Spring Happenings: On-Campus Events This May at PLU

Posted by: Date: May 5, 2015 In: , ,
LollaPLUza concert, up close photo of hands clapping

TACOMA, Wash. (May 4, 2015)— May is a busy month here at PLU. In fact, no other month comes close to packing-in as many on-campus events.

Featuring a highly anticipated theatre production, numerous music ensemble performances, Scandinavian heritage events, countless Capstone presentations, and much more, May’s assortment of happenings serves as a countdown to graduation and represents the diversity of culture, artistic sensibilities and commitment to service that define PLU. Below are just a few examples of this month’s events, for a complete listing please visit

at PLU Sept. 24, 2012. (Photo/John Froschauer)University Concert Band May 6 at 8p.m. Lagerquist Concert Hall

Under the direction of Dr. Ronald Gerhardstein, the University Concert Band will perform selections including: “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” by Andrew Boysen, Jr.; “Earth Song” by Frank Ticheli; “Hypnotic Fireflies” by Brian Balmages and more. Free admission, no tickets


Piano-bannerPiano Ensemble May 7 at 8p.m. Lagerquist Concert Hall

Under the direction of Diana Walker, the Piano Ensemble will include performances of: “Piano Sonata” by L. Beethoven; “Ritmo” from Danses Andalouses by M. Infante; “Old Adam” from The Garden of Eden by W. Bolcom and more. Free admission, no tickets


color-runThe PLU Color Loop Friday, May 8, 4:30 p.m. (warm up starts at 4:00p.m.) at the PLU Track

Sign up on (under the “Group X & Outdoor Recreations” tab). First 300 people to sign up will receive free swag! Contact Rob Thompson with questions:


into-the-woods-bannerInto the Woods May 7, 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30p.m. / May 17 at 2p.m. Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The Brothers Grimm meets Broadway in this fresh perspective on age-old fairytales. The story follows a baker and his wife, who want to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn of a witch’s curse, they journey to break the spell. Their wishes are granted, but their actions return to haunt them.

The May 7 performance is a student preview and free to anyone with a student I.D.

*All other performances: $8 GA, $5 Senior Citizens (55+) and Alumni, $3 Students, PLU Community and 18 and under

Plutonic-bannerPLUtonic-HERmonic Concert May 8 at 5:30p.m. MBR Music Center Amphitheater

PLU’s a cappella music groups perform in the Amphitheater. The rain backup will be in Lagerquist Concert Hall. Free admission, no tickets



sol-bannerLollaPLUza May 9 at 1p.m. PLU Golf Course

PLU’s annual music festival returns featuring artists: Fame Riot, Lemolo, Dude York and headliner Sol. The festival will incorporate the community of businesses on Garfield Street and all vendors have been invited to participate. Free admission, no tickets


wind-bannerUniversity Wind Ensemble May 10 at 3p.m. Lagerquist Concert Hall

Dr. Edwin Powell and guest conductor Ron Gerhardstein will perform “The Star Wars Trilogy” by John Williams; “Symphony No. 4” by David Maslanka; “Catching Shadows” by Ivan Trevino and more

*Tickets: $8 general admission/ $5 seniors (55+) & alumni / free PLU community, students, 18 and under

leadership-awardsCelebration of Leadership May 11 at 6p.m. Chris Knutzen Hall

The 2015 Celebration of Leadership recognizes students who live lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care while empowering their peers to do the same. Free admission, no tickets


Orchestra-bannerUniversity Symphony Orchestra May 12 at 8p.m. Lagerquist Concert Hall

The University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Bell-Hansen will perform selections to include Russian Easter Festival by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; Symphony No. 6 (Pathetique) by Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky; and the premiere of a work by our own Gregory Youtz: A Lutheran Processional. The Symphony Orchestra will also be featuring soloist Elizabeth Binkley singing Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate.”

*Tickets: $8 general admission, $5 seniors (55+), $3 alumni, free PLU community, 18 and under

late-night-breakfastLate Night Breakfast May 12 at 10p.m. Anderson University Center Commons

Celebrity faculty servers and student performers will serve free breakfast to all students. Free for students



lincoln-bannerLincoln, Douglas, and Slavery: In the Crucible of Public Debate May 14 at 6p.m. Xavier Hall: Philip A. Nordquist Lecture Hall

Dr. David Zarefskey is one of the foremost argumentation scholars in the world, and he will bring his expertise to campus this spring to lecture about the 1858 presidential debates. Free admission, no tickets. Seating is limited


sax-bannerStudent Media Release Party May 15 at 8p.m. The Anderson University Center: The Cave

Celebrate with The Matrix, Saxifrage, and LASR with a night of music, spoken word, and food. Free admission, no tickets



amp-bannerAn Evening with the Stars May 15 at 9p.m. MBR Music Center Amphitheater

An unplugged open-mic open to all students. Free admission, no tickets



flag-bannerSyttende Mai May 17 at 8a.m. Red Square

Annual Norwegian National Day Flag Raising Ceremony with comments from Thorhild Widvey, Minister of Culture for Norway. Free admission, no tickets



parrot-bannerSpeak, Parrot May 18 at 10:30a.m. Garfield Book Company Community Room

Dr. Charles Bergman tells the story of his trip to Uganda to release African Grey Parrots and his work with Dr. Jane Goodall.

Free to the PLU community, $15 for the public*


*Tickets available via the Campus Concierge in the Anderson University Center.