Linfield Reports, 3/13/17

Campus plans fifth annual Linfield Pi Day Fun Run

Pi DayJoin the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center for the fifth annual Linfield Pi Day Fun Run/Walk. All are welcome for this 3.14 mile run/walk on Tuesday, March 14, in celebration of math, science and good health. Registration is free. Run or walk and choose from three kinds of pie at the finish line.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m. at the Walker Hall Courtyard. Race will start at 3:14 p.m.

To register, email Kara Kepple at by 2:30 p.m. on March 14, including your first and last name, email and department/major and class year. For more information, call 503-883-2806 or contact


International wine marketing focus of lecture

Alex GambalBurgundy vineyard owner Alex Gambal will share his experience and global perspective of international wine marketing during a lecture on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in 222 T.J. Day Hall at Linfield College.

Gambal is the owner of Maison Alex Gambal in Burgundy, France. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 1979, Gambal quickly began a career in real estate in Washington, D.C. Because of his passion for Burgundy, he left the world of real estate to explore the Cote D’Or. During his exploration he attended viticulture school in Beaune, and in 1997 founded Maison Alex Gambal, an estate-based, biodynamic producer in Burgundy. Following the creation of his winery, he continued to acquire vineyard land in Burgundy and became the first foreigner to purchase vineyards in the Grand Crus of Puligny and Chassagne.

Currently, Maison Alex Gambal produces approximately 6,000 cases of wine a year, 55 percent of which is white. The range of his appellations extends from Bourgogne Pinot Noir and Bourgogne Chardonnay, Village, Premier Crus and Grand Crus; such as his Batard-Montrachet, Corton- Charlemagne Clos Vougeot and Latricieres-Chambertin. Maison Alex Gambal now exports to 20 countries around the world.

The talk, part of the Linfield College Wine Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2766.


Linfield Lively Arts to host Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Trio con Brio CopenhagenAward-winning classical musicians Trio con Brio Copenhagen will perform Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, located in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The concert is sponsored by the Linfield Lively Arts Series and presented in partnership with Friends of Chamber Music. The trio features Soo-Jin Hong, violin, Soo-Kyung Hong, cello and Jens Elvekjaer, piano performing “Piano Trio No.1 in C minor, Opus 8” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Piano Trio in E-flat major, Opus 70, No. 2” by Ludwig van Beethoven and “Trio in B-flat Major, Opus 99, D. 898” by Franz Schubert.

Trio con Brio Copenhagen first commanded international attention with a performance that took the highest prize at Germany’s prestigious ARD-Munich Competition in 2002. The group is one of only four recipients of the coveted Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award, which resulted in appearances in 20 major concert series across the U.S., including at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. They have earned top honors in numerous chamber music competitions, such as Italy’s Premio Vittorio Gui, Norway’s Trondheim Chamber Music Competition, the Danish Radio Competition and more. The performers have each also won top prizes in international solo competitions and appeared as soloists with orchestras and festivals around the world.

The trio has been heard on the BBC, Korean Broadcasting Systems, European Broadcasting Union, Danish Radio, Norwegian Radio, Swedish Radio, Radiotelevisione Italiana and major German networks. Additionally, Soo-Kyung Hong, Elvekjaer and Soo-Jin Hong are the co-founders and artistic directors of the Copenhagen Chamber Music Festival, which they launched in 2011.

Soo-Jin Hong plays a violin built by Andrea Guarneri from the 17th century. Soo-Kyung Hong plays a Giovanni Grancino cello from 1672. Pianist Jens Elvekjaer is Denmark’s first and only Steinway artist.

The concert is sponsored by 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.

A reception will follow the performance. Tickets are $10 at the door and free for K-12 students and Linfield students with current ID. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Marine sponge research focus of Weisz talk

Jeremy Weisz, professor of biologyJeremy Weisz, associate professor of biology at Linfield College, will present “Symbiosis in the Sea: Studying Relationships between Marine Sponges and Marine Microbes” on Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Weisz will share his recent work on Florida sponges, especially the bioeroding sponge Cliona varians, and their unique symbioses with microbes. He will discuss how sponges enter into mutualistic interactions with bacteria and algae to reduce their need to filter feed.  Weisz will share how Cliona sponges use these symbiotic interactions to erode the coral reef, in ways that are both harmful and beneficial to the reef.

Weisz, a Linfield professor since 2010, received a bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received the 2016 Samuel H. Graf Faculty Achievement Award given at Linfield. He also received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund research with Linfield students and has also worked to bring to Linfield the Small World Initiative, a national program which engages students with real-world microbial research.

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


Linfield Theatre to perform ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’

Circle Mirror Transformation“Circle Mirror Transformation,” Annie Baker’s 2009 Obie award–winning play, will be presented March 15-18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield College.

When four lost New Englanders enroll in Marty’s community center drama class and begin to experiment with harmless theatre games, hearts are quietly torn apart and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. The eclectic assortment of characters include Marty, the teacher, her husband James, a recently divorced carpenter, a reticent high schooler and a former actress. This is a beautifully crafted diorama, a petri dish in which we see, with hilarious detail and clarity, the antic sadness of a motley quintet.

Stephanie Mulligan, a 2013 Linfield graduate, is the guest director. She is a stage director in both the professional and educational arenas. Based in the Pacific Northwest, she has been a frequent participant in international programming, through which she has collaborated with theatre artists in India, Vietnam and Australia. She returns to Vietnam this summer as an Arts Envoy of the U.S. Department of State.

Cast members include Ben Bartu, Joella Cordell, Antoine Johnson, Bailey Sipila and Arianna Strong, with scenic and lighting design by Ty Marshall, costume design by Laurel Peterson and sound design by Rob Vaughn. Alyssa Lawrence is stage manager.

Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors and Linfield faculty and staff; and $5 for students; with a $2 discount on all tickets on opening night. Seating is reserved. Tickets are available at Tickets will be available at the Marshall Theatre Box Office beginning Tuesday, March 7. Located in Ford Hall, the box office is open Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on performance days.

For more information, call 503-883-2292. The Marshall Theatre is fully accessible. It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.


Keyboard Kapers planned at Linfield

Professor Albert KimLinfield College will present Keyboard Kapers – Piano Masterclass and Recital, featuring students of Albert Kim and visiting artist Daria Rabotkina, Thursday and Friday, March 16-17. Both events will be held in the Delkin Recital Hall of the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

The piano masterclass on Thursday, March 16, at 4 p.m., will be taught by Daria Rabotkina and feature Kim’s students. The recital on Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m., will feature Rabotkina, Kim and Linfield students performing works by Debussy, Bach, Scarlatti, Tcherepnin, Bartok and Schumann. Rabotkina and Kim will conclude the performance with Robert Schumann’s “Variations in the Form of a Canon” for two pianos.

Rabotkina was born in Kazan, Russia, to a family of musicians and received her education at the Kazan State Conservatory and Mannes College of Music in New York City. She also holds a doctorate degree and the Artist Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Natalya Antonova. Rabotkina joined the Texas State University music faculty as assistant professor and artist/teacher of piano at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, in fall 2016. Winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Rabotkina has received top prizes at many international competitions and participated in Russia’s White Nights Festival, Finland’s Kuhmo Festival, Copenhagen’s Summer Festival and Germany’s MusikFest in Kreuth. In the United States, Rabotkina has appeared at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, International Keyboard Institute and Festival, Music Academy of the West, and PianoSummer at New Paltz.

Kim is assistant professor of music at Linfield, where he teaches piano, theory, music history and chamber music. Born to South Korean parents, he made his public debut at 10, when he substituted for an ailing Vladimir Horowitz to inaugurate the 500,000th Steinway piano at Carnegie Hall.  He made his solo recital debuts in the U.S. and Europe as a Carnegie Hall/European Concert Hall Organization Rising Star, followed by recitals at Ravinia, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Canary Islands as a member of the former Kim-Jacobsen-Arron Trio. Kim performs throughout the U.S. and China, with recent or upcoming engagements at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival, Dongfang Arts School, Castleman Quartet Program West, Neskowin Chamber Music and Texas State University. He maintains an active profile as a transcriber, with his solo paraphrase of Ravel’s La Valse and chamber version of Strauss’s Salome receiving recent premieres.  Kim is the pianist of The Tabletop Opera, a multimedia performance collective based at the Eastman School of Music.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit


Linfield to offer music workshop for K-12 educators

Linfield College Music DepartmentA workshop aimed at providing new and innovative approaches to teaching music is open to local elementary educators and Linfield College students.

Little Kids Rock will partner with Linfield to share popular music education techniques with K-12 students on Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Woolley Hall in the Vivian Bull Music Center at Linfield.

Dozens of music students and elementary education majors from Linfield, along with local elementary educators, will gather to widen the door to music participation for all students and rock out with their peers. This workshop prepares educators to reach and connect with their students through the program, which teaches students the popular musical styles of the past 60 years, from rock and reggae to Latin and R&B, among other genres. The program complements existing music electives such as jazz band, choral ensembles, marching band and orchestra.

The workshop is created by Little Kids Rock, a provider of free instruments and music instruction to U.S. Public Schools, and hosted by Linfield Professor Anna Song. Attendees will receive professional development from Bryan Powell, director of higher education at Little Kids Rock.

The workshop is free to attend. Participants are asked to bring guitars, if possible. Registration deadline is Monday, March 13. For more information, contact Song at 503-883-2406 or


Copperman reading highlights teaching in Mississippi Delta

Michael CoppermanAuthor Mike Copperman will present a reading on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Copperman, senior instructor of English at the University of Oregon, will read from and talk about his memoir, Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta, which captures what it’s like to teach in America’s poorest and most troubled public schools. Of the memoir, Joe Wilkins, associate professor of English at Linfield, writes, “I was knocked out by the pure hard honesty of Copperman’s story.”

Teacher captures both the disorientation of living in the divided world of the Mississippi Delta and the heartbreaking struggles of too many of our nation’s young people.

Copperman has taught writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse backgrounds at the University of Oregon for the last decade. His prose has appeared in The Oxford American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Waxwing and Copper Nickel, among other magazines. Copperman has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Oregon Literary Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission.

This reading is a part of the “Readings at the Nick” series. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield Nicholson Library and the Linfield English department. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte at 503-883-2517,


Community news

Essays exploring the work of Lex Runciman, recently retired English professor, and Barbara Drake, professor emerita of English, along with four other Oregon poets have been included in “Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets,” by Erik Muller.


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