Hallelujah!!! -Handel’s Messiah

by Charlotte Noble on April 24, 2017

1 stage, 3 directors, 3 rehearsal pianists, 12 soloists, 16 scenes, 3 parts, 32 instrumentalists, 3 choirs, 155 singers… these are the numbers of Lawrence’s production of Handel’s oratorio: The Messiah. 

On Friday night Lawrence’s three choirs and Symphony Orchestra came together to perform the classic work under the direction of Mark Dupere. However, this was certainly not the first time the LU chapel’s walls has heard these notes, as each four years the oratorio is repeated, ensuring that no music student graduates without learning arguably one of the most popular works of classical music. And better yet, all performers (excluding Kathy Handford, who played organ and harpsichord) were students. This means each vocal soloist, featured instrumentalist, chorus singer, etc was a student, who took this as an opportunity to hone their musical skills–unlike the other three combined works I’ve participated in during my years at LU.

The work started as early as mid-March, and even before, when soloists auditioned, instrumentalists were cast, and the choirs first opened their thick scores. Between that moment and when the orchestra began tuning Friday night, literally countless man-hours went into the final product. The orchestra rehearsed during their regular time, as did the choirs, but as the performance neared, they began working together, putting in late night hours Tuesday and Thursday nights. Outside those times, soloists practiced alone, with Maestro Dupere, their voice teachers and coaches, the orchestra and each other.

One of the soloists: My roommate Clio Briggs, ’18!!!

 

I may be biased, but I must say the product of all this hard work was absolutely stunning. The chapel’s seats was filled with the people of Appleton, Lawrence professors and students and family members who traveled far to stand during the Hallelujah chorus. Besides those present, many (including my parents!) tuned in to witness the music via Live Stream. Personally, I was very moved both listening to or participating in each movement, and consider myself very lucky to have been there.

Jealous? While the moment to have been present may have passed, you can still have the chance to enjoy the music. While it was streamed live, the video was also saved in LU’s video library. And I would highly recommend you use this link to do so: https://livestream.com/LawrenceUniversity/events/7259572

All in all, it was an exhausting, beautiful, artistic evening that I’m so proud to have been a part of. And again, if you missed it, fear not; your chance will roll around again in about 4 years.

 

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Meet the Mudd

by Nicole Crashell on April 23, 2017

In the past, I’ve written on this blog about the Center for Academic Success (CAS), which is a great place to go for some peace and quiet as well as tutoring or academic counseling. But it’s on the first floor of Briggs, and that means it’s underground. So where can you go if you want a good studying environment, but you want some sunlight, too? The library, of course!

It’s a little cliché, but the Seeley G. Mudd Library (known mostly as “the Mudd”) really is a favorite spot for getting things done on campus. The four floors get progressively quieter as you go up. That means that the first floor is popular for study groups and tutoring sessions, and so is the second, which has a few rooms for larger groups. The third floor, though, is pretty much silent, and the fourth floor is where I go if I’ve screwed up and really procrastinated on something, so I need to banish all distractions. You really can hear a pin drop.

Beyond just being a place to study, though, the Mudd offers a lot of opportunities to actually learn. The staff holds regular presentations on everything from how to fact-check news articles to Michael Jackson’s Thriller. They also host events with Gaming Club and offer open hours for the archives (Level B), where you can view artifacts from Lawrence’s history, as well as that of the surrounding area. There’s a face mask of one of our former presidents. I’m not kidding—check it out.

Among its other attractions, the library has free tea on the first floor and offers snacks before and during finals week. There are puzzles and surveys, and sometimes there are interactive activities—for this year’s National Poetry Month, you can make your own black-out poetry and read what others have created. Outside, the Mudd hosts canine therapy at the end of spring term, where Lawrence faculty and staff can bring their dogs and students can come relieve some stress.

And of course the Mudd also has a lot of books. Not just the typical scholarly tomes, but music scores, DVDs, and CDs as well. The reference section has as many dictionaries as you could wish for—not only in English—and in all the other collections there are works in other languages too. For a history nerd like me, it’s a lot of fun to wander the stacks and look at the oldest books; for my art history project in the fall, I did research in books from the late 1800s, and for a linguistics class this term I looked at a dictionary printed in 1828.

There are even more unique items in the Mudd’s Lincoln Reading Room, which has a collection of books and materials related to Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, and the Milwaukee-Downer Room, which has old and rare books. It also happens to look like it came right out of the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. And if you’ve had enough of books, then there’s also a 55-foot-long racing shell hanging from the ceiling. So take it from me, the Mudd is not your typical dusty library: it’s just plain cool.

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A Room full of Vikings

April 11, 2017

For a visiting high school student, recent young graduate or even a wide eyed freshman, 21 can feel a million miles away. However, in one of their four years attending college, most students will enter the world of “real adulthood” (18 doesn’t seem to count anymore) when all Friday night options are open–including walking downtown, presenting your drivers license, and […]

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Life in Greenfire

April 9, 2017

For the first two terms of the 2017-2018 school year, I was lucky enough to live in one of the newly-built lofts in Colman Hall. These four lofts were completed over the summer, designed for group housing, and last year I applied to the loft occupied by Greenfire. Greenfire is an environmentally-conscious club and co-op […]

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Undecided? Well, Looks Like You’ve Come to the Right Place!

April 6, 2017

Ah, the first week of Spring term. Everyone is back from their lovely breaks and settling into their new schedules, looking forward to beautiful weather. I spent my spring break in Tucson, Arizona. The weather was beautiful and it was quite the transition going from 90 degree weather back to 40!! But there is so […]

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