CWUArts NewsArts News's Theatre Arts Department to Welcome China Cohort Fall 2017, 19 Apr 2017 15:55:36<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 450px; height: 127px;"></p><p>Central Washington University's Department of Theatre Arts and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) have signed an agreement for an exchange program.</p><p>"This is such an exciting opportunity for both of our institutions," enthused Scott Robinson, CWU chair of Theatre Arts. "We already have faculty applying for teaching exchanges with NUAA for this summer."</p><p>The idea for the exchange program started when Robinson was invited to teach at NUAA for two weeks in fall 2015. His successful workshops paved the way for the partnership between the two schools.&nbsp;</p><p>"This is truly a win-win for both of our schools," he continued. "Our students from China will receive the advantage of a degree granted from an institution in the United States. We'll benefit from having greater diversity in the department, as well as offering study and teaching abroad opportunities to our faculty and students."</p><p>NUAA is one of China’s premier learning and research institutions, located in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Under the current 3+2 arrangement, NUAA students will earn a bachelor of arts degree from NUAA, and a bachelor of fine arts degree from CWU over a two-year period. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue the bachelor's degree in Theatre Studies as a secondary option. Since CWU's BFA program in Theatre Design and Production is currently capped at 12 students per academic year, this second bachelor's option allows the department to offer more degree opportunities. It is expected that NUAA will send up to 10 students in the first cohort.</p><p>"We look forward to welcoming them this fall," Robinson said, "And we will be working closely our partners in the Office of International Studies and Programs to assure a smooth transition for our newest students."</p><p><em>CWU is the only state institution in the Pacific Northwest&nbsp; that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production. More than 90 percent of its alumni gain fulltime employment in theatre positions or enroll in nationally recognized graduate programs within six months of graduating. CWU graduates are routinely featured in performing and production roles on cruise ships, regional theatres, and in national entertainment parks such as Disney World.</em></p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 19, 2017</p></br></br>CWU Music Students to Serenade Ellensburg April 13, 10 Apr 2017 13:23:30<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 225px; height: 225px; float: left;">The first ever Day of Music promises to fill Ellensburg with the sounds of Beethoven, Debussy, Scott Joplin, The Beatles —even a cello choir playing a medley of ABBA songs. On Thursday, April 13, Central Washington University music students will perform from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., at a number of indoor and outdoor venues.</p><p>"Our students and faculty cultivate such a rich musical experience here on campus," enthused Sara Carroll, the music department advising and recruitment specialist. "This is why we want to share that with our downtown businesses and build relationships with the community members in our beautiful and historical town."</p><p>The event was created by College of Arts and Humanities Dean Stacey Robertson, who was inspired by a similar event at the University of Northern Colorado. Todd Shiver, chair of CWU's Department of Music, is in charge of the event. The department and Molly Allen, CAH events coordinator, worked with the Ellensburg Downtown Association to organize venues and performers.</p><p>A schedule of performances can be found at&nbsp;</p><p>For more information about the 2017 Day of Music, go to, or Sara Carroll, 509-963-1265, or</p>CTE Presents a Dazzling Chicago: The Musical April 13-22, 10 Apr 2017 10:19:01<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;"></p><p>It's time for a little "Razzle Dazzle" and "All that Jazz." Prepared to be "swept away" by Central Washington University's Central Theatre Ensemble production of the smash hit <em>Chicago: The Musical</em>.</p><p>Based on a real-life "celebrity crime" set in Chicago's rowdy, roaring twenties, Chicago tells the story of a murderous chorus girl, Roxie Hart. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess," Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream—fame, fortune, and acquittal. This sharp-edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked incomparable staging by the legendary Bob Fosse.</p><p>CWU's production is directed by Theatre Arts senior Nicholas Main, who has directed many large and complex dance numbers in each of the <em>Red Curtain Broadway Revues</em>. Although still a student, Main was hired at Broadway Rose Theatre in Portland for two shows and toured this past summer with Missoula’s Children’s Theatre as a teacher/mentor. Main also won the Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Musical Theatre Competition and represented CWU in Washington DC this past year.</p><p>"One of the biggest differences from the movie to our production is the extra music that is in this show," said Main. "The movie omits many really interesting songs that give us more insight into this world of the characters and the vaudeville life."</p><p>"We are also moving away from the well-known Fosse dance style with this show. The choreography that Fosse had created was iconic and our team wanted to do something new and different. In addition, our production is very audience involved—we think the audience will be swept away with the story!"</p><p><em>Chicago: The Musical</em> will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on April 13, 14, 20, 21. There will be two shows on April 15 and April 22, one at 7:30 p.m. and a late night adult production at 11:00 p.m. All performances will be in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre.</p><p>Dinner packages are available each Friday and Saturday thanks to a partnership with Ellensburg’s Dakota Café. Dinner seating is set for 5:15 p.m.; advance tickets for the package end on the Monday preceding the performance.</p><p>This show is suggested for mature audiences, as there is some material unsuitable for children under 17. The musical includes language and situations some patrons may consider offensive.</p><p>Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $10 for those under 18, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Tickets can 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. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>April 10, 2017</p>CWU One of Top Ten Most Underrated Northwest Theatre Programs, 07 Apr 2017 07:56:21<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 360px;"></p><p>"The program at Central Washington University is so good, that we wouldn't be surprised if next year, its ranked as one of the best programs in the country. They offer highly intensive and hand-on BFA/BA programs in everything from Performance, Design and Musical Theatre. In addition to education student, they also have a fabulous Summer Intensive program for drama teachers."</p><p>Here at OnStage, we spend months compiling, researching and comparing college theatre programs to come up with what we feel are the very best colleges in the country. While names like Tisch, Juilliard, Emerson and Baldwin Wallace get plenty of attention, there are a ton of schools out there with incredible programs that deserve more.</p><p>Read more of this article at <a href="">Onstage</a>.</p><p>April 7, 2017</p>Composer Ola Gjeilo Creates a Luminous Night with the CWU Chamber Choir and Friends, 03 Apr 2017 07:56:36<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 302px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>World-renowned composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo [pronounced Yay-lo] will present an enchanting concert of his ethereal compositions at Central Washington University on Friday, April 7. He will perform with the CWU Chamber Choir and a special 50-voice choir of singers from the six of the top high school choral programs in Washington and Oregon.</p><p>Gjeilo was born in Norway and later moved to the United States to study at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he currently resides and works as a full-time composer. He has visited the CWU campus three times to create YouTube videos with the Chamber Choir.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>This concert marks the first time Gjeilo and the CWU Chamber Choir will take the stage together in a live performance. The choir will present his well-known "Unicornis Captivatur" and "Luminous Night of the Soul," as well as his newer compositions, "Wintertide" and "Prologue."</p><p>The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. on April 7 in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $7 for students and seniors. 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. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>The concert will open with the 50-voice student choir singing the challenging "Prelude" and a poignant "Ubi Caritas."</p><p>CWU Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Gary Weidenaar will conduct the choirs, accompanied by a string quartet. A gifted pianist, Gjeilo will also accompany and/or improvise with the choirs. CWU professor and cellist John Michel will join the CWU Chamber Choir on “Serenity.”</p><p>“It is always a pleasure to work with Ola Gjeilo," Weidenaar enthused. "From our first collaboration in 2011 till now, I’ve watched his music become more and more known worldwide. I’m very excited to be able to perform with him live!”</p><p>The choral students are from Bonney Lake High School, Amy Fuller, director; Meadowdale High School, Jeff Horenstein; Moses Lake High School, David Holloway; Newberg High School, Matthew Fletcher; Spanaway Lake High School, Sara Forte; and West Valley High School, Joshua Setten.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>April 4, 2017</p></br>Aspen String Trio Brings "Magical Synergy" to CWU April 1, 21 Mar 2017 07:38:27<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 450px; height: 348px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;"></p><p>The world-renowned Aspen String Trio will bring its special brand of musical excellence to Central Washington University this spring with a dynamic concert April 1.</p><p>Their exquisite execution and impeccable technique garner rave reviews.</p><p>"From the first note, the sound of each player was simply glorious," reported Ken Keaton of the <em>Palm Beach Daily News</em>. "The ensemble and intonation were perfect. But most importantly, they are musicians for whom every note counts."</p><p>After more than 20 years of friendship and music-making, Aspen String Trio members David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, violist; and Michael Mermagen, cello, are an ensemble with magical synergy. These three world-class instrumentalists each have a long-time association as artist-faculty with the Aspen Music Festival; combined they have performed across the globe in the world’s most prestigious venues. For more information, go to</p><p>The concert, which also features CWU's acclaimed Kairos Quartet, will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $7 for seniors, children and CWU students with ID. Tickets can 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. Advance purchase is recommended, as these concerts are often sold out.</p><p>The Kairos Quartet, established in 1993, has been the quartet-in-residence at CWU since 1998. Violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Denise Dillenbeck, violist Timothy Betts, and cellist John Michel have extensive chamber music experience and have toured internationally. Dedicated to music education, each year the group hosts the incomparable Kairos Lyceum for string players throughout the Pacific Northwest. For more information, go to</p><p>Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>March 21, 2017</p></br>CTE Presents the Family-friendly "MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West", 08 Mar 2017 08:40:48<p>Grab the kids and head out to see Central Theatre Ensemble’s rollicking <em>MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West</em>, this weekend at Central Washington University.</p><p>Join Sun Wu Kong, the Handsome Monkey King and Great Sage, Equal to Heaven as he and his companions, Pigsy, Sandy, Dragon Horse, and their Buddhist monk master Tripitaka as they fight monsters, demons, and each other on their hilarious and holy journey to India.</p><p>This adaptation of Wu Cheng-en’s 16th century novel, <em>His-yu Chi or The Journey to the West</em>, is a fun-filled, action-packed tale of adventure for the whole family. Australian playwright Bryan Nason adapted the original Chinese tale, which is based on the real-life journey of Buddhist monk Xuanzang to India.</p><p><em>MONKEY: His Magic Journey to the West</em> will be held March 9, 10, and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 12 at 2:00 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium. Tickets are $12 general admission; $10 for seniors and students under 18 years old, and $8 for CWU students with ID. Advance purchase is recommended. Tickets can 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. Parking is free in all university lots after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residential housing lots and in specially designated spaces.</p><p>The original story is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature and remains a much beloved story in many Asian countries. By focusing on the international appeal of this ancient tale, this production opens it to broader interpretations of character, costume, and staging.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>March 8, 2017</p>CWU Extends “The Things We Carry” Exhibit to June 11, 06 Mar 2017 08:08:52<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 600px; height: 400px;" alt="Picture of Barbara Hammersberg holding a dress and passport" src="/arts/sites/"></p><p>A toddler’s brown and white polka-dotted dress adorned with a white ruffle collar and bow hangs next to an infant’s travel certificate in the Central Washington University Museum of Culture and Environment exhibit.</p><p>The passport photo is of Barbara Hammersberg; the dress belongs to her adoptive sister. Both are now adults who hold their possessions near to their hearts. The items are in many respect the only memories they have from Korea before being brought to their adoptive home in America.</p><p>Their stories are just two of many being told through family artifacts and meaningful keepsakes, all of which are on display in the “The Things We Carry” exhibit.</p><p>The exhibition which opened in January will extend its show through June 11. The additional months will allow for more Kittitas County residents to contribute their family keepsakes to the exhibit. The museum also hopes to attract more visitors to come learn of other family’s moving stories.</p><p>What’s your moving story? We want to share it!</p><p>Submissions should include:</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">1. A photograph of the object you would like us to consider</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">2. Your family migration or movement story, explaining the object’s significance,&nbsp; in 250 words or less</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">3. (Optional) A three-inch self-portrait.</p><p>Submit entry electronically, by emailing <a href=""></a>. Alternatively, mail or deliver a printed version to the museum’s physical address: Dean Hall rm. 122, 1200 Wildcat Way, Ellensburg between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Entries must be received by March 19. Physical objects cannot be accepted at this time.</p><p>If the museum chooses to borrow and display the object, it will be on display for a three-month period.</p><p>The Things We Carry takes an intimate look into the movement and migration of local families through their family’s mementos. Whether moving to another country, across the state, or a relatively short distance these moving stories are often associated with memorabilia—an item kept as a treasured memory.</p><p>This exhibit helps support the university’s year-long Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogues about migration and immigration. It’s also part of <a href="">CWU’s 2017 Big Read </a>program—encouraging the community to read and discuss Tim O’Brien’s novel, <em>The Things They Carried</em>.</p><p>The Museum of Culture and Environment is located on the first floor of Dean Hall. Admission is always free and regular visitation hours, during the academic term, are Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum will be closed for spring break from March 12-28. Parking on the CWU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.</p><p>For more information, contact <a href=""></a> or go to <a href=""></a>.</p><p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 150px; height: 75px; float: left;" alt="Big Read Logo" src="/arts/sites/"><em>Big Read Logo“NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.”</em></p><p><em>“El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.”</em></p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p><p>--March 3, 2017</p></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></a href=""></a href=""> Music and Words Confront War, March 1, 27 Feb 2017 10:23:53<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 300px; height: 169px; float: right;" alt="Man in front of a tank" src="/arts/sites/">War and its impact on the human experience is the focus of “Music &amp; Words Confront War,” a multifaceted event that will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in the CWU McIntyre Recital Hall.Man in front of a tank</p><p>Music and Words is one in a series of Big Read events, centered around Tim O’Brien’s novel <em>The Things They Carried</em>. The multimedia event comprised of live music, dance, spoken word, and visuals will accompany an audio-visual show that deals with the experience of people in war—either as soldiers or civilian victims.</p><p>“It gives me chills,” said Gerard Hogan, CWU professor of library services and the Big Read organizer.</p><p>Hogan explained that the show is a very interesting mix of moving material.</p><p>The musical composition, “<a href="">I Was Like Wow</a>,” by Jacob TV and an audio-visual accompaniment will be the focal point of the evening. CWU professor of trombone John Neurohr will play the score as multi-media images of words and quotes from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are projected behind him.</p><p>“It was a way to tie in the Vietnam experience along with more recent American military events,” said Hogan.</p><p>Excerpts from <em>The Things They Carried </em>will be read and dramatized. A moving dance will also be performed as a tribute to a piece in O’Brien’s book, where a traumatized Vietnamese girl dances in her village that had just been destroyed.</p><p>Performances will feature CWU faculty and students from various departments including theatre arts, music, dance, and English.</p><p>This event is part of the <a href="">2017 Big Read</a>. Event sponsors include Brooks Library, CWU English department, Theatre Arts department, Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series, the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, and the CWU Veterans Center.</p><p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 150px; height: 75px; float: left;" alt="Big Read logo" src="/arts/sites/">“NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest."Big Read logo</p><p>“El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.”</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href=""></a>.<br>--February 26, 201</p><p>&nbsp;</p></a href=""></br>“Firefighter’s Creed” Chosen for National Music Publishing Release, 22 Feb 2017 08:16:29<p>&nbsp;The evocative, haunting strains of "Firefighter's Creed" will soon be available to vocalists all over the world. Central Washington University composer Vijay Singh's moving tribute to fallen firefighters was selected for publication by Santa Barbara Music Publishers, Inc.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" frameborder="0" height="390" src="//" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="480"></iframe></p><p>Barbara Harlow, president of SBMP, recently requested submissions for works for men's choir and received more than three dozen submissions. "Firefighter's Creed" was the first work selected.</p><p>“Living as I do in the hills above Santa Barbara, fires are no stranger here. The first house our family lived in burned to the ground after we had moved across town,” Harlow said.</p><p>Singh wrote "Firefighter's Creed" in honor of firefighters Tom Zbyszewki, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler, who were killed near Twisp, Washington in August 2015.</p><p>While the piece is emotionally moving to hear, the members of the Men’s Choir found it equally moving to perform. Many had members of their family or friends who were firefighters, and had been exposed to the devastation of wildfire in the region.</p><p>“I have written pieces on many subjects, but the idea that resonated most was the ongoing battle our firefighters fight every summer,” Singh said.</p><p>The 2015 wild fire season was the worst in Washington State history. More than one million acres were burned, and more than 3,000 firefighters were deployed. The Okanogan Fire Complex (which included Twisp) was the largest fire complex ever recorded in the state.</p><p><strong>Vijay Singh, CWU Choral Director and Professor of Voice</strong><br>An internationally renowned composer, Singh is an active performer, composer, teacher, conductor, and clinician. He has garnered international attention for his eclectic musical compositions, performances, workshops, and conducting appearances.</p><p>His compositions—more than 170 are currently in print—are widely available from a number of publishers and he often writes on commission for some of North America’s finest ensembles. His “MASS with Orchestra” received its world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2011.</p><p><strong>Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc.</strong><br>In 1990, retired choral director Barbara Harlow started Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Inc. As a conductor, she had an in-depth knowledge of and passion for choral music that allowed her to develop one of the most successful music publishing companies in the country. In 2016, there were 1,226 active pieces in the SBMP catalog. Thirty-six outstanding choral directors are Series Editors, and 389 composers from 16 countries are represented in the catalog. The company has continued its vision of nurturing the choral art with the publication of five videos and six books, all aimed at making the choral director's job more productive.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>February 22, 2017</p></br></br></br></br>