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Dancers step up for elementary school tour

February 23, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

It was an unusually chilly morning in Chandler when students in GCU’s dance department stopped by Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary School to warm the amphitheater stage with a 20-minute, modern, kid-friendly dance. The stop was part of the department’s annual elementary school dance tour, which continues through March. The goal is to give students the opportunity to see dance and maybe be inspired to become dancers themselves.

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Social Club Misfits perfect fit for Roadshow Tour

February 22, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Marty of Social Club Misfits swore he would never return to church. Fern, the other half of the Christian hip-hop duo, spent time in prison for drug trafficking. It hasn’t always been a smooth road for the musical artists, but they have found their way back to church, God, family and, of course, music. GCU Today spoke with the duo, who has released a new CD, “Into the Night,” and will be performing Sunday at GCU Arena as part of the Rock & Worship Roadshow.

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Recital a high note for GCU’s Vladikovic

February 21, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Jelena Vladikovic doesn’t remember what she played at her first solo recital under professional artist management 50 years ago. She said she just remembers all the faces and being amazed that all those people showed up to watch her perform. The Grand Canyon University professor of piano will celebrate those 50 years of performances with a recital Friday that will feature works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Liszt and Prokofiev.

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Ball Brothers among Gospel Music Festival highlights

February 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The Ball Brothers gospel group takes a cue from young artists such as Pentatonix and Michael Buble when it comes to updating the classic sound they love so much. The group is one of almost a dozen acts that will perform at the Southwest Gospel Music Festival Sunday and Monday at GCU Arena.

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Carnegie-bound choirs to inject faith into concert

February 14, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

At the core of what GCU’s music department does is integrate faith and music, said assistant dean, Dr. Juan de Dios Hernandez. Expect the same at the GCU Choirs’ Masterworks Concert on Thursday at First Southern Baptist Church. The hourlong performance will include everything from a well-known Reformation hymn, to African-American spirituals such as “Ride the Chariot,” to works by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo based on a poem by St. John of the Cross.

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‘Major’ coup: Ethington cast’s performances spot-on

February 08, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Theatre’s “Major Barbara” cast commands the elegant language of playwright George Bernard Shaw in a finely acted production that also includes an industrial-chic set. The play, which was previewed on press night Wednesday, will open 7:30 p.m. Friday and will continue its run for two weekends.

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Battle is on for salvation in ‘Major Barbara’

February 05, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Is salvation achieved through faith and good deeds or through money and power? It is one of the big questions characters wrestle with in “Major Barbara,” opening on the Ethington Theatre stage on Friday. The classic George Bernard Shaw satire will run for the next two weekends.

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Dance concert to find beat in pacemaker, much more

December 05, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Ethington Dance Ensemble’s winter concert, “The Arc Between,” will explore everything from jazz to ballet to social issues and even swimming. More than 40 dancers and nine choreographers are involved in the production 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Grand Canyon University’s Ethington Theatre.

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GCU Overwatch team reaches Sweet 16

December 01, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

The six members of GCU’s eSports Overwatch varsity team met in January, but a striking synergy helped meld six minds into one Cinderalla team that made it to the Sweet 16 out of 220 teams and was the only Arizona team to make it to this far.

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Behind the scenes during the making of ‘Tartuffe’

November 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The seven student designers who commenced in June with scarcely more than their titles gave birth in October to a grand, full-scale production of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” at Ethington Theatre, brought to life by a cast brimming with energy and talent. “It has been a great joy to work with them and watch them grow throughout the process,” said Claude Pensis, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Production.

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