Last night, the Department of Theater and Dance showcased its annual Spring Dance Concert in Pickard Theater.
The show, which runs a little over an hour long, has five acts. Three acts are performed by 100, 200, and 300-level dance classes, two of which are modern classes; one will feature work by Natalie Johnson ’13, and one will be performed solo by Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Charlotte Griffin. Griffin’s performance will be only the second faculty solo in four years.
Johnson’s act will exhibit two parts of her three-part independent study project, titled AGEN. Johnson’s independent study is yearlong and AGEN premiered April 29 at the Wish Theater. The first part of her act is a solo performed by Johnson, with the second part being a trio performed by Audrey Blood ’13, George Ellzey ’13, and Emily Bungert ’15, choreographed by Johnson.
Last Sunday, the Bowdoin College Concert Band performed “Celebrations Part II: 25 Years of the Bowdoin College Concert Band” in a packed Studzinski Recital Hall. The show included several world premieres of pieces written by members of the Bowdoin community.
Directed by John Morneau, the band consists of roughly 40 members from the College and the Brunswick community. This year, Morneau is celebrating 25 years with the College.
Morneau was hired by Elliott Schwartz, who taught music at Bowdoin from 1964 until 2007. On Sunday, Schwartz premiered a revised version of his “Celebration Overture,” the original version of which he composed in 1962 as a brief fanfare for the inauguration of a president of University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he then taught.
Janisse Ray, author of “The Seed Undergound: A Growing Revolution to Save Food” will speak at today’s installment of Common Hour.
Throughout her life, Ray has sought to marry her two passions, writing and the environment. Ray attended Florida State University for her B.A., and later went to the University of Montana for her MFA in creative writing. “The Seed Underground” is Ray’s fifth nonfiction book. Ray also has published a collection of poetry.
Ray was invited to the College by Visiting Assistant Professor of History Tom Okie and Rosemary Armstrong of the Environmental Studies program.
Ann Sullivan ’06 has been moving around the country for as long as she can remember. Born in St. Louis, she went to high school in Bangor, Maine, and now lives in Texas. After graduating from John Bapst Memorial High School, Sullivan followed her older sister, as she says she always has, to Bowdoin College.
“I figured if it was good enough for her, it was good enough for me,” she said.
A visual arts major, Sullivan concentrated mostly on drawing during her time at the College. She was also involved with the Orient and studied abroad in Barcelona.
Sarah Haimes ’15 first became interested in photography when she was in eighth grade. One lazy summer afternoon in the country, her mother suggested she get up, go outside, and do something. “I took my father’s point-and shoot-camera and I went around taking pictures of my mom’s flowers,” said Haimes. “I uploaded them and was like, ‘I’m actually really good at this!’ That summer I asked for a DSLR camera for my birthday, and the rest is history.”
David Becker ’70 was still a student at Bowdoin when he gave his first gift to the Bowdoin Museum of Art. His generosity continued until his death in 2010, when he gave his alma mater a final donation from his extensive art collection. Over the last forty years, Becker donated more than 1,500 prints to the Museum and temporarily worked as curator at the Museum of Art. He was also director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and served on the Board of Trustees.
The class that begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night in Fort Andross is not likely to resemble any course you’re taking. Members of the Visual Arts Senior Seminar frantically buzz around the empty space, hard at work setting up a gallery in time for their Senior Exhibition on Friday. The Seminar consists of 15 visual arts majors, each with a distinct style and talent. Unlike most visual arts courses at the College, the seminar has no assignments. Instead, students were encouraged to explore art individually in whatever manner they wish, an experience culminating in projects that will be exhibited tonight.
Members of the Bowdoin community were treated to an unusual performance last Saturday in the Chapel when keyboardist Sean Fleming played nine pieces on Bowdoin’s historic Austin Organ. One of two organs in the Chapel, the Austin was built in 1927 and is identical to the Kotzchmar Memorial Organ at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Fleming began his performance with Dietrich Buxtehude’s “Passacaglia in D minor.” Later in the performance he regailed the audience with “Raise Songs to Bowdoin.”
For most first years, college presents an opportunity for a fresh start among strangers. Most first years do not start college with millions of hits on YouTube.
Nicole Tan, or “uuuuuuuukewithme” on YouTube, has gained 5,280,969 views for her acoustic cover of the song “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj.
Tan is a prime example of talent converging with social media. She said watching YouTube videos sparked her interest in performing covers.
There was a notable absence in the line-up of bands during last year's Senior Week. Racer X, fronted by Bowdoin professors Vineet Shende and Aaron Kitch, was replaced by DJ Sex Ray Vision, leaving many students disappointed. Although the controversial change led to whisperings of money disputes and miscommunication amongst students, Shende attributes the band’s absence to simple miscommunication with a Senior Week coordinator.