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March 2012

Stone Soup, an exhibition with a charitable twist

Stone Soup

Wednesday, March 14, the University Gallery opens “Stone Soup,” which will feature ceramic bowls with a charitable twist.  The practical, artistic creations will be available later this fall for purchase in SOAC’s fourth annual “Empty Bowls” event. 

“Empty Bowls” is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger with a simple premise: potters, educators and other craftspeople, work with the community to create handcrafted bowls and guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread in exchange for a cash donation. Guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

The title of the show, “Stone Soup,” comes from an old story Assistant Professor Spencer Ebbinga reads to his children. In the story, hungry travelers persuade townspeople to give them food. It is usually told to teach cooperation amid scarcity. 

“I think the story is genius in that we are reminded that our own lives are made richer when we share our gifts, talents, and possessions with others in need,” Ebbinga says. 

Anybody can hold an Empty Bowls event, and any group that deals with feeding the hungry can be the recipient of the donation. PLU has donated to local food banks, which have included Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland and Fish Food Banks of Pierce County. Now in its fourth year, the project has donated close to $2,500, and looks forward to continuing for years to come. 

“The Empty Bowls Project embodies this notion of charity that I think we all share. It makes the work of philanthropy practical, and teaches us what it means to use our vocations, even in the arts, to lead ‘lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care - for other people, for their communities, and for the earth,’" Ebbinga says as he quotes PLU’s mission statement.

The idea to hold this event came to Ebbinga three years ago. 

“I had several students who were involved with PLU's Community Garden across the street from ceramics. I began bringing my kids over to help out, and we were curious what was being done with the harvest,” Ebbinga says. “It seemed like a natural fit, we had the vegetables, we had the ceramic bowls, we had a kitchen with the ability to prepare food on a large scale, and we had a large local population of hungry individuals.”

How it works: Students in ceramics make soup bowls and donate them to the project. Students in the garden plant, grow, and harvest the vegetables. The kitchen in the UC takes the produce, spices it up a bit, and provides the soup. The bowls that students make are then offered to the general public for $10. With the purchase of the bowl you get soup! 

This year the “Stone Soup” exhibition coincides with the 46th annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference to be held in Seattle on March 28th - 31st. In addition, while not an event in the SOAC Focus Series, it coincides with our current SOAC theme of compassion.

Visit the University Gallery March 14 – April 11 to preview the bowls that will be on sale in the fall. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday 8am – 4pm.  Join us for the gallery opening Wednesday, March 14, 5pm-7pm.

Photo: Pottery by Andrew Deem

Rabbit Hole

Join the School of Arts and Communication and the Department of Communication and Theatre, Friday, March 9, for a night of Theatre and thoughtful discussion during the SOAC Focus Series Compassion Event. 

5:30 pm – Ingram 100

Assistant Professor of Theatre Brian Desmond and several PLU Theatre alumni host a panel discussion on compassion and theatre. Theatre alumni on the panel include Kristina Corbitt ’10 (Jet City Improv Company Member), Kirsten Helland ’10 (Oklahoma! at The 5th Avenue Theatre), and Justin Huertas ’09 (Spring Awakening at Balagan Theatre and on a National Tour).  

6:30 pm – Ingram Lobby

Join us in Ingram lobby for a short break before the opening night of Rabbit Hole. Mingle with Theatre alumni and nibble on complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  

7:30 pm – The Studio Theater

Travel to Eastvold’s Studio Theater for the opening night of Rabbit Hole. Rabbit Hole, which won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is a story of loss, heartbreak, and forgiveness as a family attempts to move on after a life-shattering accident. Tickets required.

Run dates
March 8*, 9**, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30pm; March 18 at 2pm

*Student Preview
**SOAC Focus Series Event

Communication professor brings Nobel Peace Prize nominee to campus

Bryn“World Peace”. We hope, pray and wish for it. Yet, what does a peaceful existence look like? Is it possible? If so, how can it be created? From March 6 to 9 the PLU community has the opportunity to meet Dr. Steinar Bryn, a peacemaker.

Dr. Bryn is the lead architect of the Nansen Dialogue Network (NDN). Through his leadership and dialogue facilitation, divided societies throughout former Yugoslavia have made progress towards reconciliation and reintegration. 

NDN and PLU’s relationship began in 2004 when Dr. Bryn co-taught with Dr. Amanda Feller and Dr. Edward Inch of the Department of Communication and Theatre. Since that time, Bryn and Feller have taught together at PLU and at the Nansenskolen in Lillehammer, Norway. 

Dr. Bryn and NDN have been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize (2009, 2011, 2012). The PLU community has an opportunity to meet him and discuss his work and explore what it means to build peace. 

One example of Dr. Bryn’s success is the establishment of integrated schools in Macedonia. Prior to the integrated schools, children would attend the same school only in shifts. Teachers, students and parents would never see each other and know of each other only as “the enemy”. Today, the integrated school has been so successful that the Macedonian Minister of Education has deemed it a model for Macedonian Education.

Dr. Bryn will visit several Communication-Conflict courses and Norwegian-Language courses and host open sessions for current and prospective majors.

On Thursday, March 8 Dr. Bryn will screen and discuss the award-winning film “Reunion” about dialogue work in Kosovo. This is a private screening, open to only the campus community. Ingram Hall 100 6-8pm.  

The open session for communication majors is Thursday, March 8 at 2pm in Ingram 109. 

For more information on NDN please visit:

Horn Symposium draws enthusiasts from across the region

GinaPLU and SOAC will host the 2012 Northwest Horn Symposium from March 30-April 1. The weekend, filled with master classes, guided warm-up sessions, presentations, and performances, will draw horn players from across the region.  Three performances are connected with the symposium, which will feature prominent regional artists and master horn players; all are open to the public. Featured artists include Douglas Hill, Bernhard Scully and Mark Robbins.  

The symposium is open to music and horn lovers of all levels of musicianship in the northwest region, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Western Canada and Washington.  Many participants are college and high school students from the Northwest as well as horn aficionados and vocational horn players who love playing and teaching. Many come to participate in the chance to share knowledge, perform and hear great performances.

“When I attended this symposium in 2003, as a student, the experience was tremendously valuable in that I interacted with people who were experts in their field and who were inspirational in their level of playing ability,” Gina Gillie, symposium organizer and PLU assistant professor says. “Last year, I attended the symposium as an educator, and it was a valuable experience for me to listen to other pedagogical methods, observe teaching styles in master classes, and to take a lesson with the President of the International Horn Society, Frank Lloyd, as well as a natural horn lesson with specialist, Andrew Clark.  My past experience has shown me that these types of events are valuable for all levels and all kinds of musicians.”

The Horn Symposium is an annual event that changes location every year based on who is able and willing to host it.  Members of the Northwest Horn Society have been undertaking these symposia for several years now with the goal of educating and promoting excellence in horn playing.  The last time it was held at PLU was in the 1990s.  

hornThe horn symposium is unique in that it provides a dense, three-day immersion into the world of teaching, learning, performing, listening and enjoyment of the world of horn.  It is an opportunity for local horn players to interact with world-class musicians like Douglas Hill, Bernhard Scully and Mark Robbins.  Master class opportunities are valuable learning experiences for students who might not otherwise get to interact with such masters.  Special presentations will be given on interesting and cutting-edge topics that will both inform and inspire teachers and students alike.  

One unique opportunity will be the presence of the iVasi system, which is an audio-visual presentation of an orchestral playing situation.  Hornists can play along with a recording of an orchestra while watching a conductor on the screen.  This is about as close as one can come to getting practice as an orchestral horn player without actually practicing with an orchestra.  

For more information on the Horn Symposium, please see the PLU’s Music website at

Symposium Performances

Friday, March 30, 7:30 PM
Lagerquist Concert Hall 
"Music of Douglas Hill"

Glorious Privilege of Being for horn quartet
Jazz Soliloquies for Solo Horn
A Place for Hawks for soprano, horn and string quintet
Song Suite in a Jazz Style for horn and piano
Americana Variations for brass quintet
Shared Reflections for horn choir Featured Artists:
Former students of Douglas Hill: Gina Gillie, Bernhard Scully, Jeffrey Snedeker and Lydia Van Dreel
Lyric Brass Quintet

Saturday, March 31, 1:30pm
Lagerquist Concert Hall 
Regional Artists 

Featured Artists
Lydia Van Dreel, Jeffrey Snedeker, Stacey Elaison, and Jennifer Scriggins Brummett

Saturday, March 31, 7:30 PM
Lagerquist Concert Hall
Bernhard Scully and Mark Robbins


Sonata for horn and piano by Robert Sanders
Elegy for horn and piano by Poulenc
Cello Suite No. 1 by Bach
To the Seasons for soprano, horn and piano by Gina Gillie
Six Melodies by Gounod
Canon in Octave by Francaix
Trances and Visions by Joseph Bertolozzi
Concertpiece by Saint-Saens Featured Artists:
Bernhard Scully, former horn player of the Canadian Brass and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Mark Robbins, Associate Principal Horn of the Seattle Symphony
Gina Gillie, Assistant Professor of Music at PLU

Concerts are $10 suggested donation

Full Calendar of SOACtivities



MUSIC- Choral Invitational @ 8am, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Male Chorus Invitational Symposium 9a-4:30pm, Concert at 3pm in Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Jason Gilliam, Euphonium @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Flute Students Present the Music of Ian Clarke @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE


MUSIC- Regency Jazz Ensemble @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


THEATRE- “Rabbit Hole” @ 7:30pm, Studio Theater


THEATRE – SOAC Focus - “Rabbit Hole” @ 7:30pm, Studio Theater



MUSIC- University Jazz Ensemble @ 8pm, Chris Knutzen Hall

MUSIC- Choral Union concert @ 8pm in Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Ann Marie Rigler, Guest Organist @ 3pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- University Wind Ensemble @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


ART- “Stone Soup” Exhibition Opening Reception @ 5-7pm, University Gallery, FREE


ART- “Stone Soup” Exhibition, University Gallery, FREE


MUSIC- Debussy Piano Festival @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE


MUSIC- PLUtonic/HERmonic @ 8pm & 10pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall,, FREE


THEATRE- “Rabbit Hole” @ 7:30pm, Eastvold Auditorium


MUSIC- Zachary Lyman, Faculty Trumpeter & Thatcher Lyman, Guest Guitarist @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


THEATRE- “Rabbit Hole” @ 2pm, Eastvold Auditorium


MUSIC- University Symphony Orchestra with student soloists @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Northwest Horn Symposium: The Music of Douglas Hill  @ 7:30pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Northwest Horn Symposium Regional Artists @ 1:30pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Northwest Horn Symposium: Berhard Scully and Mark Robbins @ 7:30pm Lagerquist Concert Hall




MUSIC- Lyric Brass Quintet @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- KammerMusikere @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Timothy Olson, Guest Organist @ 3pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Harp Ensemble @ 5:30pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE


THEATRE- Dance 2012 @ 7:30pm, Eastvold Mainstage


MUSIC- Oksana Ezhokina, Piano @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Heidi Pinter Alvarez, Flautist @ 3pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Choir of the West Homecoming Concert @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


MUSIC- Regency String Quartet @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall


ART- BFA Exhibition Opening Reception @ 5-7pm, University Gallery, FREE

4/25- 5/27:

ART- BFA Exhibition, University Gallery, FREE


MUSIC- Wind and Brass Student Recital @ 8pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE


THEATRE- “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” (Abridged) @ 7:30pm, Studio Theater


MUSIC- Bassoon Ensemble @ 12pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE


MUSIC- Mu Phi Epsilon @ 3pm, Lagerquist Concert Hall, FREE

Ticket Prices, unless otherwise noted.

MUSIC events: $8 - General Admission, $3 - Alumni & PLU guests, FREE - PLU Community & Children under 18
For tickets please call 253-535-7787

THEATRE events: $8 - General Admission, $5 - Senior, PLU Community
For tickets please call the Concierge Office at 253-535-7411