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May 2017 CCA Commencement

West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts will host their May Commencement ceremony:

Friday, May 12, 2017, at 2 p.m.
 at the WVU Creative Arts Center.

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WVU quartet recital to serve as sendoff for international competition

Four West Virginia University students have made a name for themselves over the last year as a premiere flute ensemble. Now, they’ll perform for the Morgantown community before leaving for the quarter final round of the world-renowned Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

The BETA Quartet is made up of music performance graduate students Eftihia Arkoudis, Corfu, Greece; Tatiana Cassetta, Detroit, Michigan; Alyssa Schwartz, Jamestown, New York; and Brittany Trotter, Laurel, Mississippi.

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Bill Withers to talk music, artistic integrity during public interview

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Bill Withers will speak on his career and craft during a public interview at 7 p.m. May 11 in the Museum Education Center at the Art Museum of West Virginia University.

A native West Virginian, Withers’ 1971 debut album broke into the Top 40 of the Billboard album charts and generated two singles, “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Grandma’s Hands,” that reached the Top 50 of the Billboard “Hot 100” singles chart, launching more than a decade of chart and critical success. He is one of the most successful soul musicians of the 1970s and, since leaving the music industry in the early 1980s, has remained a significant influence and his music has served as a rich pool of inspiration for such successful contemporary musicians as John Legend, the Roots, Kanye West and Maroon 5. 

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Moser and Velichkovski announced as IDEA fellows

Two faculty members in the College of Creative Arts were selected as Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Academy Faculty Fellows in 2016. Selected by the Office of the Provost, each Fellow in the program is creating a new course or redesigning an existing course. 

Jeffrey Moser

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WVSO bringing works from Ravel, Stravinsky to Morgantown

The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra is taking its spring symphonic concert on the road to Morgantown on April 28.

Under the direction of Maestro Grant Cooper, the WVSO will perform Ravel’s Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose Suite) which is Ravel’s musical depiction of some of the most beloved fairy tales, including Beauty and the Beast and Tom Thumb. The music will take a light-hearted turn with Stravinsky’s suite from the ballet Pulcinella, which was inspired by music attributed to 18th century Italian composer Giovanni Pergolesi. The concert will conclude with Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 in C major “Linz,” a charming symphony that Mozart wrote in four days while staying in the city of Linz, halfway between his birthplace of Salzburg and Vienna.

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Graphic design student awarded Order of Augusta

“With both the Outstanding Senior award and the Order of Augusta, we recognize and celebrate some extraordinary young people,” said Provost Joyce McConnell. “These students come from different backgrounds and disciplines and they are heading in many directions when they leave WVU, but they are all poised to do great things and to show the world that Mountaineers can do.”

Leonor Elisa Cortez Rodriguez, from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, will graduate with a degree in graphic design and minors in art history and Italian studies. She is a former member of the WVU Equestrian Team and has trained extensively with some of Spain’s leading dance teachers and performers.

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Explore Shepard Fairey artwork at ‘Lunchtime Looks’

Shepard Fairey’s work will be the topic of the next Lunchtime Looks at the Art Museum of West Virginia University. 

Teresa Bowser, a senior multidisciplinary studies major, will present the free program on Fairey’s “Water is the New Black” at 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. The piece is part of the recently opened exhibition “Shepard Fairey: Work Against the Clampdown.”

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra reevaluating WVU partnership

The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will assess their partnership after the April 24 PSO Canady Symphony Series concert at WVU’s Creative Arts Center.

WVU and PSO first established a partnership in 2006 with support of donors William and Loulie Canady in memory of their daughter, Valerie, who lost her life in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Since 2006, PSO has visited WVU three times a year to perform the Canady Symphony Series at the Creative Arts Center. A vital aspect of the partnership also supported master classes from PSO musicians and internships for WVU students. 

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Shepard Fairey exhibition opens April 21

Shepard Fairey's "Work Against the Clampdown" will open at the Art Museum of West Virginia University on April 21.

The museum will host a free reception to open the exhibition from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Museum Education Center Grand Hall.

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