Linda Ganus Albulescu – Art Show in Easton

Most of us in the Music Department know Linda as the superhero of ensembles. In her utility belt, she deftly serves as ensemble program coordinator, designs graphics for concert promotions, coordinates instrumental scholarships, assists the orchestra, and plays flute. In her spare time (yes, she finds it), she’s a visual artist. Her work is exhibiting now in Easton, PA at the Nurture Nature Center; 519 Northampton Street. The center is open to the public on Saturdays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-1:00pm, and Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Don’t miss this chance to see Linda’s work.


American Repertory Ballet – A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to Lehigh Friday, March 6

The next Zoellner Guest Artist is a welcome respite from the droll winter weather. The American Repertory Ballet Company will present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” accompanied by the music of Felix Mendelssohn. This is a new production by the New Jersey company this season. Artistic Director Douglas Martin has envisioned the work to focus on the characters; their stories with balance to the attention typically paid to the “dream.”

“The traditional ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream, most famously, Sir Frederick Ashton’s production, is performed in one act to Mendelssohn’s score “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,'” Martin explains. “My new version of the ballet will be in two acts. Act II is set to Mendelssohn’s score for the ballet, and the Act I is set to music from his First Symphony.  I wanted to make a version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that offered something new, but still choreographed in a very classical ballet vocabulary,” Martin explains. “In the studio, we’ve been working on creating very strong characters – both among the Athenians and the fairies. I love the worlds we have created, and look forward to sharing them with the public.”

Douglas Martin will also present a pre-performance lecture at 6:30pm.

The performance will be this Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at this link.


Horger Scholarship Awards announcement

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The faculty of the Department of Art, Architecture and Design recently awarded four Horger* Scholarships for outstanding performance in AAD.  AAD faculty established the following criteria for the Horger award in Art, Architecture and Design.

  • Awarded for dedication and excellence in studio art, architecture, design and art history
  • Recipients are faculty-nominated and faculty-awarded
  • Overall GPA was taken into consideration but was not a final determining factor

Heartiest Congratulations To:

Jaclyn Sands – Studio Art
Evan Orf – Architecture
Liz Phillips – Design
Lindsay Alexander – Art History

*  Theodore U. Horger (known as Ted) was truly a renaissance man. His grounding was in the sciences, having received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering mechanics from Lehigh in 1961, a Masters in the same major from New York University in 1963, and after working at Bell Labs, the research arm of AT&T, followed by a two year stint in the Peace Corps in Chile, he had a life-long career with AT&T utilizing his engineering education and skills.  Notwithstanding his educational and work background in engineering, he was devoted to the arts in all of its forms—music, theatre, dance and visual arts.

Throughout his lifetime, Ted pursued his interests in performing and visual arts endeavors. Despite living in central NJ, Ted traveled regularly & was a “frequent flier” at Zoellner Arts Center since 1997, attending theatre and music productions as well as guest artists events, exhibition openings and gallery lectures.   During his retirement, he enrolled in classes at MoMA and NYU, further advancing his knowledge & passion for the arts.

The establishment of two permanent endowment funds from his estate: the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Fund and the Theodore U. Horger ’61 Artist-in-Residence Fund in the Performing & Visual Arts is a most fitting and perpetual memorial of Ted’s love for Lehigh and the visual and performing arts.

Bill Warfield and the International Core-tet

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The International Core-tet is a group of jazz artists that have come together to facilitate and explore the bond that exists between musicians from many different countries. The group is made up of trumpeter Bill Warfield and saxophonist Glenn Cashman from the U.S., saxophonist Jens “Chappe” Jensen from Denmark and from the Czech Republic, guitarist Libor Smoldas and keyboardist Jakub Zomer. Bill and Jakub met each other in the summer of 2012, while they were working together in Graz, Austria. An invitation by Jakub led Bill to Prague a few weeks later where he met Libor Smoldas. The three worked together for a week and found a real “magic” in the music they played. Between gigs and sets they discussed the idea of forming a core group to continue the transcendent experience they had that week. They made plans to travel together, bringing their mutual love of the music to other countries, including musicians from wherever they went to complete the group. Bill and Jens “Chappe” Jensen met when international saxophone icon Dave Liebman performed a show in Arhus, Denmark, entitled “Le Jazz Hot”, composed, arranged and conducted by Bill. Chappe had arranged Lieb’s appearance.While rehearsing the Kluver’s Jazz Orchestra of which “Chappe” was a member, Bill and he made plans for Bill’s to return following year to compose and conduct a show specifically written for the Danish group.

That was the beginning of their collaborations.
With the inclusion of Jens, the group now represented three European countries and will be performing as the Coretet in the US in the winter of 2015. Joining them for that tour will be three mainstays of the New York Jazz scene: tenor saxophonist Glenn Cashman, bassist Steve Count and percussionist Scott Neumann. Their first recording will be on the Planet ArtsNetwork at the end of the winter tour. The group will continue touring in Europe in the spring and summer 2015.

The International Core-tet performs compositions born of the genres of funk, contemporary and Latin Jazz while embracing the varied
backgrounds and experiences of its members. Audiences are treated to high-powered contemporary music that communicates, transcends and
inspires. We are excited to be embarking on this journey and hope that you will join us in the coming year and to many unspecified dates in the

Bill Warfield and the International Core-tet will perform at the Zoellner Arts Center this Saturday at 8:00 PM. Click here for tickets.

Trashion Show (not a typo)

The Lehigh Eco-Reps are hosting a great event this week that focuses on waste diversion and sustainability. Join them for a fun night of sustainable fashion. Check out creative outfits made from recyclable materials, watch a runway show, and enjoy dessert.
Eco-Reps’ 3rd annual Trashion Show is on Thursday Feb. 26 at 7pm in the STEPS concourse!  
They  are also looking for designers to showcase creative outfits made out of items normally considered to be trash. All participants will receive a $10 Saxby’s gift card when they sign up their outfit!  For more information about this event and to sign up:    
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As part of the Humanities Center “Posthumanities” series, Kalpana Seshadri will present a lecture “What is Post-Human Economics?” on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 4:10pm in the Scheler Humanities Forum, Linderman Library Room 200.

Kalapaa Seshadri is Professor in the Department of English at Boston College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Letter to Malia Obama: Come to Lehigh!

Dear Malia,
As the college application phase of your life begins, we know how daunting of an experience it can be. I thought I might make your decision a little easier with a list of reasons why you should attend Lehigh University. Wherever you choose to attend college, make sure your decision reflects your interests! Here are some reasons why Lehigh would be a good fit for you:
1. 2,600 steps:  Worried about the secret service breathing down your neck? On our campus, nestled atop a mountain in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, there are plenty of places the secret service can hang out and watch over you without getting in your way. Make sure they are good with stairs; we have 2,600 steps on the Lehigh campus. Don’t let that scare you; first-years leave campus in May in the best shape of their lives. Here are some tips on how to “Survive South Mountain.”
2. Connect with your professors: Classes at Lehigh aren’t so big that you’ll get lost in a sea of students. Professors are engaged with students and mentor them in and outside of the classroom. I’ve had professors drop off food at the student newspaper press room when they know we will have a long night. It’s not unusual to find yourself at a professor’s house for dinner continuing a discussion from class.
3. Not your typical dining hall: Lehigh Dining Services provides three residence dining facilities, various retail and café options spread throughout campus, as well as a food court in the University Center. Mom will be happy to know that full menus with nutritional data are all available through the Dining Services Web site. You can even use money loaded on your student ID to take advantage of the awesome downtown Bethlehem restaurants.
4. We beat Duke. : Our Athletic Department lists education as its first priority, and the schedules and academic services available for student-athletes reaffirm that. If you’re interested in pursuing tennis at the Division I level, it’s important that your academics are also prioritized. We also know your dad is a college basketball fan; he might be impressed to know that Lehigh beat Duke in 2012 in the first round of the NCAA playoffs, one of the biggest bracket busters of the year.
5. Musikfest > Lollapalooza: From attending Lollapalooza to rocking a Pro Era shirt, you’re clearly a big music fan. So maybe Musikfest isn’t as well-known as Lollapalooza, but over the past three decades the event has evolved into one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the nation, with 500-plus shows on 14 stages over 10 days. Each year more than 900,000 people make their way to the Lehigh Valley and the festival, with their sights set on experiencing all the music, food and fun of this musical extravaganza. Year-round, Bethlehem has no shortage of top-name concerts that you can attend.
6. Flexible academic opportunities: Your dad has said that you may want to pursue film-making; there are many opportunities to explore film-making at Lehigh. Journalism majors get first-hand experience editing with Final Cut Pro and with Lehigh’s emphasis on interdisciplinary work and hands-on experience, you could gain film experience through a self-driven Mountaintop project.  Or, if you decide to study something else entirely, like engineering (we’re known for that), Lehigh makes it easy to combine academic interests into an interdisciplinary or dual degree program.
7. Not too close: While you’ll only be in college for a few months before your dad leaves office, Lehigh is a good distance from both Washington, D.C. and Chicago (if your family moves back there). While you will have access to an airplane to take you home whenever you want (the Lehigh Valley airport is right down the road), Lehigh University is the perfect distance to be close to your parents without being too close…
Wherever you choose to go, your peers at Lehigh University wish you lots of luck.
All the best,
Kerry Mallett
Lehigh University, Class of 2015​
posted on behalf of student request