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Hark! GCU’s choirs sing, celebrate season

December 06, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

On the heels of performing Handel’s “Messiah” and various faculty and student recitals, the busy GCU Music Department is at it again, this time readying itself for its annual Christmas concert. The Canyon Chorale and Critical Mass will perform everything from Arnesen’s “Magnificat,” which centers around the text of Luke 2 and the birth of Jesus, to a medley of holiday tunes from popular a cappella group Pentatonix. The concert begins at 7 Thursday night at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix.

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Raw beauty of dance ‘Uncovered’ at concert

December 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dancers will look as if they’re walking on walls. They’ll leap elegantly and athletically in the air in classic ballet movements. They’ll create precise lines. All of those stylistic movements will unfurl at Ethington Dance Ensemble’s Winter Dance Concert, to be performed this weekend at Ethington Theatre.

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Pipers pipe GCU holiday spirit into Andre House

December 03, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

More than nine pipers were piping at Andre House of Arizona in downtown Phoenix on Sunday. Fifteen members of GCU’s Clarinet Studio performed at Andre House, which serves the city’s most needy populations, during dinner service. “I love doing this,” said Clarinet Studio musician and junior biology major Allissa Hernandez. “It’s important to give back you your community — giving your time to give them joy and give them happiness.”

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GCU goes big — Hallelujah! — for ‘Messiah’

November 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Canyon Choral Society doesn’t just perform Handel’s “Messiah” every year, it does so on a grand scale. Tuesday’s concert at GCU Arena will feature almost the full version and will include a 110-member choir as well as the professional musicians of the Canyon Symphony Orchestra, four soloists and a high school choir.

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A ‘Starcatcher’ is born at Ethington Theatre

November 16, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Before there was Peter Pan, before there was Tinkerbell, before there was Captain Hook, there was “Peter and the Starcatcher.” GCU’s Theatre Department is bringing the origin story of the boy who refused to grow up to the Ethington Theatre stage. The play opens tonight for a two-weekend run.

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Disney animator draws crowd for ‘Ralph’ talk

November 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Michelle Robinson, Character Look Development Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios, provided an inside look at the making of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and other Disney animated films during a talk Tuesday at Ethington Theatre. As one student put it, “I’m just so inspired by them.”

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Wind Ensemble concert to summon the heroes

November 09, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

In the shadow of Veterans Day, GCU’s Wind Ensemble will perform a hero-themed concert called “Summon the Heroes,” featuring works that celebrate heroes of all kinds, from those who served in World War II to riders of the Pony Express and 18th-century fur trappers and traders. The concert, to be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix, also will mark the debut of the Black Canyon Chamber Winds.

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Loss, life, rhythm: Dance concert has it all

October 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Dance Fall Student Spotlight, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in Thunderground, will feature “works inspired by loss, friendship, change and the celebration of life,” according to the Dance department. One of the 19 pieces will be dedicated to Taylor White, the GCU student who was killed while jogging across Camelback Road last spring.

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GCU theatre delivers thoroughly modern ‘Macbeth’

October 11, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Classic Shakespeare tragedy “Macbeth” gets a re-do in GCU Theatre’s production of the classic. Director Claude Pensis has taken the play, rife with themes of ambition, greed and murder, out of its 11th century setting and into a contemporary setting with celebrity-like, privileged, young crowd. The play opens on Friday, during Family Weekend, on the Ethington Theatre stage for a two-weekend run, though tickets are going fast. The first weekend of shows already is sold out, though a few tickets remain for the final weekend.

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Recital to feature ‘Songs From and of the East’

September 28, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Rachel Velarde, associate professor of voice, grew up with world influences, considering her mom was a Chinese scholar and dad and Arabic scholar. Her recital with pianist Dr. Luis Rodriguez-Morales, whose “Love Songs Around the World” is included in the program, pays homage to the world influences that helped shape both performers. The recital is coming up Sunday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Tempe and Tuesday at GCU.

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