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Fanfare Winter 2012
Author: Heather Quinn-Bork, Meg Descamp, Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: January 18, 2012

Sharing a love of music

THROUGHOUT their relationship, Chris and Stephanie Gabriel (both 2011 graduates) have been making sweet music together—literally. From meeting in a Hilo (Hawaii) High School performance class to teaching their two children to sing and play instruments, music has been central to their lives. The couple took a huge musical leap forward his fall. They opened a school, Musikhaus, in Portland’s Goose Hollow neighborhood where they offer lessons to children in guitar and Hawaiian ukulele. 


Conveying the passion of pastry

BAKING IS A DARKER ART than most people know. Sweet and comforting desserts have their indulgent, even hedonistic, side in some bakers’ kitchens. English professor Diana Abu-Jaber, whose books have received critical acclaim since her debut novel, Arabian Jazz, was exposed to the emotional side of restaurant baking when she profiled a pastry chef for the Oregonian. Now, her forth novel, Birds of Paradise (W.W. Norton, 2011), focuses on a family with a mother who’s an elite pastry chef consumed with beauty as she deals with her runaway daughter. 


Remembering Haiti

“WHEN WE FIRST MOVED TO HAITI, I was six years old,” writes Apricot Irving MA ’04. “Haiti was an adventure, and I was mesmerized by the mud houses painted to look like cotton candy and the Kamion buses that roared past blaring carnival music.” Irving’s memories are shaping her first book, an autobiography titled The Missionary’s Daughter. Trips back to Haiti are also helping the writing, thanks to a prestigious $25,000 writer’s award she received from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Irving, who lives in Portland, was one of six women to win the prize in 2011.


A sisterhood of voices

COMMANDING FEMALE VOICES, intimate chamber-like orchestration, and the most heart-wrenching finale in all of operatic history, make Dialogues of the Carmelites an impressive opera. Music students and others will sing its demanding roles in Lincoln Performance Hall April 27 through May 5. Composed in 1956, the opera is based on the true story of 16 nuns martyred during the French Revolution. Renowned British stage director David Edwards is assisting as the Jeannine B. Cowles Distinguished Visiting Professor of Opera. For tickets call 503-725-3307.


New Works

Portland in Three Centuries: The Place and the People
By Carl Abbott (urban studies faculty), Oregon State University Press, 2011

Benjamin Bear’s Naughtiest Night
By Adriana L. Blake ’91, Authorhouse, 2011

Nigerian Immigrants in the United States: Race, Ethnicity and Acculturation
By Ezekiel Ette Msw ’88, Phd ’05, Lexington Books, 2011

The Sociology of Islam: Secularism, Economy and Politics
Edited by Tugrul Keskin (Middle East studies faculty), Ithaca Press, 2011

Seeing Red: A History of Natives in Canadian Newspapers
By Carmen L. Robertson ’89 and Mark Cronlund Anderson ’88, Ma ’89, University of Manitoba Press, 2011

An Archaeology of Desperation: Exploring the Donner Party’s Alder Creek Camp
Edited by Julie Schablitsky Phd ’02 And others, University Of Oklahoma Press, 2011

Nockers Up!
By Ronald Talney ’60, Inkwater Press, 2011

In the Garden
CD by Little Hexes Anmarie Trimble MA ’98 and Amy Spreadborough (University Studies faculty), Little Hexes, 2011

Off The Wall—Dive Tales
By Sue Webb ’86, PublishAmerica, 2011 

Coins in the Fountain
Ebook by Judith (Whelan) Works ’65, Works in Progress Publishing, 2011


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