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College of Fine Arts and Production 2012-2013 Choir Concert Schedule

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Music Department Presents a Choir Concert at Grand Canyon University

It may only be July, but Grand Canyon University‘s College of Fine Arts and Production is already busy planning theater productions, dance concerts and choral performances for the 2012-2013 year. Here’s a look at what’s to come from the Music Department:

Masterworks Concert
Friday, October 26, 2012
7:00 PM
The First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix

Students and Faculty of the Music Department present a program of Choral Masterworks. The concert features the Canyon Chorale, The New Live Singers, The Canyon Singers, students and faculty soloists on a program that include motets, part songs, anthems, madrigals, and spirituals, from renaissance to the twentieth century with music by Duruflé, Bruckner, Biebl, Fauré, Parry, Thompson, and Reinberger amongst other.

This event is free and open to the public

 

A Grand Canyon Christmas
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 6:00 PM
The First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix

Come and join students and faculty of the Music Department for their annual Christmas Concert. The concert features the Canyon Chorale, The New Live Singers, The Canyon Singers, a Ten-Piano ensemble, students and faculty soloists on a program that includes Gerald Finzi’s  Dies Natalis and Vaughan Williams fantasia on Christmas carols performed by GCU’s Choral Union and Orchestra, along with a wide variety of Christmas carols, Anthems and other Christmas favorites. Come Celebrate Christmas with us!

This event is free and open to the public

 

Handel’s Messiah
Featuring
The Phoenix Symphony
GCU’s High school and Community College Festival Chorus
GCU Choral Union
Thursday, December 6 and 7, 7:00
GCU Arena

Grand Canyon University, The College of Fine Arts and Production and The Music Department proudly present The Phoenix Symphony performing Handel’s Messiah with GCU’s High school and Community College Festival Chorus and GCU’s Choral Union. Come and enjoy more than 500 musicians on stage performing  Handel’s masterwork.

This event is ticketed. For ticket information and purchase visit http://www.gcuarena.com/

 

Opera and Broadway Concert
Friday, February 22, 7:00
The First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix

The music department presents a program of Opera and Broadway favorites featuring The Canyon Chorale, The Canyon Singers, The New Life Singers, students and faculty soloists.

This event is free and open to the public

 

Choral Union Concert
Tuesday, April 23, 7:00PM
The First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix

The Music department presents a performance of Gabriel Faure’s Requiem  and Arvo Pärt’s Te Deum, performed by the Grand Canyon Choral Union and Orchestra, with students and faculty soloists

This event is free and open to the public

 

Awards and Commencement Concert
Wednesday, May 1, 7:00PM
The First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix

Come and enjoy this “Best of the Best” program at our awards concert.  The Canyon Chorale, The New Life Singers, The Canyon Singers, and student soloists  will perform a wide variety of musical selections including some of the best musical performances of the year, along with command performances by some of our most outstanding students. Join us as we honor our excellent graduates along with some of the best performance students of the year.

 

Spring Performance Preview: College of Fine Arts and Production

 - by beckybarber

The College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University is busy preparing for their spring lineup of shows from the theatre, dance and music departments. Here’s a quick preview of what to look forward to in 2012:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Feb. 10-12, 17-19

Friday and Saturday: 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 2:00 p.m.

Ethington Theatre

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” Never was this truer than in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Follow the hilarious angst of teen love out of Athens and into the forest as four more of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers try to find a safe place to love who and how they please. Add into the mix a fractured fairy kingdom and a group of construction workers turned artists, and you have one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays. Written soon after Romeo and Juliet, the Bard takes a shot at the blindness of love and hits a bull’s eye.

Grand Canyon University College of Fine Arts and Productions theatre program performs at Ethington Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opera and Broadway Concert

Friday, Feb. 24, 7:00 p.m.

The First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix

The music department presents a program of Opera and Broadway favorites featuring The Canyon Chorale, The Canyon Singers, The New Life Singers, students and faculty soloists. This event is free and open to the public

University Dance Series: Student Spotlight

March 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: The Sanctuary Room of the GCU Recreation Center

This event is free and open to the public

Grand Canyon University College of Fine Arts and Productions dance program performs a concert at Ethington Theatre at GCU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boy Friend

April 13-15, 20-22

Friday and Saturday: 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 2:00 p.m.

Ethington Theatre

This Broadway hit brings us back to the roaring 1920’s to find love on the French Riviera. A jazzy score and smart, sassy dialogue bring us the story of Polly Browne, the only girl in Madame Dubonnet’s School for Young Ladies without, you guessed it, a boyfriend. Will she settle for one of the wealthy fellas, or will Tony, who seems to be nothing more than a lowly delivery guy, stand a chance? Rest assured, everyone finds a match in what the British Theatre Guide calls, “a…virtuous production…a ripping evening’s entertainment.”

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

Friday, April 27, 7:00 p.m.

The First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix

The Music department presents a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s magnificent Oratorio Elijah performed by the Grand Canyon Choral Union, with students and faculty soloists. This event is free and open to the public

Grand Canyon University's College of Fine Arts and Productions choir chorale performs concert GCU Arena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University Dance Series: Spring Dance Concert

April 27-28, 7:30 p.m.

Ethington Theatre

Cost: $10

Awards and Commencement Concert

Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

The First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix

Enjoy this “Best of the Best” program at our awards concert.  The Canyon Chorale, The New Life Singers, The Canyon Singers, and student soloists will perform a wide variety of musical selections including some of the best musical performances of the year, along with command performances by some of our most outstanding students. Join us as we honor our excellent graduates along with some of the best performance students of the year.

For additional information regarding all performances visit College of Fine Arts and Productions website.

To RSVP for a free event or to purchase tickets for events at Ethington Theatre contact us at the box office at (602)639-8880 or ethington@gcu.edu.

 

Unlock the Door to Entertainment

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Ethington Theatre at Grand Canyon University has announced the theatre productions for the 2011-2012 season.  Audiences of all ages will be delighted as the students of the Performing Arts College present a variety of familiar classics and seasonal fan favorites.

The season kicks off on September 2nd with the production “You Can’t Take it With You”.   Written by George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart, this play won the  Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937.  Future productions include “Dracula” in October, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in December, Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in February and “The Boy Friend” in April.

GCU’s Performing Arts College was recently honored with 11 nominations from the AriZoni Theatre Awards.  Most of the nominations came from the production of “Pirates of Penzance”, the inaugural production after a 4 year hiatus.  With a 20-year history, Grand Canyon University’s Performing Arts College offers programs in theatre, dance, music, and a digital film major; emphasizing production or screenwriting.

Season tickets for the 2011-2012 season are available now for purchase.  Be the first to reserve your seat for all five productions this season for just $40. To order your season tickets by phone please call 602.639.8880 or email ethington@gcu.edu.

 

Royal Wedding Music Review

 - by robynitule

GCU’s Assistant Dean of Music for the College of Fine Arts and Production, Juan Hernandez, gave us the download on the music which gave today’s Royal Wedding its pomp, circumstance and grandeur:

“English music has a long tradition of commissioning some of its greatest composers and using British classical music for special events such as the Crowning of a King, a Royal wedding, a royal birthday, etc. This tradition goes back several hundred years, and the wedding followed this tradition. Hubert Parry’s anthem “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me” is a steeple of Anglican music, along with the music of John Rutter (much to the dismay of most traditionalists, still a favorite of amateur choir singers). Most fitting was the young Welsh composer Paul Mealor motet “Ubi caritas et amor” (Where charity and love are, God is there), a new minimalist composition I understand was commissioned for the event.”

 

You can hear some of the spectacular music from this morning’s wedding celebration here.

 

Ageless Love Songs Highlight Choral Concert

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By Doug Carroll
Communications Staff

Give GCU’s choirs a place to stand and a piano, and they can take you anywhere in song.

Three weeks ago, they turned Ethington Theatre into a church, with a rousing program of gospel music. On Tuesday night, they turned a church into a Broadway theatre.

The Music Department’s “Love Through the Ages” concert at First Southern Baptist Church supplied faithful renditions of more than a dozen love songs — most of them show tunes, and many of them popular before the choir members’ parents were born.

There was no printed program, and that probably didn’t matter to many in the appreciative audience. They knew by heart what they were hearing, right from the Canyon Chorale’s opening medley from the musical “My Fair Lady,” with its samplings of “I Could Have Danced All Night, “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” and “On the Street Where You Live.”

Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez of the College of Fine Arts and Production, who directed the 46-member Chorale and 16-member Canyon Singers, summed it up after the medley had concluded.

“If you haven’t heard about love by now, you will hear a lot about it tonight,” he told the audience.

Dressed formally for the occasion, the choirs, various soloists and accompanist Janet Norman were up to the material. Highlights were abundant, and they included:

  • In a duet, Chris Van Nattan and Lauren Bailey provided a delightfully playful rendering of “The Picture Show” from Jason Robert Brown’s “Parade.”
  • Elizabeth Pabst showed impressive vocal range and stage presence on “Vanilla Ice Cream” fromJerry Bock’s “She Loves Me.” (Hernandez jokingly described it as an “ice cream aria.”)
  • Anthony Cotoia, on a break from a major role in “The Comedy of Errors” this week at Ethington Theatre, sang “Marry Me a Little” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.”
  • Bailey’s beautiful voice was pitch perfect on “Stars and the Moon” from Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World.”
  • And Jeffrey Sanchez and Amanda Gardner, accompanied by Cody Nelson on acoustic guitar, sang in both Spanish and English on “Cuando Calienta El Sol/Love Me With All Your Heart.” The three reprised their performance in the lobby afterward, receiving the same enthusiastic applause.

The Canyon Singers performed a cappella versions of Manhattan Transfer’s “Java Jive” and “Till There Was You” from “The Music Man” in the middle of the set.

The Chorale concluded the evening with an appropriate “Time to Say Goodbye,” although “Love Through the Ages” felt as if it should go on all night.

Reach Doug Carroll at 639.8011 or doug.carroll@gcu.edu.

Mock Trial Team Scores High at First Competition

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By Brooke Bellah

During its first year on campus, Grand Canyon’s Mock Trial Team is already turning heads.  The team traveled to Fresno last weekend to compete in its first trial scrimmage – the regional competition, featuring schools such as UCLA, Cal Poly, Weber State University and UC Davis.

Most of the team’s members are freshman with degree programs that vary from the Justice Studies to business and drama. Although they had been working hard and meeting every day for the last month, many of them still did not know what to expect at the regional competition.

At the beginning of the year, each team receives the same case to study and defend.  This year’s case involved a civil lawsuit for the wrongful death of a child.  Judges award points to teams based on overall knowledge of the case and performance during the trial. The team with the highest point total wins, regardless of whether or not they won the case.

GCU’s team held its own and impressed the judges.  The team did not go home empty-handed.  Team member Alma Matrecito impressed the judges with her performance as witness Andy Davis, the mother of the child who died due to negligence.

Each team must have three witnesses, whose job it is to memorize whole testimonies and deliver a convincing performance on the witness stand.  Matrecito, a drama major, put on quite a performance during her testimony, earning her the award for Best Witness, and her new nickname – Hollywood.

Team coach and GCU professor Cornel Stemley was encouraged to see how quickly his team adapted to an unfamiliar situation.

“You could really see how they matured through each round,” says Stemley, “Our goal for next year is just to learn and improve on this year.  We know we can be as good, and even better, than these other schools.”

The Mock Trial Team is just one of many branches of the Lopes Justice Society, also in its first year on campus.  Other teams include the Knowledge Team, Firearms Team, and the Crime Scene Investigation Team, among others.

“Our goal is to promote criminal justice issues and for our members to gain experience, whether it is in law enforcement, the legal field or corrections,” says Lopes Justice Society President Marcus Rodriguez.

Rodriguez expects the club to be able to provide scholarships to the Mock Trial Team by next semester.  He is so confident in the team’s potential that he guarantees the team will qualify for Nationals next year.

Stemley is also confident in the team’s potential, but says that the focus is “taking concepts learned in class and applying them in real world environments.”

University Makes Big Splash With First Capitol Day

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By Doug Carroll
Communications Staff

More than three dozen Arizona legislators lunched on Chipotle burritos and heard from GCU’s chief executive officer, Brian Mueller, and the New Life choir Tuesday on the State Capitol grounds, making the University’s inaugural Capitol Day a success.

A large tent festooned in purple and white near Jefferson Street and 17th Avenue in downtown Phoenix marked the spot where the University hosted legislators and their staffers for two hours, in an effort to raise awareness of GCU and its growing influence throughout the city and state.

House Speaker Kirk Adams saluted the students, faculty and staff in attendance and spoke about the importance of private schools in the 21st century.

“Private schools have led the charge to meet the demands of the global economy,” Adams said. “They have not succumbed to old-school paradigms. They are positioned to identify students’ needs. They add a depth to our educational landscape.”

Adams, a Republican from Mesa, called GCU “one of a kind” and said “a business model that is student-centered is the key to sustainability.”

Mueller introduced a number of University officials, including President Kathy Player, Provost Cheri St. Arnauld, Chief Financial Officer Dan Bachus, Chief Operating Officer Stan Meyer and Executive Chairman of the Board Brent Richardson.

Also representing GCU were Deans Kimberly LaPrade (Education) and Mark Wooden (Health Sciences), Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez (Fine Arts and Production), student-body president Anthony Mann, and the cheer and dance teams.

In addressing the gathering, Mueller emphasized the niche filled by GCU.

“Grand Canyon has two things that are integral to American success: a Christian foundation and a foundation in free enterprise,” he said.

“Private schools shouldn’t just be available to the upper classes in our country. They should be available to all, and we have shown that it absolutely can be done.”

More than 30 student leaders also attended the event and were transported to and from the Capitol by bus. Under the direction of Gabe Salazar, New Life sang stirring versions of “America the Beautiful,” “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Ashley Raposa, public affairs manager in GCU’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, organized and coordinated the day’s festivities.

Reach Doug Carroll at 639.8011 or doug.carroll@gcu.edu.

Holiday Break Details for Online Students

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Grand Canyon University is pleased to announce we will be observing a two week break for classes in celebration of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.

Classes beginning on Mondays will begin the break on Monday, 12/20/2010 and courses will resume on Monday, 1/3/2011. Classes beginning on Thursdays will begin the break on Thursday, 12/23/2010 and courses will resume on Thursday, 1/6/2011.

Undergraduate Students: Holiday Break (noted in purple)
Calendar for UG Holiday Break
Graduate Students: Holiday Break (noted in purple)
Calendar for GR Holiday Break

If students are scheduled to be in a course that spans over the Holiday Break, it is important to understand how it will operate:

  1. Students will attend their course up until the point the break begins.For example:
      a. A student was scheduled to start Week 3 of his/her course on 12/23/10. The student will begin the Holiday Break, as scheduled on 12/23/10 and will return to Week 3 of his/her course on 1/6/11, after the break has ended.

      b. A student ended his/her course on Sunday, 12/19/10. The student will observe the Holiday Break and return to a scheduled course on Monday, 1/3/11, after the break has ended.

  2. Students are not expected to participate in online discussion, submit assignments, or work with the CLC team during this Holiday Break period. Students can work ahead if they choose, but need to understand other students and instructors are not required to be in the classroom during the Holiday Break.
  3. Any postings made during the break will not count toward attendance or participation for any week of the course.
  4. During the Holiday Break, GCU’s faculty will not be required to participate in online discussions, return feedback, or be responsible for posting final grades for courses that end the day prior to the Holiday Break beginning. Any feedback or final grade that is due, will be completed the first week after the break ends.For example:
      a. A student ended Week 2 of his/her course on Wednesday, 12/22/10. The instructor will not be required to return the feedback for Week 2 to the student until the end of Week 3 (Wednesday, 1/12/11).

      b. A student ended his/her course on Sunday, 12/19/10. The instructor will not be required to return the final feedback or grade until the week after the Holiday Break (due by Sunday, 1/9/11).

  5. Students are not required to take any action to schedule the Holiday Break, as it will be automatically scheduled on the student’s behalf.For example:
      a. 7 week courses that span over the Holiday Break will extend to 9 weeks in duration.

      b. 8 week courses that span over the Holiday Break will extend to 10 weeks in duration, etc.).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Instructor or your Academic Counselor for clarification.

‘Gloria!’ Brings Concert Crowd to Its Feet

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By Doug Carroll
Communications Staff
Photos by Jak Keyser

No instrument sounds more beautiful than the trained human voice, and GCU’s four choirs left no doubt about that on Friday night in a heavenly Christmas concert at nearby First Southern Baptist Church.

“Gloria!” featured the New Life choir, the Canyon Singers, the Canyon Chorale and the Choral Union, the latter three groups under the expert direction of Assistant Dean Juan Hernandez of the College of Fine Arts and Production.

The 90-minute concert ended with a triumphant, three-movement rendition of John Rutter’s cantata “Gloria,” sung entirely in Latin and received with a standing ovation at its conclusion.

The church’s sanctuary, festooned in seasonal greenery and lights, resembled a concert hall. The large crowd recognized the significance of the occasion — the first Christmas concert by the re-formed fine-arts college at the University — and responded with enthusiasm and heartfelt appreciation.

As the choirs changed places, Hernandez kept the mood light and festive by sharing some of the history of Christmas carols.

The Choral Union — the largest of the four choirs — is GCU’s community chorus, made up of students, staff and community members. The Chorale consists of GCU music majors. The smaller Canyon Singers formerly were known as the President’s Singers. New Life, the University’s traveling ensemble under the direction of the multitalented Gabe Salazar, emphasizes pop and contemporary worship.

Several students were in three of the choirs Friday, and a few sang in all four.

The program began with rousing versions of “Rise Up, Shepherd” and “Joy to the World” from New Life. The Canyon Singers then performed four songs, including an exquisite arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by English composer R. Vaughan Williams and a jaunty “A Celtic Noel” by Michael Barrett.

Classic renditions of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “The First Noel” by the Canyon Chorale were powerful in their simplicity, summoning memories of Christmases long ago. The Choral Union’s “A Manger Suite,” by popular Christian singer-songwriterMichael W. Smith, was enhanced by readings of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke.

That set the stage for the grand finale of “Gloria,” which gave the concert the high-spirited finish that the season’s music demands in a concert setting.

Reach Doug Carroll at 639.8011 or doug.carroll@gcu.edu.

‘Kinetic Dreams’ a Moving Debut for Dance

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By Patty Carroll
Photos by Jak Keyser

The GCU Dance Ensemble made its debut over the weekend with a highly expressive, passionate and creative winter concert, “Kinetic Dreams,” at Ethington Theatre.

Saturday’s dance performance was the first in more than three years at Ethington and was followed by a second show Sunday. Under the direction of Susannah Keita, the troupe of 10 dancers performed a series of lyrical ballet, jazz and modern dance routines.

After a short introduction to the dance education program by Keita, the concert began with “Healer,” a song by Michael Guglielmucci performed live by Gabriel Salazar, Jason Richard and Ryne Norman. The unique, stripped-down arrangement incorporated lyrical ballet movements, American Sign Language and live music, all pointing to God as the healer in our lives. In their angelic costumes, the dancers seemed to glide effortlessly.

Then the GCU Dance Team entertained the audience with its performance to the song “Bad Romance,” written by Lady Gaga and recorded by Lissie. The up-tempo number, titled “Fame Monster” by its choreographers, energized the crowd with its jazz/funk style and painted a picture of destruction caused by fame and fortune.

Kelsey Alexander, a GCU freshman, choreographed and performed a powerful solo to “Broken” by Seether with Amy Lee. The message: Only when we’re broken and come to the end of ourselves can God pick us up and make us whole again.

“Dust,” choreographed by Brooke Hughes Melton of Tucson and accompanied by the ominous tolling of a bell, reflected the conflict in losing a loved one and struggling to let go. “He Loves Me Not,” choreographed by Conni Torres and performed brilliantly by Caroline Branch — both freshmen at GCU — captured the anger of a jilted bride in her black leotard and red pointe shoes.

Keita, an accomplished dancer, took the stage to perform “I’ve Done What I Could to Pick Up the Pieces,” a modern dance number accompanied by Evan Pensis on piano. Pensis is the son of Dean Claude Pensis of the College of Fine Arts and Production.

The Dance Ensemble concluded with an upbeat performance to “Stolen Moments” by United Future Organization, set to a lively Latin beat and celebrating our hope in the one who created us. Keita’s choreography made it a perfect show-ender.

“Kinetic” means “energy of motion,” and that’s an accurate description of this production. The troupe’s hard work was evident, and it could not have delivered a more spirited performance.