September 16

This week, we focus on arts and music in our community. Students have a wide variety of interests, talents and passions and here at Scranton they can choose to join in or simply enjoy performances from the sidelines (or from the audience as the case may be!) on campus. Whether you want to be on or off the stage, you can learn more about our art and music scene here.

Hope Horn Gallery Display of “(Im)Perfect Specimen”
by Jessica Perillo

A new art display is open in The Hope Horn Gallery! 

The Gallery is now presenting “(Im)Perfect Specimen,” a photography exhibit by Lisa Hinkle.

Darlene Miller-Lanning Ph.D, director of The Hope Horn Gallery, is excited to bring these photographs to life. “The show contains 30 large-scale photographs, several of which were taken with a digital camera. The majority of the images, however, were produced by placing actual objects (flowers, ribbons, birds, etc.) directly onto the surface of a flatbed scanner. The resulting photographs have intense color, rich detail, and sharp focus, and so are beautiful on a formal or technical level,” she said.

Photographer Lisa Hinkle will be giving a lecture about her exhibit on Friday, Oct. 2, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in Brennan Hall, room 228.

“(Im)Perfect Specimen” will be on display at the Hope Horn Gallery from Sept. 14 through Oct. 9 during the following hours:

  • Sunday through Friday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Make sure to check it out, Royals!

Performance Music Intro to Semester
by Michele Schulmeister

On Friday night, members of the University community and the local Scranton community enjoyed the musical stylings of Professor Cunningham and His Old School. As soon as the band stepped on stage, jazz music echoed throughout the building.

“There’s something about when I go and hear them, it doesn’t matter the age of the audience. Every single time, everybody in the audience, whether they’re a 70-year-old or the grandchild they brought with them, is just loving it! There’s a joy in it, and I just think it was a great way to open the season with that kind of joy,” said Cheryl Boga, director of Performance Music.

Professor Cunningham and His Old School’s performance marked the beginning of the University’s Performance Music Concert Series. The group, formed by Adrian Cunningham, played songs from upbeat jazz to rhythm and blues.

Performance Music, which consists of bands, choirs, and string ensembles, puts on performances that range from solos to small and large ensembles.  All students, faculty, staff or administration are welcome to join, with no fee or individual audition required.

When it comes to this year, Boga is most excited about working with the students.

“These ensembles are huge. All of the classes are exciting, but all of us are excited about this year’s freshman class… It’s been such an exciting start to the year because all of the upperclassmen love the freshman. They’ve reached out, and they’ve been really great mentors and given a lot of advice.”

Professor Cunningham and His Old Schools’ performance proved that Scranton’s Performance Music concert season is off to a strong start! Special guests Wycliffe Gordon and Loren Schoenberg will be joining the University’s Jazz Band and Concert Choir in concert on Saturday, Sept. 19. The performance, just like all other Performance Music events, will be free!

Find out what else Performance Music has in store for this semester here and see a slideshow of Professor Cunningham and His Old School here!

Faculty Spotlight: Ronald McKinney, S.J.
by Michele Schulmeister

Father Ronald McKinney, who is known as “FRON” by many, has been a part of the University since 1984 and is no newbie when it comes to getting involved with the University community. Just two years after he arrived on campus, he was named director of the Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program (SJLA), a position he held until 2010. Currently, Fr. Ron is practicing his love for the arts as faculty moderator for the University’s Liva Arts company.

We got the chance to chat with Fr. Ron about his involvement with Liva. Read on below!

Fun fact: one of his plays was recently produced in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Spotlighters Theater!

RN: For those who do not know, what is Liva?

FR: It’s a theater program on campus that is academically based and they give professional training. It is totally student-run and I marvel at how well their shows do! I’ve been really proud of them in terms of learning how to direct, choreograph, and all of that stuff. They do a marvelous job. It’s for students who want musicals and enjoy being in them.

RN: Why do you think arts are important for a Jesuit education?

FR: Ah, very important! Jesuits base everything on the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola… At the heart of Jesuit prayer and spirituality is a focus on the whole person meets God, and that means your imagination, your senses, your feelings, as well as your intellect, you know the “care of the person,” Cura personalis. For Jesuit education, the thing that really defined us was the fine arts. I think it’s important that we educate not just your head, but the whole person. Imagination is at the heart, and so I think there’s a lot of opportunities for students to participate and to learn at this campus.

RN: What is your favorite aspect about the arts at the University?

FR: Every year, someone new, who has never had much experience before, has to pull it all together. That’s a full time job, directing and bringing everything like that together, and somehow they manage to do that as well as their studies and everything.

RN: Has being involved with the arts here at Scranton impacted your life in any way?

FR: Yeah! from the very beginning I was working with the theater. I do it because it makes me feel more alive … you’re doing it because you love doing it. And so I teach, even if no ever sees what you’re doing, hardly anybody, you see it, God sees it, and that should be enough for you. If it’s not, then you’re doing it for the wrong reasons.

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