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Linfield Reports, 3/16/15


Hermitage Piano TrioThe critically acclaimed Hermitage Piano Trio will perform Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The Trio, made up of Misha Keylin on violin, Sergey Antonov on cello and Ilya Kazantsev on piano, will perform “Piano Trio No. 1 in C minor, Op. 8” by Shostakovich; “Trio Elégiaque No. 2 in D minor, Op. 9” by Rachmaninoff; and “Piano Trio in D minor, Op 49” by Mendelssohn. The performance is presented in collaboration with Friends of Chamber Music.

The Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range and sumptuous sound. It excels at performing an enormous range of music and has a wide repertoire from Shostakovich, Arensky and Tchaikovsky to Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak and Brahms.

The Trio is made up of three musicians who are noted soloists in their own right. In a career already spanning 45 countries on five continents, violinist Keylin released a CD with a series of the seven Henri Vieuxtemps violin concertos. These recordings have already sold over 120,000 copies worldwide and garnered numerous press accolades and awards. Antonov, hailed as “a brilliant cellist” by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich, became one of the youngest cellists ever awarded the gold medal at the world’s premier musical contest, the quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition. Antonov’s entry into this elite stratum of sought-after classical artists has already placed him on stages at world-renowned venues from Russia’s Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo. A passionate interpreter of his native Russian repertoire, pianist Kazantsev has been hailed by the Washington Post as “virtually flawless.” He has performed as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra extensively in Russia and the United States, as well as appearing in Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Canada, Ukraine, Belarus and Slovenia.

In the 2013-14 season, the Trio embarked on a major project in recognition of the 140th anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s birth. The members of the Hermitage Piano Trio have taught at the Eastman School of Music, Boston University, Oberlin College and the Tanglewood Music Center. Antonov is the artistic director of the concert series for the Chamber Music Foundation of New England.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Department of Music and the Linfield Lively Arts Series, which features guest artists in concerts and in outreach activities, including master classes, open rehearsals and “Meet the Musicians” events with students and local audiences.

Tickets are $10 at the door and free for Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit



Temporal Powers, Marshall TheatreA conflict between man, wife, poverty and the need to do what is right sits at the heart of the upcoming Linfield College Theatre production, “Temporal Powers,” Teresa Deevy’s 1927 play newly unearthed by the Mint Theater Company in New York City. In addition, a post-show discussion and a lecture will be presented.

“Temporal Powers” runs March 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield and is directed by Kathryn Bennett, adjunct professor of theatre at Linfield. This production marks the West Coast premiere of the play and its first production by a college or university theatre in the U.S.

“Temporal Powers” tells the darkly humorous story of a great love struggling under the weight of conflicting passions. Desperate and penniless, a couple takes refuge for the night in a crumbling ruin. The answer to their prayers is buried within the walls, money for a fresh start, if only they could agree to use it. However, this money comes with its own baggage. What follows is a fierce moral struggle that no one can win.

In the spring of 2010, Jonathan Bank, producing artistic director of New York’s Mint Theater Company, traveled to Ireland to visit playwright Deevy’s home. Her estate donated her manuscripts to the Mint Theater Company, including “Temporal Powers,” which was later edited and adapted for a performance in 2011 by the Mint.

In addition to the play, Bank and Lex Runciman, professor of English at Linfield, will be panelists for a post-show discussion following the Tuesday, March 17, performance. Bank, who will visit classes while on campus, will also present a lecture, “The Teresa Deevy Project,” on Thursday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall. The lecture is free but seating is limited. The lecture is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield, the Department of English and the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts.

The play is presented by the Linfield Theatre Program. It investigates Linfield’s 2014-15 PLACE (Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement) theme by exploring the question of “How Do We Know?” through storytelling.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors (62+) and Linfield faculty and staff (two tickets per ID); and $5 for students (any age, any school, one ticket per ID); with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at or by phone, or at the Marshall Theatre Box Office open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and until 7:30 p.m. on performance days. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.

For more information, call ext. 2292.



Linfield College foliageThe Linfield College Spanish Club is hosting a Cinema Festival. Movies from different countries will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. All movies will be held at 7 p.m. in 311 Walker Hall.

  • March 19 – “No Se Aceptan Devoluciones”
  • April 9 – “Broche de Oro”
  • April 16 – “Corazón de León”

For more information, contact Stephanie Arciga Najar, president, at





Susan Sokol BlosserSusan Sokol Blosser, Oregon wine industry pioneer and co-founder of Sokol Blosser Winery, will present a lecture and sign copies of her new book, “Letting Go,” on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of an ongoing wine lecture series at Linfield.

At the height of her career, after building and leading one of the most innovative wineries in America, Sokol Blosser stepped away from the work she loved and transitioned control of the winery to her children. Her book, “Letting Go: How One Entrepreneur Energized Her Business, Empowered the Next Generation, and Embraced a Bold New Vision,” is the account of how she made that decision, the surprising challenges she faced, the unanticipated journey that ensued and the good life that followed.

For more than three decades, Sokol Blosser has distinguished herself as a leader in business and agriculture, managing every aspect of Sokol Blosser’s winery operation. As president, she helped Sokol Blosser grow to become one of the largest and most innovative Oregon wineries, with national and international distribution. She was a forerunner in instituting environmentally friendly business practices and practicing the triple bottom line concept of people, planet, profit. With its certified organic vineyard, the first LEED certified winery building in the U.S., and business practices based on the Natural Step model of sustainability, the winery made social responsibility and its environmental ethic priorities, while still pursuing its vision of producing remarkable wines.

Sokol Blosser holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and an honorary doctorate of public service from the University of Portland, citing her entrepreneurship within the context of environmental and social responsibility. She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Women for WineSense and the Oregon Wine Board and is a Lifetime Trustee of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Marylhurst University.

For more information, call ext. 2218.


The Linfield Oak Grove and Pioneer HallLinfield will host services for Good Friday and Easter.

A Good Friday worship service will be held Friday, April 3, at noon in Jonasson Hall. An Easter morning worship service will be held Sunday, April 5, at 8 a.m. in the Oak Grove. In case of rain, meet in Jonasson Hall.

Both services are open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield Chaplain’s Office. For more information, call ext. 2259.




Blake SloneckerBlake Slonecker, associate professor of history and chair of humanities at Heritage University, will present “We are Marshall Bloom: Sexuality, Suicide and the Collective Memory of the Sixties” on Thursday, April 2, at 4:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall.

Slonecker will discuss the entwined histories of the Liberation News Service (LNS), a news agency for leftist underground media, and Montague Farm, a commune in western Massachusetts, exploring the disputed legacy of Marshall Bloom, one of the founders of LNS and Montague farm.

Slonecker’s book, “A New Dawn for the New Left: Liberation News Service, Montague Farm, and the Long Sixties” (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), was recently described as “a flawlessly structured, richly textured and page-turning account of the New Left’s utopian impulse.” Currently, he is at work on a new project, “Pushing Off: Sexual Politics in the Underground Press,” that examines the complex role of alternative media in promoting feminism, gay liberation and the sexual revolution in the Pacific Northwest.

The lecture is sponsored by the Linfield departments of history, political science and English, along with PLACE. For more information, contact Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English, at ext. 2696,



Hand2Mouth, an interactive Portland theatre company, will present two free performances of “PEP TALK” Friday, April 3, at 7 and 9 p.m. in Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield College.

“PEP TALK” is an interactive theatrical celebration of coaches, teams and everyday heroes. In the performance, four coaches take the stage to explore the power of the pep talk and demonstrate that every person has the ability to give and receive words of encouragement. Combining the boldness of Muhammad Ali, the seriousness of Vince Lombardi and the humor of The Bad News Bears, “PEP TALK” creates an art and sport atmosphere. The performance is meant to inspire the audience to reflect on the past, cheer on the present and step from passive observers to active participants.

According to an Oregonian review, “‘PEP TALK’ definitely feels good. Not just because it’s fun and entertaining, but because it reminds us that we have what it takes to go out there and make our own destinies – to grab life by the horns and do what we want, to be who we want.”

“PEP TALK” is performed by longtime Hand2Mouth company members Julie Hammond, Liz Hayden, Erin Leddy and Maesie Speer, under the direction of artistic director Jonathan Walters. The show is currently touring Oregon schools, community organizations, theatres and colleges, and is customized for each audience.

Hand2Mouth Theatre is Portland’s longest running contemporary theatre ensemble, consistently creating innovative new works at home and touring performances to rural communities throughout the Northwest, leading arts centers and to major cities across the U.S. and internationally. Founded by Walters in 2000, the company has created 18 original performances.

During the one-day residency at Linfield, the company will conduct a workshop with students in the Acting Styles course.

The Linfield performances are sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield, the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, and the Department of Health, Human Performance and Athletics.

The performances are free, seating is limited and is first-come, first-served. The doors will open 30 minutes before show time. For more information, call ext. 2802. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible.




11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Nursing Career and Education Fair, Peterson Hall, Portland Campus


Noon: French table, Starbucks

2 p.m.: Men’s and women’s tennis vs. Schreiner

4:30 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Whittier

6 p.m.: Japanese Table, Japanese Classroom, Walker Hall

7:30 p.m.: “Temporal Powers,” Marshall Theatre


Today through Saturday: Swimming at NCAA III Championships

Noon: German Language Table, Dillin Hall

4 p.m.: Life 101: The Benefits of Employment, 222 T.J. Day

5 p.m.: Women’s lacrosse vs. Augsburg

7:30 p.m.: Hermitage Piano Trio, Ice

7:30 p.m.: “Temporal Powers,” Marshall Theatre


11:50 am: SOAN Voices, Dillin Northwest Room

7 p.m.: Spanish Club Cinema Festival, “No Se Aceptan Devoluciones,” 311 Walker Hall

7:30 p.m.: “Temporal Powers,” Marshall Theatre


Today and tomorrow: Track and field at Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open

11:30 a.m.: Spanish Language Table, NW Alcove, Dillin Hall

7:30 p.m.: “Temporal Powers,” Marshall Theatre


Noon: Softball at Claremont-McKenna

Noon: Women’s lacrosse vs. Calvin

Noon: Baseball at Pacific

1 p.m.: Men’s tennis vs. College of the Ozarks


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