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In the news - November 2010

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz on the successful presentation of Requiem for the Innocent with the South Bend Symphony.  Five choirs were a part of the performance including the IU South Bend Chorale directed by Michael Wade and the South Bend Symphonic Choir directed by Marvin Curtis.  Attendance at the concert was the highest in the history of the Symphony for an opening night, 1456

Edisher Savitski, lecturer in music (piano) performed with the Northbrook Symphony (Illinois) for their opening season concert.  He performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concert.  He received a standing ovation.  You may read the review at theNorthbrook Symphony Orchestra website.

Vakhtang Kodanashvili,(Vakho)a member of the Toradze Piano Studio, performed with the Post-Classical Ensemble in Washington, DC at the Clarice Smith Center in their Russian Gershwin Evening.  He was soloist in the Gershwin Piano Concerto in F. In a review in the Washington Post, the critic commented, “Vakhtang Kodanashvili took a jazzier and more extroverted approach to the Piano Concerto in F, a too rarely heard wonder from 1926. Kodanashvili's lean, exuberant playing contrasted nicely with Zagor's more lush approach, and -- backed by razor-sharp playing from the ensemble, led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez -- resulted in a terrifically exciting account.”  Read the entire review at the Washington Post.

The Euclid Quartet traveled to South Dakota to perform at the National Music Museum in Vermillion on October 15 and for the Black Hills Chamber Music Society in Rapid City on the 17th.

South Bend Symphonic Choir directed by Marvin Curtis performed a benefit concert for Dismas House on Sunday, October 17th at St Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church on Ironwood Rd.  Dismas House is a nonprofit organization founded in 1974 through the efforts of a task group of the United Religious Community of St. Joseph County.  Dismas House provides transitional housing and support services to men and women who have been recently released from prison or jail.

Jazz ensemble Director and bassist Darrel Tidaback, along with Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and drummer Ron Monsa, will performed with the orchestra for the Midwest debut of My Musical Comedy Life November 7 at the Palais Royale.  My Musical Comedy Life is a journey through the extraordinary life of Donna McKechnie, Tony award winner for her role as “Cassie” in the legendary musical A Chorus Line.

The WNIT Documentary Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way featuring the life of Alexander Toradze was nominated for three regional Emmy awards.   The Midwest Emmy award Ceremony will be on November 6, 2010 in Chicago hosted by actress Kim Coles. The documentary was nominated in the following categories:

Category #12 Outstanding Achievement for Entertainment Programs – Arts/Entertainment Program or Program Series (Award to the Producer/Host/Performer) Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way: Linda Schaller, Producer; Angel Hernandez, Jr., Executive Producer; Alexander Toradze, Co-Producer. WNIT

Category #19-f. Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence Off Camera: Editing – Non News (Award to Editor)
Tim Schaller - Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way. WNIT

Category #20-c. Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence Off Camera: Writing – Program (Award to Writer)
Linda Schaller - Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way. WNIT

Associate Dean Randy Colborn now has International credit as a Casting Assistant for Oxford Scientific Films, all the while working in Indiana. Colborn received a phone call from a producer for Oxford Scientific Films in London.  Oxford is a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) and Emmy-award-winning producer of contemporary factual, natural history, science and history. They produce the show Fatal Attractions on Animal Planet and asked Randy for his assistance. “I screened potential talent before they were sent forward for consideration,” said Colborn. “Oxford asked that I meet their casting criteria for the project:  they provided me with information about, and pictures of, the real personages involved in the stories.  My job was to provide them with talent that met the appearance, ages, size/weight, and sex of the personages and that they be ‘strong actors.’ “ Colborn continued. The stories will be filmed in Indiana.  Fatal Attractions is a show centered on the attractions humans have to exotic and dangerous creatures, with often fatal results.  In this case, the stories will deal with fellow Hoosiers that have had such fatal attractions.

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Ron Monsma’s exhibition Realities opened Friday, October 22nd at Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

BFA drawing and painting graduate Brandon Briggs won the ‘Best of Show ‘ award at this year’s Midwest Museum Art Competition; Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart Indiana. In addition, Adjunct instructor Linda Freel won the Scott & Kritstin Mereness Purchase Prize. Associate Professor Dora Natella is also in the exhibition.

John  Mayrose, assistant professor of music, has been chosen as an ASCAPLUS Award recipient by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  His selection was based on the high number of performances of composition during the past year.

Adjunct music faculty Deborah Mayer, accompanied by graduate student Misun Moon performed “An Evening with Deborah Mayer” at the Sturgis-Young Auditorium on October 29.  

The National Sculpture Society on-line exhibition Recent Works features a work by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Dora Natella.  The on-line exhibition features the works of 73 members.  Recent Works is National sculpture Society’s largest on-line exhibition. View the exhibition online. Dora’s work is also on exhibit at the Isis Gallery at Notre Dame. 

Associate Professor of Fine Arts Alan Larkin will be included in an exhibition opening at the Eye on Art Gallery on the evening of November 6th during the Saturday night gallery walk.  The Gallery is located in Carmel, 111 West Main Street, Suite 150.  His work will be represented by three paintings and four etchings.

Inseung Park, assistant professor of theater, was nominated for a Jeff Award in the category of  Costume Designer for the production The Hiding Place at the Provision Theater in Chicago. The 42nd Annual Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area.
"Documenting History, Charting Progress, and Exploring the World: Photographs from the Janos Scholz Collection of Nineteenth-Century European Photographs" at the Snite Museum of the University of Notre Dame. 

Congratulations to graphic design students of Professor Karen Ackoff who completed successful internships.  Letters were sent to Karen describing how strong our students were in their internships and praising the program. The students are Hugo Garza (Artcraft Printers), Christine Hatfield (CPAmerica), Stephanie Goff (Art-availability), Katie Cozzie (Round 2) and Matt Kronewitter (South Bend Tribune).

The Music Area entertained Dr. Jon Piersol, retired music professor from Florida State University, from November 1-3.  Dr. Piersol conducted a consultant site visit for national accreditation of the music program by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).