Performing and Fine Arts
University of Portland is hosting “The West Behind Us” exhibit with photos by Bobby Abrahamson and interviews by Lisa Wells through Friday, Oct. 17. The exhibit, in Buckley Center Gallery on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., is free and open to the public. An artist’s reception will take place in the gallery from 5-7 on Friday, Oct. 10.
The exhibit documents four small rural towns in Oregon (Fields, Mitchell, Long Creek and Halfway) and investigates the challenges faced by rural communities in an age of increased urbanization and economic depression. In the tradition of WPA era collaborations like Walker Evans and James Agee’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” this exhibit combines black and white documentary photographs by Abrahamson with interviews and text by writer Wells to weave a lyrical narrative. The result is two independent, complementary visions of life in rural America on the cusp of the urban millennium.
Abrahamson is a Portland-based documentary photographer, filmmaker and media educator with 25 years experience producing documentary work. He has six published books of his work, and has been featured in 14 solo shows, and numerous group exhibits in the U.S. and Europe. His work is included in the permanent collections of many institutions including the Portland Art Museum, the RACC Portable Works and Visual Chronicle Collections of the city of Portland, the Oregon Jewish Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Abrahamson has taught photography and media literacy in the Portland metro area to both adults and children for the past nine years, at institutions including the University of Portland, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Mount Hood Community College, Clark College, Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Portland Art Museum, Newspace Center for Photography, Saturday Academy and Open Meadow Middle School.
Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information contact the performing and fine arts department at (503) 943-7228 or email@example.com.
The Opera and Music Theater Workshop Showcase features student performances in a program entitled “Heart & Home.” Staged scenes from Bernstein’s Candide and On the Town, Sondheim’s A Little Night Music and Company, and Jake Heggie’s operatic adaptation of Dead Man Walking will be featured as well as songs from Wicked, The Wiz, and both the operatic and music theater adaptations of Little Women. Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 7:30 p.m., Mago Hunt Recital Hall
University Singers, Women’s Chorale Concert, Oct. 4: The University Singers and Women’s Chorale will open their new concert season on Saturday, October 4, at 3 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. The concert is free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. The University welcomes Kathryn Briggs as the new director of the Women’s Chorale with this all-choral program featuring American music, including works by Stephen Paulus, Portland’s own Joan Szymko, and honorary University of Portland alumnus Aaron Copland. For more information contact performing and fine arts at 7228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Scenes and Revelations” Opens Oct. 1, Hunt Center Theater: The performing and fine arts department presents Elan Garonzik’s “Scenes and Revelations,” with performances on Wednesday, October 1 through Sunday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. (2 p.m. Sunday), in Mago Hunt Center Theater. In 1894, at the height of America’s westward movement, four Pennsylvania sisters must decide whether to forge ahead or to move in the opposite direction as they are haunted by their pasts and face uncertain futures. Faculty and staff can use season passes to reserve complimentary tickets, and students can reserve free tickets for the Wednesday or Thursday shows. Contact the Hunt Center box office at 7287 to reserve your seats, or visit the box office in the Hunt Center lobby from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For more information contact performing and fine arts at 7228 or email@example.com.
U.P. Music Dept. Graduate Eva Hortsch competed in the Oregon State round of the NATS Artist Competition on March 8th. This is a competition for classical singers who are emerging professionals. Eva was one of the winners of the Oregon division and moved on to a western regional division held in Seattle. Eva currently studies with U.P Adjunct Voice Teacher and Portland Opera Chorus manager, Wade Baker, and will perform the recital she prepared for the competition in the Music at Midweek Concert Series on September 17th at 12:30 in the Mago Hunt Recital Hall. Mark your calendars.
Dr. Nicole Leupp Hanig
Asst. Professor of Music
University of Portland
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203
Spring time of most students’ senior year is filled with severe cases of senioritis, job hunting or receiving acceptance letters from graduate school. By the spring of UP alumna and poet Lilah Hegnauer’s senior year, she had published her first book of poetry.
Hegnauer will be reading her poetry at UP March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in BC 163. The reading is in honor of her second book, “Pantry,” which was published in February of this year and has already won the Hub City Press New Southern Voices Poetry Award.
Hegnauer’s poetry career began in English professor Herman Asarnow’s poetry workshop class during her junior year. Her first book of poetry was published soon after, on the first of January her senior year. “Dark Under Kiganda Stars” was written as her honors senior thesis and reflected on her experience doing service work in Africa the previous summer. Her love of poetry has since taken her in a variety of directions after graduating in 2005 as an English major, from teaching poetry at several universities to living in the house of another well-known poet.
Her work has been widely recognized, having been published in journals such as Poetry Northwest and The Kenyon Review, but that’s not the reason she continues to write poetry.
“I think that people who write poetry write it because they cannot not write it,” Hegnauer said. “But by the same token, it’s very nice to be recognized for the thing that is your lifeblood, the actual reason for your existence.”
Her most recent book’s publication came after six months spent being paid to live and write in the home of American poet Amy Clampitt, who passed away in 1994, as part of the Amy Clampitt Poet Residency in Lenox, Mass.
“It was the most amazing blessing ever because, not only were (my husband, new baby and I) able to live off of my residency for those six months, but it was just amazing to live in Amy Clampitt’s house. Her entire library was intact, and every book she wrote, every book she read had marginalia in it,” Hegnauer said. “Her sofas, her blankets, her great aunt’s china … it was really amazing to just sort of step into her household.”
Asarnow became close friends with Hegnauer during her time at UP, as they would often spend hours discussing poetry for her senior thesis. Her work at UP has come full circle, as Asarnow is currently teaching “Pantry” in his poetry workshop class. He said that one of the things that makes Hegnauer stand out as a poet is that her work is easily accessible and challenging all at the same time.
“Lilah’s a very powerful, risk-taking person,” Asarnow said. “She manages to use being absolutely present wherever the mind of the poem is, the mind of the speaker, and bringing together things you would never think of, to create this sense of being alive and of what it is to think through or feel through or live through various important things.”
Freshman English major Sara Coito is currently in the poetry workshop class, and agrees with Asarnow that the courage Hegnauer displays in her writing makes her especially unique. Additionally, Coito feels that she has somewhat of a special connection with Hegnauer, being that she’s in the same position Hegnauer was in several years ago.
“I think it’s really cool to see that (the students in the class) could be in (Hegnauer’s) position ten to fifteen years from now, which gives us something to look forward to,” Coito said. “I’m really looking forward to her reading… and to hearing how she perceives her own lines.”
Hegnauer, too, is looking forward to coming back to UP and reconnecting with the community and the students with whom she feels a close sense of identification. She’s also excited to enjoy some of the spring weather that, living in Boston, she’s not getting at home yet.
“I’ve been teaching at big state schools mostly, and their college experience is different than mine was (at UP),” Hegnauer said. “I’m excited to come back and feel that sense of recognition with the students there.”
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Clapp is a senior Music major and Business minor who was told of an internship opportunity working with ‘Stache Media. He never would have thought that working with ‘Stache Media would be in his future.‘Stache Media is a full-service marketing agency specialized in music that operates out of RED, an award-winning division of Song Music entertainment. Clapp has become a ‘Stache lifestyle representative, which means he promotes albums and tours as well as writes reports on artists and the promotion. This internship has provided Clapp with valuable experience and tools including promoting and social media marketing. It’s been helpful for Clapp to have had this first-hand experience. Clapp’s internship has also expanded his social connections, and he’s really enjoyed his time with ‘Stache so far. “Oh, I love it,” said Clapp, “I’ve made great connections around the Portland area.” He says his internship has come with a few perks too, like, free concerts and albums.
Clapp applied even though he did not think he would get it. He said his best advice to students looking for internships is to apply even if you don’t think you’ll get it. Clapp advises, “Put yourself out there, and talk to your advisor.”
When asked about his best experience with ‘Stache, Clapp recalls two specific experiences. The first included promoting Glassnote Records as part of artist Childish Gambino’s tour, where afterwards the founder of Glassnote personally thanked Clapp for his contribution. The second shared was his first day of interning when he was assigned to deliver a bottle of Champagne to the band Chvches. “They basically asked me, ‘hey do you want to bring this bottle of champagne to them?’” Clapp said, “And I was like ‘yeah!’” Clapp was excited to meet a band he admired, and it made for a thrilling first day on the job.
Clapp mentioned that the work he does is “not all fun,” as he emptied his bag of reports, posters, CDs, and event cards onto the table. His internship keeps him busy writing reports for approximately 5-6 hours per week depending on the number of artists. Clapp says, “It’s also hard to get excited about artists you don’t personally like, but it’s a fun challenge to force yourself to get excited.” When asked if this internship has expanded his musical taste, Clapp says, “I appreciate some country [music] now.”
Clapp has applied for Graduate school and hopes to further his education in both Business and Music. He also hopes to continue his work with RED ‘Stache Media.
Story by Terran Benedict