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ULV arts are ready for their close-up

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by Gloria Diaz
Arts & Entertainment Editor

After impressive performances by the theater and music departments, and the exciting exhibits by the art department, ULV is left to wonder what is on tap for this fall.

In October, senior theater major David Rojas will present his senior directing thesis “The Police,” by Slawomir Mrozek.

Last spring, theater department thespians left us wanting more after strong performances in Shakespeare’s “Pericles.” This fall, the department will put on the musical “Naughty Marietta,” opening in November. Written by Victor Herbert and directed by David Flaten, the story centers on a princess forced to marry an aristocrat who then escapes to the United States on a ship. Upon her arrival in Mississippi, pirates capture the ship, taking her on a musical adventure. Auditions for the musical will be held Sept. 16 and 17.

The Music Department also has a variety of shows in store for the La Verne community. On Sept. 20, singer Tania Batson and pianist Kathy Miller will come to ULV for a guest recital in Founders Auditorium, and Music Department professors Hae Kyung Rhee and Scott Farthing will come together in a faculty recital on Sept. 27.

The St. Petersburg Vocal Ensemble and Luluk Perwanto and the Helsdingen Trio will all be coming to ULV in October. The St. Petersburg Vocal Ensemble is a group of professional singers touring the United States with a stop at ULV.

“The group is going to share their unique singing of Russian chorale,” said Farthing.

Luluk Perwanto and the Helsdingen Trio from Holland will also be making a stop at ULV to give us a taste of Dutch Jazz. Music professor Reed Gratz helped bring this group to ULV, Farthing said.

The ULV Chorale and Chamber singers blew its audiences away last May with its Broadway Review. This fall, they are bringing another treat: the musical stylings of the 19th century. The concert “Music of the Romantics” will be held Oct. 25.

“This semester is really about representing ULV in its depth, breadth, and its diversity,” Farthing said.

As for fine arts, arrangements are being made with artist Kyle Kilty to exhibit his work in the Tall Wall space in the Arts and Communications Building.

“Tall Wall Space is for temporary exhibitions by young and emerging contemporary artists,” said Dion Johnson, director of Tall Wall Space. “Kilty is an up -and-coming, large-scale, abstract artist from Los Angeles.”

Even while on sabbatical, Art Department Chairwoman Ruth Trotter has managed to make plans for a two-part exhibition in Harris Gallery this October.

Across campus, the Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography will be hosting two shows this semester.

Up first is local photographer, Matt McClain. McClain was honored as Photographer of the Year for region 10 by the National Press Photographers Association for his work with the Ventura County Star.

“He is young, enthusiastic, aggressive and inventive,” said Gary Colby, professor of photography.

The second photographer, Michael Ordonez, a landscape photographer, uses the platinum printing developing process.

“His work is original and has its own personal character,” said Colby.

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