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Winter dance show combines movement, emotion, conversation

December 08, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s Dance Department performed 10 pieces that evoked a range of emotions among the audiences last weekend at Ethington Theatre. The shows, which included 10 pieces (the last one, “Tunnel,” lasted 20 minutes), were the results of three months of hard work by students and faculty.

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GCU Today Magazine highlights revitalization plan

December 02, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The latest edition of GCU Today Magazine — featuring a comprehensive look at the University’s new plan to strengthen its west Phoenix neighborhood — is available here. The December issue also has a story about GCU nurturing its spiritual-life roots, a feature on the men’s basketball team’s debut on the national sports stage and an article about what a new name and a new dean mean for students in the Colangelo College of Business. Don’t miss our stories about alumni Gustavo Anton’s journey to medical school and Michelle Lara’s road to recovery from a near-fatal accident, plus a profile of online student Komi Lokossou, a broadly smiling goodwill ambassador on GCU’s main campus.

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Winter dance concert to explore opposing themes

December 02, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

Faculty and students in GCU’s dance department have been working on their winter dance show, “Balance/Opposition,” since last fall. On Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the talented artists will present a sophisticated series of pieces that communicate the trials of humans through movement. Be prepared to laugh and cry.

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COFAP pioneers concept of onstage student shepherds

December 01, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Story by Janie Magruder Photos by Alexis Bolze GCU News Bureau Like one of those resonant quotations that’s attributed to “anonymous,” the origins of the unusual — and possibly unique — student chaplaincy post, which has been embraced by the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University, might never be known. Assistant Dean Dr. Juan Hernandez began allowing music students to select chaplains from among their peers several years ago during preparations for a concert. The request came from students, who wanted to designate someone to handle their spiritual needs before, during and after rehearsals, Hernandez recalled. “Our students spend a significant amount of time together,” he said, “and so it became a way for them to create community, to take ownership of their work and their activities in a way that was not just them being told what to do, and to promote the University’s initiative of faith, learning and leadership.” It was so successful that Hernandez’s students now elect two of their own at the beginning of each school year as ensemble shepherds. With the endorsement of Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin, the College of Theology and COFAP Dean Claude Pensis, this voluntary spiritual […]

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Rollicking pot of fun dished up in new Ethington play

November 12, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Christmas memories from across the pond come to GCU’s Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, as the College of Fine Arts and Production presents “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” Several of the shows are sold out, but there are seats available for Nov. 21-23, and a waiting list is available, too.

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Thunderstruck percussion and guitar ensembles upbeat at first performance

October 29, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Darryl Webb GCU News Bureau GCU’s band program rocked First Southern Baptist Church of Phoenix on Tuesday evening during “Boom! Pluck!” The concert featured music by the Thunderstruck Percussion Ensemble and was the debut of the University’s new Guitar Ensemble.  

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Faith a resounding theme for new choral season

October 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The strengthing of and reliance upon faith during tough times is a key theme of the 2014-15 choral series in the College of Fine Arts and Production’s music department. The series begins Thursday evening with the Masterworks Concert I, and GCU Today has a preview here.

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Boom! Pluck! Toot! GCU bands ready for new season

October 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU’s band program has been growing in stature and size since director Paul Koch took over two years ago, and this year is adding a Guitar Ensemble to its repertoire. The first concert of the 2014-15 season, “Java and Jazz” with the Thunder Big Band, is 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Union.

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2002 ‘Little Women’ cast goes back in time

October 13, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

“Things change, Jo,” characters sing time and time again in “Little Women: An Opera in Two Acts,” which was performed last weekend in Ethington Theatre and will close this weekend. And so they have for five alumni, all cast members in the 2002 production of the same play in the same venue who attended Saturday evening’s show, and were wowed by a new generation of GCU student performers. GCU Today has a story and ticket information.

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COFAP brings beloved ‘Little Women’ to Ethington

October 07, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

You may have read the book, now you have the opportunity to watch “Little Women,” the charming Louisa May Alcott classic, set to music — opera music. The College of Fine Arts and Production brings the Mark Adamo work to Ethington Theatre this weekend and next, and GCU music students are ready to display their vocal and acting chops. GCU Today has a preview here.

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