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November 2013

Empty Bowls event helps fight hunger

Empty Bowls 2012On Wednesday, November 13, 2013, potters, cooks and gardeners at PLU will come together to give back in the fifth annual “Empty Bowls” event. “Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. PLU and the greater community is invited to purchase a handcrafted bowl and home made soup from 4-PM in the Anderson University Center. The meal costs $10 with all proceeds benefiting the Trinity Lutheran Church Food Bank.  

More than a dozen students have crafted bowls to donate to the project. Students in the community garden have spent the past season planting, growing, and then harvesting vegetables for the event. PLU Dining and Culinary Services takes the PLU grown produce, spices it, and creates a tasty soup or two. Guests are asked to keep their handmade bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

"In these ‘Halls of Higher Education’ we go amiss if we only teach people how to ‘get ahead’. More importantly, we need to remind ourselves to look around, and ask how to give more of ourselves away to others less fortunate,” Spencer Ebbinga, ceramics professor, said. 

Tickets can be purchased at Old Main Market with Dining Dollars, debit/credit or cash. This year 123 bowls are available for the event. Students along with faculty, who are also recognized artists in the Puget Sound, make bowls for the event during the fall semester. 

In the past, PLU has donated to local food banks, which have included Trinity Lutheran Church Food Banks and Fish Food Banks of Pierce County. Now in its fifth year, the project looks forward to continuing for years to come. 

“We, everyday people from all walks of life, can make a significant difference by making sure the resources are there when people make that ask,” Ebbinga said. “Please join us by partnering with the PLU community in the Empty Bowls project, or by contributing to other giving projects this season."

“Better is Peace” by PLU's Choral Union

PLU’s Choral Union will present a program titled "Better is Peace" on November 16 at 8pm in Lagerquist Concert Hall. The program features Howard Goodall’s  "Eternal Light - A Requiem" and Karl Jenkins’ "The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace”. 

Choral Union 2013

“Both works are emotional, beautifully written, and musically very fulfilling for the performers and audience alike,” Conductor Richard Nance says.  “The musical styles complement each other, although the pieces are very different. ‘Eternal Light’ is filled with beautiful melodies and lyrical accompaniment, while ‘The Armed Man’ is extremely dramatic, very evocative of the texts which center on man's descent into war. But at the end the piece turns hopeful, with a message that peace is always better than war.”  

“Eternal Light” is a lyric work that features solo movements for soprano, tenor and baritone and is scored for strings piano and keyboard. As is the case with many contemporary Requiems, Goodall intersperses the traditional Roman Catholic texts with poetry, using texts by Francis Quarles, Ann Thorp, John Henry Newman, Mary Elizabeth Frye, John McCrae, and Phineas Fletcher.  Goodall also chose a text from the biblical "Book of Revelation" for two highly rhythmic movements, which provide an interesting contrast to the lyrical nature of the rest of the piece.

“The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace” by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, was originally dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. It is essentially an anti-war piece based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the fifteenth-century folk song L'homme armé (“The armed man”).


A film with images of war will be shown during “The Armed Man”. The film was first used in 2007, and has now become a normal part of performances of this work. The film features scenes that show the build up to war, conflicts spanning many years of human history--from staged medieval battles, to the American Revolutionary War, to the two World Wars and present day conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, and poignant scenes of post-conflict jubilation.  Some of the images may be difficult to watch, so caution is advised; however, the film is designed to enhance the viewer’s emotional response to the music as it is performed.

In addition to extracts from the Ordinary of the Mass, “The Armed Man” incorporates words from other religious and historical sources, including an Abrahamic call to prayer, the Bible (e.g. the Psalms and Revelation), the "Mahabharata" (an ancient Indian text), and a poem by a victim of Hiroshima. “The Armed Man” charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection; shows the horrors that war brings; and ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium, when "sorrow, pain and death can be overcome".  

“I want the audience to think loving thoughts about those they have lost in their lives when they listen to ‘Eternal Light’.  Hearing that music, I don't see how you could not,” Nance reflects. “As for ‘The Armed Man,’ I want the audience to once again remember our history and how horrific war is. I want people to vow to do whatever they can to not let these things happen again--they must not.”

Tickets are: $15 General Admission; $10 Senior Citizen and PLU Alumni; $5 PLU Community, Students & 18 and under. Tickets available through the PLU Concierge Desk (253-535-7411).

Juried Student Exhibition shows PLU talent

Juried Student The University Gallery opens the fall semester’s final show with the annual Juried Student Exhibition on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Works will be on display until December 18, 2013. The reception on opening night from 5 to 7 p.m. is open to the university community, as well as the general public.

Artists will showcase a range of media from printmaking and photography to ceramics. Students compete to be featured in the show and for awards, which will be announced during the reception.

The juror for this year’s exhibition, David Roholt, is a painter who just completed an exhibition “Paintings by David Roholt” in the University Gallery. Roholt earned a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Utah State University and a MFA in Painting from Colorado State University. He has been 


featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Nicaragua, South Korea and the United States. Presently he is an Associate Professor of Art at Pierce College.

The University Gallery, located in Ingram Hall, is open Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm or by appointment. Please note that the gallery will be closed during Thanksgiving break, Nov. 27–29.

SOAC's Sounds of the Season

The School of Arts and Communication has numerous events this season to get you in the Christmas spirit. Along with our annual Christmas concerts Hallelujah, A PLU Christmas, we present our annual KPLU-FM Jazz Jam and Sounds of Christmas concert. Our Theatre program will add sounds of laughter to the mix with the comedic play Inspecting Carol. Tickets to our popular Christmas Concerts in Seattle and Portland are still for sale! Look below for full event details. 

Hallelujah, A PLU Christmas 

Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30pm | SEATTLE
Saturday, December 7 at 8pm | TACOMA (sold out)
Sunday, December 8 at 3pm | TACOMA (sold out)
Tuesday, December 10 at 7:30pm | PORTLAND

Friday, December 13 at 8pm | TACOMA (sold out)  LIVESTREAMING
PLU Christmas
The annual PLU Christmas Concert, featuring the Choir of the West, University Chorale, and University Symphony Orchestra. This year’s performance will include an excerpt from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah. Please note, the December 13 performance is the only Christmas Concert that will be streamed live.

Benaroya Hall, Seattle | Tickets: $30 – general admission, $25 – senior citizens (55+) and PLU alumni, PLU community, $20 – group sales (10 or more tickets), $10 – PLU students with ID (limit 1 ticket), Free – children 12 and under. Call Benaroya Hall Box Office at 1-866-833-4747.

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, Oregon | Tickets: $25 – general admission, $20 – senior citizens (55+) and PLU alumni, PLU community, $15 – group sales (10 or more tickets), $10 – PLU students with ID (limit 1 ticket), Free – children 12 and under Purchase through TicketsWest: 1-800-992-8499, PCPA at 1-503-946-7272 or online.

Lagerquist Concert Hall, Tacoma | SOLD OUT

KPLU-FM Jazz Jam

Thursday, December 5 at Noon
KPLU Jazz Jam live radio broadcast will feature guest vocalist Cheryl Jewell with the PLU Jazz Ensemble, David Deacon-Joyner, Director. 
Location: Lagerquist Concert Hall
Admission free / no tickets

Sounds of Christmas

Thursday, December 5 at 8pm
University Singers, Dennis Sepper, Narrator and Paul Tegels, University Organist. Conducted by Nathan Frank. 
Location: Lagerquist Concert Hall
Tickets: $8 General Admission, $5 Alumni and PLU Community. Available at the PLU Concierge Desk 253-535-7411. 

Inspecting Carol

December 11-14 at 7:30pm and December 14-15 at 2pm
Get your holiday cheer on with this hilarious, madcap comedy! Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. This laugh out loud spoof makes for a night at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual. Lori Lee Wallace, Director and Daniel J. Sullivan, Playwright.
Location: Eastvold Auditorium – Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: $8 General Admission, $5 Senior Citizens (55+) and Alumni, $3 PLU Community, students and 18 and under. Available at the PLU Concierge Desk 253-535-7411. 

PLU students work election night

It might have been a sleepy election this year, but for some ambitious PLU students election night 2013 was a night to remember.

news deskMore than a dozen students from PLU’s communication program worked election night for the News Tribune, KOMO and KCPQ. They produced online content, helped with data entry and enjoyed rubbing elbows with news professionals for the night. This is the sixth year  communication students have worked for local media outlets during election night. 

Thomas Soerenes ’14, who worked election night at KOMO-TV, said students received studio tours and met with the news anchors. Lina Aas-Helseth ’14, who spent the night at KOMO worked mostly with data entry and live tweeting. 

Erica Hill, news director at KCPQ, said she appreciated having the students on hand to help out. “They were great as usual,” she added. “Hopefully they had a good experience, too.” 

Two students, Valery Jorgenson ’15 and Cassady Counter ’14, worked the night at various sites for the News Tribune and added their accounts of the night’s activities to the News Tribune Political Buzz blog. “It was pretty successful for us considering it was a slow election year,” Jorgenson said. 

Matt Misterek, Team Leader and student supervisor at the News Tribune, said the Tribune was glad to have the students contributing on election night. “They did well, especially on the early tweets. We retweeted a lot of their info.”

Misterek commented that next year would probably be more exciting. Of course, the students are anxious to do this again.