March 10, 2011 Volume CXXIX Issue 7

Linda Stein changes the way
students view gender

By JORDAN CLEMONS
Contributing Writer

Stein’s “Fluidity of Gender” exhibit will be on show through April 7. Pictured above is Stein’s “MascuFem 681, 290.”

The Linda Stein Artist Lecture was held Thursday, March 3 in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building. Artist Linda Stein displayed her “Fluidity of Gender” sculptures, which focused on the human body and the gender revolution that is going on around us.

In her lecture, Stein discussed the roles of gender in society and how our view of gender changes our perception of ourselves. How do we know what is feminine? How do we know what is masculine? Can the two exist at the same time? Stein’s leather, tough, colorful, intense sculptures are suggestive of both the male and female forms. Stein opposes the negative stereotypes about women by claiming that women can be powerful, aggressive and heroic. To do this, she focused on females that possess these qualities, like Wonder Woman, Lisbeth Salander, Lady Gaga and Thelma and Louise.

Stein portrayed particular interest in Wonder Woman, as could be seen in some of her brightly colored, Wonder Woman-themed sculptures. Devon Stivers explained her interest in these figures, “Like strong heroic women in pop culture, her figures are a gender-blend of the stereotypically gendered traits.”

Stein’s work was apparently very appealing to the audience. Many were able to try on some of the artistic armor she created, and the sculptures themselves were very interactive with zippers and buckles. Hannah Snider expressed her feel ings about the exhibit, “I would strongly suggest that students visit this exhibit. This exhibit, although a representation of female strength, can appeal to both male and female students.”

Walking around a room viewing Stein’s impressive sculptures was somewhat overwhelming. It definitely isn’t every day that you see such powerful, tough, yet ironically beautiful pieces of art that make you question society’s stereotypes. It would be hard not to look twice at one of Stein’s sculptures and think about the meaning behind what you are looking at.


Mozart lives again at concert

By MORGAN FRALICK
Staff Writer

Opera Appalachia which includes David Herrington, left, Marybeth Christman, Daniel Bell, Heather Hunnicutt and Ryland Pope presented the next-to-last concert in the “Noteworthy” series.

On Friday, March 4, 2011, students, faculty and family members assembled into the John L. Hill Chapel expecting to see just a few singers performing various musical selections composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. However, what they didn’t expect was to be blown away by a special performance to remember for a lifetime. To fully describe the sheer genius of this concert, we must first compare an average day music concert to the concert “An Evening of Mozart” presented by the Opera Appalachia. This particular recital was anything but your average, ordinary, run-of-the-mill concert. A usual concert begins with the dimming of the lights, possible interlude music and the introduction of the first performer. This concert started out with the entire cast of performers, all lavishly dressed in ornate costumes based on the time period, prancing out on the stage and introducing one another individually. The contrast between the opera repertoire, colorful costumes and overall laid-back feel is what made the entire performance so entertaining and alive. The cast included the charming Dr. Heather Hunnicutt (soprano), the quirky Marybeth Christman (mezzosoprano), the popular heartthrob Daniel Bell (tenor), the new upcoming talent Ryland Pope (baritone), the vibrant David Herrington (bass) and Georgetown College’s very own Daniel Ng accompanying on piano. This star packed cast gave the audience exactly what they needed and so much more.

Each piece was followed by a short introduction of the song, the opera’s story line from where the song originated and the main characters. But rather than just hear the pieces being sung, the audience was given the chance to experience the pieces and to watch the performers come to life right in front of their eyes. The repertoire had an interesting range and mixture of scenes that had your emotions heading straight into a roller coaster. Exciting turns and twists of the sad and serious pieces gracefully collaborating with epic loops of the most enchanting, captivating and heartwarming pieces that made Mozart so infamous. Acts such as Heather Hunnicutt’s sorrowful rendition of “E Susanna non vien!…Dove Sono” from the opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” had each audience member’s hearts breaking out of sympathy and devotion. But fear not, for this was then followed by the hilarious frame scene “Ah, Guarda Sorella” from Cosi Fan Tutte performed by Heather Hunnicutt, Marybeth Christman, Ryland Pope and David Harrington.

One performance in particular that had all the hearts of the young women melting was the beautiful, melodious voice of Daniel Bell singing “Dies Bildniss ist Bezaubern Schon” from the opera “Die Zauberflote.” This was very memorable to me personally because I experienced it in a way that not many people get a chance to do, and what many female audience members have probably dreamt of doing. During his song, Daniel Bell brought Carly Seligh, Lauren Kohake and myself on stage with him and serenaded us. Needless to say, I was doing everything in my power to not faint from the entrancing spell that Daniel Bell was weaving around my heart. Let me tell you, the heat that had begun to redden my cheeks was not from the overpowering overhead stage lighting.

Just like we were promised, the performance gave each audience member something to take away with them in their memories, hearts and moments for everyone to enjoy. A night of romance, frivolity, entertainment and fun circulated throughout the John L. Hill chapel and inside the souls of everyone who were fortunate enough to be involved in this spectacular show. It may have been the CEP/Nexus credit that had us there, but it was the passionate musical numbers and performers that had us applauding for more.

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