CWUArts NewsArts News 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>CWU Explores the Immigrant Experience through Music, 21 Feb 2017 11:07:09<p>As part of a campus-wide dialogue on migration, the Central Washington University Department of Music will present “Immigrant Voices: A Musical Exploration of the Immigration Experience and Identity.”</p><p>“This is the first time we’ve done something like this in the music department,” said Gayla Blaisdell, associate professor of voice and opera. “We’ve come up with a program that is really diverse and that’s something I was really hoping for. It’s not going to be your typical classical music concert.”</p><p>The free, public concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. on February 24 in McIntyre Concert Hall; a reception will follow. 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>Blaisdell said the concert will include music of many genres, including some pop music which is a departure from the classical and jazz concerts normally offered. The music for the concert was chosen to support the overall theme of migration first and foremost.</p><p>For example, students will read a scene that focuses on migrant workers from the 1970s musical, <em>Working</em>. They will then perform "Un Mejor Dia Vendra," written by folk legend James Taylor, along with Mary Rodgers and Stephen Schwarz.</p><p>Approximately 50 students and more than a half-dozen faculty will be involved with the performance; some students will be directing while some will perform. Blaisdell herself will sing "To this we've come," an aria from <em>The Consul</em>, an opera that focuses on the experience of an Eastern European immigrant during the Cold War.&nbsp;</p><p>Before each performance, the students or faculty will give a brief history of each piece so the audience has an idea of what the composition is expressing. For example, nine students will perform the compelling "Por Si Acaso No Regreso," [Just in Case I Don't Return] a Cuban song by Celia Cruz. Blaisdell and her graduate student, Tatiana Kruse, discovered the ballad while researching the music of immigration.</p><p>Blaisdell said along with her opera aria performance the concert will also include an opera chorus, chamber choir, and instrumental music.</p><p>“I like the fact the concert is diverse with musical styles and lots of different students performing in it,” she said.</p><p>This event is sponsored by the Department of Music, the Office of Continuing Education, and CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogue. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1216 or by emailing</p><p>For more information, contact the Music Department a 509-963-1216.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>February 21, 2017</p></br></br>CWU Professor, Award-Winning Poet to Read Tuesday, 19 Feb 2017 20:41:11<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 128px; height: 200px; float: right;" alt="Maya Jewell Zeller" src="/arts/sites/">Poet and assistant professor Maya Jewell Zeller will share her works Tuesday, February 21, as part of the annual Central Washington University Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series.</p><p>There will be two opportunities to hear from Zeller on Tuesday. At 7:30 p.m., she will read from her work in the Student Union Ballroom. She will also be giving a craft talk titled “Outtakes from the Making: the Story Behind the Image” in Black Hall room 151 at noon the same day.</p><p>Both events are free and open to the public. Her books will be available for sale courtesy of the CWU Wildcat Shop following the 7:30 p.m. event.</p><p>Zeller's reading will include pieces from her childhood in the rural northwest, as well as selections from <em>Yesterday, the Bees</em>, a collection offering "perspectives on motherhood.” She will also read more recent works.</p><p>“[My poems] open up new ways of experiencing language via music, image, and narrative,” Zeller said.</p><p>In addition to authoring two poetry collections, <em>Rust Fish </em>and <em>Yesterday, the Bees</em>, Zeller is a recent addition to the Central Washington University faculty, where she teaches poetry and poetics. Her work has won awards from <em>Sycamore Review</em>, <em>New South</em>, <em>New Ohio Review</em>, <em>Dogwood</em>, <em>Florida Review</em>, and <em>Crab Orchard Review</em>. She has also been nominated for several <em>Pushcart</em> Prizes.</p><p>Zeller’s work has appeared in <em>Bellingham Review</em>, <em>West Branch</em>, <em>Pleiades</em>, and <em>New Ohio Review</em>. She served as the fiction editor for <em>Crab Creek Review </em>and poetry editor for <em>Scablands Books</em>. She is the recipient of a residence from the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and in 2016 earned the Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.</p><p>This event is sponsored by CWU College of Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Karen Gookin, and the Wildcat Shop.</p><p>For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit or contact Lisa Norris at 509-963-1745 or <a href=""></a>.</p><p>Media contact:&nbsp; Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, <a href=""></a>, 509-963-1484.</p></a href=""></a href="">CWU Students Selected for Prestigious KCACTF Presentations, 16 Feb 2017 07:49:03<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 188px; height: 268px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;">Sixty-eight Central Washington University Theatre Arts students will participate in the 2017 Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), February 20-24 in Denver. Five CWU theatre faculty accompanying the students will also present scholarships and lend their skills in organizing the annual festival.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“This may be the largest group of students from one school attending the festival,” exclaimed Patrick Dizney, CWU professor of performance. Dizney is also the current chair of Region 7, which includes Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, northern California, northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“This year, on top of the regular participation, we received an invitation to present in the Night of Scenes,” enthused Scott Robinson, chair of Theatre Arts and two-time recipient of the coveted KCACTF Gold Medallion Award. “The scene is from CWU's 2016 production of <em>Mary Poppins</em>, “The Banker Scene,” which will feature more than 30 students in a stunning and imaginative tap number. Jadd Davis, artistic director from the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, recognized the exceptional interpretation of the scene and nominated for it inclusion last May.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>KCACTF allows members from other institutions, called outside guest responders, to nominate outstanding performances for inclusion in the festival.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>“It is rare to have the opportunity to showcase our musical theatre productions as they simply are too large to travel efficiently,” Robinson continued. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to demonstrate the strength of our distinctive BFA program as well as individual students.”</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Actors, designers, theatre technicians and stage managers will compete for scholarships, summer employment, graduate programs and unique training opportunities through auditions, interviews and competitions.&nbsp; Student Chelsey Sheppard will lead workshops in Stage Combat and Stage Dance.&nbsp; Student director Allison Price is bringing her production of <em>Gruesome Playground Injuries</em> to be performed at festival as a “renegade production.” The production was initially mounted at CWU in November 2016.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Dizney will perform in a scripted reading of a new play commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at festival.&nbsp; CWU Lecturer Casey Craig will be leading workshops Stage Dance.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>CWU also registered the production of <em>She Kills Monsters </em>for inclusion in the festival. Although It was not selected to travel this year, it was named first alternate, if one of the other selections cannot be performed.<br><br>CWU usually takes 50 students to the festival, who participate and vie for scholarships in a variety of disciplines, including performance, research, directing and design and production.&nbsp; Each year winners from these areas move forward to a national festival.&nbsp; CWU has sent students to the national festival at least 12 times in the past 15 years.<br><br>The Region 7 festival includes performances by top performers and participating productions selected by a highly competitive and rigorous process.<br><br>Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing, and design. For more information about KCACTF-7 go to</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>February 16, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Theatre Students Shine in CWU's Short Works Festival, 13 Feb 2017 13:34:43<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 174px; height: 130px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: right;">Reviving a Central Theatre Ensemble tradition from years past, the Student Works Festival offers a venue for emerging student directors, designers, and actors to share their work and passion with the public. Sometimes irreverent, often amusing, and always entertaining, this bill of short plays reflects the interests, concerns and aesthetics of current students and their emerging views of the world. Central Washington University's Short Works Festival showcases a range of content which may not be appropriate for all audiences; parental guidance is recommended.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Short Works Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m., February 16 and 17, and at 4:00 p.m. on February 18 in the Milo Smith Tower Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission 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. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The following short plays and scenes are produced and directed by senior theatre arts students:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Egghead </em>by Bo Burnham<br>Poetry readings and performances co-directed by:<br>Jeryn Sonnabend<br>Chelsey Sheppard<br><br><em>Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep</em> by Riley Newman<br>Directed by Riley Newman<br>Music composed and performed by Jeff Rowden<br><br>"Can’t Handle This" [song] recorded by Bo Burnham from Make Happy<br>Directed and performed by Jeryn Sonnabend<br><br><em>Mature Young Adults</em> by Wesley J. Colford<br>Directed by Allison Price<br><br>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><em>CWU is the only state institution that offers a bachelor of fine arts degree with highly competitive programs in musical theatre, performance, and design and production.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>February 13, 2017</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>Norman Lundin: Selected Works, 1970-2017, Opens Feb 16, 09 Feb 2017 10:28:37<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 419px;"></p><h5><em>Norman Lundin, Flood, Desert City, 2016, oil on canvas, 48 in. x 51 in.</em></h5><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash. </strong>— The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a solo exhibition by Norman Lundin, a Seattle painter and professor emeritus from the University of Washington. The opening events will take place on Thursday, February 16, beginning with an artist talk at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The exhibit features realistic paintings and works on paper created by Lundin between 1970 and the present. Throughout his career he has depicted a number of subjects including still lifes of ordinary objects, expansive landscapes, and the female figure. Lundin’s interiors and landscapes are painted in subdued tones, with an emphasis on space, light, and atmosphere. In Flood, Desert City from 2016 the melancholy landscape is empty of human presence, the gray interrupted only by the subtle play of light in the sky and across the surface of the water.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Lundin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1961, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1963. In 1964 he became a professor of painting and drawing at the University of Washington School of Art, where he taught for four decades. Lundin’s paintings have been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Seattle Art Museum, among others. He is currently a Co-Director of the Prographica/KDR gallery in Seattle.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Norman Lundin: Selected Works, 1970—2017 will remain on display through March 12. 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. The gallery will be closed February 20 for Presidents’ Day. Admission is free.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Please visit our website at:<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665,</p>Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series: Zach VandeZande - Jan 24, 12 Jan 2017 14:13:31<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 188px;"></p><p>The annual CWU Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series returns this month with a presentation by novelist and English professor Zach VandeZande.</p><p>There will be two opportunities to hear VandeZande on Tuesday, January 24. At 7:30 p.m., he will read from his work in the Student Union Ballroom. He will also be giving a craft talk titled “Under the Pulled Rug: On Productively Violating the Reader-Author Contract” in Black Hall room 151 at noon the same day.</p><p>Both events are free and open to the public. His books will be available for sale courtesy of the CWU Wildcat Shop following the 7:30 p.m. event.</p><p>VandeZande is known for his novel Apathy and Paying Rent, as well as his forthcoming story collection Lesser American Boys. His fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Gettysburg Review, Yemassee, Word Riot, Portland Review, Cutbank, Sundog Literature, Passages North, Beloit, Slice Magazine, Atlas Review, The Adroit Journal, and others.</p><p>VandeZande is a recent addition to CWU where he teaches in the English department.</p><p>This event is sponsored by CWU College of Arts and Humanities, department of English, Karen Gookin, and the Wildcat Shop.</p><p>Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1745 or emailing</p><p>For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit the Lion Rock event web page or contact Lisa Norris at 509-963-1745 or</p><p>Contact:&nbsp; Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p>Art Club Raises Awareness for Human Trafficking Via Red Sand Project, 12 Jan 2017 11:56:32<p><br><a href="/arts/sites/" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 101px;"></a></p><p>A Human Trafficking Info Graphic steady stream of red sand will begin to appear in sidewalk cracks across the Central Washington University campus starting at noon on January 13, outside the west SURC entrance.</p><p>Through a methodical campaign called the Red Sand Project, CWU Student Art Club hopes to raise awareness of human trafficking. “Hundreds of thousands of people are trafficked every day,” said student art club vice president Hailey McGraw. “People tend to think they’re adults and teenagers, but it’s children too.”</p><div><p>Each week more sand-filled cracks will continue to spread throughout campus, while posters that were designed by McGraw are strategically placed. As time progresses and the environmentally-safe sand begins to spread throughout campus, the poster messaging will become more and more impactful.</p><p>The project will continue through spring quarter, culminating in a panel discussion about trafficking.</p><p>Bringing the project to CWU was the idea of Ellen Avitts, associate professor of art history and the art club advisor. Avitts became aware of the issue when, through a journal assignment, she discovered that one of her students was a survivor of human trafficking.</p><p>“I was really blown away at that and realized, man, am I living in a bubble,” said Avitts.</p><div><p>This new reality stuck with Avitts and moved her to research the topic, but she didn’t know what she could do. That was until this past fall, when she met with the art club to discuss their goals for the year. After sharing the Red Sand Project</p><p>&nbsp;idea, the club unanimously agreed.</p><p>“Rather than just making it (art), it was making art with a purpose,” said McGraw.</p><p>McGraw has seen the club membership grow significantly since they decided to take on this project and credits the increase to people’s desire to make a difference.</p><p>Students from other clubs are invited to join the art club in spreading sand throughout campus. All students are encouraged to join the project by helping in the campaign or researching the topic on their own. To join the project, contact art club advisor Ellen Avitts at</p><div><p>The original Red Sand Project was created by experimental artist and activist Molly Gochman in Houston, Texas in 2014 and has spread nationwide.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484,</p></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></br>Nathan DiPietro Exhibition Opens January 12, 09 Jan 2017 16:29:46<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 300px; height: 301px;"></p><p><em>Nathan DiPietro, Chilean Memorial Edit, 2015, egg tempera on panel, 22 in. x 22 in.</em></p><p><strong>ELLENSBURG, Wash. </strong>— The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host a solo exhibition of recent paintings and a new virtual reality artwork by Nathan DiPietro. DiPietro is a Seattle-based artist and CWU alumni, who received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the Department of Art in 2003.</p><p>The opening events will take place on Thursday, January 12, beginning with a lecture by DiPietro at 4:00 p.m. in Randall Hall, room 117. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.</p><p>DiPietro creates detailed landscape paintings using traditional egg tempera methods. His work combines pristine nature with references to commercial development and land management, revealing the tensions that exist between natural and man-made environments. The exhibit will also debut an interactive work titled Primary Clear Light that uses biofeedback to encourage stillness in the viewer. Visitors are invited to wear a virtual reality headset and immerse themselves in an imaginary landscape.</p><p>Nathan DiPietro was a recipient of a 2016 Neddy Artist Award, one the largest monetary awards given to artists in the State of Washington. He has also received a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, an Art 4Culture special project grant, and an Artist Trust Gap grant. In 2015 he was selected for a Morris Graves Foundation residency in Loleta, California. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, the Seattle Times, Art LTD, and The Stranger. DiPietro is represented by the Woodside/Braseth Gallery in Seattle.</p><p>The Space Between Two Points will remain on display through February 5. 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. The gallery will be closed on Monday, January 16, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Admission is free. Please visit our website at: <a href=""></a></p><p>Media Contact: Heather Horn Johnson, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, 509-963-2665, <a href=""></a></p></a href="">