Fanfare: Fall 2009
Author: Kathryn Kirkland and Katie Hall
Posted: September 14, 2009

composer Ernest BlochThe music of Ernest Bloch

OREGONIANS should be proud of composer Ernest Bloch, who wrote some of his best works while living on the Oregon Coast.

Hear his music for yourself, as students and faculty take on Bloch's lush melodies and rich, textured instrumentation all year as part of the International Bloch Jubilee Festival that marks the 50th anniversary of the composer's death.

Swiss-born Bloch lived in Agate Beach from 1941 until 1959. His many works encompass string and piano solos as well as orchestra and chamber ensembles. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Bloch composed music that is considered romantic and reminiscent of Wagner, Mahler, and Strauss.

"Many of our music majors don't know anything about Bloch," says Bryan Johanson, Music Department chair. "It's great music, and much of it is influenced by his Jewish faith. So we are working with the Judaic Studies program to present insightful lectures."

"It shows how we can accomplish something much greater through cooperation," says grandson Ernest "Ernie" Bloch II '62, of the partnership between PSU's Music Department and the Judaic Studies program.

Ernie Bloch, who lives within walking distance of campus, will have close to a hundred public performances and lectures at PSU to chose from, capped by a "Bloch Buster" gala.

For a full schedule, visit the University's Web calendar.

Daring feminist plays

DEPICTING Joan of Arc as an anorexic, cross dressing, teen lesbian, has earned Carolyn Gage '82, MA '84 national recognition.

This past spring, she received the Lambda Literary Award in Drama for The Second Coming of Joan of Arc: and Other Plays. Considered the top literary award for the lesbian and gay community in the United States, the Lambda recognizes a work that Gage originally published 15 years ago. The new collection also includes six other plays in which Gage, a lesbian-feminist, interprets the lives of such famous women as Charlotte Cushman, Calamity Jane, and Harriet Tubman.

Gage also performs her plays around the country, including the award-winning, one-women show, The Second Coming of Joan of Arc. She will be at Pacific University in Forest Grove performing the play on October 16.

Prospero's enchanted isle

THE TEMPEST creates a world where nothing is as it first appears.

With that in mind, director and professor William Tate, plans a PSU Theater Arts production that embraces the full abundance of the play's ending and beginnings and alternately grim and beautiful illusions.

Shakespeare's The Tempest opens November 20, 7:30 p.m., at Artists Repertory Theater, 1515 SW Morrison (Lincoln Hall to reopen in fall 2010). The evening performances continue November 21, 24, 25, 27, 28. A 2 p.m. matinee is planed for Nov. 22. Tickets may be purchased at the PSU Box Office, 503-725-3307, and at TicketMaster outlets.

Double Dutch (painting)Alumni art on exhibit

Double Dutch, a mixed-media painting by Anna Fidler '05, is part of the Outlook: Contemporary PSU Art Graduates 2005-09 exhibit November 5-27. The exhibit is in Autzen Gallery, 205 Neuberger Hall, weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. James Yood, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is curator.

New Works

The book of William: How Shakespeare's first folio conquered the world
By Paul Collins (English faculty), Bloomsbury USA, 2009

The best dancer
By Christoph Keller, PSU's Ooligan Press, 2009

Small town sustainability
By Paul Knox and Heike Mayer MUS '00, PhD '03, Birkhäuser Basel, 2009

Super Sunday in Newport: Notes from my first year in town
By Matt Love '86, Nestucca Spit Press, 2009

New perspectives on technical editing
By Avon J. Murphy '65, Baywood Publishing, 2009

By Roland Smith (attended PSU in the 1970s), Scholastic Press, 2009

Journal keeping
By Dannelle Stevens and Joanne Cooper, Stylus Publishing, 2009

Super fun times
Music recording by SuperZ: Stephanie Hays '01, Chris Gabriel '01, Brandy Keehn '00, Jessica Bell '02, Klaus Ferguson '00; Bopser Records, 2009

Lincoln's daughter
By Tony Wolk (English faculty), PSU's Ooligan Press, 2009

The Best Dancer cover art
Tentacles cover art

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