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September 2012

President's Inaugural Concert features our world-class faculty musicians

kriseThe Department of Music and School of Arts and Communication honor the inauguration of President Thomas W. Krise in a special concert featuring 31 of our world-class music faculty on Tuesday, September 25 at 8pm in Lagerquist Concert Hall.  

Performances will feature all the faculty resident ensembles - Regency String Quartet, Camas Wind Quintet, Lyric Brass Quintet, and Regency Jazz Ensemble - along with members of the voice, keyboard, and instrumental faculty. Repertoire was selected with PLU’s history in mind. 

p“This is a special occasion. It’s first and foremost a celebration of the Inauguration of President Krise, and also a rare gathering of PLU faculty artists with a program featuring music with wide appeal,” Jim Brown, chair of vocal studies, says. “It's a great opportunity for us to showcase our wonderful music faculty.”

Svend Rønning, chair of stringed instruments, says that this is the first time in the 12 years he has been at PLU that every faculty ensemble and so many voice, keyboard, and instrumental faculty are performing together. 

The concert is a survey of the many flavors of music that have sprung from Pastor Sperati’s musical mission at PLU. Sperati was one of PLU’s four charter faculty members, professor of music and mentor to Choir of the West director Gunnar Malmin. 

The first half of the concert features resident ensembles that have existed since the early 1980’s as a showcase for the talents of PLU’s distinguished music faculty. PLU’s large and distinguished vocal faculty is represented in selections of the Sperati family’s beloved Italian Opera, in this case, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutti. Finally, the musicians will combine forces to perform an example of Lutheran Church Music from the German High Baroque.

J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 29, Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir (We Thank You, God, We Thank You), was selected not only because it is an archetypal example of Lutheran Church Music, but also because of its significance in the “changing of the guard,” thanking God for a new town council in the City of Leipzig, much like the changing of the presidential administration at PLU. 

Other repertoire will include selections from Poulenc's Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Debussy's String Quartet, Morley and Mase’s Elizabethan Ayres, Parker’s Billie’s Bounce and other outstanding works. 

Admission is free and open to the public. No tickets required. Can't make it? We'll be streaming live! 

Phase II begins on Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 

Fences are up around Eastvold and Phase II of Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has begun! Construction will be completed by Fall 2013. Watch the video to see what’s in store. 

Naming opportunities are still available for the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Your support is needed to make this a reality. Make your gift online. To find out more contact the Office of Development.

New SOAC websites showcase media and interactive elements


The School of Arts and Communication and its departments has a new look online. Department offices worked during the summer to transfer all content into new cascade templates as part of a university-wide web update. 

Everything has a fresh look plus a lot of new features you haven’t seen before. The site had a soft launch in July and will continue to improve and change during the year. 

“This is just the start. We hope to use the new system to continue to increase usability and viewer interaction,” Mandi Brady, SOAC Outreach Coordinator, says. "Many of our pages will continue to improve and evolve - so keep an eye on us."

We invite you to explore the website and offer any feedback you may have. Below are some new things worth a peek. 

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Earth, Sea, Sky shows Permanent Art Collection's strong points

Come discover the natural beauty of Earth, Sea, Sky, the University Gallery’s current exhibition. The survey of works comes straight from Pacific Lutheran University’s Permanent Art Collection and offers views of the rural and the urban landscape in styles ranging from abstract to realist.  PLU campus and community members can check out the gallery Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm. The exhibition is free and runs until October 3. 

The exhibition features many works by artist F. Mason Holmes, a local painter and former PLU faculty member. PLU has a large collection of his works and this is the first time that so many of the works in PLU’s collection have been on display at once, divided between the University Gallery and the University Gallery Annex.  Holmes is known for his images of Mount Rainier, but viewers will also see birches in Wright Park and the waves of Commencement Bay. 

"[The theme] plays to one of the strengths of the collection, which is landscape. We have so many great views, in such a diverse range of styles,” Heather Mathews, gallery coordinator and exhibition curator says. “It provides a great introduction to the University's Permanent Art Collection.”

Other pieces and styles include Walt Tomsic’s Idealized Bavarian Landscape, a crisp, bold work combing abstraction and naturalism, and Robert Indiana’s Brooklyn Bridge, which barely alludes to the landmark with a logo-like inscription, relying on our associations with the bridge to complete an image of New York City.  Others like Constance Evan’s Untitled (Landscape with Clouds) draws the viewer into a contemplative state, creating a mood while remaining vague in its reference.

“Images of the landscape capture our imagination by reminding us of beloved places,” Mathews says. “Whether or not we know the specific location, an evocative landscape can awaken memories tied to home or to travel, the comfort of the familiar or to the lure of the unknown.”

Come by and spend a few moments or a few hours and find your favorite place. 

Dean Bennett appointed to the Washington State Arts Commission

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SOAC Dean Cameron Bennett was honored by an appointment to the Washington State Arts Commission by Governor Gregoire in June. Bennett is one of 19 members appointed by the governor on a board of 23, four of which are legislators. 

According to the Governor’s website, "Governor Gregoire takes great pride in appointing qualified, responsible members who reflect the diverse lifestyles of our state and who hold a strong belief in the public process."

The Washington State Arts Commission ( serves the public as a catalyst for the arts, advancing the role of the arts in the lives of individuals and communities throughout the state. The Commission collaborates with artists and arts organizations to conserve and develop critical artistic resources, further policies that promote statewide arts awareness, and develop sustainable arts resources.

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