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Symington keeps designing ways to help students

February 26, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Bill Symington, Assistant Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production, continues to work vigorously on projects outside the University to help build bridges that lead students to jobs in the entertainment industry. Symington has judged for the Kennedy Center, has designed a show for TheaterWorks! and even has helped establish the “Backstage Pass” program with the AriZoni Board of Directors. The program connects students to professionals in the business to help inform them about the business and teach them what employers are looking for.

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GCU band helps high school musicians get in sync

February 21, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Band in the Stands program invites high school bands to come to campus and receive instruction from the Thundering Heard Pep Band, then perform alongside the Thundering Heard at a GCU game. The band from King’s Way Christian Schools in Vancouver, Wash., visited recently, and the group’s instructor, Marge Swearer, called it a “uniquely wonderful experience.”

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Instruments of hope: Holocaust violins visit GCU

February 19, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

One concentration camp survivor told Avshi Weinstein that music, for him, became a torturer. After the war, he could no longer listen to or enjoy music. Many other survivors, who were musicians at the camps, would never touch their instruments again. But Weinstein, a third generation violin maker and restorer, and his father, Amnon, have been reclaiming that musical heritage with the Violins of Hope project. The Weinsteins have collected and restored more than 70 Holocaust violins and have given the stories of the musicians who played them a voice. Avshi Weinstein was at GCU this weekend with several of the violins, before GCU Theatre’s presentation of Holocaust drama “Who Will Carry the Word?” He spoke about the project — it includes two months of events — and shared some of those Holocaust stories.

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GCU theatre brings dark era of Holocaust to light

February 08, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Theatre Department’s moving play, “Who Will Carry the Word?,” brings the somber truths of what happened in Auschwitz to a group of French Resistance fighters to the Ethington Theatre stage. Claude Pensis and a powerful female cast showcase Charlotte Delbo’s haunting story.

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Concert to share songs of faith with east Phoenix

February 06, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Music Department will venture into east Phoenix for the first time to present its Masterworks Concert, “Songs of Faith,” to reach new audiences. The concert will be performed Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Phoenix and Feb. 15 at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.

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Violins of Hope bring story of Holocaust to campus

February 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

In the Theatre Department’s “Who Will Carry the Word?”, the characters are determined that at least one of them must survive to tell their story. It’s a theme shared by the Violins of Hope, a collection of violins restored by Israeli master violin maker and restorer Amnon Weinstein. The instruments were played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Like the play, the violins also tell the stories of the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Weinstein, his son Avshalom, and a few of the instruments will be on campus Feb. 15-16 in conjunction with the presentation of the play, just one of the stage productions, art exhibits, concerts and more in the two-month-long Violins of Hope program being brought to Phoenix in February and March by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix.

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Employees draw on creativity for art show

January 28, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

The Curriculum Design and Development Department creates the curriculum students study in their Grand Canyon University coursework but took time out on Friday to showcase some of their creativity in the department’s first art show. But the show was anything but paint by numbers. According to curriculum developer Ruth Douthitt, it also helped build a sense of community among the employees.

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Students get into the act at Second City workshop

January 23, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

“You’re a collector of Coca-Cola products!” “You’re a flight attendant who accidentally boarded a cruise!” GCU students threw suggestions at their teammates, who had seconds to create a character, right then and there, as part of an improv workshop Saturday. The workshop was helmed by improvisationists with The Second City Touring Co., who were in Phoenix performing in “It’s Not You, It’s Me” at Phoenix Theatre. It was the first time talent from The Second City, which launched the careers of Steve Carell, Mike Myers, Jordan Peele and Tina Fey, to name a few, led a workshop on campus. “These opportunities are few and far between,” senior history and secondary education student Garrett LaPorte said.

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CCOB opening launches busy spring events calendar

January 02, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

It’s been a big year so far, but there’s more to come in 2018-19. The spring semester will kick off with the grand opening of the new 150,000-plus-square foot Colangelo College of Business Building on Jan. 9 and will barrel forward through April and May with signature events such as the Canyon Challenge, Mr. GCU, the Theatre Department’s presentation of Holocaust drama “Who Will Carry the Word,” Serve the City in February, the Roadshow Tour at GCU Arena, basketball and much more. Check out some highlights from GCU Today’s 2019 Winter-Spring Calendar.

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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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