Linfield Reports, 10/4/10


Prize-winning pianist Dean Kramer will perform an all-Chopin recital Monday, Oct. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

Kramer was one of the few pianists to have received lessons from the great Vladimir Horowitz, and has worked with legendary artists such as Arthur Rubinstein and Gina Bachauer. Kramer is a prize winner at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland, and has performed as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in the United States as well as internationally. He was chosen by the United States Information Agency to represent the United States as an Artistic Ambassador to Hungary, Romania, Malta and Egypt. Kramer has appeared as a soloist with renowned groups such as the Vermeer Quartet, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble and the Russian River Chamber Players. Kramer has been a member of the piano faculty at the University of Oregon since 1983.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Michael Roberts, professor of biology, will explain how animal size affects the way we think about biology during an upcoming faculty lecture at Linfield.

“Why Are Animals So Small? And Other Interesting Questions About Size in Biology” will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall.

Roberts is a physiologist who conducts research focusing on how body size determines physiology. The lecture will discuss the theme of size within books such as Gulliver’s Travels and The Little Prince, as well as in films which incorporate over-grown spiders. He will explain the problem with these books and films from a biological standpoint. According to Roberts, animals come in a huge range of sizes, from less than a millimeter to over 100 feet in length, and body weights range from a millionth of a gram to 200 tons.

“Very small animals are unaffected by gravity, but very much affected by light air movements and the surface tension of water. Large animals are profoundly affected by gravity,” said Roberts. “Thus, we can’t generalize about animal biology without knowing what size animal we are talking about.”

A Linfield faculty member since 1981, Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley and his master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also did post-doctorial research at Yale University.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.


Linfield College will host a fall choral concert, “In Endless Song,” on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall.

The choral music concert will feature the Linfield Concert Choir, Women’s Vocal Ensemble and Wildcat Men’s Glee Club. They will perform folk and multicultural songs along with works by composers William Byrd, Edvard Grieg and Srul Irving Glick.

Anna Song, assistant professor of music and choral director, received her bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has directed choirs and taught music in the Portland area since 2001, and teaches music education, vocal ensemble, ear training and sight singing, and understanding music at Linfield.

The concert is sponsored by the Music Department and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275.


Season tickets are now available for the 20th Anniversary Season of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra (LCO).

The upcoming season will feature the world premiere of an orchestral piece especially commissioned for LCO by one of the world’s most sought-after composers, Libby Larsen. Two guest-artist concerts and three orchestra concerts, including a performance by the winners of the biennial student concerto competition, will also be presented.

A collaboration of the Linfield College Department of Music and the community, the McMinnville-based orchestra now attracts world-renowned guest artists and professional musicians from across Oregon and southwest Washington.

LCO provides aspiring Linfield College students the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside seasoned musicians, and every year since 2004, fourth-grade children in Yamhill County schools have been introduced to classical music through a youth concert presented especially for them.

Conductor Michael Gesme, who also conducts the Central Oregon Symphony in Bend, is in his seventh season with the orchestra.

“The chamber orchestra adds vitality to our community arts scene,” said Board President Nora Stevens. “The group not only provides great classical performances, but has also introduced thousands of local children to the classical tradition.

“Not all Yamhill County elementary schools offer band or orchestra classes,” she said, “so the concerts provide a valuable way to help youth find new avenues for artistic expression.

“The power and beauty of classical music deepens the human experience for all of us,” Stevens said.

Season subscriptions are $110 for reserved seating and $80 for general admission. Single reserved tickets are $25 with the exception of the Libby Larsen World Premiere Concert, which is $30. General admission is $18 and $23, and $5 for K-12 students. All concerts this season will be held in Ice Auditorium.

For ticket and concert information, visit or contact the chamber orchestra at 503-883-2637 or


Sue Butell, professor of nursing, was a reviewer for the 5th edition textbook of Fortinash & Holoday Worret’s, Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.

An article by Mike Leahy, professor of nursing, “Our Country Comes Up Short on Life Expectancy,” appeared in The Lund Report, and can be found online at



Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

3 p.m.: Japanese conversation table, 201 Walker


11:20 a.m.: Voices SOAN, Dillin

Noon: Free blood pressure clinic, Cook

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin

Noon: American Sign Language table, Dillin

Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Women’s soccer at Puget Sound

1 p.m.: Football at Puget Sound

7 p.m.: Volleyball vs. George Fox

7 p.m..: Men’s soccer at Willamette


Noon: Women’s soccer vs. George Fox

7 p.m.: Volleyball at Pacific Lutheran