The Lacroute Arts Fund at Linfield College supports the Departments of Art and Visual Culture, Music, and Theatre and Communication Arts in their efforts to produce and present arts events for the Linfield and McMinnville communities. In so doing the program contributes to the artistic life of students, faculty and community members by providing quality arts experiences featuring distinguished visiting artists.
Photo Historian Corey Dzenko talks with a studio art major during The Arts and Social Change Symposium and residency held in May 2012.
Creative expression has always been a means to stimulate deep social change because we can challenge many of society’s deepest assumptions through artistic engagement. Art in all its forms sparks new ideas and inspires critical thinking, which then leads to new actions. Artists are among the most important visionaries in society. They can ignite communities in common purpose to achieve new goals.
Linfield College Trustee and Arts Benefactor
Bradass87 by Claire Lebowitz
NO SIR! by Jerry Goralnick and
The Living Theatre
"Soldiers and Many Wars" by Suzanne Opton
"Verdi's Operas and Changing Social Values in 19th-Century Italy"
A Linfield PLACE event
Featuring Jerry Goralnick and Claire Lebowitz of The Living Theatre Workshops and Linfield Students
Claire Lebowitz and Jerry Goralnick of The Living Theatre Workshops will be in residence at Linfield from September 15th – September 21st. Working with Linfield students they will present Bradass87, No Sir!, and a guided discussion about the legacies of war.
Residency: September 16- 21 (Theatre rehearsals and class visits)
Each performance will include three acts:
Since 1947, The Living Theatre has created an imaginative alternative to the commercial stage by using the theatre to further social change. For more information about the Living Theatre and The Living Theatre Workshops see http://www.thelivingtheatreworkshops.com/tltw-_2.html and http://www.livingtheatre.org/about/ourmission.
Featuring an exhibit of photographs, class visits, and lectures
A Linfield PLACE event
Suzanne Opton, whose work lives on the edge between documentary and conceptual, is a self-taught photographer who studied philosophy. She often asks a simple performance from her subjects as a means of illustrating their circumstances. Opton's photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Cleveland Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Library of Congress, Musee de l'Eysee, Lausanne, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Portland Art Museum.
Suzanne Opton is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her soldier portraits, icons of the aftermath of the current wars, have been presented as billboards in eight American cities and have sparked a passionate debate about issues of art and soldiering. Suzanne is a self-taught photographer who studied philosophy and has been influenced by performance art and the monochrome paintings of James Sprouse. She often asks a simple performance from her subjects as a means of illustrating their circumstances. Suzanne has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, and Vermont Council on the Arts. She teaches at the International Center of Photography.Associated Event:
2013 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), the greatest composer of the Italian opera. Though Verdi’s operas are firmly rooted in the bel canto tradition, they are infused with the spirit of romanticism. Many of his works reflected vital social questions of the time and contained thinly-disguised political messages. His operas are distinguished by their dramatic power, demanding vocal lines and unforgettable melodies. His compositional style developed and changed throughout his long, creative life—spanning the range from elegant bel canto to brutally-realistic verismo.
The Linfield Concert Choir, Vocal Faculty, and Guest Artists, Natalie Gunn–soprano, Beth Madsen Bradford ('96)–mezzo-soprano, Giovanni Formisano–tenor, and Anton Belov–baritone, will present a stunning, retrospective all-Verdi program featuring famous choruses, ensembles and arias from Nabucco, Ernani, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Il Trovatore and Falstaff.
November 12, 6:30 p.m. Pre-concert disussion in Ice Auditoriuim
April 2, 6:00 p.m. Artist Talk in Linfield Gallery
Gabriel Jackson was born in Bermuda in 1962. After three years as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, Jackson studied composition at the Royal College of Music, first in the Junior Department with Richard Blackford and later with John Lambert, gaining his BMus in 1983. While at the College he was awarded the R.O. Morris Prize for Composition in 1981 and 1983, and in 1981 he also won the Theodore Holland Award.
His music is regularly performed, recorded and broadcast worldwide. His works have been presented at many festivals in the UK and beyond, including Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Spitalfields, Haarlem Choir Biennale, Festival Vancouver, the Sydney Spring Festival and the BBC Proms. His liturgical pieces are in the repertoires of many of Britain's leading cathedral and collegiate choirs and his music has been commissioned and performed by many of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, among them The Sixteen, the Latvian Radio Choir, the Tallis Scholars, the Bavarian Radio Choir, the Swedish Radio Choir, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Norwegian Soloists Ensemble. In 2003 he won the liturgical category at the inaugural British Composer Awards, and won the choral award in 2009 for The Spacious Firmament.
Since 2010 Jackson has been Associate Composer to the BBC Singers, resulting in a series of substantial commissions, including In Nomine Domini for the 2010 BBC Proms and Airplane Cantata for choir and pianola. Other recent commissions include According to Seneca, for the award-winning Philadelphian professional chamber choir, The Crossing, The Glory of the Lord, written for the Papal visit to Westminster Abbey in September 2010, and To the Field of Stars, co-commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, St Jacobs Chamber Choir, Stockholm, and The Netherlands Chamber Choir, premiered in Autumn 2011. Later in 2012 will see a new work to mark the Tallis scholars’ 40th anniversary, and, for Easter 2013, a full length Passion for the Choir of Merton College, Oxford
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