Tag Archives: fine arts

Changes coming for fall.

17 Jul

I mentioned last week in strategic planning that there were at least four topics that I needed to address with press releases during strategic planning. Late last week, I tackled the first – the recasting of the Paul V. Hamilton School of Arts and Sciences.

The move to split the study of arts and sciences was an important decision for LMU. One that will allow further program development and help LMU serve its students better. The recasting created the Paul V. Hamilton School of Mathematics and Sciences and the School of Arts and Humanities.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Clayton Hess announced the changes during the strategic planning retreat and in a memo to faculty in the affected disciplines. The change took effect on July 2.

Dr. Amiel Jarstfer, the former dean of the combined school, will lead the Hamilton School of Mathematics and Sciences while Dr. Martin Sellers formerly the dean of research and service will head the School of Arts and Humanities.

The Hamilton School of Mathematics and Science includes the departments of mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics and will be housed in the nearly completed state-of-the art Math and Science center. The School of Arts and Humanities includes the departments of English, humanities and fine arts, social sciences and social work and is housed primarily in Avery Hall.

Among the program development are enhancements to LMU fine arts department. The University has acquired several buildings and land in the Town of Cumberland Gap with plans to move fine arts into the Gap and provide room to expand offerings in narrative arts. LMU had previously purchased the Cumberland Gap Convention Center and plans to use that to host dinner theater productions among other cultural events.

The creation of two new schools is another exciting change at LMU.


On the Shoulders of Giants

31 Jan

Have you ever listened to the radio or a song and heard something that felt strikingly familiar? No, I don’t mean Flo Rida sampling Etta James on Good Feeling or MC Hammer “borrowing” from Rick James on You Can’t Touch This. When you listen to Justin Timberlake, Usher and Chris Brown you hear echoes of Michael Jackson. When you listen to Michael Jackson you can hear Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Barry Gordy. Its influence, not imitation, and examples of it are the foundation for which the acclaimed chorus Cantus will present its program “On the Shoulders of Giants” on Tuesday, February 14.

Hailed by Fanfare as the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States,” the group will perform a selection of works that span centuries and various genres of music. It’s basically a look at masterworks and how they have inspired future generations.  For each artist there was a predecessor who inspired them.  

The performance will take place in the Sam and Sue Mars Performing Arts Center in the Duke Hall of Citizenship on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn. Tickets are available now for $15 for general admission or $10 for LMU employees and students. Purchase tickets online at http://alumni.lmunet.edu/cantus or call Assistant Vice President for University Advancement Frank Woodward at 423.869.6351.

This concert will offer LMU and the surrounding area the opportunity to experience the highest quality musical performance by world-renowned artists. It’s an occasion that doesn’t come to Harrogate often, but one that I hope a lot of people will take advantage of.

Cantus includes tenors Aaron Humble, Paul J. Rudoi, Gary Ruschma, Shahzore Shah and David Walton; Adam Reinwald and Matthew Tintes, both baritones; and basses Chris Foss and Timothy C. Takach. Below is a sample of what the group will bring to Harrogate in a couple of weeks. Enjoy!