Fanfare: Winter 2007
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: February 8, 2007

On campus

Hedda Gabler Opens in February

To what lengths will a person go to avoid scandal? How desperate do people need to become before they take matters into their own hands? The PSU Theater Arts performance of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen—under the direction of professor Glenn Gauer—explores these questions.

The play premiered in 1891, and although it barely survived critics' reviews, went on to become a standard in the 20th century. Generations of leading ladies have found Hedda one of the most intriguing and challenging female roles of the stage and screen.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park, on February 23-24 and February 28-March 3. A 2 p.m. matinée is scheduled February 25 and a low-cost preview is at 7:30 p.m. on February 22. Tickets may be purchased at the PSU Box Office, 503-725-3307, or through Ticketmaster.

Renowned director to stage Così fan tutte

Portland State will use costumes from this Indiana University production of Cosi fan tutti

TITO CAPOBIANCO, KNOWN worldwide for his ingenious and innovative staging, returns to Portland State to direct Mozart's comic opera, Così fan tutte, April 27, 29 and May 2, 4 and 5. Performances are in Lincoln Hall at 7:30 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on April 29.

Capobianco was on campus in 2004 as a guest director for Die Fledermaus. He has received the Jeannine B. Cowles Distinguished Professor in Residence, which brings such opera greats as Marilyn Horne to PSU.

With more than 300 opera, theater, and television productions to his credit, Capobianco is considered a major force in the development of opera in the United States.

Tickets for Così fan tutte are available at the PSU Box Office, 503-725-3307, or through Ticketmaster.

Story of the world's first antibiotic

The Demon Under the Microscope

by Thomas Hager '75, Harmony Books, 2006

PRIOR TO WORLD War II, nothing on earth could stop a bacterial infection once it started. Then came sulfa, a little-known family of drugs that changed the course of scientific and medical history.

Thomas Hager's The Demon Under the Microscope tells the dramatic story of this unexpected wonder drug that burst onto the global stage in the mid-1930s and all but disappeared just 10 years later with the discovery of penicillin. Ironically, sulfa, a medicine that helped so many Allies in World War II, was discovered by a German laboratory by a corporation whose executives would later be put on trial for war crimes at Nuremberg. The story goes on to include concentration camp experiments and the worst mass poisoning in U.S. history.

A veteran science and medical writer, Hager is the author of three books, including Force of Nature: The Life of Linus Pauling, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from Reader's Digest to the Medical Tribune. He lives in Eugene.

The life of a concertmaster

Dawn CarterDAWN CARTER '90, MA '97 is in her third season as concertmaster of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and she loves it.

"I enjoy being in a leadership position," says Carter. "I feel like I'm making a big difference, and working with Huw Edwards, our conductor, is terrific."

The role of concertmaster is a familiar one for Carter, who has held that position with the Portland Youth Philharmonic, the PSU Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. She also played in the violin section of the Oregon Symphony for many years.

Carter started her musical career at age four on the piano and at age six with the violin. She and her husband, Jonathan, are raising four future musicians of their own on a blueberry farm in Vancouver, Washington.

On May 4 and 8, Carter will be featured soloist with the orchestra playing Bach's Concerto for Oboe and Violin. The PSU connections do not end with Carter. Susan Chan, PSU music professor, will perform Beethoven's Second Piano Concerto on March 23 and 35. See for locations.


Jose Builds a Woman
by Jan Baroos
PSU Ooligan Press, 2006

Split Creek: War Novel of the Deep West
by V.O. Blum
(Michael Horowitz Ph.D. '81)
Times Eagle Books, 2007

Early Mystics in Turkish Literature
translated by Gary Leiser '69 and Robert Dankoff
Routledge, 2006

Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape
by Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney
(English faculty)
Trinity University Press, 2006

Great and Minor Moments in Oregon History
edited by Dick Pintarich '72, MA '80
New Oregon Publishers, 2006

The Reading Glitch: How the Culture Wars have Hijacked Reading Instruction
by Lee Sherman '76 and Betsy Ramsey
Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2006

A Pacific Northwest Nature Sketchbook
by Jude Siegel MS '76
Timber Press, 2006