Archives for February 2012

Barry Mills: In Defense of Higher Education

 

As political rhetoric zeroes in on higher education, Barry Mills calls for a more considered and thoughtful approach.

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Ebony Ball Competes with the Oscars for Best Dressed

 

The Ebony Ball attracted the best dressed on campus last Saturday night. Out were the jeans, sweatshirts and slippers students sometimes shuffle to class in — and in were the glittering earrings, high heels and glamor. The Ebony Ball, an annual event put on by the African American Society for all students, is a campus tradition over 20 years old. This year the theme was Hollywood and the movies, and students even placed a red carpet down the Moulton Union staircase so they could enter the scene like stars amid the flashes and pops of cameras.

 

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Listen: Henry Lebedinsky ’97 Shows Off the Soft Clavichord

 

As soon as historical keyboardist Henry Lebedinsky began playing the clavichord, his small audience sitting on nearby chairs leaned in to listen. The clavichord produces soft, delicate and expressive music, a surprise for those accustomed to the more forthright piano. Through the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, the clavichord was commonly found in people’s living rooms, salons or even bedrooms, Lebedinsky explained, because its quiet notes were suited for intimate spaces.

Lebedinsky, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1997, was giving a pre-performance talk and demonstration on the clavichord in Studzinski Recital Hall before his evening performance last Friday. His concert was one of a series of keyboard performances at Bowdoin this semester that will culminate with the Bowdoin Klavierfest, April 12-14.

Lebedinsky spoke about the instrument’s history and explained how the clavichord eventually came to be overshadowed by the piano. He also showed the best way to make music with a clavichord: rather than pound out chords, you roll them, pushing firmly down through the keys. He invited audience members to try out the black-keyed instrument, which led to several impromptu performances.

(After the jump are photos and five short, edited audio clips from the talk, one of which includes both Levedinsky and student Allen Wong Yu ’14 playing two different pieces.)

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Rori Cremer ’11 Wins Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant

Though her work is in miniature, Rori Cremer has big ideas — and a lot of them. With funding from a Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant, Cremer’s works have been on display at Portland’s Space Gallery as part of the Free For All exhibition that wraps up this week.

Rori Cremer '11, (l. to. r.:) "Denied," "Capped," "That Girl and This Girl."

A physics and visual arts major, and former president of Bowdoin Women in Business, Cremer works in mixed media, including oils, graphite and classical materials, and shot photos for a GQ magazine spread that spotlighted Portland Dry Goods and its sister store, Barbour by David Wood, which she manages.