemble plays quintets from the various seasons including; Jennifer Higdon’s Autumn Music; Katherine Hoover’sWinter Spirits for Solo Flute; Piotr Szewczyk’s  Three Summer Sketches for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon; Alvin Etler’sQuintet No. 1 and Samuel Barber’s Summer Music.

The East Winds Quintet celebrates its fourteenth season of performing chamber music for winds. Drawing from the vast wealth of wind music, the Quintet’s repertoire includes not only music specifically for woodwind quintet, but also compositions which utilize the various combinations of the five instruments. Past concerts have included trios, quartets and quintets, and a program of Harmoniemusik, which included some Lehigh students. The members represent the best of New York, Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley, with playing experiences that span every musical genre and style.

EWQ Andrus-0343Deborah Andrus, is the second clarinetist with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of SATORI and theEast Winds Quintet.  Before moving to Pennsylvania, she held the principal clarinet position with the Natchez Opera Festival Orchestra for three years.  She has performed with many ensembles in the United States, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Mississippi Symphony, the Central Ohio Symphony, the New Columbian Brass Band and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. In 2010, Andrus gave concerts and master classes in mainland China with Pennsylvania-based Trio Clavino.

EWQ horn-0347Daniel Braden, French horn, has enjoyed being part of the Lehigh Valley’s musical life since 1980. He has performed as principal horn with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra, Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra and Allentown Symphony, and has taught at Lehigh University, Moravian College and Lafayette College.  He has also performed with the Goldman Memorial Band, Lancaster Symphony, New York Grand Opera, New York Philomusica and musician Ray Charles.  As a published arranger, his orchestration of the Rachmaninoff Vocalise has been recorded by Renee Fleming, and his transcription of the Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel for eleven winds has been performed by members of the Baltimore Symphony.

EWQ davidclarinet-0355David Diggs, oboist, is currently the Director of Winds at Lehigh University, a position he has held since 1998.  Prior to that, he had a successful career as a freelance woodwind specialist in New York City, where his was active performing on oboe and English horn, clarinets, flutes, saxophones and recorders.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in music theory from Oklahoma City University and his master’s degree in oboe performance from SUNY at Stony Brook. At Lehigh, Diggs teaches harmony classes and oboe, performs with the East Winds Quintet, and directs The Wind Ensemble.  Diggs has been internationally recognized for his research of the music of the English Foot Guards bands of the late eighteenth century and the band music of the American Civil War era.  He is credited with numerous premiere performances and recordings, is a member of ASCAP, and is included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.   He was recently elected an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain.

EWQ Kani-0340Robin Kani, flutist, has been described by the New York Times as an artist with “professional aplomb as well as technical authority…played with complete assurance and accuracy.”  Kani made her debut at Carnegie Recital Hall after winning the Artists’ International Chamber Music Award.  She has performed at Carnegie, Alice Tully, and CAMI Halls in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has been heard as recitalist and chamber musician in live broadcasts over National Public Radio. She recorded the “Sacred Flutist” available through Alfred Publishing, and regularly records for Warner Bros., Dorian, Koch and Analekta.  Currently, Kani is principal flutist of the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra, Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, and the Allentown Symphony and has appeared in performance throughout the easternUnited States, Mexico, Germany, Spain, England, Scotland and the Czech Republic.

EWQ bassoon-0351Ping Liang, bassoon, received his Bachelor of Music from Shanghai Conservatory.  He received the Master of Music degree from the Hochschule für Musik in Wurzburg, Germany.  His teachers in the United States include Loren Glickman at the Juilliard School in New York, Ronald Tyree at Iowa University and Bernard Garfield at Temple University. In addition to being a fellow at Tanglewood, his performance posts include the Haddonfield Symphony, Pottstown Symphony and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.  He has also been a substitute bassoonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony.

Essay #3 by William Earle Williams; compliment to current LUAG exhibition

The series of three essays written by the artist are presented here to support the Lehigh University Art Gallery (LUAG) current exhibition that runs until May 25, 2014.  LUAG rescheduled a gallery talk by William Earle Williams for Friday, March 21, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery. His lecture, originally scheduled for Feb. 13, was cancelled due to bad weather.

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD MADE VISIBLE

The Underground Railroad is one of history’s finest symbols of the struggle against the institution of slavery. This invisible railroad was composed of men and women, blacks and whites, and people of all ages. They put their moral beliefs ahead of liberty and personal property. After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1850, this already secretive and illegal activity became even more clandestine.

Enslaved people seeking freedom “and their allies” adopted the names and symbols of the railroad to safely travel this secretive route. The conductors and stationmasters along the many routes of this passage adopted the name of the most technologically advanced form of transportation available during the 19th century—railroading. The advent of this form of transit was a national phenomenon that had a profound effect on national transportation. The connections forged throughout the country via the railroad, however, had the ironic effect of increasing the division between the states.

As the economy grew, Americans experienced prosperity in unparalleled numbers. Border states from Delaware to Missouri experienced this turbulence as traffic on the Underground Railroad increased with passengers seeking freedom tickets away from the slaveholding regions. The border states of Pennsylvania and Ohio, and the states immediately to the north of them, developed a strong abolitionist identity from the 1830s on. New York and Michigan, with their proximity to Canada and abundant land and water routes, have left this region with a rich heritage of places and buildings to make visible this invisible railroad.

The photographs in this exhibition show places both well-known and obscure that played a part in the history of the Underground Railroad—from the Caribbean to the Deep South to the shores of Lake Ontario. Two of the most famous “conductors” on the Underground Railroad were Harriet Tubman and John Brown. Both lived in Upstate New York and maintained stations on their properties in Auburn and in North Elba. Today, both are larger-than-life historical figures whose importance in American and regional history is well established.

Few people today have ever heard of Upstate New York conductors and stationmasters John W. Jones of Elmira, Grace Wilson of Cazenovia, or Gerrit Smith of Peterboro. James Walker, an African American, was a well-known stationmaster and conductor in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. These are a few of the mostly unknown conductors who played important roles in both the operation of the Underground Railroad and the creation of local support for its operation. The station stops on the Underground Railroad suffer from a similar fate as that of the conductors—anonymity. Some stops were well-known, however, including the Hosanna Meeting House located in Pennsylvania near the Maryland/Delaware state lines, and Levi Coffin’s home in Fountain City, Indiana.

The act of researching and locating these sites was the starting point for my creative investigation. The resulting photographs have become more than just documents. I have responded to the vernacular landscapes by using a variety of camera techniques including sharp focus, depth of field, and medium- and large-format negatives to heighten the metaphoric content of the images. A careful reading of the photographs will reveal a rich material world as well as another that can only be hinted at because of the silence of these places. It is my hope that this aesthetic approach will enable the viewer to make psychological connections to these highly charged and storied places.

~William Earle Williams

Essay #1 by William Earle Williams, compliment to current LUAG exhibition

The series of three essays written by the artist are presented here to support the Lehigh University Art Gallery (LUAG) current exhibition that runs until May 25, 2014.  LUAG rescheduled a gallery talk by William Earle Williams for Friday, March 21, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Gallery. His lecture, originally scheduled for Feb. 13, was cancelled due to bad weather.

A Stirring Song Sung Heroic:
African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619-1865 ____________________________________________

AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS
The exhibition and publication A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865 is presented to encourage discussions about slavery and citizenship rights while broadening our understanding of how blacks participated in the Civil War.

On May 22, 1863, the War Department issued General Orders 143, establishing a Bureau of Colored Troops in the Adjutant General’s Office to recruit and organize African American soldiers to fight for the Union Army. With this order, all African American regiments were designated as United States Colored Troops (USCT). The battle sites and training camps for these troops are designated USCT and when known, their specific regiment is listed.

Until the 1989 release of Glory, a feature-length motion picture about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, it was not well-known that black troops served in the Civil War. More than 180,000 blacks served in the Army along with 20,000 in the Navy from 1861–1865. Serving in segregated units with white officers in command, these men made significant contributions to the Union victory. Blacks fought in 449 engagements and 39 major battles from 1862 to 1865. They fought in trans-Mississippi, Mississippi Valley, and Atlantic Coast theaters of the War. By War’s end 12 percent of the total Union land forces consisted of black troops. This number is equal to the total number of effective Confederate soldiers still present for duty in April of 1865.

Presently, there is no comprehensive pictorial record of these sites. The photographs of the most prominent sites are exhibited and published here, including the battlefields of Port Hudson, Morris Island, Fort Pillow, Jenkins’ Ferry, Poison Spring, and Appomattox. These are the places where black troops contributed with distinction and valor to the final Union victory. Training camps like Camp Nelson, Kentucky, and Camp William Penn, Pennsylvania are pictured because these are the sites where these men became soldiers. My photographs honor their memory, give a precise description of the place, and provide a visual means to understand that it was in these places and landscapes that the moral and legal groundwork for the modern black Civil Rights Movement—and the concept of civil rights for all Americans—was established. Too often the historical and artistic legacy of black accomplishment is ignored. As an artist, the memory of these solders has inspired my artistic imagination. The ground they fought on is sacred and an inspiration for all Americans. These sites dispel the myth that blacks were given their citizenship and rights after the war without having fought for and earned them. These places confirm that 38,178 black soldiers gave their lives—training, fighting, and dying on those sites. Blacks serving as soldiers during the Civil War shaped their own futures, and America’s history.

~William Earle Williams

Lehigh University Art Galleries – Spring 2014 exhibits

MAIN GALLERY: ZOELLNER ARTS CENTER

A Stirring Song Sung Heroic:
African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865

Photography by William Earle Williams

Professor of Fine Arts, & Gallery Director, Haverford College Exhibition organized by Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College and LUAG Reception & Gallery Talk with the photographer: Friday, March 21 at 5 p.m., moderated by Susan Kart, Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa.

At the heart of William Earle Williams’ work lies the visibility of black Americans within their own journey to freedom. Until the 1989 release of the feature film, Glory, few understood the contribution of black troops during the Civil War. The battle sites where they served with valor remain sometimes unmarked and largely invisible among pictorial records. At the same time, the Underground Railroad – the conduit of secret Northern passage for escaping slaves – survived on invisibility. Not surprisingly, the tenuous network of basement and attic hiding places remained out of sight.

Willliams’ black and white silver gelatin photographs honor the memory of places that played a part in the struggle for emancipation. They provide precise description and visual means to understand the landscapes where the moral and legal groundwork for the modern Black Civil Rights Movement was established. Using a variety of camera techniques including sharp focus, depth of field and medium and large-format negatives, Williams reveals a rich material world as well as one that can only be hinted at in the silence of these places. Contemporary prints, newspapers and written documents relating to the struggle for freedom are included in the exhibition. Williams writes,

“ Too often the historical and artistic legacy of black accomplishment is ignored. As an artist, the memory of these soldiers has inspired my artistic imagination.”

Facework: American Ceramic Face Vessels from the South and the North

Curated by Norman Girardot , and Ricardo Viera

Panel Discussion & reception: with Arthur Goldberg and April Hynes. Moderated by Norman Girardot Date/time: Thursday, March 27 , 5 p.m.

Before Facebook and its digital facework, people were captivated by representations of the human face. Throughout history of human culture from prehistoric times to the present, there have been anthropomorphizing traditions that saw faces in the clouds and used pigment, stone, wood and clay to make facial likenesses. The exhibition presents an intriguing American manifestation of a universal human impulse, focusing on ceramic face vessels.

Popularly known as face jugs/pots, or sometimes ugly jugs, these wonderfully expressive vessels are especially associated with Southern potting clans in the Piedmont area of North Georgia and parts of South and North Carolina from the end of the 19th until today.

The origins of the vessels is still a contested issue, with theories arguing for their roots in ritualistic aspects of African-American slave tradition associated with the Edgefield district in South Carolina around the time of the Civil War. Whatever their ultimate origins in the United States, popularity and efflorescence of the vessels loosely dates to the 1960s, when the Smithsonian Institution started to seek out, document, preserve, and celebrate dying folk crafts of the American South. In recent years a more interesting development is the growing practice of this tradition by Northern potters. The exhibition emphasizes the rich cultural, ethnic and aesthetic aspects of these traditions.

LOWER GALLERY: ZOELLNER ARTS CENTER
Through Spring 2015

Is It Art?: Selections from the LUAG Teaching Collection

Inspired by the New York Times article Is It Art? Is It Good? And Who says So?, this exhibition provides a platform for viewers to investigate perennial questions of “quality” in art, alongside their own expectations about what art is, and what art could be. The exhibition is a project of Advanced Museum Studies students: Alex Doersam ’12, Jocelyn Gurland ’13, Alexandria Kennedy ’15, and Rebecca Diefenbach ’13.

VIRTUAL GALLERY: ZOELLNER ARTS CENTER LOBBY
Feb. 25 – May 25

William Kentridge
Anything Is Possible: A documentary by PBS/Art21 

The film provides viewers with an intimate look into the mind and creative process of South African artist William Kentridge. His acclaimed charcoal drawings, animations, video installation, shadow plays, mechanical puppets, tapestries, and sculptures, as well as live performance pieces and operas, have made him one of the most dynamic contemporary artists working today.

The documentary will screen continuously during gallery hours. Screening and Community Conversation: LUAG will present an evening screening of the Kentridge documentary at the Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center room 184, February 25 from 6 – 8:30 p.m., followed by an open conversation moderated by Susan Kart, Assistant Professor of the Arts of Africa.

Presented as part of the Art21 Access: 100 Artists program in collaboration with the Lehigh University departments of Art/Architecture/Design, Africana Studies, Theatre, Music, English, Interdisciplinary Programs and Zoellner Presenting Series.

DUBOIS GALLERY: MAGINNES HALL (Mon-Fri, 9 am-10 pm; Sat. 9am – noon)
Jan. 27 – May 17

Theo Anderson: COMPLEXITY
Photographs – Buildings B & C, Mountaintop Campus
Pigment prints

Photographer Theo Anderson views physical places as opportunities for transformation. For nine days during the summer of 2013, buildings B and C of the Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus provided the context for his visual exploration. He notes, “My intent was not to document, but rather to explore visual structure and form, free from preconception.”

Gallery Talk: A conversation with Theo Anderson and L. U. President Alice Gast April 1, at 5 p.m.

THE GALLERY AT RAUCH BUSINESS CENTER (Mon-Fri., 8 am-10 pm; Sat. 8 – 5)
Feb. 3 – May 17

Larry Rivers: The Boston Massacre portfolio, 1970

Printmaking from the LUAG Teaching Collection
Thirteen embossed and collaged screenprints.

SIEGEL GALLERY
IACOCCA HALL, Mountaintop campus (Mon-Thurs: 9 am-10 pm; Fri 9-5)
Feb. 3 – May 16

Prints & watercolors from the Teaching Collection
Chryssa, Toyanobu Utagawa, Ying Yi, Toshi Yoshida
Greek born, Japanese and Chinese artists’ works on paper

Lehigh University – Department of Theatre Production Season 2014-2015

The Lehigh University Department of Theatre announces their main stage Productions for the next season; 2014-2015. We gladly post this announcement on this blog to support inter-disciplinary considerations to course work and research in the next academic year. For any questions about the department, please contact Professor Hoelsher. For questions about the individual plays, please contact the directors listed below. All emails are embedded on top of their names.

Celebrating Transformation
RAISING VOICES

Note from Department Chairperson, Erica Hoelscher.

Soon, Lehigh University will celebrate 150 years of higher education. At the heart of higher learning is the process of transformation—a hallmark of Lehigh’s contribution to the world since the 19th Century. Education transforms our hearts and minds. It transforms the way we live in the world with each other and with the things we make.

Over the decades Lehigh has transformed repeatedly and will continue to do so. What will this and the coming generations demand of Lehigh? How will we help create the inevitable transformations needed to make Lehigh culturally and academically its very best?

In our 2014-2015 season of plays, we celebrate transformation with the theme of “Raising Voices.”

• We hear the voice of a shy girl with a precocious interest in science and the universe in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds,
• The voice of a generation of young people struggling with otherness and acceptance in Kind Ness,
• The voice of the charm and quirkiness of rural America in Minnesota,
• The voice of a Southern town and its people struggling with race hatred and violence in every tongue confess,
• And we raise our collective voice to denounce those who fail to act—like those responsible in Romeo and Juliet’s Verona… 

THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON MARIGOLDS
by Paul Zindel
Performance Dates: September 26, 27, 28, October 1, 2, 3, 4

Tillie, unlike her sister Ruth, is shy, young, and brilliant. Her passion for a high-school science project is rejected by a mother who says, “…some people were born to speak and others just to listen.” Can her dysfunctional family stifle Tillie’s voice? Is she destined to become her mother, or will she, like the sometimes beautiful mutant flowers she cultivates, blossom and surprise?

Marigolds won the Pulitzer Prize, the Obie Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award as Best American Play in 1971. One of Off-Broadway’s greatest successes, this powerful and moving study of an embittered, vindictive widow and her two young daughters has been hailed as one of the most significant and affecting plays of our time. “Let’s start with a single, simple word. Power…I don’t know of a better (play) of its genre since The Glass Menagerie…” —NY Post. 

KIND NESS
by Ping Chong
Directed by Pam Pepper

Performance Dates: November 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15

In this coming of age comedy, six characters make their way from elementary school in the 1950s through college and beyond. With a Vaudevillian flair, projections, music and movement, Kind Ness ingenuously – and ingeniously – explores what it means to be an outsider. Recipient of the 1988 USA Playwrights Award, Kind Ness provokes and amuses while evoking themes of harmony and discord, likeness and dissimilarity and ultimately, racism and bias.

 and a companion piece

MINNESOTA
by George Sand
Directed by Pam Pepper

Performance Dates: November 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15

A charming evocation of rural farm life, with one actor, a musician and cut-out animals – taking place on a kitchen table. This delightful and quirky companion piece to Kind Ness, takes us on a journey through a particular sort of American dream: “It’s a great inland sea with waves of grain and vegetables. It’s a place where farmers raise cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and kids…lots of kids.” ~~the Narrator in Minnesota

every tongue confess
by marcus gardley
Directed by Darius Omar Williams

February 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28

every tongue confess is a historical narrative centered around a series of church burnings in the backwater town of Boligee, Alabama. Healer and sage Mother Sister and her son Shadrack are at the center of Gardley’s non-linear mythical story which weaves together three seemingly disparate tales. In this Greek inspired memory play with music, African American folk religion is ritualized. Gardley’s fiery theatrical offering is “Part magic realism, part miracle play, part parable…a sort of epic theatre-poem exploring sin, loss, and redemption.”—Washingtonian

With a critically acclaimed premiere at the Arena Stage, every tongue confess received nominations for the Steinberg New Play Award, the Charles MacArthur Award, and was a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

ROMEO AND JULIET
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Augustine Ripa

Performance Dates April 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18

When we do not Raise our Voices to reject hatred, what can be expected? When a toxic situation isn’t exposed and expelled, what is the hope? For generations, many have seen Romeo and Juliet as unfortunate, “star-crossed lovers.” True enough, of course. But let’s remember they are, in fact, children and represent two of the five young people who lose their lives senselessly in a world where the grown-ups have allowed intolerance to fester lethally. Let us all enjoy the language and beauty of this immortal classic, and let us also think critically on the circumstances that allow this tragedy to unfold. Then, let us raise our voices against hatred in time to avoid heartbreak.

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LU Philharmonic Concerto Marathon Celebration – Images

This gallery contains 44 photos.

This past Friday and Saturday, the musicians of the Lehigh University Philharmonic celebrated their annual Concerto Marathon concert with a warm and supportive audience. All who braved the elements, especially the inevitable challenges of  snow removal and navigating snow covered streets, shared beautiful music and  special moments for all of the student soloists. As luck … Continue reading

“Our Lady of 121st Street”

post by Carly Novek

This afternoon I went along with a friend to see our friend Alex Stanislawski, who plays the part of Balthazar, perform. Not only had i promised him that I would go, but I also knew I wanted to write about it.

During the fall semester, I did not have a chance to see the final rendition of “The Pillowman,” but had a great opportunity to see it in rehearsal form. I wasn’t sure what to expect going into “Our Lady of 121st Street,” but was very pleasantly surprised. The play had a lot of life to it. The set itself was dynamic, bright, and very realistic with its props that really enhanced the show over all. The lighting set the moods for the dialogue and acting occurring, and, i guess being the visual person that i am, was that more enticed by the stage collectively. 

The acting itself was also great. The students had seemed to truly transform into their characters and evoke emotions and actions that I don’t think i can imagine conveying in a performance-situation. (that is also why i am not the one on stage) The accents, the small gestures, and way of expressing themselves made it all so believable. (even my friend has asked me if i thought the actors were, to a degree, like their characters in real life…)

In terms of the show itself, i personally loved it. It was a perfect combination of humor and drama. There were lines that made you laugh, moments that made you want to cry, and intense moments that kept you on the edge of your seat. You never really knew who would pop onto the stage next, or then what would come out of their mouths. I loved how everything aligned and all ultimately fit together in regards to the plot and how it truly showed how both in the play, and in a community in “real life” everyone is interconnected. People have a common bond, and in moments, such as in the play being the passing of Sister Rose, people come together in ways they may not have otherwise. I don’t know if this is the actual point of the play, but i think it speaks to the Lehigh community with much of the occurrences that have gone on so far this year. I also think this is definitely a show that students would enjoy, perhaps in comparison to something that is much darker or more “niche-y.” It might just be because I love the movie, but the feeling of the plot and dialogue reminded me a lot of Pulp Fiction. (but that could just be me)

The play is not back on until Wednesday night, but I highly recommend it. Not only was it enjoyable to watch, but it would support the theater community and arts here at Lehigh. i know how hard everyone in the cast and crew works, and not only did their hard work certainly pay off, but should be acknowledged. 

“Our Lady of 121st Street” Cast & Crew

Ever wonder about the students who work for hours on stage and behind the scenes for the Department of Theatre productions? If you don’t, you might be surprised to find out that many of the students involved in the main stage theatre programs are pursuing multiple majors and have many leadership roles on campus. Heads shots photographed by student Sofi Barrionuevo have been included for the cast members. Note, “M&C” denotes membership in Lehigh University’s Mustard & Cheese Drama Society.

Read on:

1908953_10201391522658902_4004967_oLorentz Aberg (Victor) is from Minneapolis, MN. He is a fifth-year student in the Arts and Engineering dual degree program studying theatre and computer science. Recent Lehigh credits include The Pillowman, Medea, The Laramie ProjectUrinetown, The Crucible, and The Little Foxes. Lorentz recently worked at Apprise Software through Lehigh’s Cooperative Education program, and currently serves as vice president of the Mustard and Cheese Drama Society. M&C

Vanessa Arvidson (Stage Manager) hails from Gainesville, VA. She is a senior concluding a dual degree in theatre and marketing. At Lehigh she has stage managed Medea, Urinetown, Knowing Cairo, Top Girls, and gEner-8tion Txt. Vanessa has also been involved as an actor, director, light board operator, master electrician, and assistant lighting designer for several Lehigh productions. She is president of Mu Sigma Upsilon Incorporated as well as an active member of Spectrum and a technical crew member for the Zoellner Arts Center. After graduation, Vanessa hopes to gain more experience in theatre before pursuing a graduate degree in stage management. M&C

1889431_10201391522978910_1641063322_oJoshua Barnes (Flip) is a senior from West Long Branch, NJ, studying computer science. Josh is making his Our Lady of 121st debut theatre performance at Lehigh. Joshua serves as captain of Lehigh University’s Finest Step team, co-coach for Broughal middle school’s step team, and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers.

1924989_10201391522578900_1999637452_oDavid Quinton Bougard (Rooftop) is a senior from Memphis, TN, pursuing a major in theatre. Previous Lehigh performances include The Crucible, gEner8-tion Txt, and open mic shows at the HipHopCollective. He also directed Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry. David is a young entrepreneur who has started his own clothing brand.

1654517_10201391523698928_1341729351_oAdrienne Chodnowsky (Sonia) hails from Hopkinton, MA. She is a first-year student intending to major in mathematics. She has appeared in Our Lady of 121st, and Pillowman. Adrienne serves as programming coordinator for the Centennial I Residence Hall Council.

Kate Coots [staff/faculty] (Scenic Artist/ Props Artisan) is in her first year as scenic charge and props artisan at Lehigh. She holds a MA from Villanova University. Kate has worked as scenic and props artisan in the Philadelphia area for the past seven years with Lantern Theater Company, Bristol Riverside Theater, McCarter Theater and University of the Arts.

1925062_10201391523138914_766703735_oKendra Easterling (Inez) is a Bethlehem, PA, native. She is a senior at East Stroudsburg University majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations. Previous Lehigh credits include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Kendra is an honors society member at East Stroudsburg University, and a model.

1623852_10201391523818931_655079063_oRyan Herbert (Father Lux) is a sophomore from Chalfont, PA, pursuing a major in environmental science and minors in theatre and environmental studies. Previous Lehigh credits include Urinetown. Ryan serves as vice president of Magic: The Gathering club.

1900869_10201391523538924_814886681_oNatalie Rose Huber (Marcia) hails from Haddon Heights, NJ. She is a senior majoring in anthropology and minoring in theatre. Recent Lehigh credits include Medea and Another Antigone. Natalie spent the spring and summer of 2013 studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. She serves as study abroad ambassador and is a member of the South Mountain College program. M&C

Kashi Johnson [faculty] (Director) is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre where she teaches courses in performance and Hip Hop theatre. Recent roles include Saint Monica in Lehigh’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Gertie, in a staged reading of Countdown to the Happy Day at the Round House Theater in Silver Spring, MD. Original work co-conceived and created with Lehigh students: Untold Truths, Speaking Freely and gEner8-tion Txt. Recent Lehigh directing credits include: The Crucible, The Little Foxes, gEner8-tion Txt, Twelfth Night, Wintertime and The Piano Lesson. She was the organizer for Lehigh University’s Say Word! Hip Hop Theatre Festival in 2006. Kashi is the co-founder of RedSun Productions and a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. She is the recipient of the Dorothy & Donald L. Stabler award for excellence in teaching and was appointed the class of ’61 professor in 2007. MFA: University of Pittsburgh. M&C

Melpomene Katakalos  [faculty] (Scenic Design) is an assistant professor at Lehigh and has designed Urinetown, Top Girls, and The Belle’s Stratagem for the department. She has designed over 100 productions at several theatre companies, educational institutions, and festivals. Her designs have been seen on the stages of the Tony-award winning theatres La Jolla Playhouse and San Francisco Mime Troupe. Specializing in new works, she has designed over 25 world premieres, over 12 west coast premieres, and countless regional premieres. She is the director of the New Play Design Lab at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in San Francisco, and her most recent designs have been seen in NYC at HERE Arts Center, La Mama, Columbia Stages, and the Triad. She has received many nominations and awards for her designs, including two San Diego Playbill Awards, two Bay Area Critics Circle nominations, and the honor of Best Set Designer of the Year in The East Bay Express. M&C

1920773_10201391523218916_1296719853_oKory Alexander Majansky (Gail) is a sophomore from New City, NY, double majoring in theatre and English. Recent Lehigh credits include The Laramie Project, Urinetown, and Another Antigone. Kory serves as treasurer for the Mustard and Cheese Drama Society. M&C

1889684_10201391523578925_378841752_oBruke Mammo (Pinky) is from Mount Laurel, NJ. He is a first-year CSB student with aspirations towards theatre minor. Our Lady of 121st Street is his debut performance at Lehigh. Bruke is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Black Students Union, Council of Cultural Organizations, Admissions Ambassadors, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

1925016_10201391522538899_2032157934_oAngelica (Angie) Matos (Norca) hails from Spanish Harlem, NY. She is a Lehigh graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in political science. She received a BA in Political Science and Global Studies from Lehigh University. Our Lady of 121st Street will mark her debut performance at Lehigh. Angelica serves as graduate assistant for the Office of Student Leadership Development, gryphon for the Umoja House, founding sister and alumni advisor for Mu Sigma Upsilon, Incorporated, site coordinator and faculty advisor for springSERVE: Chicago, site coordinator for LeaderShape, and is a member of Break the Silence.

Andrew Nelson (Sound Design) hails from Philadelphia, PA. His sound designs include Azuka Theatre’s Dutch Masters and composer for Nerve, Brat Productions’ MEANWHILE…, American Philosophical Society’s The Astronomer Collapses. Andrew spent the last spring as a programmer and interactive designer on the PIFA Time Tunnel at the Kimmel Center. He can most often be heard playing bass for Arden Theatre, Walnut St Theatre, Brat Productions, 1812 Productions, Azuka Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Clark Park (2008-2012, composer), Johnny Showcase and the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret. Recordings include A Passing Wind (PIFA 2011), James Sugg’s The Sea, Johnny Showcase’s album, Love is the Message and the George Urgo Blues Band.

Becca Osborne (Costume Design) is a Presidential Scholar with a BA in Theatre from Lehigh University. Previous costume design credits include Oleanna, The Listener, and several One Act productions. Becca was also assistant designer for The Pillowman, The Belle’s Stratagem, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Other credits include stage manager for The Laramie Project and The Little Foxes, performer in Urinetown, and run crew for several shows. She works in the costume shop as a student artist and is president of the Mustard and Cheese Drama Society. Becca plans to pursue a master of fine arts degree in southern California. M&C

Sue Ragusa  [faculty/staff] (Lighting Design) is the lighting coordinator for the Zoellner Arts Center and an adjunct faculty member of Lehigh University’s Department of Theatre. Her recent lighting designs include Urinetown, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Five Flights, Antigone, Seascape and A Moon for the Misbegotten for Lehigh’s Department of Theatre; The Life and Love of Joe Coogan and Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast for Lehigh’s Department of Music; and several performing artists. She also lit the Lehigh & NPR Presents presentation of Michele Norris’s The Race Card Project and WHYY’s 2009 Mid-Atlantic Emmy award- winning program On Canvas featuring Andrew Bird. She received her BA in Art and Theatre from Cedar Crest College and her MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. M&C

Pamela Richey  [faculty/staff] (Costume Shop Coordinator) is in her twelfth year as costume coordinator for Lehigh. She holds a BA from Berry College and an MFA from the University of Montana in costume design and technology. Professional costume shop experience includes the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Santa Fe Opera. M&C

1902247_10201391523258917_39451289_oAlexander Stanislawski (Balthazar) is a junior from Philadelphia, PA, pursuing a major in finance and minors in theatre and real estate studies. Previous credits include performance in The Pillowman, and scenic painting for Urinetown and The LaramieProject. Alexander is vice president of the Real Estate club and a member of Alpha Tau Omega.

Andrew F. Southard [faculty/staff] (Technical Director) is in his fifth year as technical director at Lehigh. Originally from south Florida, Andrew received his BA in theatre from Florida State University. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he completed a technical internship at the Battersea Arts Center in London, England. Andrew went on to be the technical director at the University of Findlay in northwest Ohio, where he stayed for three years before going back to school to work on his master’s degree. He received his MFA in technical design and production in 2009 from Yale School of Drama. M&C

1795028_10201391523618926_191130449_oRawle Sterling (Edwin) is a senior from Brooklyn, NY, pursuing majors in political science and Africana studies. Previous Lehigh credits include gEner8-tion Txt.

LU Philharmonic Concerto Marathon

CONCERTO MARATHON webslideWhat has become a ritual for the members of the Lehigh University Philharmonic, we are about to experience the annual Concerto Marathon this coming weekend. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students (and sometimes community members) of the orchestra to shine a little brighter, with their musician colleagues supporting them.

Instead of full pieces, students prepare a movement or a selection from a great masterwork. The orchestra works diligently to support the soloists, learning a massive amount of repertoire in a very short time. 

One of the wonderful ways in which students learn the music is by getting it into their fingers. This is not just listening, or reading about the music of different eras of classical music. This is digging in and hearing the architecture of phrases, the complexities of harmonies and the arch of a floating melody through their hands. 

Here are the students taking on the challenge of stepping out front, and taking the lead of performance this coming weekend:

Friday Night Program

John Vonelli of Bethlehem PA, studies both percussion and piano. He is a senior at Nazareth Area High School and has been a member of the Lehigh University Philharmonic for the past four years. John has been studying classical piano for over ten years, five of those years under the direction of Eugene Albulescu. In addition, he has performed in various jazz groups, and most recently Lehigh’s jazz combo. This fall, John is planning to attend college and major in computer science while continuing his studies in music. John performs the first movement of the Mozart Piano Concerto.

Andrew Shang, from Port Washington, NY, is a senior majoring in materials science and engineering with a minor in economics. He studies violin with Dr. Michael Jorgensen. Philip Hsiao is an international student from Taiwan. He is currently a senior double majoring in Accounting and Finance with Music minor. He studies violin and jazz piano at Lehigh with Professor Jorgensen and Tim Harrison. Besides playing for the orchestra, he is also an executive board member in Investment Management Group and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Andrew performs the first movement of the Wieniawski Violin concerto.

DeVaughn Roberts is a Junior Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Music. He has played the trumpet with the Philharmonic Orchestra for three years and studies privately with Lawrence Wright. Outside of the orchestra, he is also the President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. DeVaughn will perform the first movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto.

Daniel E.Y. Shin, from Manchester, VT, is a senior studying Computer Engineering and Music composition in IDEAS program at Lehigh. He plays viola with the Philharmonic for which he serves as Vice President, and sings with the University Choir and Glee Club. He is currently studying voice with Karen Huffstodt, and viola with Sharon Olsher. Daniel will perform the “catalog aria” from Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni

David Turk is a first year IDEAS major from Los Angeles, California. He studies violin with Prof. Jorgensen and is also a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra and a jazz combo led by Tim Sessions. Daniel E.Y. Shin, from Manchester, VT, is a senior studying Computer Engineering and Music composition in IDEAS program at Lehigh. He plays viola with the Philharmonic for which he serves as Vice President, and sings with the University Choir and Glee Club. He is currently studying voice with Karen Huffstodt, and viola with Sharon Olsher. David will perform the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole for violin. 

 Saturday Night Program

Michelle Fedun is a first year student from Yardley, PA, with an intended major in Environmental Engineering. She studies violin under Dr. Jorgensen and plays for the Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as for the Reformed University Fellowship worship band. Michelle will perform the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Geoffrey Groman, clarinet, from Syracuse, NY, is a masters student in Electrical Engineering. He completed undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music at Lehigh and participates in the Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, Choral Union, and Reformed University Fellowship. Geoffrey will perform the third movement of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

Philip Hsiao is an international student from Taiwan. He is currently a senior double majoring in Accounting and Finance with Music minor. He studies violin and jazz piano at Lehigh with Professor Jorgensen and Tim Harrison. Besides playing for the orchestra, he is also an executive board member in Investment Management Group and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Philip will perform the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto.

Bolin Chang, from Honolulu, HI, is a sophomore majoring in Molecular Biology while minoring in Chinese and Health, Medicine, and Society at Lehigh University. He plays the viola and the piano for the LU Philharmonic. Bolin has previously soloed with the Iolani High School Symphonic Orchestra and the Honolulu Symphony. His other hobbies include swimming, playing basketball, and spending time with friends. Bolin will perform the first movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto. 

The second half of each concert will feature the full orchestra performing the first movement of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.