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Concert brings students, community, music together

An evening concert brought Linfield students and community members together to raise money for Juliette’s House on April 21 in Ice Auditorium.

The concert was titled “Community in the Spotlight,” and it featured student and community artists who played music styles from traditional Irish and Scottish tunes to jazzy original songs and casual blues to Texas-style fiddling.

“In high school, I was part of Key Club, and I decided I wanted to showcase talent and raise money,” said sophomore Chelsea Ploof, who organized the concert and got the artists together. “So this concert is kind of a similar thing. The high school one was called ‘Night of the Arts,’ and it had musical performance and a kind of art gallery. We ended up raising around $800. So I wanted to continue that kind of event in college.”

Ploof said when she came to Linfield, she got involved in Circle K Club as a continuation of Key Club,  which is the kind of community service organization that wants to help out and get involved in the community. According to Ploof, the club has helped out in soup kitchens, gardens and senior homes.

“I thought it was important to bring together the community and Linfield,” Ploof said. “We started planning this a long time ago, like toward the beginning of this school year, and it kind of became this mix of students and community artists.”

Juliette’s House is a child abuse intervention center in McMinnville that was created in 1997 to be a child-friendly facility for the assessment of child abuse. Ploof said she knew she wanted to donate the proceeds of “Community in the Spotlight” to some community-oriented cause, so she settled on Juliette’s House.

“This concert is something I hope to continue,” Ploof said. “It just blossomed into this huge event, and there was a lot of support from Circle K. I was really impressed with the performance.”

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Culture editor
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Concert showcases guest artist, organ music

It is not every day that students get a chance to hear the organ in Ice Auditorium. The enormous instrument is there during every event that takes place in the auditorium, but it is rare to see it being played.

On Feb. 24, a concert sponsored by the Department of Music gave students that chance. Guest artist Craig Cramer played six organ pieces that showed off the power and versatility of the organ.

“I’ve been here for four years and I’ve never heard the organ,” senior Greg Larson said. “All the comedians make references to it. I wanted
to hear what it sounded like.”

The program included pieces by celebrated composers J. S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as lesser-known composers such as Joel Martinson, Johann Christian Bach, Ethel Smyth and Toni Zahnbrecher.

Judging by the audience’s reaction, the pieces by J. S. Back, Mendelssohn and Zahnbrecher were crowd favorites.

“Bach is one of those names that you know whether you’re into music or not,” Larson said. “It feels cliché to say you like Bach or Beethoven, but when it comes right down to it, there’s a good reason why everybody knows those names.”

Cramer introduced the piece by Zahnbrecher, saying that it was “a great pity” that Zahnbrecher has never composed more than this one song. Within the first few notes, it was obvious that the piece was an immediate favorite with the audience.

Cramer said that he found the piece, which was composed in honor of the composer’s wife, in a china cupboard in Zahnbrecher’s home.

“I said, ‘Toni, what’s an organ piece doing in your china cupboard?’” Cramer said. “I asked him to play it for me, and he did. Then I said I wanted to play it, and he said that first I’d have to ask [his wife].”

Although Ice Auditorium was nearly full, Larson said he observed that the majority of the audience was not Linfield students.

“The students I did see were primarily music students,” Larson said. “I think it might have to do with it being a Friday night, or maybe there wasn’t enough publicity on campus.  I actually found out about this concert from a flyer at Cornerstone Coffee.  I thought it was bizarre that I had to leave campus to find out about this.”

Cramer is professor of organ at the University of Notre Dame, and he acts as organist at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church in Elkhart.

“Organ, as a profession, is way down now from what it was 30 years ago,” Cramer said. “There are maybe 300 or 400 organ majors in the whole country. But the University of Notre Dame really supports music. Actually, it just built a new organ hall; a really beautiful facility. I’m very fortunate to have a graduate program that has lots of students.”

Cramer said he began playing organ in fifth grade. He tours all over the U.S. during the school semester and spends his summers performing in Europe.

According to Cramer, this performance was part of a West Coast tour. He will also play in Medford, Ore., and Angwin, Calif.

“I spend most of the summer in Germany, but I’ve been all over Western Europe,” Cramer said. “I haven’t played anywhere in Asia, though.  I want to go there next, to play in China or Japan.”

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Sharon Gollery/
Culture editor
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Band creates storm of compositions

Seniors Chelsea Janzen and Alex Fitch perform during “Songs of Sea, Air, Storms, Love & Friendship for the band’s fall concert Nov. 8 in Ice Auditorium. Joel Ray/Photo editor

The Linfield College Concert Band created a storm to open its fall concert.

The Department of Music hosted the fall concert, “Songs of Sea, Air, Storms, Love & Friendship” on Nov. 8 in Ice Auditorium.

The opening song was Jim Casella’s “Stormbreak,” which required a large variety of exotic and untraditional percussion instruments, such as maraca shakers, ocean drums, rain sticks and wood blocks.

The piece was an energetic imitation of a storm presented in an outburst of powerful sounds.

Almost all of the performers played more than one instrument for “Stormbreak,” switching between instruments.

Their effort was reciprocated by the passionate applause of the audience.

After resetting the stage, the band performed Ron Goodwin’s “Tall Ships,” followed by Samuel Hazo’s “In Heaven’s Air.”

The latter was dedicated to the composer’s friend whose mother had passed away. Hazo presented his piece with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 21, which Paddock read as the introduction of the piece.

The last song before the intermission was “Suite on Greek Love Songs,” by Dutch composer Henk van Lijnschooten.

Paddock shared an interesting incident during the band’s rehearsal of this song.

According to Paddock, a trombone player in the band had the European publication of the sheet music, which resulted in unfavorable effects during the final rehearsal. Luckily, they discovered the problem and were able to perform the “non-dissonant version” of the piece.

After a short break, senior oboe soloist Amanda Summers performed Émile Paladilhe’s “Concertante” with the band.

Summers is in the Linfield Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band, and is the director of the Linfield Pep Band and Drumline.

More unusual instruments, such as the dumbek, a Middle Eastern and North African drum, were introduced and the band performed the exotic “Arabic Dances” by Henry Fillmore.

The lively piece required the musicians to shout from time to time and hit the drums so hard that one of the drummers’ hands were trembling when it ended.

The last piece was Henry Fillmore’s “Golden Friendships,” a circus-style farewell to the composer’s friends before he moved away.

Freshman Caitlin Evans said she liked the diversity and tone of the performance and that it spanned “every bit of the world.”

The Linfield Concert Band has rehearsed once a week since the start of the semester.

Freshman tenor saxophone player Daniel Bradley described the rehearsals as “lighthearted but intense.”

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‘Autumn Leaves’ concert is a hit despite bell theft

The Linfield Concert Band and Wind Symphony perform their fall concert “Autumn Leaves” Nov. 16 at the McMinnville First Baptist Church. Despite the theft of a student’s percussion instrument, the concert was a success. Joel Ray/For the Review

The Linfield Concert Band and Wind Symphony perform their fall concert “Autumn Leaves” Nov. 16 at the McMinnville First Baptist Church. Despite the theft of a student’s percussion instrument, the concert was a success. Joel Ray/For the Review

The Linfield Concert Band and Wind Symphony performed a concert titled “Autumn Leaves” at the McMinnville First Baptist Church on Nov. 16.
The showcase included a variety of pieces led by guest conductor Jay Chen, who has experience in education and performance.
“It was a good chance to play music in the area,” sophomore Wes Yurovachak said.
The concert was sponsored by the Department of Music and was free and open to the public.
There were three segments in the program including two performances by the Concert Band and one by the Wind Symphony.
The Concert Band opened with “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre. Then it performed “Russian Christmas” by Alfred Reed.
The Wind Symphony performed “Petite Symphonie in Db Major” by Charles Gounod. The Concert Band closed the recital with “The Sweet of Old American Dances” by Robert Russel Bennet and “Autumn Leaves” by Johnny Merser.
Several music students attended the concert.
“My favorite song was ‘Russian Christmas,’” freshman Joe Komarek said. “Out of all the pieces, that one sounded the most polished.”
Behind the scenes, however, freshman percussionist Will Chou ran into trouble.
“I was supposed to play percussion for the band, but I didn’t get to play because someone stole my instrument. This is the second time,” Chou said. “We had to file a police report, and we will be questioned.”
The stolen instrument was a bell that belonged to the college.
Other performers had positive outlooks on the success of the concert.
“The concert went fine. I play the trombone for the Concert Band. I felt that the Whitacre piece went really well,” senior Cameron Carr said.
“Jay is a good conductor, and we are lucky to have him. He came up here every Tuesday from Oregon State University. Joan Poddack will be back next term,” Carr said.
For more information about the Concert Band and the Wind Symphony, visit www.linfield.edu/music.

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