CWUArts NewsArts News Harpsichordist to Perform Glorious Goldberg Variations October 17, 09 Oct 2017 08:04:11<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 317px;"></p><p>Hailed as "one of the most versatile Spanish musicians in the classical scene,” Spanish harpsichordist Ignacio Prego will perform Bach’s sublime <em>Goldberg Variations</em> at Central Washington University. The concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 17 in the Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $7 for students, seniors, and alumni.</p><p>We have Count von Keyserling's insomnia to thank for the <em>Goldberg Variations</em>, one of Bach's most inventive bodies of work. The Count liked to listen to music during his sleepless nights, and had his musician, Johann Goldberg, a student of Bach's, play the harpsichord. The Count then commissioned Bach to compose harpsichord music for this purpose. Consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations, the <em>Goldberg Variations</em> is considered to be one of the most virtuosic pieces of its time and one of the most important examples of variation form.</p><p>Prego has been described by the newspaper <em>El Mundo</em> as "one of the Spanish musicians with most projection and versatility in the classic music scene." He was the first prize winner at the 2012 Westfield International Harpsichord Competition. He has performed in major cities in the all over the world and he has graced the stages in the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, DC, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Esplanade in Singapore, and the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.</p><p>Prego will perform on a Thomas and Barbara Wolf double-manual harpsichord, an instrument painstakingly handcrafted by a husband-and-wife team in rural Virginia. It can take up to 1,000 hours to build one of their instruments. Some of the world's great musicians and institutions, from the Juilliard School to the Kennedy Center, own Wolf keyboards.</p><p>Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building. Advanced purchase is recommended.</p><p>Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and in residence hall lots.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU's Marching Band One of the Largest in the Pacific Northwest, 06 Oct 2017 08:06:54<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 356px;"></p><p>There won't be quite 76 trombones, but there will be a heck of a lot of brass on Tomlinson Field this weekend. Central Washington University's magnificent marching band is 220 players strong this year—a historical high for the ensemble. A Wildcat tradition for more than 90 years, the ensemble performs at every home game.</p><p>"The CWU Marching Band is an exciting group of talented students who consistently put on electrifying performances. They bring an extraordinary energy to CWU football games and other venues they perform in,” commented Lewis Norfleet, director of bands.</p><p>"This year we are thrilled to present the largest CWU Marching Band in the school’s history. The inclusion of more students from a variety of majors, excellent student leadership and continued support from the university have helped fuel this surge in enrollment. They pride themselves on sounding great, and truly earning the moniker ‘The Sound of Central,’ something you will no doubt experience at every home football game."</p><p>One of the largest marching bands in the Pacific Northwest, the 2017 marching band has nearly 100 brass players, 80 woodwinds, 30 percussionists, and 20 color guard members—more than enough to vibrate the metal bleachers and rattle the neighbors' windows.</p><p>"The experience is open to all students on campus—no audition necessary—so if you're not ready to hang up your horn after high school, you can find a spot with the band," said Mark Lane, associate director of bands. "Students get an academic credit and become part of a community dedicated to excellence in music!"</p><p><strong>History of the Marching Band</strong><br><em>Courtesy of Norm Wallen, Unofficial and Self-Appointed Keeper of CWU Music Legend, Lore, and Mythology; and renowned composer, musician, and CWU Jazz Studies music lecturer</em></p><p>In 1925 music professor George Beck, who conducted the symphony orchestra, founded the band. Beck, a geologist, is also known for discovering the famous Gingko Petrified Wood Forest in central Washington.</p><p>In 1938, under the direction of music professor Cloise Meyers, the band, with new matching official band uniforms, was at the cutting edge of collegiate performance. At that time, most college bands played exclusively in the grandstands, or stood in concert formation on the football field. Meyers and the Central band pioneered marching and maneuvering at football games and parades decades before most other schools.</p><p>During World War II, Meyers enlisted in the Army, and passed the baton to Wayne Hertz (Hertz Hall, the former music building, is named after him). Meyers returned to Central after the war as Major Meyers to resume building the bands. It should be noted that WW II hero Douglas Munro, the only member of the US Coast Guard to be awarded the Medal of Honor, was a Central Marching Band Drum Major. Munro was killed in action in Guadalcanal. Munro Hall, also known as the Music Dorm, is named for him.</p><p>From that point on the band grew consistently, with "The Marching 88" in 1964, and increased to more than 100 by the late 1960s.</p><p>Key to this growth and success was consistency and excellence of instruction Central had only four directors in 78 years, with just three directors spanning 74 of those years: Meyers (1938-1947), Bert Christianson (1947-1978), Steven Allen (1978-1981), and Larry Gookin (1981-2015). Excellent consistency breeds excellence!</p><p>After Gookin retired, Lewis Norfleet became the new director of bands. Following tradition, the band is larger and more exciting than ever, remaining firmly at the cutting edge of precision, performance, and musicianship.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br>CWU Hosts US Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra October 5, 02 Oct 2017 11:22:30<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">Enjoy a rare concert by the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra at Central Washington University! The Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra comes together only once a year for a two-week tour. The concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. on October 5 in the Music Building Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>Formed in 2008, the orchestra and is comprised of the top jazz players from across the ten United States Marine Corps Field Bands, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, and "The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.</p><p>This 20-piece jazz orchestra has toured annually for almost a decade, performing American and Latin Jazz in the styles of Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others. The All Stars have played at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center (in a performance featuring Bob Mintzer), the Berklee College of Music, the Illinois State Music Conference, and a Northwestern University showcase with guest soloist Victor Goines. This year, the band will perform at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival, among others.</p><p>Parking in the CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and in residence hall lots.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Gallery One Features Mapping Plutonium by CWU Art and Design Chair, 02 Oct 2017 07:56:08<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 475px; height: 316px;"></p><p>The Hanford Site, also known as the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, is the most radioactive contaminated place in the United States. It is the largest environmental cleanup project in the world.</p><p>Drawing on those dark realities, Gregg Schlanger, Central Washington University's Art and Design chair, focused on issues relating to the United States development of nuclear weapons in his sobering installation, Mapping Plutonium: The Hanford Site. The exhibit opens on October 6 in the Main Gallery at Gallery One in Ellensburg. An opening reception begins at 5:00 p.m.</p><p>According to Schlanger, Mapping Plutonium is about the secrecy; the environmental disasters; the toll of human health; the deceptions of the corporations and government; the nuclear waste; and the denial.</p><p>"This exhibit contains art and artifacts," Schlanger noted. "It is part fact and fiction."</p><p>The Hanford Site was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. The 586-square mile site is located in central Washington along the Columbia River. The B Reactor is 65 miles from Ellensburg. Hanford once had nine operational nuclear reactors and five plutonium processing complexes. Hanford produced most of the plutonium that was used in the production of the 60,000 nuclear weapons the United States manufactured.</p><p>"I am concerned with the truth and the myth, with secrets and public knowledge," Schlanger stated.</p><p>Known for his thought-provoking works on nature and the environment, Schlanger came to Central after 19 years as a professor and interim chair of the art department at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.</p><p>“I am very interested in exploring through my projects the potential of creating a better ‘sense of place,’ leading to a respect for that place and the environment,” he said. “I believe this can happen through community involvement and the educational aspects that occur, which deal with the various concepts of my work.”</p><p>The exhibit is part of the Ellensburg First Friday Artwalk and is sponsored by David Fiske of Edward Jones and Fitterer’s Furniture.</p><p>Photo: Mapping Plutonium installation detail<br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br>Carrie Longley: Corporealis Exhibit Explores Art and Science, 25 Sep 2017 14:02:03<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 170px; height: 250px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host Corporealis, a solo exhibition by visiting ceramic artist Carrie Longley. The exhibit opens to the public on September 28. On October 5, Longley will give an artist talk at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. Her lecture will be directly followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.</p><p>Carrie Longley’s artwork investigates the relationship between art objects and scientific specimens. Her small-scale sculptures are biomorphic in form, combining clay with wire, wax, and pig intestine to resemble once-living creatures. They are carefully enclosed in glass domes with wooden bases as if intended for display in a 19th century natural history museum.</p><p>The exhibition also includes a 3-D printed model of a sculpture that was a collaboration between Longley and Dr. Katy Börner, Professor of Information Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. The artwork was created as a science map, a visual representation of scientific data, where changes in the data determined the shape of the sculpture.</p><p>Carrie Longley is the Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and Assistant Professor of Fine Art at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana.&nbsp; She holds a BA in Studio Art from Wittenberg University and an MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.&nbsp;</p><p>Corporealis will remain on display through October 22. Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open weekdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and on weekends, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Please visit our website at:</p><p>Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,</p><p>Image Captions:<br>1. Carrie Longley, Vasculum Whalus, 2012, Ceramic, wire, and mixed media, 12 in. x 12 in. x 31 in.</p></br>CWU Music Professors To Teach in China, 31 Aug 2017 07:52:22<p>Esteemed vocalist Gayla Blaisdell and musicologist Mark Samples, Central Washington University music professors, have each been accepted to teach two-week intensive courses beginning September 1 at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) in Nanjing, China.</p><p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 250px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">"I am going to teach a two-week intensive seminar which will cover English Diction for Singers, and include an introduction to American and British Song Literature. It will also include a significant amount of individual musical coaching with the 18 singers in the class," enthused Blaisdell, professor and vocal area coordinator. "My course is a specialized course for vocalists and a professor from the NUAA Music Department, Professor Zhang, has helped to make the arrangements and prepare her students to work with me."</p><p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 220px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">"I'm teaching Music in World Cultures," commented Samples, professor of musicology [musicology is the scholarly analysis and research-based study of music]. "It is a general education course in English, where students will learn about music from the US, Sub-Saharan Africa, Indonesia, and Eastern Europe. Students will also have an opportunity to investigate the music in their own lives and culture through ethnomusicological research."</p><p>Blaisdell has been on the CWU music faculty since 2008. She has a vibrant studio of aspiring singers and directs the nationally award-winning CWU Opera Ensemble. Blaisdell holds a PhD in Vocal Performance from New York University where she was a member of the NYU Adjunct Voice Faculty for seven years. She also trained at the Steans Institute at Ravinia, Tanglewood, Opera North, the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy, and Dorian Opera Theater.</p><p>Musicologist Mark C. Samples received his PhD in musicology from the University of Oregon, where he earned the University Outstanding Scholar in Music award in 2011. He is currently researching the role of commercialism in music after 1800, from Jenny Lind to Joan Baez, Tom Waits and Sufjan Stevens. Samples is also the co-founder and writer for the popular musicology blog, <em>The Taruskin Challenge</em>,</p><p>NUAA is one of China’s premier learning and research institutions offering courses taught in English. As one of the top 250 universities in the world, it is attracting increasing numbers of international students, and offers 46 undergraduate programs, 127 master programs and 52 doctoral programs.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>Thursday, August 31, 2017</p>Great jazz complements great wine at J. Bell Cellars, 20 Jul 2017 15:24:34<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 232px;"></p><p>Jazz at a winery? I know what you’re thinking: probably just pleasant background music for people to sip chardonnay to.</p><p>And, yeah, it can be that if you want it to. But in this particular instance, when the band in question is the Joe Brooks Quartet, it can also be a lot more.</p><p>Brooks, who plays saxophone and clarinet, is a professor of (you guessed it) saxophone and clarinet at Central Washington University. He has performed jazz and classical music all over the country. Bart Roderick, who plays piano and sometimes sings, is THE go-to session pianist in the Yakima Valley as well as an accomplished teacher. Bassist Bob Waldbauer has played with numerous jazz bands and is a regular at the Port Townsend Jazz Festival. And drummer Don Kinney is the former principal percussionist for the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>CWU senior joins Yakima Herald-Republic staff as summer intern, 22 Jun 2017 07:10:17<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 375px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">April Porter, a senior at Central Washington University, has joined the Yakima Herald-Republic for a 10-week internship.</p><p>Porter, a 22-year-old Yakima native, said she has liked writing since she was a child. During this internship, she hopes to improve her writing and research skills and learn more about the Yakima Herald-Republic.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Yakima Herald-Republic</a>.</p></br> Central’s PULSE Wins National Award from Society of Professional Journalists, 06 Jun 2017 10:33:00<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 450px; height: 333px; float: right;" alt="PULSE Magazine" src="">Central Washington University’s student-run magazine <em>PULSE</em>, has landed another national award. “Sexual Assault: What’s Behind the Rise in Reports on Campus?,” was designated as a 2016 Mark of Excellence award winner in the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category by the Society of Professional Journalists.</p><p>Article contributors Simone Corbett, Nicole Trejo-Valli, Bailee Wicks, and Bailey Williams will be honored during the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference on September 8 in Anaheim, California.</p><p>Corbett, features editor and co-writer with Trejo-Valli and Wicks first won at regionals and now have earned the coveted national Best Non-Fiction Magazine Article award.</p><p>"It is such an honor to be recognized at a professional level, especially for a story that we worked so hard on,” Corbett said.</p><p>“We were still interviewing, fact-checking and re-writing up until moments before our issue went live because we were committed to making sure we were doing this right.</p><p>The sexual assault article was photographed by student Jack Lambert and designed by student Taylor Morrell.</p><p>Trejo-Valli,<em> PULSE</em> editor-in-chief and creator of the revamped website, which was a regional finalist for Best Affiliated Website had this to say:</p><p>"It's a really exciting time to be a part of <em>PULSE </em>right now. Seeing the growth of our multimedia content, and now the recognition for our website, is incredible. As a team, we always put everything into what we're producing."</p><p>Visit the <a href=""><em>PULSE </em>website </a>to access PulseTV, PulseLens, and PulseRadio.</p><p>The co-authors of the sexual assault story also wrote about the experience of reporting the story (and reactions to it from people on campus) in the <a href="">Winter 2017 issue</a>.</p><p>For more information about <em>PULSE</em>, contact faculty adviser Jennifer Green at, 509-963-3216.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p>Renowned Trumpeter Terell Stafford Guest Artist at CWU's Jazz Fest, 18 May 2017 07:41:36<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 375px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Hundreds of students from 30 schools all over Washington State will swarm CWU's music building for the 2017 John Moawad Invitational Jazz Festival. <a href="" target="_blank">Terell Stafford </a>will perform with Central Washington University's renowned Vocal Jazz 1 and Jazz Band 1 on Friday and Saturday. In addition, the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Ensemble will perform as part of their West Coast tour.</p><p>CWU Vocal Jazz 1 will perform at 3:00 p.m., and Jazz Band 1 will perform at 5:25 p.m. on May 19. CWU Jazz Band 1 will also perform at 5:25 p.m. on May 20. All concerts will be held in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. All concerts are free and open to the public.</p><p>All of the CWU jazz groups will be performing at various times during the Jazz Festival.</p><p>The festival is a by-invitation-only event for high school and middle school jazz bands, combos and choirs. Students participate in clinics with music professionals, and will learn from jazz professionals in master classes and workshops. Stafford will hold jazz clinics in the music building concert hall on both Friday and Saturday. Some of this year’s local clinicians include Jim Sisko from Bellevue College, Jeff Sizer from the Pasco School District, and Kirk Marcy from Edmonds Community College.</p><p>This year’s guest artist, Terell Stafford, is an internationally acclaimed trumpet player, hailed as “one of the great players of our time,” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is the director of Jazz Studies and chair of Instrumental Studies at Temple University, founder and band leader of the Terell Stafford Quintet, and managing and artistic director of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP). Stafford is renowned in the jazz world as an educator, performer, and leader along with countless award nominations, accolades and associated acts.</p><p>Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m., and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and in residence hall lots.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>May 18, 2017</p></br></br>