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Students give huge props to Kennedy Center trip

March 20, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

This year’s Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival showcased how much talent the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Theater Department really has. Three GCU students made it to the semifinals in their respective regional categories, and two took second place. Some students even came home with scholarships and job interviews. “We had teachers as well as students from all kinds of other schools stop us a number of times and tell us how impressed they were with our students,” COFAP Assistant Dean William Symington said.

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Slideshow: Spring Student Spotlight Dance Concert

March 13, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Fifteen beautiful pieces of choreography premiered at the Spring Student Spotlight Dance Concert on Tuesday night in Thunderground. The show offers choreography in several different styles of dance, showcasing the wide range of talent coming out of GCU’s Dance program. The second and final night of the concert starts at 7:30 today.

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GCU’s 1st esports tournament is smashing success

March 11, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

The first GCU-supported video gaming tournament turned out to be a big hit. GCU’s Esports Program was expecting about 50 to 70 students to show up, but the turnout was about 350 spectators and gamers for the Super Smash Showdown on Saturday at GCU Arena. “The event was so packed that despite our estimates, the event ran from 5 p.m. on Saturday past midnight (the original event end time) to 1 a.m.,” said Albert Lee, Esports Program coordinator.

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Students’ film talents readily seen in 1-night Festival

March 01, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Creativity was abundant at the College of Fine Arts and Production’s Film Festival last night. Students from all genres of film flocked to Ethington Theatre to see the winners in eight categories. The one-night event was three nights in the past, and Lisa Tervo, Chair of GCU’s Department of Digital Film Production, said, “I think a lot of people just are really excited and pleasantly surprised by what they end up seeing.”

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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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