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Exposing hilarity through visual trickery, Derek Hughes received a demanded, and much deserved, standing ovation.
The Linfield Activities Board invited the stand-up magician to perform at Linfield College on Oct. 5, with audience members actively participating throughout his act.
“I will now walk toward the audience and let you touch me,” Hughes said.
Laughter was constant; with Hughes’ raunchy humor, students adored his comedy.
Through witty remarks and physical humor, Hughes surprised and lured the audience in with traditional card tricks then with his jokes.
Hughes began his tricks with objects such as rope, cards and books, giving them to audience members and having them join him on stage; making it much more interactive and enjoyable.
The comedian had a collaboration of clumsy and nerdy jokes. What looks like mistakes were actually built in to the act, seen when he “dropped” a piece of newspaper that became important later when he read the minds of students in the audience.
Topping off the end of the show, the magician-comedian’s final acts consisted of balancing ping pong balls on his nose and a twist on the traditional, “Is this your card?” trick.
Hughes revealed the location of an audience member’s lost card by flashing the crowd his bare behind.
After the show, students interacted with Hughes and had the chance to talk to him and were even able to thank the performer personally.
“Hughes performed at Linfield last year and I hope he comes back next year,” freshman Rachel Williams said.
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Comedian Derek Hughes performs magic tricks along with his comedy act on Oct. 5 in Ice Auditorium. Hughes finished off his show with a ping pong ball being balanced on his nose for his final act for the night.
One usually does not hear laughter during an orchestra concert—but Anton Belov’s performance with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra on Dec. 2 provoked more than applause from the audience. Belov sang baritone, while a collection of student and non-student musicians played classical arrangements.
Belov is a professor in the Linfield music department and typically teaches voice and music history classes.
He appeared in a few LCO concerts last year, and performs solo recitals for organizations, such as the Oregon Symphony and Tacoma Orchestra.
During the concert, Belov displayed his sense of humor by interacting with the audience and giving background information about the music they performed.
“I think he is just an incredible professor. He studied at Julliard and travels and performs all around the world, but he can still be relatable. It creates a connection with the audience,” sophomore Jessica Newton said.
Music students are not the only members of the LCO, as local musicians serve as extra numbers to create a more complete orchestra.
“It’s really cool. You learn a lot because they’re all professionals,” said junior Lauren Perch, who plays the violin in her second year involved with the LCO.
Perch says that the visiting musicians help students with their music and make the experience in the orchestra more enjoyable.
“They’re all so funny,” Perch said.
Belov shared Perch’s opinion about the musicians outside of Linfield.
“It’s great to raise the level of our performances,” Belov said.
The LCO performers dedicate a lot of time to preparing and met every night to practice from 7:30-10 p.m. the entire week before the concert. “
It takes work but it’s a lot of fun,” Perch said.
It seems the time spent preparing was not wasted, as many audience members impart positive reviews about the concert.
“I thought it was incredible. I thought it was really professional. It was technically correct, but it was also moving and evoked feelings from the audience. They went really beyond the technical carrying out of the piece, to the point of really communicating the moods of the composer,” Newton said.
In celebration of National Philanthropy Week, the Student Alumni Association (SAA) hosted its second Tag Day event to celebrate Linfield’s donors.
Tag Day, which is now an annual event, takes place each year during National Philanthropy Week, the week before Thanksgiving.
Members of the SAA displayed gift tags around campus with figures that represent the amount of donor support that has been invested into each area of campus.
For instance, Riley and Walker Halls were renovated in thanks to $3.6 million in donations, said freshman Katie DeVore, leader of the SAA, in an email.
“Tag Day was started by the Student Alumni Association to create awareness of the impact of philanthropy at Linfield,” DeVore said.
More than 6,000 alumni, parents and community members make donations to Linfield each year, she added.
“We wanted to make sure that everyone knows how important those gifts are and how they help us. Tag Day is a way for us to visibly display the impact of those gifts,” DeVore said.
“[We want] to spread awareness that donations are an integral part of our experience here, and it’s a fun event for our group,” she said.
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