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In Focus: 2/14/2013

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Austin artist Michael Mogovero discusses the exhibit of his work that is currently on display in the Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibit will be up through March 3. (Photo by Erica Grant)

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CHORALE TO TOUR IN ITALY OVER SPRING BREAK

Twenty-nine members of the Southwestern University Chorale will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience over spring break this year: the opportunity to sing in the Vatican.

The concert is part of a weeklong tour of Venice and Rome. In addition to performing at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the Chorale will perform at St. Mark’s Basilica and Chiesa degli Scalzi (Church of the Scalzi) in Venice and Chiesa Sant Andrea della Valle in Rome.

Kenny Sheppard, professor of music and director of the SU Chorale, said it was quite a coup for the group to be granted permission to perform at St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Mark’s Basilica.

“Everyone wants to sing there,” Sheppard said. “We had to audition to get to do this.”

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STUDENTS INTRODUCE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO A VARIETY OF TOPICS IN ART HISTORY

Georgetown residents who take advantage of classes offered through the Senior University program had a new class to choose from this semester: an art history colloquium taught by students from Southwestern.

“Senior University requested a course on art history, and we suggested that it might be mutually advantageous to have art history majors lead the course,” said Allison Miller, assistant professor of art history. “Many participants in Senior University are big supporters of Southwestern and also attend a lot of Southwestern events. However, they often wish that they had more contact with students. We thought this would be a great way to bring the two populations together.”

Many of the classes offered through Senior University are taught by current or retired faculty members. This year, the Art History Department decided to allow students the opportunity to get some hands-on experience with teaching. They selected six students based on a competitive application process to teach classes on a subject of their choice. The class, which is called “Art Across Time in the West” is held Tuesday evenings in the Fine Arts Building.

“Many of our students, particularly seniors, begin graduate programs in art history or work in museums and galleries following graduation,” Miller said. “This experience allows them to get real-world experience teaching and presenting on a subject they know well.”

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Events

CHORAL ENSEMBLE TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN FEB. 28

Ensemble VIII, an Austin-based ensemble that specializes in vocal works from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, will perform at Southwestern on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. The ensemble will present a concert titled “The Passion of Seven − North German Masterworks for Holy Week” that includes works by Bach, Buxtehude and Schütz.

The concert is free for Southwestern faculty, staff and students. Others may purchase tickets atwww.ensembleVIII.org.

The artistic director of Ensemble VIII James Morrow, who also serves as director of choral activities at The University of Texas at Austin and artistic director of the Bach Cantata Project at the Blanton Museum of Fine Arts.

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun did a story about presidential candidate Clarence Wyatt’s visit to campus.

Notables

Suzanne Buchele, associate professor of computer science, and Barbara Boucher Owens, emeritus faculty, presented an Introduction to Alice workshop at the 2013 Texas Computer Education Association Conference and Exposition held Feb. 8 in Austin.

President Jake B. Schrum is testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee today about the importance of preserving the federal income tax deduction for charitable contributions.

Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor of music, is appearing with the Austin Symphony under the direction of Peter Bay when it accompanies Ballet Austin in three performances this week (Feb. 15, 16 and 17) at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Tamagawa will be the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Tchaikovsky, choreographed by George Balanchine as “Allegro Brillante.” The show also features a commemorative performance of Igor Stravinsky’s landmark ballet “The Rite of Spring,” which premiered in 1913.

Patrick Veerkamp, professor of art, was invited to exhibit a piece titled “Cordial Bottle with Cups” in the exhibit “From Yellow Clay to Black Gumbo: Earth Movers in the Lone Star State,” which is on display at the Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University through Feb. 16 and will then travel to Houston for the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts annual conference March 20-23.