Arts

Union welcomes guest pianist for Jan. 15 chamber recital; master classes

On Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. Dr. Frank Restesan of the Union College music department will perform a violin and piano concert along with internationally renowned pianist Dr. Kaestner Robertson. The concert will take place in Engel Hall Recital Room (corner of South 48th St. and Bancroft Ave.).

The music featured will be from the late Romantic period into the early 20th century (1850-1935). "This concert is essentially a mosaic of the major musical culture during this time in Germany, France and England," Restesan said. "The three pieces that we will perform are probably the most important works written for violin and piano chamber music for the time period."

This concert is the first of a winter-spring tour for Restesan and Robertson. Other stops include Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Mass., and Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.

Restesan, who joined the faculty of Union College in fall 2007, is the director of the Chamber Orchestra, the Golden Cords String Quartet and coordinator of music history. Restesan holds a doctorate in performance and orchestral conducting from the University of Arizona. He has appeared on stages around the world including Romania, Spain, Puerto Rico and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Robertson has gained an international reputation as a pianist and organist. Currently he is a professor of music at Atlantic Union College. Robertson has given solo and collaborative recitals around the world including performances in Barbados, Bermuda, France, England and his native Jamaica.

During his Lincoln visit, Robertson will be offering piano master classes that will be open to Union College students as well as the community. The classes will be on Jan. 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information about the concert or master classes, please contact the Division of Fine Arts at 486-2553.

Sara Groves to perform free concert

On Friday, Jan. 18, Union College will host a free concert by Christian singer/songwriter Sara Groves. Groves also performed at Union College in 2002. The concert will be held at College View Church, located at the corner of 48th and Prescott, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

"Hearing Sara Groves changed my entire outlook on Christian music," Scott Cushman, an alumnus who attended her 2002 concert at the college. "Relaxed, thoughtful and soulful, I went home feeling closer to God and telling everyone I know to listen to Grove's album."

In 1998 Groves transitioned from teaching at a high school in Minnesota to full-time musician. That year also Groves released her first album, Past the Wishing.

Since then, she's put out five more albums, been nominated for three Dove Awards, and CCM Magazine named her Christian music artist of the year and gave its "Album of the Year" award to her 2005 release Add to the Beauty.

Groves puts a lot of herself into her music. She brings sincere, candidly truthful lyrics to her low-key, acoustic music. In addition to recording, Groves gives over 120 performances each year.

Seating is free but limited. College View Church will seat 1,700 on a first come, first serve basis.

McClelland Art Gallery displays work by photography students

LINCOLN— An array of 30 photographs debuted in the McClelland Art Gallery on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Students from the photography class taught by Bruce Forbes are displaying three of their best pictures taken during the course. The diversity of the students' personalities is evident in the exhibit, ranging from digital camera work to film, and black and white to color.

Senior display "Unlike the Rest" at McClelland Art Gallery

LINCOLN—Running until Dec. 8 in the McClelland Art Gallery, "Unlike the Rest" is titled appropriately. Union College senior Josh Morris named each of the 40 pieces on display after rock songs. During the debut, some of the songs played in the background adding to the ambiance.

Although unintentional, each gallery section of Morris' senior exhibit reflects a small part of his personality. The fine art pieces display his cheekiness and humor; the photography gives a peek into his calm, easy going manner; and the photo-shopped work shows his edgy and outgoing side.

Community invited to band and choral holiday concerts, Dec. 14, 15

Union College invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with music during the college's annual choral and band concerts. Admission and parking for both concerts are free.

  • "The Nativity of St. Luke" by Randall Thompson will feature Union College vocal soloists and choirs on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4810 Prescott Ave.).
  • The Union College band and other instrumental groups will perform a Christmas concert on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the college Gymnasium (enter campus from Prescott Ave.).

New professor and new facility debut for fall chamber music concerts

Union String Quartet

The Golden Chords String Quartet, Tom Shepherd, cellist, Frank Restesan, first violin, Derek Bower, violist, and Tim Parfet, second violin.

LINCOLN—Union College Chamber Orchestra and the Golden Cords string quartet will present fall concerts under the direction of new Union College associate professor of music, Dr. Frank Restesan.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, 6 p.m. the Union College Chamber Orchestra will perform in the newly opened atrium to the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church (4801 Prescott Ave.). This Fall Chamber Concert is the debut performance in the new wing of the College View church. The concert will include one romantic selection and three baroque pieces. Freshman flutist Sarah Kohls will be a featured soloist for a Vivaldi concerto. Breanna Thornton, 14-year-old guest violinist will be featured as well.

On Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., the Golden Cords string quartet will perform in a Chamber Music Concert in the Engel Hall Recital Room (corner of S. 48th St. and Bancroft Ave.). Program highlights will include a quartet by Hayden and Corelli's Christmas Concerto featuring Dr. Ryan Wells as the keyboard accompanist.

Restesan joined the Union College faculty this school year. In addition to leading the chamber groups, Restesan is the director of the Union College Band. He holds master's degrees in musical stylistics and in music performance as well as a doctorate in conducting from the University of Arizona. Restesan's career has included acting as soloist and concertmaster of the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra (N.Y), the New England Symphonic Ensemble, The University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra and core member of the Tucson Symphony. He has studied at the State Conservatory in Cluj (Klausenburg) Romania, with Istvan Ruha, the Bachakademie in Stuttgart, Germany with Dozent Peter Streicher and Helmut Rilling and at The University of Arizona. Dr. Restesan's past teaching appointments include positions as orchestra director, strings and chamber music instructor at Atlantic Union College (Mass.), Antillean Adventist University (Puerto Rico) and Walla Walla College (Wash.). Restesan has appeared on prestigious stages around the world including recitals and concerts in Romania, Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Puerto Rico and the legendary Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Local artist celebrates choices in McClelland Art Gallery display

LINCOLN—Starting on Nov. 5, abstract artist Linda Benton's "Metamorphoses" exhibit will be housed in the McClelland Art Gallery through Nov. 25. A Lincoln resident, Benton loves working with mixed media elements. She believes art can be a metaphor for life and the twists and turns that ensue. In her artwork, she takes an idea and makes the decision to redo it, or go in different direction. She described her paintings, as well as life, as a path that comes to many crossroads. You must then make a decision which fork you will take.

"Making art is not a straight path; it's like a maze," Benton said. "This phenomenon happens in a lot of different mediums, such as chefs trying to find a new seasoning to remake an old recipe. Making art is a challenge. Relationships are a challenge. I like to celebrate the fact that life is filled with challenges and choices."

The McClelland Art Gallery is in the Ortner Center on the Union College campus, 3800 S. 48th Street. Enter the campus from Prescott Avenue. The art gallery is free to the public and open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Ortner Center at 402.486.2545.

McClelland Art Gallery displays diverse pottery

Diversity produces much of the beauty found on campus at Union College. Running until Nov. 4, the eclectic pottery exhibit includes three artists: Jovannah Poor Bear, sophomore elementary education major; Kimmy Wills, junior biology major; and Bruce Forbes, associate professor of art. The trio of artists bring a wide range of style and technique to the McClelland Art Gallery.

Student photography on display in the McClelland Art Gallery

Blake releases new book

Chris Blake, Union College English and communications professor, spent a semester on sabbatical last year to write. Pacific Press released his newest book in February, Swimming Against the Current: Living for the God You Love. It is a sequel to his book Searching for a God to Love, which has been translated into four languages.

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