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January 2013

The Choir of the West takes to the road

Performing in Washington and British Columbia

choir of the west 2012The PLU Choir of the West will be on tour in Washington and British Columbia later this January and in early February.

The repertoire for this year's Choir of the West tour spans many stylistic eras and genres. Audience members will hear premiere performances of three works: Exultate, by PLU choral faculty member Brian Galante; Northern Lights, by renowned Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, and Ubi Caritas, Hebu Upendo!, an exciting new piece by PLU student Julian Reisenthel. The program features two Renaissance anthems by English composer Thomas Weelkes, two vocal quartets by Johannes Brahms, and three of the Sept Chansons by Francis Poulenc. As always, the program will contain works from PLU's Lutheran college heritage, including W.B. Old’s dynamic arrangement of Luther’s A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, and two hymn arrangements by F. Melius Christiansen, O Day Full of Grace and Beautiful Savior.

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013
 at 7:30 p.m. 
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
 in Ballard, WA
  • Thursday, January 31, 2013
 at 7:30 p.m. 
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, in Bellingham, WA
  • Friday, February 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. 
Ryerson United Church
 in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Saturday, February 2, 201
3 at 7:30 p.m. 
St. John the Divine Anglican Church in 
Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
 Lagerquist Concert Hall, 
PLU in Tacoma, WA

Performances are free (an offering will be taken to help defray tour costs) and open to the public.

APO’s One-Act Festival, Accidental Love, opens January 23

apo logoPLU's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society, presents its annual One-Act Festival from Wednesday, January 23 through Saturday, January 26 at 7:30pm in the Studio Theater of the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

This year’s show, titled Accidental Love, explores many styles of theatre with The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller, directed by Mitchell Helton '15, Forbidden Fruit by George Jay Smith, directed by Jill Heinecke '13, and Between Red and White by Kate Howland '12, directed by Joshua Parmenter '15.  

“This is a really great mix of shows with a really great mix of students, some who've been performing since high school and others who are in their first production,“ says Jill Heinecke ’13, who is directing Forbidden Fruit.

The students are challenged with this quick turnaround production – they audition, rehearse, open and close in about three and a half weeks.

studio theater

Because of the time frame and the low budget, set design stays fairly minimalist, with just enough to enhance each script.

“We don't have a full production team, like most shows would, so as a director, we oversee each area of our One Act and receive help from other students,” Heinecke says. “I have been involved in selecting each set piece and each costume... luckily the professors are happy to help and support student productions when we need them.”

Tickets are available at the door or at PLU Campus Concierge at 253-535-7411. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for PLU students.

Director of Forensics receives grant to help build a Sustainable China Debate Association 

frankeMelissa Franke, PLU Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Forensics, is making a difference by helping build a Sustainable China Debate Association.

The project originated when Willamette University’s Dr. Robert Trapp proposed a project to build a network of debate partnerships between the US and China. An anonymous donor generously funded it. Franke received a $62,000 grant in conjunction with Willamette.

“This project attempts to identify and support strong regional centers and leaders who can host tournaments, run training sessions and continue to get more schools involved in debating in China,” Franke says. “Our goal is to get more schools involved and have Debate operate at regional levels, instead of only offering a few elite national competitions per year. The regional competitions and training will allow more students to get involved.”

Pacific Lutheran University is one of six US partners in the project. Franke’s role is to partner with universities in the Northeast region of China to run three events comprised of debate training and tournaments in and around Dalian, Liaoning, PRC. Franke helps the Chinese partner hosting the tournament to coordinate and run the tournament, and gives lectures during the training.

Franke has vast experience with international debate, having attended 10 debate competitions outside the US prior to this project, including two in China.

“We have completed the first training and tournament and are in the process of assessing data. We had a successful competition at Dalian Nationalities University in Dalian in December,” Franke says. “There were 20 Chinese universities in attendance. Chinese students debated about affordable housing in China, China's space program, same-sex marriage in China, government corruption, and other topics.”

They are in the process of planning the next event, which will be in March.

SOAC students blog about their J-term adventures abroad

Two SOAC classes are having an adventure of their lifetime. Read up on the classes' daily activities and find out what students have been learning. 

The Birthplace of Western Music - Vienna

Professor Edwin Powell and music students have been exploring "The Birthplace of Western Music" in Vienna, which is often called the “Capital of Classical Music.” 

The small area was the central location for many of the finest musicians of the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Classical music traditions still flourish and the Austrians take great pride in presenting programs "as they were." Students are studying the worlds of these great composers by experiencing their art and culture first hand. 

study away

Storytelling: Media and the Arts of the UAE - Dubai

Under the direction of Art and Design Chair Jp Avila, students are exploring “Storytelling: Media and the Arts of the UAE” in Dubai, a part of the world which is still not completely understood by westerners. Students are able to learn first hand about the modernization of this society that was at one point nomadic and has very recently turned into a fledgling metropolis. Students are exploring the unique understanding of visual culture and the arts as it pertains to the creation and continuing growth of a society. They are looking for the stories of the past, present and future - through those who produce the arts in the Emirates as well as those from outside who tell artistic stories "about" them.

Dubai Blog