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5/5/2005 Concert honors President Bull, new work premiered in her honor

"Collage for Humanity," a specially commissioned work honoring Linfield College President Vivian A. Bull, will be the highlight of a special concert by Linfield College musicians Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium.

The concert is a tribute to Bull, who retires at the end of June after 13 years as president of Linfield. The concert is open to the community, as is a reception which will follow in the Fred Meyer Lounge, beginning at approximately 3:30.

"Collage for Humanity" was written by Richard Bourassa, professor of music, and commissioned by Marvin and Laurie Henberg specifically for the tribute. Marvin Henberg is vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Linfield.

The text for the piece is a collage of thoughts and observations by the Iroquois Indians, Psalm 8, William Blake and T.S. Elliot, Bourassa said.

"The words focus on four areas that are reflective of the special legacy so ably modeled by President Bull," he said. "She has encouraged diversity, tolerance and civility as well as exploration and growth through learning. She has supported dialogue between people of different religions and cultures and encouraged us to see life with new eyes and to celebrate our humanity as part of this wonderful complex family."

The composition will feature the Linfield Concert Choir as well as the Linfield Women’s Vocal Ensemble and includes soloists and instrumentalists.

Bourassa also wrote the Fanfare that will open the concert, performed by the Brass Ensemble under the direction of Joan Paddock, associate professor of music. It was first performed for Bull’s inauguration as Linfield’s 18th president on May 1, 1993.

"Salut au Monde!," a piece written by Ron Jeffers and also commissioned for Bull’s inauguration, will be featured during the concert. It will be performed by the Masterworks Chorale, the Concert Choir and Brass Ensemble conducted by Lawrence Marsh, professor of music.

The concert will showcase the excellence achieved by the music department during Bull’s presidency. During her tenure, the department has more than tripled in size. Plans for a new music facility to meet the growing needs of the department are in progress. The new facility will be located on the Keck Campus, near the new library, theatre and art center.

The concert will feature five Linfield ensembles (Brass Ensemble, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Masterworks Chorale and Women’s Vocal Ensemble) which include Linfield faculty, staff and students as well as community members. A number of students will be featured soloists.

The program will also include "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day," based on a sonnet by William Shakespeare; "She Walks in Beauty," "Seek Not Afar for Beauty" and "Where Dwells the Soul of My Love." Mozart’s "Laudate Dominum" and Dominick Argento’s "Gloria (The Masque of Angels)" will also be performed. The concert will close with "Dona Nobis Pacem," a hymn for world Peace from African Sanctus, and "O God, Our Help in Ages Past."

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