CWUArts NewsArts News Theory: Kairos Quartet Lyceum Begins July 10, 08 Jul 2014 07:40:41<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 480px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Once again, the Central Washington University campus will be filled with the sounds of 101 strings—and more—as music students from all over the Pacific Northwest attend the annual Kairos Lyceum. The Lyceum is a ten-day, residential, chamber music institute for dedicated high school and college-aged string players and pianists. The Lyceum begins on July 10.</p><p>Hosted by the Kairos String Quartet—renowned for their exciting performances and commitment to education—the Lyceum has provided an intimate and inspirational chamber music experience to students from the Pacific Northwest and beyond for a decade. The Kairos Quartet and visiting guest artists will mentor five chamber ensembles with students from Washington, Oregon, Montana and California as they engage with challenging and rewarding masterworks of the string quartet repertoire.</p><p><strong>Free Concerts July 12, 16, 18, 19</strong><br>Kairos Lyceum faculty and students will present four free concerts in conjunction with Lyceum. The Lodge at Suncadia will host two concerts at 7:00 p.m. on July 12 and 18. The July 12 program will feature selected “greatest hits” movements from the chamber music repertoire including works by Mendelssohn, Brahms and Prokofiev, performed by the Kairos Quartet with guest pianist and Lyceum faculty member, Peter Longworth of the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. The July 18 concert will feature the Kairos Lyceum Chamber Orchestra, directed by Nikolas Caoile, performing Barber's haunting “Adagio for Strings” and selections by Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky. The concert will close with a performance of Robert Schumann's monumental Quartet for Piano and Strings.</p><p>The Lyceum student chamber ensembles will present concerts at noon on July 16 at the Hal Holmes Center, and at 2:00 p.m. on July 19, at the CWU Recital Hall. The young artists, under the mentorship of the Kairos Quartet, will interpret and perform works by Schubert, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Brahms and Boccherini.</p><p><strong>About the Kairos Quartet</strong></p><p><strong><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 488px; height: 320px;"></strong><br>Comprised of violinists Carrie Rehkopf and Denise Dillenbeck, violist Tim Betts, and cellist John Michel, the Kairos String Quartet is recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. The quartet holds an endowed residency at Central Washington University where all four members also teach. The ensemble maintains a busy schedule, regularly touring and performing throughout the region and making national/international appearances. The quartet is well known for its commitment to education and community service, conducting clinics and making dozens of appearances at schools, youth symphonies, community centers, retirement communities, and institutions of higher education each year. “Kairos” is the Greek word for non-chronological time: those special moments experienced by children at play, reunited friends, or artists absorbed in their work. The Quartet hopes to create many such moments.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>SOURCE Showcases CWU Scholarship and Creative Expression, 14 May 2014 07:45:54<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 251px; height: 320px; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"></p><p>The Symposium On University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) celebrates its 19th year dedicated to student scholarship at Central Washington University. On the Ellensburg campus, SOURCE will be held from 8:10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on May 15 in the Student Union Recreation Center. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>The symposium provides students, faculty and staff from all departments and units with a platform to present their individual or collaborative scholarly work, while providing a forum for sharing and celebrating that scholarship with the university and broader community.</p><p>“SOURCE just gets better every year,” said organizer Kara Gabriel, CWU professor, psychology. “The students keep raising the bar on the quality of their presentations.”</p><p>SOURCE 2014 celebrates 361 presentations with 604 listed authors and co-authors. All presentations are mentored by faculty or staff at CWU. This year, mentors are also from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Yakima Valley Community College, and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences as well as Ellensburg High School, Selah Junior High School, Walter Strom Middle School, Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland, and Chief Kanim Middle School in Fall City."</p><p>This year’s symposium features many distinct types of presentations, including 138 oral presentations, 3 panel presentations, 22 creative expression performances or presentations, 143 poster presentations with 9 more at satellite campuses, 27 constructed objects, and 13 creative works, including a fashion show with eight designs. Information about the presentations may be found in the SOURCE handbook, online at</p><p>Students from CWU’s Puget Sound area centers are also participating. SOURCE-Des Moines will be held on Tuesday, May 13, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Higher Education Center, Bldg 29. SOURCE-Lynnwood will be held on Wednesday, May 14, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Snoqualmie Hall.</p><p>For more information about SOURCE, go to</p><p>Student Travis Rossignol designed the cover art for SOURCE 2014.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Altman, Harper, Stoddard Honored as CWU’s 2014 Distinguished Professors, 12 May 2014 10:58:42<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 291px;"></p><p>The designation of Distinguished Professor is the highest award attainable at Central Washington University and represents the highest level of performance. Each year, nominations are sought in four categories—teaching, service, and research/creative expression for tenured professors, and a non-tenure track distinguished faculty award for teaching.</p><p>This year’s honors go to Matthew Altman, philosophy and religious studies, for research; Lila Harper, English, for non-tenure-track teaching; and Shari Stoddard, art, teaching. The award for service was not granted this year.</p><p>Altman has a passionate commitment to both teaching and research. Of the relation between the two, he says, “I entered this profession because I wanted to teach philosophy, so my research is never divorced from the work I am doing with students both in and out of the classroom.” He works primarily in applied ethics, Kant and nineteenth-century philosophy, and normative ethics, but he also teaches and publishes on social and political philosophy, the philosophy of law, and the philosophy of art. Despite his many duties as department chair (and recently as director of the Douglas Honors College), Altman is a prolific writer, and has published four books in the past six years, in addition to numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, and encyclopedia entries.</p><p>An expert in 19th-century British literature, Harper has broad interests within the field, contributing nine articles and book chapters on the relationships between natural history, mathematics, and science fiction, and publishing two books. As a teacher of writing, she has written instructional manuals for Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. She not only teaches first-year composition and Introduction to Literature, she also has taught classes on writing in the computer sciences for the computer science department. In addition, she taught classes for the Douglas Honors Colleges, from Ecological Imperialism and Women’s Travel Writing to Senior Thesis. Described as “exceptional” by students, Harper has been at CWU since 1989. In addition to being the graduate school’s thesis editor since 2002, she is also a past faculty advisor for the University Writing Center.</p><p>Stoddard, who joined the CWU art faculty in 2002, has taught art education at Indiana University, the University of South Carolina, and Ball State University. Stoddard's resume contains an extensive list of papers presented at international, national, regional, and local conferences on topics such as including aesthetics and art criticism in elementary school curricula, cooperative learning strategies, and reflective thinking. She is recognized as both an educator and as an artist. After fourteen years as Director of the Visual Art Teaching Program, Stoddard will retire at the end of this academic year.</p><p>There will be a recognition ceremony and reception to honor these and outstanding members of the CWU academic community at 5:00 p.m. on May 19 in the SURC Ballroom. Distinguished professors will also be recognized at the Honors Convocation on June 13.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU’s Grand Production of Les Misérables Premiers May 9, 06 May 2014 13:53:00<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 256px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Epic and inspiring, Les Misérables has thrilled audiences all over the world. One of the most popular musical productions in the world, Les Misérables will be performed by Central Washington University’s Central Theatre Ensemble, accompanied by the CWU Orchestra, beginning May 9.</p><p>The classic story of human frailty and triumph, set against the background of the political upheaval of 19th century France will be brought to life by CWU’s David Brown, musical director and conductor; Terri Brown, stage director, and Anneliese Childress, choreographer. A 40-plus-member cast and crew features Ellensburg brothers Ben Sasnett as Jean Valjean and Joseph Sasnett as Javert, and includes an irresistible cadre of child actors from local elementary schools.</p><p>“This is one of our most ambitious productions,” said Scott Robinson, theatre arts chair and professor. “Our students have really pushed their personal and professional boundaries to create an exceptional work of theatre.”</p><p>A short video of a Les Miserables rehearsal can be viewed at</p><p>The show will also feature a 140-pound Vietnamese potbelly pig. Princess Buttercup is a Vietnamese potbellied pig who is the Sasnett family pet. Although there isn’t a real pig in the original story, Princess Buttercup will be used to underscore the unseemly traits of one of the characters.</p><p>Tickets are $15-$20 for general admission, $12-$18 for seniors and students without ID, and $7 for CWU and EHS students with ID. Special dinner and show packages are also available through production partner Dakota Café.&nbsp; Tickets are available at, the CWU Welcome Center or at the Wildcat Shop. The musical will run May 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m., and May 11 and 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the McConnell Auditorium.</p><p>Les Miserable is made possible by a generous contribution from Knudson Lumber of Ellensburg, Washington and support from</p><p>The group photo of Les Miserables cast is courtesy of Scott Robinson.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>CWU Graphic Arts Student's Design Chosen for Jazz in the Valley Poster, 30 Apr 2014 10:12:28<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 448px; height: 320px;"></p><p>For the second time in two years, a Central Washington University student’s design has been chosen for the iconic Jazz in the Valley (JIV) poster. Sharlyn Gonzalez Santiago, a senior graphic design major from Bremerton, created the winning artwork for the annual design competition held earlier this year.</p><p>“In my poster, I have the instruments that make the sounds of jazz,” said Santiago. “Each has a bright color to represent the unique sounds and colors of summer. They overlap one another to show the unity of the sounds of jazz. Little details of each instrument is repeated with simple organic lines to represent the good vibrations one experiences from this event.”</p><p>As public relations officer for the Filipino American Student Association, she has designed logos, t-shirts, and event posters. She also works as the graphic designer for CWU’s Center for Diversity and Social Justice. Last summer, she interned with Kaduku Clothing, a Seattle business. Her online portfolio can be viewed at</p><p>CWU graphic arts professor Chris Hinrichs has made entering the JIV poster contest a class project. Last year’s poster was created by student Jordan Watts.</p><p>“In Illustration class, I always base my assignments on real-world parameters,” said Hinrichs. “Thus to be able to use an actual real-world project for an assignment is a great opportunity. This poster competition offers the winner professional exposure, a resume-worthy accomplishment, and cash—things all art students can benefit from. As this competition is open to professional artists and designers, I am very pleased that two of my students have won.”</p><p>Jazz in the Valley is a three-day international music festival located in historic downtown Ellensburg. It is a 17-year tradition that attracts celebrated jazz and blues musicians from all over the world. For more information about this year’s event, go to</p><p>Poster image courtesy of Jazz in the Valley<br>Portrait of Sharlyn Gonzalez Santiago courtesy of CWU</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p>Bella Notte Promises an Evening of Italian Delights, 30 Apr 2014 08:12:11<p>Prepare for an evening of gustatory and auditory delights at Bella Notte, featuring an Italian dinner theatre and silent auction. The event, sponsored by Central Washington University’s student chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) will begin at 7:00 p.m. on May 3 at Gallery One, 408 Pearl St. in Ellensburg. There will be a fabulous Italian feast catered by Wineworks, as well as a brilliant program of Italian song, performed by CWU student vocalists. Tickets are $30, and may be purchased online at</p><p>The many musical selections include Puccini’s “Quando men vo” from La Boheme, sung by Brittany Stahley; Mozart’s “Come scoglio” from Cosi fan Tutte, sung by Alix Deenin; and Rossini’s “Ai capricci della sorte,” from L’Italiana in Algeri, performed by Christian Reed and Marija Bosnar.</p><p>The proceeds of the event will help CWU vocal students pay for competition/travel fees for the annual NATS auditions. This year, the club will also donate funds to the CWU Opera Ensemble for their spring production.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>Rare Performance of Handel’s Complete Messiah Oratorio to Be Held April 27, 22 Apr 2014 10:15:55<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 281px;"></p><p>Central Washington University’s renowned Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra will combine to present Handel’s <em>Messiah</em>, one of the best-known and best-beloved works in the history of music.</p><p>The concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. on April 27, in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall. Tickets are available online at General admission tickets are $15 and $8 for seniors, children* and CWU students with ID.</p><p>The nearly three-hour oratorio will be presented in its entirety with all solos performed by singers in the CWU Chamber Choir. Gary Weidenaar, director of Choral Studies, will conduct and Nikolas Caoile, director of Orchestral Activities, will play harpsichord.</p><p>“This a huge and somewhat unique undertaking,” said Weidenaar. “Of the thousands of Messiah concerts every year, not many undertake the complete oratorio. And even fewer have all the soloists emerging from the performing ensemble.”</p><p>First performed in April of 1742, the <em>Messiah</em> was conducted by Handel more than 15 times before he passed away in 1759.&nbsp; The oratorio has since been performed countless times around the world. The “Hallelujah” chorus alone has been recorded more times than almost any other classical piece, and lately its enduring popularity is inspiring flash mobs around the world.</p><p>*This concert is not recommended for small children.</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p>CWU Student Writers Sought to Elucidate on Einstein, 04 Apr 2014 13:08:55<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 466px; height: 228px; float: left; margin: 5px 3px;">Undergraduate students at Central Washington University are now polishing their prose for submission into the <a href="">Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) essay contest</a>.&nbsp; The deadline for entries is Friday, April 11.</p><p>Contestants are writing up to 500-word essays around Albert Einstein quote: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”</p><p>A campus committee will pre-screen entries and submit up to six essays for the statewide competition. As many as three could come from the university’s freshman and/or sophomore classes, and a similar total from the junior and/or senior levels</p><p>CWU students advancing to the state level will receive $500 tuition waivers for next year. The state prizes are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each of the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior categories.</p><p>CWU is among the 30 higher education institutions in Washington that comprise WaCLA, which serves as an advocate for liberal arts education.</p><p>“The liberal arts teach foundational skills and knowledge for all disciplines and all areas of the workplace,” said Marji Morgan, dean of the CWU College of Arts and Humanities, “and these student essays will help to highlight this important message.”</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,;</p><p>April 4,2014</p>CWU Art Professor Opens Two Exhibits in April, 02 Apr 2014 10:04:31<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 390px; height: 320px;"></p><p>Art Professor <a href="" target="_blank">Maya Chachava</a> is undertaking the unusual and arduous endeavor of presenting two exhibitions this month, <em>True Blue</em>, opening Thursday, April 3 in the <a href="" target="_blank">Sarah Spurgeon Gallery</a>, and <em>Travel Diaries</em> opening Friday, April 4 at <a href="">Gallery One Visual Arts Center</a>.<br><br>“The process of developing and mounting one exhibit is extremely hard work,” said Gregg Schlanger, CWU art chair and professor. “Presenting two in the same month is a remarkable achievement.”</p><p>In <em>True Blue</em>, Chachava’s mixed-media prints trace back real or imagined childhood memories through the manipulation of family photographs. She uses a multilayered process of digital imagery, printmaking, and drawing to create a dense, mark-making surface. <em>True Blue</em>, which will also feature painter Natalya Burd, will open with the artists’ lectures 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. The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery is located in Randall Hall on the CWU campus.</p><p>In <em>Travel Diaries</em>, a new body of work, her objective was to create mixed-media images using bits and pieces from various paintings and found materials and to challenge more familiar ways of compositional choices. She wanted to convey the feeling of discovering the exotic and mysterious world of Istanbul where East and West are so beautifully intertwined. <em>Travel Diaries</em> will be displayed from April 4 through April 26, and there will be an opening reception on April 4 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Gallery One is located at 408 Pearl Street in Ellensburg.</p><p>“My work is deeply rooted in the myths and legends of my native culture, childhood memories, lost and found connections in my new life,” writes Chachava. “I try to fully rely on the process and inherent properties of the chosen media. My major objective is to infuse the work with expressive quality and meaning, but still retain a sense of mystery.”</p><p>Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, (Soviet Union), Chachava completed her BFA in English Language and Literature at Tbilisi Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages. She earned a BFA in Fine Arts and Spanish at CWU in 1997 and received her MFA in painting from the University of Washington in 2000. She returned to CWU as a professor in 2005.</p><p>In addition to solo exhibitions at Linda Hodges Gallery In Seattle, Square Inch Gallery In New York, Utah Museum Of Fine Arts in SLC and Chardin Gallery in Tbilisi, her work has been featured in over 40 group shows including those at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Brad Cooper Gallery in Tampa, Liz Afif Gallery In Philadelphia, Steward Gallery in Boise and Springville Museum of Art in SLC.</p><p><strong>Graphic:</strong> Maya Chachava, “Childhood,” 30 in. x 40 in., mixed media print, 2014</p><p><br><strong>Media Contact:</strong> Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p>An Evening of Sensory Delights to Benefit CWU French and German Programs, 31 Mar 2014 13:40:30<p><img alt="" src="/arts/sites/" style="width: 201px; height: 320px;"></p><p>À&nbsp;votre santé! Prost! Practice your foreign language toasts at a unique wine and beer tasting on April 12 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gallery One Visual Arts Center. The event, which features libations from France, Germany, and Washington State, will fund scholarships for students in French and German studies at Central Washington University.</p><p>“We hope to raise at least $4,000 for scholarships,” said Marji Morgan, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Morgan, who is hosting the event with World Languages Professors Nathalie Kasselis, Michael Johnson, Laurie Moshier, and Natalie Lefkowitz, says the benefit will highlight some of the remarkable cultural offerings from France and Germany.</p><p>Guests will enjoy French and German delicacies prepared by Chef Oscar Guitron of the Yellow Church Café. The menu includes hearty appetizers such as German mini-pastrami sliders and French Brie en croute.</p><p>There will be a silent auction, in which bidders can vie for, among other things, a week for six in a Sun Valley, Idaho resort home and guest house, donated by Linda Duper and Steve Willard, generous supporters of CWU. In addition, French, German, and Theatre Arts students will provide musical entertainment.</p><p>“This promises to be a spectacular evening!” enthused Morgan. “You will be able to experience French wine, German beer—and help our students succeed at the same time.”</p><p>Tickets must be purchased in advance. The benefit is $35 per person and is tax-deductible. Tickets are available at Wildcat Tickets,, or by calling 509-963-1429. Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information, contact Barbara Hodges at 509-963-1400 or by e-mail,</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p>