1997 graduate receives prestigious Javits Award Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield presents "A Class Act" "Life Diamonds: Nazi Stolen Treasures" is topic of Fairfield University's Bennett Lecture Series Children of Uganda Fairfield University's Adrienne Kirby Literacy Program receives a grant for $12,770 Fairfield University Glee Club ushers in the Christmas season Grammy Award winner pianist George Winston solos at Quick Center Auditions at Quick Center for live radio broadcast Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to Fairfield University's Quick Center Martin Luther King Jr. events at Fairfield University feature Patricia J. Williams Fairfield University Media Center receives national award for campaign video
Jeanne Ryan '97 is one of just 22 fine arts students from across the country to receive the prestigious Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and it will cover her tuition and expenses while she studies for a Ph.D. in musicology at the University of Chicago.
Named for a former New York senator, the fellowship was awarded to Jeanne by the U.S. Department of Education based on her "demonstrated achievement and exceptional promise" and an application in which she wrote, "It is not merely a love of higher education that draws me to graduate study." She noted that she spent most of her life studying piano, composing choral and popular pieces and singing with various concert choruses and bands. But at Fairfield, she found she could combine academics and music into a career.
She recalled that her first meaningful teaching experience came when she tutored a Swedish exchange student who was having difficulty in a class in jazz history. "Although I had tutored math, Spanish, and physics for some time, the first student in music history was the turning point for me. I had found a calling."
In discussing the Javits Award, Jeanne cited other turning points in her life that resulted from attending Fairfield University.
The first came when Dr. Javier Campos, associate professor of modern languages and literature, inspired her to study in Chile for a semester. Through the School for International Training, she focused on Chilean culture, politics and religion, traveled around the country and visited villages becoming familiar with the music as well. The result was a paper in which she analyzed how the dictatorship had inhibited the development of original music - particularly rock music - for 17 years so that U.S. rock became dominant and was often the only music heard on radio.
A second major impact on her was an independent project on the life and music of Aaron Copland for which Dr. Orin Grossman, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was her advisor. "He assisted me in obtaining countless CDs and biographies of Copland and I was assigned research papers." Although she feels drawn to the late works of Beethoven and Berlioz, having studied Copland she is considering further pursuits in American music.
The third major turning point she describes with emotion in her voice. Discussing the assistance she received from Dr. Beverly Kahn, associate dean of Arts and Sciences, Jeanne said, "I owe her everything; she changed my life."
It was Dr. Kahn who found the information about the Javits Award, encouraged her to apply and counseled her. In fact, Jeanne's appreciation of the support she received from faculty and administrators prompted her to say that she hoped she could return someday to Fairfield University as a member of the faculty.
As an undergraduate, Jeanne was active at the University as a member of the Glee Club and the Chamber Singers. She wrote her own music and performed, culminating at the 1996 Christmas concert with "Quiet Peace," her first choral work.
As a result of her varied interests, she double-majored in music and in English literature, double-minored in Latin American Studies and in Spanish, received the Humanities Department Award for Distinguished Work based on her paper "Chilean Rock vs. Anglo Rock" and was an intern for music professors. Her research included dozens of interviews with radio personnel, record company executives and professional musicians. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and a Dean's List student seven semesters and received the University's Mary Louise Larrabee Fine Arts Scholarship. This $2,200 award enabled her to take five summer music courses at the Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, studying the works of Mozart, Handel, Bach the history of singing and music theory.
A resident of Trumbull and a graduate of Lauralton High, she is the daughter of James Ryan, a consultant for environmental chemistry, and Dr. Mary Ann Ryan, associate dean of the School of Continuing Education. Jeanne noted that the music talent appears to run on the women's side of her family since her mother and grandmother performed as singers and an aunt recorded her own folk songs and lullabies.
As she looked ahead to her trip to Chicago, Jeanne commented, "I have benefited immeasurably from the opportunities offered by Fairfield's music program."
Posted on August 1, 1997
Fairfield University's Theatre Fairfield announces its second production for the 2001-2002 season, "A Class Act," directed by Martha LoMonaco, Ph.D., director of the university's theater program. Performances are Saturday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., in the university's PepsiCo Theatre. The production will be divided into two sections: "Creative Exposures," performances of original student poetry; and selected scenes from classic theatre.
"Creative Exposures" revives the longstanding relationship between the theater program and the English Department's creative writing program with the assistance of Professor Kim Bridgford, Ph.D.
Dr. LoMonaco states, "The collaboration between advanced acting and writing gives students the opportunity to explore the performable possibilities of poetry and short fiction. Writers submit the best of their work for consideration and the strongest pieces are chosen for performance. Actors learn the intricacies of oral interpretation and enjoy performing poetry and fiction written by fellow students."
In addition to "Creative Exposures," the advanced acting class will perform selected scenes from Patrick Marber's play, "Closer." This play deals with the difficulties of four individuals trying to find companionship in their adult lives. Also on the schedule are Richard Wilbur's translation of Moliere's "Tartuffe," a delightful comedy about hypocrisy and exposing a fraud, and Euripides' classic Greek revenge tragedy "Medea," translated by Rex Warner.
The actors in this production are: Kathe Almonte, Rehan Ansari, Megan Bell, Liz Capinera, Lara Eckler, Ed Kamens, Angela Lewonczyk, Marisa Marquez, Amy M. Mattulina, Kathleen Mooney, and Edward Walsh. Student writers whose works have been selected are: John Chenier, Scott Ferguson, Amanda Feverberg, Michael Grant, Kathy Morris, Marielena Roig, Idalia Rychlik, and Melissa Thompson.
Tickets are free, and will be available on a first come first served basis. Recommended arrival time is about thirty minutes before the performance to ensure a seat. For information call Theatre Fairfield at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2274.
Posted on November 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 108
Israeli investigative journalist Yaron Svoray will be the guest speaker at a lecture sponsored by Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the university's School of Nursing Auditorium. Svoray will discuss "The Life Diamonds: A 55-Year Search for Nazi Stolen Holocaust Treasures."
Svoray, the son of Holocaust survivors, has committed himself to exposing the growing Neo-Nazi movements of Germany, Europe and the United States. Working in conjunction with the famous Simon Wiesenthal Center, he ingratiated himself to members of the movement and thus came in contact with key Nazi leaders and a vast network of middle-class citizens who subscribe to the Nazi platform. His story has been told both in his book, In Hitler's Shadow, and the HBO original film, "The Infiltrator."
In July of 1999 Svoray returned to Europe, this time to the site of a former Gestapo stronghold on the French and German border, in search of a cache of uncut diamonds confiscated from Jews. This dangerous undertaking not only proved to be a success but also led to new information about Jewish deportation and victimization perpetrated by the Nazis. Yaron Svoray's search for the Life Diamonds is presently being made into a documentary that will be shown on the History Channel in early 2003.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies is under the direction of Ellen M. Umansky, Ph.D. For information or to reserve a seat, call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.
Posted on November 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 99
The Children of Uganda, an award-winning song and dance troupe comprised of 18 young Ugandan orphans who share their traditional African culture with American audiences nationwide, will perform at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts for an exciting and uplifting residency. The shows will take place on Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, February 15, at 8 p.m., and school performances will be on February 14 at 10 a.m. and February 15 at 10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Proceeds from this tour provide education, food and shelter for hundreds of Ugandan orphans, as well as help sustain a U.S. scholarship program. Tickets are $20, $10 for children under 12. For information or tickets, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on November 2, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 115
Fairfield University is pleased to announce that a $12,770 grant has been awarded to its Adrienne Kirby Family Literacy Program by the Perrin Family Foundation. These funds will support a special group of children enrolled in the program's Tender Loving Child Care (TLCC) initiative.
The three and four-year-olds enrolled in TLCC are referred by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) because they have been abused or neglected. Most of these preschoolers suffer from Attachment Disorders and low self-esteem and are therefore unable to function in mainstream preschool classrooms. The grant will provide the children in TLCC with an enhanced Social Emotional Curriculum experience with the use of computer technology, visual arts, music and literacy activities. The goal is to help the children gain a positive sense of self, an ability to relate with peers and adults, and an increase in their school-readiness skills.
The Perrin Family Foundation is an independent foundation, founded in 1994 in Connecticut. The Foundation's goal is to give money to programs for education, health and cultural services for children.
Posted on November 10, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 114
The Fairfield University Glee Club, under the baton of Conductor Carole Ann Maxwell, will usher in the holiday season with its annual concert, "Beloved Christmas Favorites," on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A third concert will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m., in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside.
The Glee Club, accompanied by Galen Tate, organist and director of music at St. Thomas More Church, Darien, and the Festival Orchestra, will sing Bach's "Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe" in German, and Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo" in Russian. In addition, the Sine Nomine Singers - soprano Kim DiVincenzo, alto Amy Mattulina, tenor Alex Pavone, bass Ian Bonner and the Glee Club will sing selections from Vivaldi's "Gloria in D Major" in Latin.
Also on the program are a gospelized "O Come Emmanuel," "O Magnum Mysterium," and "Go Tell it on the Mountain," sung by the university chamber singers, followed by selections from the Glee Club's soloists.
The program will conclude with numbers from Sweet Harmony, the Men's Ensemble, and the Glee Club singing Kantor's "Night of Silence" and selections from "Do You Hear What I Hear."
The Fairfield University Glee Club continues a 50-year musical legacy. The mixed chorus of more than 130 singers is the parent organization of four additional choral ensembles: the acclaimed Chamber Singers; the Men's Ensemble, known for their comedy routines, and this year directed by Michael Ciavaglia and Michael Rubin and accompanied by Paul DeSena; Sweet Harmony, directed by Elizabeth Illingworth and Allison Morrow and accompanied by Angel Weston; and the Sine Nomine Singers, the resident quartet.
Carole Ann Maxwell, director of choral and liturgical music at Fairfield University, is one of America's preeminent conductors of collegiate, community and professional choral ensembles. She also serves as the artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and the chorus master for Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra and the Yale Orchestra.
Tickets to the concert are $8 if purchased in advance, $10 at the door and may be reserved by calling (203) 245-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on November 15, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 100
Grammy award winner, pianist George Winston, will play traditional folk melodies, contemporary and classic pop songs, some Hawaiian tunes and a bracing variety of Winston originals when he solos at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. Due to popular demand, a second concert has been added for Sat., Dec 1, at 8 p.m.
Winston is the undisputed master of contemporary solo piano and his lyrical style is often imitated but never duplicated. He spent much of his youth in eastern Montana on the edge of the Great Plains and it is this starkly beautiful landscape that inspires the performances and pieces on his latest recording "Plains." Said the artist, "Even on my earlier albums with the season themes, the plains are a deep inspiration for everything I do."
Last year George Winston celebrated his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, composer and producer. His first album, "Ballads and Blues" was picked up by Windham Hill in 1975, for whom he still records, and remains very active in the catalog, as do all of his releases.
Among his most memorable albums are: "Autumn" (1980), "Winter Into Spring" (1982) and "Summer" (1991). His last Windham Hill release, "Linus and Lucy" (1996), was RIAA-certified Gold. Winston also founded Dancing Cat Records in 1983, which has become one of the world's foremost labels specializing in Hawaiian slack key guitar recordings. With the release of "Plains," Winston continues his Herculean touring schedule throughout America and Asia.
Winston began playing organ and electric piano in 1967. In 1971, he switched to the acoustic piano and began working on his own styles of instrumental music on solo piano. He is currently working on music that comprises about two-thirds R&B/rock/standards and one-third melodic music. The latter includes most of his recorded output and it is mainly in this genre, described as rural folk piano, that he has chosen to record albums with specific themes.
The George Winston concert is sponsored in part by Fleet Bank. Tickets to both concerts are $30 and may be reserved by calling (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. Please join us in supporting Fairfield's Operation Hope by bringing a donation of non-perishable canned goods to the concert.
Posted on November 15, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 102
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will hold auditions for its live radio drama "Sensual French Tales of Temptation and Suspense" on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. Auditions are open to the general public.
This Black Box Theatre production will feature delightful tales of love, war and madness by the 19th century master of the French short story, Guy De Maupassant. Translated and adapted especially for this production by Bob Adrian and directed by Bill Raymond, this show is part of "A French Showcase: Evolving Arts," which is a perspective of French contribution to the Arts and Letters.
"Sensual French Tales" will play two performances before a live audience in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3 and 8 p.m. It will be broadcast live on WVOF, the university's radio station.
Those interested in auditioning should bring a piece to read, no more than two minutes in length. Auditioners should be concerned with voice quality only and not be dissuaded by physical attributes, age or gender.
Rehearsals for "Sensual French Tales" will be limited to the week before the performance since radio roles were always performed with scripts in hand and not memorized. For more information, call the Quick center at (203) 254-4242.
Posted on December 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 128
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, described by The New York Times as "everything chamber music should be," will return to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with music journalist Robert Sherman will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m.
Featuring a Russian program, the evening's music will include Prokofiev's "Sonata for Two Violins," a modern and emotional sound with movements that are lyrical and dance-like; Arensky's "Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in D Minor," offering dramatic exchanges between strings and piano; and Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence, Sextet for Strings," a rich Russian sound with an opening movement in the form of a bustling waltz.
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is made up of 18 artist members who are joined by guest artists throughout the season. Artist members will include: Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; and Gary Hoffman, cello. Guest artists are: Kyoko Takezawa, violin; Naoko Shimizu, viola; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; and Johnathan Biss, piano.
Violinist Kyoko Takezawa, who began studying violin at age 3 and toured the U.S. at age 7, is the winner of the 51st Annual Japan Music Competition and recently received the prestigious Idemitsu Award for outstanding musicianship. She attended the Aspen Music School and later graduated from The Julliard School. An RCA Victor Red Seal recording artist, Ms. Takezawa performs on the "Hammer" Stradivarious violin, dated 1710.
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, born in Taiwan, began his violin studies at the age of 5 and at 15 he auditioned in New York City to study with Itzhak Perlman's teacher Dorothy DeLay and was immediately admitted to her classes. As one of today's most celebrated violinists, he was honored as "Musical America's" Instumentalist of the Year for 2000. He has performed with every major symphony orchestra and festival in America, Europe and the Far East. Mr. Lin, an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society since 1995, is also a faculty member of The Julliard School.
Violist Paul Neubauer became an Artist Member in 1989 and in that same year he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the National Orchestra Association. At age 21 he was the youngest principal string player in the history of the New York Philharmonic and, during his six-year tenure with the orchestra, appeared as soloist in more than 20 performances. He is a faculty member at The Juilliard School and director of chamber music at the OK Mozart Festival.
Tickets to the concert are $30, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For information or reservations, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit the website at www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on December 12, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 125
Patricia J. Williams, J.D., the James L. Dohr Professor of law at Columbia University School of Law and a widely published author, will be speaking on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m., in the Regina A. quick Center for the Arts, as part of Fairfield University's four-day Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. Her talk on "Seeing a Color-blind Future" is open to the public with no admission charge. A reception and book signing follow her talk and tickets are available through the Box Office, 203-255-4010 or toll free at (877) ARTS-396.
The four-day event features a multicultural marketplace on Wednesday, a Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Workshop for middle school students on Friday and an alumni reception, closing ceremony, buffet and Unity Ball on Saturday. All events are open to the public. The activities are being coordinated by students Dan Caldera, coordinator of the campus organization Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism (T.E.A.M.), and Kristin Yochum, director, and Teresa Correa, assistant director, of multicultural programs for the Fairfield University Student Association.
Professor Williams' first book, published in 1991, "The Alchemy of Race and Rights: A Diary of a Law Professor," is autobiographical and sheds light on some of America's most complex problems. That well received book was followed by "The Rooster's Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice" (1995) and "Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race" (1997). She is also a columnist for "The Nation."
Professor Williams was named a MacArthur Fellow last year. The prestigious program awards unrestricted fellowships to "talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits, and a marked capacity for self-direction.
A graduate of Wellesley College, she received her doctor of jurisprudence degree from Harvard University. She served as a deputy city attorney for the City of Los Angeles from 1976-78 and then was a staff attorney for the Western Center on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles. She has also taught at Golden Gate College, the City University of New York in Queens and the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has been a visiting professor of women's studies at Harvard University, visiting professor of law at Stanford University, visiting scholar at Duke University and at Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender and a fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College.
The four-day celebration of Dr. King's life begins on Wednesday, Jan. 23 with a Multicultural Marketplace in the Barone Campus Center from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open to the public, the Marketplace will feature multicultural items from a variety of vendors as well as a selection of ethnic dishes.
Professor Williams is on campus on Thursday to meet with students and deliver her address. During the program, the Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Awards will be presented to individuals, to be announced at a later date, in recognition of their "tireless effort to instill and inspire the teachings and ideals of Dr. King in today's youth."
On Friday, Jan. 25, area middle school students are invited to participate in a Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Leadership Workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Barone Campus Center.
Saturday, Jan. 26, welcomes AHANA alumni back to campus for a reception in Alumni House from 4:30 to 6 p.m. A public closing ceremony, multicultural buffet and Unity Ball take place in the Barone Campus Center Oak Room, beginning at 6 p.m.
Posted on December 14, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 127
The Videographer Awards, a national awards program created by communications professionals to honor talented individuals and companies in the video production field, has awarded Fairfield University's Media Department its highest award, an Award of Excellence, for Video Productions, Educational Institution. The award is for "Mission Possible: The Promise," which last year launched the biggest-ever capital campaign for Fairfield University at New York's Waldorf Astoria before a gathering of nearly 800 people. The video also received an Award of Distinction for Creativity, Use of Special Effects/Animation.
*The Media Center has also just been notified that a second video it produced, "Rev. Aloysius Kelley, S.J. 50 Years Priest... 20 Years President," has reached the finalist status in the 44th annual International 2001 Film and Video (Non-Broadcast) Competition for the category, documentaries up to 30 minutes. The entry is now eligible to compete for a Gold, Silver and Bronze World Medal at a black tie gala at the New York Marriott Marquis on January 18, 2002.
There were over 2,400 entries from throughout the United States and several foreign countries, including Italy, Japan and Germany, in The Videographer Awards 2001 competition, with about 12 percent selected for the Award of Excellence. Fairfield University was the only selection from Connecticut and among 11 colleges and universities nationwide.
All the elements of the production were produced by the Fairfield University Media Center, with James Mayzik, S.J., serving as executive producer. Brian Merry was the producer, Karen Connolly the script writer, Jean-Henry Mathurin the production manager, Jason Kapell the editor, and Scott Volpe the production assistant. A University musician, Peter DeMarco, wrote the musical score, adapted from the Mission Impossible television theme. With only three months to script, shoot and edit the video, it at times seemed like its own mission impossible.
The MI2 spoof is a 13-minute, fast-moving, high-tech piece interlaced with campus humor. Among its stars is Thomas Zingarelli, director of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield, who, dressed in mountain-climbing gear, scales the south side of Bellarmine Hall, a three-story Tudor-style mansion where administrative and admission offices are located. (A stunt man did the actual climbing.)
Tom does actually get to the roof of Bellarmine Hall where a helicopter rising from the back of the building delivers his "assignment." The whirling rotory blades create a current of wind that seem momentarily in danger of sweeping our hero over the edge of the roof.
Throughout the video, several well-known university administrators and faculty (including the beloved and legendary Professor Carmen Donnarumma with his trademark cigar) make cameo appearances using insider humor, hyperbole and theatrics. Driving the story is the plot's mastermind, a.k.a. Rev. Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., university president, who, cast in a shadow, delivers the opening lines: Good morning, Tom. Sorry to interrupt your vacation.
The video reaches its dramatic end when "Tom Zingarelli" tears off a face mask to reveal that underneath is actually Thomas C. Quick, national campaign chair of Fairfield's $100 million "Our Promise" campaign. As the video ended, Mr Quick remained in character, stepping to the podium at the Waldorf before a black tie audience, still dressed in his "Mission Possible" climbing gear, to deliver his own message of support for the campaign.
Editors interested in viewing the video may call James Mayzik, S.J., director of the Media Center, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2697.
Producer Brian Merry, left, positions the camera while Scott Volpe, production assistant, views the helicopter that will deliver the "Mission Possible" assignment to Thomas Zingarelli, who waits atop Bellarmine Hall on the Fairfield University campus. The video, which kicked off Fairfield University's capital campaign, was selected for an Award of Excellence for Video Productions, Educational Institution, in The Videographer Awards 2001 competition.
Posted on December 15, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 119