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Fanfare: Winter 2016
Author: Bess Pallares, Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: January 21, 2016

Singing a Strauss classic

LUSH COSTUMES and the high-spirited music of 19th-century Vienna are just some of the charms of the Johann Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus, playing in Lincoln Performance Hall April 22 through May 1. The brisk comedy is full of jokes, puns, false personas and boudoir intrigue. Opera students, accompanied by the PSU Symphony Orchestra, will perform an English translation of the opera. Artistic director for Die Fledermaus is Christine Meadows ’83, director of opera at PSU.

Winning a carnatic music competition

THE PERCUSSIONIST called and the singers answered in a winning performance of Indian classical music by Portland State Chamber Choir students and Shiva Bharadwaj, a high school junior from Oregon Episcopal School. They performed at a Hindu temple in Delaware for the North American finals of a global contest sponsored by Sri Sankara TV. The television network was looking for the best young singers and musicians of Indian Carnatic music. PSU choir director Ethan Sperry led the students to victory in the group performance category, singing and drumming two original compositions by Bharadwaj and Sperry. Their music was broadcast worldwide on Sri Sankara TV in December, the first time that an American choir has appeared on Indian TV, according to the show’s producers.

Professor's life as art

AT PORTLAND STATE, Frank Wesley is best known for his 50-year tenure as a psychology professor, but in a new documentary by Portland filmmaker David Bee, Wesley is shown in a much different light. Frank’s Song tells the story of Wesley’s life from his history as a Holocaust survivor and World War II veteran to his teaching career at PSU and the taking up of jazz saxophone at age 70. Wesley is now 97. He and Bee first bonded over jazz and grew close during the four years they worked together on the documentary, which is now showing locally and is being prepared for film festivals and an as-yet unscheduled showing at PSU in 2016.

Mini art curators

PORTLAND’S newest art museum is a bit different than you’d expect—it’s located in the halls of King School, a public K-8 school in Northeast Portland. The King School Museum of Contemporary Art is a collaborative effort between King and Portland State School of Art + Design students and faculty. Its inaugural exhibit last May, titled “Postcards from America” (pictured here), taught the King students about museum practices and careers as the students curated, installed and promoted the exhibit. The postcards exhibit—photos of American cities by the world-renowned Magnum Photo Agency—remains on display along with three new exhibits that King and PSU students worked on together. The exhibits are open to the public by contacting ksmoca@gmail.com

New Works

WESTPORT OREGON: HOME OF THE BIG STICKS AND GOLD MEDAL SALMON
By Jim Aalberg '72, Clatsop County Historical Society, 2015

SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL INVESTMENTS
By Brian Bolton (business faculty), Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 RHYME

TIME FOR THE FOOLISH & COOLISH
By Devon Brooke Clasen ’02, 2015 WRITE THEM DOWN
Music CD by George Colligan (jazz faculty), RMI Records, 2015

THE TERRITORY
Music CD by Darrell Grant (jazz faculty), PJCE Records, 2015

BROKEN HOMES & GARDENS
By Rebecca Kelley MA ’03, Blank Slate Press, 2015

BETWEEN HEARTBEATS
By Donelle Knudsen ’71, Booktrope, 2015 PURE ACT: THE

UNCOMMON LIFE OF ROBERT LAX
By Michael McGregor (English faculty), Fordham University Press, 2015

WHAT MAKES AN ALWAYS
By Jessica Tyner Mehta ’05, MS ’07, Tayen Lane Publishing, 2015

CUP WITH RUMI: POETRY
By Flamur Vehapi MA ’13, Al-Albani Publishers, 2015