Category Archives: Culture

Orchestra, choir play requiem

The Linfield Chamber Orchestra opened its final concert of the season with the rich sounds of a Felix Mendelssohn piece. But it was the second half of the concert that really stunned the audience.

The concert was titled “Reformation and Consolation” and took place May 4 at McMinnville’s First Baptist Church. The church was packed to the point where it was hard to find seats, and the ushers ran out of programs.

The concert’s first half featured Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “Reformation.” The strong chords and majestic sound got an enthusiastic applause out of the audience.

After an intermission, the Linfield Choir joined the orchestra onstage for the second half and the main feature of the concert, which was the Mozart Requiem.

“Singing with an orchestra was quite cool,” sophomore Gülfem Torunlar said. “At first, I was afraid they’d be so loud we would have to sing even louder to be heard. I thought they sounded great, and they told us we sounded great, so we had a good dynamic between us.”

Sophomore Lauren Pak said in an email that the orchestra typically performs one concert a year with the Linfield Choir.

“It is a good experience because, individually and as a whole, we have to be extremely aware of the voices and instruments and make sure that everything is balanced properly so that everyone can be heard at the appropriate time,” Pak said. “For some movements, I felt prepared, but others were exceedingly difficult for me to play because of the rapid tempo. This orchestra has always had a high level of repertoire and the music for this concert maintained that standard.”

Before they began the requiem, the conductor of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, Michael Gesme, introduced two of the student musicians, seniors Don DeFrang and Amanda Summers. He also gave recognition to Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choirs, for her work with the choir.

“The most influential person is the one you don’t see; it’s the person who prepared the choir,” Gesme announced to the audience. “And this is, bar none, the best-prepared choir I’ve ever worked with.”

As the requiem began, it was obvious that the audience felt the same way. The choir had an energy and movement that kept everyone’s attention on them, and there was a tension in the air after every movement, as if the audience was just longing to applaud.

Torunlar said although the choir felt reasonably sure of themselves the evening of the performance, they had to do a lot of things last-minute because of the choir tour schedule.

“It was quite stressful,” Torunlar said. “We learned three of the movements before the choir tour, and the rest after the tour. We were like ‘wow, we have a whole book to learn in a month.’ I’m glad we pulled it off.”

The Mozart Requiem featured five soloists. Sophomore Jaimie McDonald and senior Kayla Wilkens sang soprano, senior Jen Boston sang contralto, senior Logan Freitas sang the tenor solos and senior Jeremy Moll sang bass.

Torunlar said the choir had to put in a great deal of time and work into practicing.

“Usually, we have half-hour sectional practices, but then we started doing 45-minute sectionals and then hour sectionals,” Torunlar said. “I feel like we practiced so much, if we would have practiced it any more, we would have gotten bored. As it was, there was some nostalgia after we finished it.”

The requiem’s final chord was so strong that the audience sat for a moment in awed silence, broken only by a hushed “Wow!” from one audience member, before bursting into a thunderous standing ovation.

“It was a really cool experience, and I’m glad I got to sing it,” Torunlar said. “[Song] kept telling us groups don’t usually do this requiem because it’s so challenging. That felt epic. We felt so tough, doing this thing that not many choirs do.”

Pak said she thought the concert went extremely well overall.

“It is the best the LCO has ever sounded, and I am so grateful to have been a part of such a great performance,” Pak said.

Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
Sharon Gollery can  be reached at

‘Mac Reads’ author dives into frontier life

Oregon author Molly Gloss gives a speech about her novel, “The Jump-Off Creek,” for the eighth annual “Mac Reads” celebration April 30 in Nicholson Library. Kate Straube/Photo editor

Linfield and McMinnville community members gathered in the Nicholson Library on April 30 to listen to award-winning author and fourth-generation Oregonian, Molly Gloss, speak about her novel “The Jump-Off Creek” for the eighth annual “Mac Reads” celebration.

The theme and discussion of the event were, what Gloss called, “the literature of the west and where women were left out of it.”

Gloss began the event with an excerpt from “The Jump-Off Creek,” the story of the widowed homesteader Lydia Bennet Sanderson and her survival in the backcountry of Oregon in 1895.

Called “a classic of its time” by the Los Angeles Times, it was the winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award and the Oregon Book Award, as well as, the finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for American Fiction. Gloss was also the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award in 1996.

Gloss sought to write a novel that provided a different perspective of history, one that was different than the typical stories of male conquest and cowboys at the forefront of the western backcountry.

“That’s not the real history of the west,” Gloss said. “The real history of the west was a community and women were at the center of it.”

Gloss’s interest in the true depiction of the lives of women made for the strong woman lead in “The Jump-Off Creek,” who embodies the same endurance and grit as the male characters.

Gloss grew up in rural Oregon in the ’50s and developed an appreciation for western novels early on, reading her father’s collection of “cowboy” novels.

“I’d been a Western reader since I was 12—it was my dad’s favorite genre,” said Gloss on her website.

However, she noticed that women were consistently “reluctant pioneers.”

“I wrote ‘The Jump-Off Creek’ because it was the book I couldn’t find in the libraries,” Gloss said.

The Portland State University alumna wrote the novel in just two years, while she was both a mother and clerk.

“Still, and yet, my life as a writer began with motherhood,” Gloss said on her website.

Although writing was never an initial career path for Gloss, who went into the workforce as a teacher and later a clerk, she became a full time writer in 1980 and has since published four full-length adult fictions as well as a collection of short stories.

Gloss resides in Portland.

For more information about Gloss and her works, visit

“Mac Reads” is a partnership of Friends of the McMinnville Public Library, the Linfield Nicholson Library, the Linfield English Department and Third Street Books, which make it possible for the community to have authors, such as Gloss, come to the annual readings.

Chrissy Shane/
Staff writer
Chrissy  Shane  can be reached at

Wildcats rally in final away game

Continuing a break from Northwest Conference games, the Wildcats baseball team traveled to Lewiston, Idaho, to compete against the Lewis-Clark State University Warriors on April 27-29.

The Wildcats started their final game ready to play. Scoring the first run of the game was junior Jordan Harlow off a double hit by junior Tim Wilson. The Warriors tied the game with a run during their turn at bat in the first inning.

Linfield continued to struggle to score despite earning at least one base hit every inning until the sixth inning.  The Warriors pulled ahead during the fourth inning when they scored five runs. Sophomore Justin Huckins took over for senior pitcher Robert Vaughn during the fifth inning.

The Wildcats fell further behind when Lewis-Clark State scored its seventh run in the fifth inning. Making a comeback, Linfield scored its second run when senior Ryan Larson scored off an error made by Lewis-Clark State’s third baseman, only the first of eight  runs in the seventh inning. Despite a strike out by Harlow, Wilson was able to score off a wild pitch.

Lewis-Clark State switched pitchers only to be scored off of by sophomore Kenny Johnson, after a single to left field hit by junior Kyle Chamberlain. Junior Zach Boskovich was walked, allowing Wilson to score. After a second pitching change on the Warriors side, the Wildcats continued to score off of errors made by Lewis-Clark State. Also to score during the seventh inning was Chamberlain, sophomore Kramer Lindell and Boskovich, rounding the Wildcat’s score up to nine.

Not letting the Warriors score during the seventh inning, the Wildcats moved into the eighth inning keeping their lead. However, the Wildcats were unable to score during the inning.

The Wildcats made it through the eighth inning without letting the Warriors score, keeping the score 9-7. Starting the final inning, both Boskovich and Lindell made it on base and advanced to second base and third base off a sacrifice bunt by senior Jesse Boustead. Larson hit a fly ball to right field that was caught, but allowed Lindell to score, putting the Wildcat’s score at 10-7.

Not allowing the Warriors to score during the remainder of the game, Linfield won 10-7.

Despite having a strong pitching team, the Warriors were only able to hold off the Wildcats during the first two games.

“They have good pitchers ranging from guys with high velocity to guys that hit their spots. So far they have had clutch hitting that has helped them beat us,” junior Zach Manley said in an email.

Starting the series off, the Wildcats couldn’t push through Lewis-Clark State’s defense, losing the first game 4-0.

Drawing out the second game of the series, the Warriors continued to out-score the Wildcats. Linfield had a tough start to the game, as the Warriors managed to score their first run in the first inning. After earning its first run, Lewis-Clark State was held off by Linfield till the seventh inning.

Scoring its first run during the sixth inning, Wilson hit a home run to right field. Tied going into the seventh inning, the Warriors pulled ahead, scoring by three runs. Retaliating against Lewis-Clark State, Linfield scored four runs regaining the lead in the eighth inning.
Earning the first run of the inning was Wilson off a double hit by Johnson. Scoring two more runs, Johnson and Lindell were able to make it to home off a single hit up the middle by Chamberlain.

The final run scored for Linfield was Boskovich, who scored off of a sacrifice bunt hit by junior Michael Hopp. While having a momentary lead, the Wildcats were shut down in Lewis-Clark State’s final inning when it scored four runs, ending the game 8-5.

Despite losing two games during the series, the Wildcats fought hard and won their final game.

A rematch between the two teams is scheduled for May 4. Linfield will also play against Pacific Lutheran University on May 5 and George Fox University on May 6.

Kaylyn Peterson/
Sports editor
Kaylyn Peterson can be  reached at

‘Goon’ scores big with lovers of hockey and comedy

It’s Stanley Cup season, and I still can’t figure out why Canada likes hockey so much. Oh yeah; it’s the fighting. Anyone who has been to a hockey game most likely looks forward to the chance of witnessing an impromptu brawl on ice skates.

Well, “Goon” takes this prospect from the fan’s mind and runs away with it to the wildest extents. “Goon” is a comedy in the hockey-movie genre, and though it is plenty funny, the other aspects of the movie working together make it more than the sum of its parts and certainly more than a comedy. Maybe one of the most effective aspects of the film is its cast.

“Goon” stars Sean William Scott, and unfortunately, this may be enough to turn some people away. Scott has been regularly type cast since his debut in “American Pie,” unable to transcend the role of “Stifler.” Scott has been condemned to play “Stifler” with a different name throughout his career. This has led most viewers and critics to not take him and his movies seriously.

Luckily, for the movie and his career, Scott owns the role as the amiable bruiser, Doug Glatt, and presents a character that is downright impossible to dislike. Eugene Levy joins Scott from “American Pie” to play the role of Doug’s father, a smart, well to-do businessman who thrusts the same expectations on his son. Allison Pill, who some may remember as Kim Pine from the “Scott Pilgrim” movie, plays Doug’s love interest and the die hard hockey fan in distress, Eva. And, Liev Schreiber plays the perfect villain, as Doug’s big bad rival, Ross Rhea.

There are also the members on Doug’s team who make up for most of the comedy in the movie, and though they are pretty much insane, they become lovably insane as the movie progresses. The story gives us a chance to know and identify with these characters and makes their key roles effective.

Doug is a simple bouncer at a bar in his hometown. However, he’s unhappy. His job as a bouncer leaves him unfulfilled and he only wants to find “his thing”—the one thing that he is good at. He has come to terms with the fact that he is not cut out for more academic pursuits, but his parents continue to pressure him into a proper line of work.

One night, at a hockey game, Doug gets into a fight with a hockey player from the visiting team, and with ease, knocks his lights out. The coach from the home team notices Doug’s talent, calls him up the next day and slaps a pair of skates on him. Without knowing how to skate, or even play hockey, Doug fights his way to the big leagues, truly mocking the sport.

Along his way to glory, Doug must save Eva from her lame boyfriend and confront his parents’ expectations, his identity as merely an entertaining brute and his role as a team player. While at the same time, a threat looms in the background as the even more brutal hockey legend, Ross Rhea, steadily approaches Doug to duke it out on the ice. Everything hangs in the balance as Doug discovers his calling, and it turns into a fun, albeit gruesome, ride.

Like “21 Jump Street,” “Goon” is more than a comedy. It has its dramatic moments and is filmed with a beautiful expertise one does not see in comedy films before 2010. I assure you these things only add to the whole experience. If you want to catch “Goon,” you will have to catch it in an Art house theatre in Portland or more conveniently, On-Demand.

Ian Storey/
For the Review
Ian Storey can be reached at

Seattle band shows versatility

Up and coming Seattle—based artist Philana released a memorable debut album, “Arrows for Everyone,” on April 14.

This indie-pop group is led by the natural, dynamic talent of Philana Goodrich, who grew up on Orcas Island, which is off the coast of Washington.

As the daughter of artists, it is not surprising that she is as gifted, inspired and driven as her work conveys.

For the past two years, she has found herself performing around the Seattle area with group members Jordan Clark (drums), Scotty X (Bass), Derek DeGroot (Saxophone/Tambourine) and Chaz Altman (Trumpet/Keys/Electric Guitar).

As they continue to make a name for themselves, Philana’s voice continues to resonate in every listener they’ve encountered.

Philana’s musical flair can be easily accepted as genuine and strong.  Through her collaboration of talents as writer, vocalist and pianist, she is able to create a passionate listening experience.

Her voice displays an unwavering confidence that has successfully broken through the clutter that too much of pop is today.

The endless instrumental abilities of this group allow for extensive versatility, which also contributes to the interest and enjoyable nature of this album.

Even if it is classified as pop, you can’t help but pick up on undertones of R&B, soul and jazz richly embedded throughout the tracks. Contemporary and traditional have found a happy medium in “Arrows for Everyone.”

It is evident that her soul is imprinted in each track on this album. There is an incredibly refreshing nature regarding a genuine performance like the one she displays within the pop music sphere.

Philana’s voice, in addition to the carefully constructed instrumentals in “Boarders,” promotes a real, down-to-earth sensation that builds off of each component in a succinct, raw fashion that sounds effortlessly flawless.

This album is beautifully overwhelmed in versatility through vocal tone, lyrics and instrumental diversity.

Each track deserves your fullest attention, and I think you will find that Philana will quickly earn it, whether you’re ready for it or not.

Tune in to listen to Philana on KSLC 90.3 FM.  You can also listen online at or stream through the latest version of iTunes.

Brinn Hovde/
KSLC Music Director
Brinn Hovde can be reached at