Dance Show “Commands You to Dance”

Each semester, the St. Mary’s Dance Club exhibits the dancing and choreography talents of its members with a show that proves to be one of the most anticipated events on campus. The fall 2011 dance show, “We Command You to Dance,” continued this legacy in St. Mary’s Hall Nov. 17-19.

The show featured multiple dance routines from 14 student choreographers whose styles ranged from ballet to hip-hop to belly dancing. Driving beats from techno and dub-step mixed with the more mellow sounds of folksy and sentimental guitar worked with each performance to express different emotions or concepts such as happiness, hope, or heartbreak, as well as themes like the seven deadly sins and the realities of growing up.

Senior Holly Callan, choreographer and Dance Club Secretary, focused on being completely light-hearted.  “I just hoped that my girls would make the audience smile and feel happy through our dancing. I feel like we may have accomplished this, considering the head tilts and ‘awws’ that we got from our audiences,” she said. Her dance, entitled “Give Thanks,” was a sweet number in which the dancers moved gracefully to Feist’s “1234” and unzipped their colored hoodies at the end to reveal letters on the dancers’ shirts spelling out the title.

Some choreographers constructed a performance in such a way that their own personalities shone thorugh.  “Drop It on the Floor,” an energetic routine choreographed by senior Carmen Fuentes, utilized bright colors and glow sticks to convey a feeling of unbridled fun. “Those who know anything about me know that I love neon, glow sticks, and techno, so it was very much my personality,” said Fuentes.

“We start to work on the routines around the beginning of a semester and we have about 8 practices to teach and learn a dance”, Fuentes added. “Each choreographer holds an official practice once a week and then most hold extra practices throughout the week for any one that might want to go over something before the next practice. I held many extra practices because my dance was challenging and there would be so many different movements going on at once. Although being in a dance is a big commitment, it is so much fun and it is rewarding to be a part of something so great.”

Jessica Chen, a sophomore, and Camille Campanella, a senior, choreographed international performances that included a martial arts fan dance and a belly dance, respectively. The belly dancers shimmied and jingled their coin skirts in time with the music, while the fan dance showcased kung-fu-style moves. “My dance was supposed to have a different kind of fans –the martial arts kind that make a loud noise when snapped open, but they didn’t come in time for the show,” said Chen. However, she says that did not stop the dancers from having fun with their performance: “My choreography is just a guideline, but they’re free to express themselves with it.”

Sophomore Laura Rodriguez, who also choreographed and performed several routines in the show, felt the dances turned out well. “My favorite dance was Melissa Griffith’s performance to the song California King Bed,” Rodriguez said. “It was just so powerful and it brought tears to my eyes every time.

It takes time to choreograph and it was a challenge to find the time each week. As a dancer in other pieces I had the responsibility to remember all the dances I was in. As the semester went on and classes began requiring more time I had to make an effort to not let them all blend in. however, no matter how much effort I had to put in, in the end it was worth it. I love to dance and to perform, its in my blood, so whenever I get the chance I put my whole self into it and I never regret it.”

The students in Theater, Film and Media Studies (TFMS) class “Introduction to African Dance,” as well as Muhammad “Footwerk” Ajala, a member of the Syce Game Dance Crew, provided intermission entertainment during different shows. A friend of Dance Club president, Maurielle Stewart, Ajala’s robotic dancing was met with a warm reception. “It was great to be able to call on him to fill the slot last minute when one of the groups was unable to attend. He is always a crowd pleaser and he fit into the show very well,” said Stewart.

All of the dancers’ skill and dedication paid off. Callan was especially impressed with the way Stewart balanced the difficult duty of putting the show together with other commitments. “[Stewart] deserves so much credit for the end result of the show. She never ceased to amaze me, always having so much on her plate as Student Trustee, but still managing to handle everything that needed to be done for our club,” she said.

Overall, Stewart was pleased with the Club’s efforts: “The dancers were very patient, considerate, supportive of one another and really put on a fantastic show. A few tech problems here and there but nothing to hinder the showcase of great talent from the dancers. Even if we had sound problems and no fancy lighting, the show would have been amazing because that’s just how strong the dances were.”

Next semester, Dance Club will again be holding auditions for performers and choreographers, and the spring dance show will feature senior spotlights. Students are encouraged to try out and join these talented dancers on stage.

 

Women’s Basketball Wins Game Against Stevenson 80-64

The St. Mary’s women’s basketball team came out on top at their Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) home openers on Saturday, Dec. 3 against Stevenson University, winning 80-64.

From tip-off, which was at 2 p.m. in the Michael P. O’Brien  Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC), the squad never trailed against the Mustangs.  Game leaders included sophomore forward Shana Lewis, who had 20 points and six rebounds, and sophomore Raven Owens, who notched 14 points including ten out of ten from the free throw line.

However, though the team came away with a key victory over the weekend, their season has been off to a shaky start with a record of 2-5. After losing 68-43 at Delaware Valley College in their season-opener, the debut game of new Head Coach Crystal Gibson, the Seahawks looked to redeem themselves in the Cherry Cove Seahawk Tip-Off Tournament during the weekend of Nov. 18-19.

The Seahawks notched their status as runner-up by the end of the tournament.  St. Mary’s won the opening round played against New Jersey City University  by 67-64, moving on to the title game, in which they lost 71-58 against Greensboro College, who clinched the tournament title.

The team then continued their losing streak with three straight non-conference losses against Ferrum College (76-50), Methodist University (57-48), and The Catholic University of America (62-37).  However, the team was able to break the streak with their much needed conference win on Saturday.

Though there has been much frustration within the team, players are still confident coming off the weekend.  “We were all really angry because we were losing a lot, but if we keep the momentum from this game we should be successful,” said sophomore guard Aura Payne, who returned to play on Saturday after a foot injury sidelined her on Nov. 15, at the team’s season opener at Delaware Valley College.

Junior team captain Jasmine Jones agreed, voicing her thoughts on the team’s progress and ability for the season. “We fought hard in our first two home games this year against great competition. We definitely proved that we can play with some of the best teams, even nationally ranked teams,” she said. “We just want to focus on improving with every game so we can go into conference games confidently and come out as one of the top teams in conference standings.”

The women’s next contest is on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at York College of Pennsylvania, their second conference game of the season.

Sophomore center Myeisha Wallace noted the importance of the upcoming game for the squad.  “It’s going to be a really good game.  We’re going to have to step our game up because this is the game we really need,” she said.  “As long as we work together as a team, I think we will do really well this season.”

The Boat Spreads Public Safety Thin

Since the arrival of the boat, the effects have been noticeable on all parts of campus life. One significant shift has been the relocation of Public Safety officers which has put a strain on PS, according to the new Director of Public Safety, Dave Zylak. With the addition of, in essence, a new section of campus, PS has a new area to cover which is spreading them thin.

Shortly after the students boarded the boat, PS added an extra post to the dock during the day, and soon thereafter established another shift from 7 PM to 7 AM physically on the boat. Thus, during the day one officer monitors the dock and in the evening, the extra officer is added for extra security. Zylak said the officers can switch positions if necessary, but they are confined to the boat and dock area throughout the night. Meanwhile, PS is still tasked with covering the rest of campus.

Zylak explained that with the boat, the strain is not more significant than it was when the students were in hotels off-campus. During that period, PS’s duty was to cover two of the hotels while the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office provided an officer to cover the remaining hotel.

Because there’s a limited number of officers to begin with, the extra area means that the PS officers are working overtime hours; whereas the night shift used to end at 11 PM and the day shift began at 7 AM, now the officers on night duty stay till 3 AM, at which point the officer on the day shift arrives. Because of this disruption to regular shift hours, there has been “more than a normal amount of overtime worked,” said Zylak, though the officers are getting paid time and a half for the overtime they work.

Zylak says that covering the boat has been pretty uneventful. “It’s been pretty calm down at the ship,” he said. Regardless, the officers won’t be sorry when the ship leaves and they’re allowed to return to their normal hours, Zylak said; “This whole ordeal has been a strain.”

Club Spotlight: Seahawk Radio

With forty-three registered radio shows per week, the Hawk Radio is a very open atmosphere for music, which is senior and president of Hawk Radio Nick Hughes’ favorite thing about the station.

“I think the best part is that anyone can have a show about anything they want. You want to do a show made up of interviews about cats? You got it. You want to play only music by people named ‘Carl’? Go ahead!” Hughes said. “It’s a really open atmosphere, which I think is important to have at St. Mary’s.”

The St. Mary’s official radio station is completely student run and streamed live on the Internet at seahawkradio.com. The weekly shows range from genres like country to indie rock to hip-hop and talk shows as well.

“I try and play a pretty wide variety of music but I tend to stick to chilled-out electronic and indie music that you won’t hear on the major radio stations,” said Hughes, whose show called “live! From Outer Space” airs at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Rebuilding the station in his freshman year, Brooks Whiteford, ’08, still helps run the station mainly by keeping the site updated. “I was a computer science major, and I always have had a passion for audio and broadcasting so once I had an opportunity, I started working on it,” said Whiteford.

In 2005, the station was broadcasted through a campus television channel. One of Whiteford’s first moves was to switch over the station from students having to listen through the television to being able to listen anywhere by streaming live on the Internet. “By the end of 2006, we were streaming on the Internet. The website also implied a bunch of other stuff, too,” he said. These included the availability for show hosts to post playlists, information about shows and the station, and to get listener feedback.

Currently, updates being made to the site include show automation and dual phone lines for calling-in to make the station more up to date and for better listener interaction.

Hughes, who was the engineering director for the station his sophomore and junior years, is excited for the updates to the site and claims that the updates will “make it way sexier and easier to use.”

Though anyone is eligible to sign up for a show, sign-ups take place only at the beginning of each semester as well as training and meetings for DJs before they can go on air, according to Hughes.

Second Generation Women Artists After the Holocaust, Themes and Symbols

Director of Contemporary Studies Program and Professor of Humanities Dorota Glowacka from the University of King’s College in Canada visited St. Mary’s on Wednesday to deliver a lecture titled, “Encounters with the Daughters of Absence: Women Artists after the Holocaust.” Lecture and Fine Arts, The Arts Alliance, The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, The Department of Art and Art History, and Women/Gender/Sexuality Studies all sponsored this event. Professor Bjorn Krondorfer for the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies introduced the speaker.

Glowacka took an interest in the Holocaust because her father was a survivor. According to an email sent to staff, students, and faculty, she “left her native Poland in 1989 to pursue doctoral studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.” Her lecture dealt with how second generation women artists expressed their parents’ suffering. Part of her lecture dealt with whether it was even possible for someone removed from the Holocaust by a generation to adequately represent their parents’ suffering. She even asked, “To what extent can children of the Holocaust witness the Holocaust?”

Glowacka answered this question by explaining that children of the Holocaust were secondary witnesses. They saw the pain their parents hid or explained to them out of protection, and in this way were also negatively affected by the Holocaust. In this way the art Glowacka presented acted as both a way for the artists to work through their parents’ suffering as well as a way to work through their own.

Students responded positively to the presentation. Senior Alexandra Cosenze said, “It’s a way of looking at the Holocaust in a different light, people who are affected by people affected by the Holocaust.” Cosenze also noted a trend in some of the paintings, saying, “I think it’s weird that a lot of the artists use one main color. I wonder if that’s constant with other artists who deal with the Holocaust.”

Cosenze was referring to paintings where artists made color choices that corresponded with both good and bad parts of a Holocaust victim’s life. In one of the paintings Glowacka explained that yellow was both a reference to the artist’s mother’s favorite color (because it reminded her of sunlight) as well as the color of the Star of David that Jews had to sew on their clothes. Another artist used the color blue for the same reason: it referenced the color of Cyclon B gas.

Senior Laura Flanagan also commented on the nature of these paintings saying, “They were all abstract, nothing was completely representational.” However not all of the art shown were paintings. Glowacka also presented installations by artist Lily Markiewicz. One of these installations was a mirror with the word “Jew” written across it.

Glowacka ultimately saw these as a way of expressing different histories but more importantly as a “journey from traumatic experience to affirmation of life.”

Glowacka wrote the book, “Disappearing Traces: Holocaust Testimonial, Ethics, Aesthetics” and was also co-editor of the novel “Between Ethics and Aesthetics.”

As Administrative Wages Rise, Staff Morale Falls

Correction: 58 faculty members will receive a raise in January 2012 under state law including 23 Assistant Professors, 22 Associate Professors and 13 Professors. Also, 18 staff members, not 15 as originally reported, received or will receive raises. 

In response to a bill recently passed by the Maryland General Assembly, St. Mary’s College administrators are accepting a salary increase. The bill does not permit wage increases for faculty and staff members until 2014.

The Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2011, passed through the House (House Bill 72) and Senate (Senate Bill 87) and accepted by Governor Martin O’Malley in May 2011, was finalized as a 144-page document detailing recent budget changes for Maryland institutions. According to Section 24, “State employees…may not receive merit increases prior to April 1, 2014.” However, included in Section 24 were two exempt clauses, which allowed merit increases necessary for “the retention of faculty in…St. Mary’s College,” as well as for “operationally critical staff” for 2012 only.

The College defines “operationally critical staff” as positions that have not been easy to retain for long periods of time, or as positions held by those with “specialized or unique skills or experience” that, if lost, would cause a financial or operational disruption to the College. In accordance with the act, St. Mary’s was asked to submit any wage increases, as well as its definition of “operationally critical staff,” to the General Assembly by Dec. 1.

According to Dave Kung, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Finance Delegate, around 15 administrative employees are receiving two to three percent raises. Staff and faculty, however, are not receiving raises. Staff members at the College include housekeeping, grounds keeping, and maintenance workers, according to Kung.

“Staff haven’t seen raises in three years, and morale among staff fell off a cliff [when they heard about the administrative raises],” said Kung. “Staff are hurting financially, and they see these raises as a total slap in the face.”

While staff wages have remained constant, there has been an overall pay decrease given inflation and the rising cost of living in St. Mary’s County. “In overall terms, wages are lower than they were three years ago,” said Kung.

When the faculty discovered that a raise for administrative employees at the College was in the works, many voiced their concern. At a faculty senate meeting, Associate Professor of Mathematics Sandy Ganzell suggested that the administration donate the money they acquire from their raises to an emergency fund for staff. “A number of faculty voiced their support,” said Kung.

On Oct. 7, Kung wrote a letter to College President Joseph Urgo, mentioning that the College had been in a similar situation in 2001. He stated, “Just as the state was initiating a wage freeze that would last for three years, the president and her cabinet received substantial raises. The effect on campus morale, especially among the lowest paid staff, was devastating. With that one move, the president lost the support of a significant portion of staff as well as many faculty – support that she never really regained.”

“What really gets at me is the rhetoric of being a supportive community,” said Kung in an interview. “To turn around and take raises for the people who least it need it is incredibly hypocritical.”

“To me, there are very few people who work on this campus who don’t deserve raises,” said Urgo. He discussed how the state is only allowing the two kinds of raises at this time. “We would have liked to do more but we did what we could with the money we had,” he said. “We are on a salary freeze. We would like to give raises to all employees, but we cannot.”

According to Kung, the staff members on this campus are very willing to endure and make sacrifices for others, as long as other people are sharing in their hard work and endurance. If the administration is receiving raises, then they are not enduring these hardships with the staff.

“I think that when upper management takes raises when no one else gets them is an insult to this institution,” said one staff member in response to the wage increases.

An email was sent to staff informing them of the recent administrative raises. The email was soliciting for anonymous stories from staff members who may be enduring hardships as a result of their low wages. Numerous staff members replied with their stories.

“I have worked at the College [for a few years] without a raise,” said one staff member in response to the email. “I have had to sometimes go without one or more medications because I could not afford to get my prescriptions.”

“The administration has long forgotten what it takes to keep their employees happy and in a good, healthy working environment,” said another staff member. “The next time we have a hurricane, let Joe and Tom and Derek and Sally and Beth and Laura stay on campus all night with the kids to make sure they are well cared for, and not scared or in danger.”

Many faculty voiced support for using the wage increase as a way to aid staff members, including the establishment of a fund to reserve money until it would be legal to disperse among the staff.

“We can’t legally give raises to staff,” said Kung, “but there are certainly things that could be done.”

According to Kung, the salary increases vary from person to person, and are not related to the semester’s mold remediation project or movement of students aboard the Sea Voyager.

SEAC Attends Keystone Pipleine Protest at White House

This October St. Mary’s Environmental Action Commission (SEAC) attended a rally in protest of the building of the Keystone pipeline. The specific rally involved 10,000 people encircling the White House. “The original goal of the action’s organizers was 3,000 so we surpassed it by more than three times. We brought about 20 people from St. Mary’s, most of whom were involved with SEAC and the Maryland Student Climate Coalition. We attended a rally in Lafayette Park, where Bill McKibben, Mark Rufalo, and others addressed the crowd,” said SEAC President, Caroline Selle.

This rally was only one of several that have taken place throughout the year, and students from St. Mary’s have gotten involved in several different ways.  Selle became involved after hearing about the effects of the pipeline while working for an environmental organization in D.C. “I didn’t know what they were and started to do a lot of research. It turns out that they’re pretty horrible and with climate change and the risk of oil spills, pose a big danger to public health,” said Selle. Since then Selle, alongside other members of the St. Mary’s community, have been working towards convincing the Obama administration to put a halt towards the building.

At the October rally, the protesters finally made some headway. Obama announced that the project would be re-reviewed. “I’d like to see more pressure put on Obama to make decisions in reaction to environmental justice issues rather than corporate interests. I think the pipeline protests were a big step in the right direction but not a complete victory, and there’s still a lot more to do,” said Selle. If you would like to know more about the pipeline you can go to tarsandaction.org.

President Urgo Plans Forum on Racial Issues Next Semester

On November 21 a campus wide e-mail was sent out from President Urgo discussing an incident that occurred in the beginning of the semester. The incident involved the false accusation of an African-American student on campus by a Caucasian student and has lead to a discussion on race relations around campus. In response to this incident President Urgo stated in his e-mail that “Plans are underway for a president’s forum next semester, to discuss the state of racial and ethnic exchange on campus—as well as differences rooted in sexuality and disability.”

The forum will take place next semester and is currently being headed by Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Laura Bayless, and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Beth Rushing. According to President Urgo, Bayless and Rushing are currently, “putting together a planning committee of students, faculty, and staff [to head the forum].” While the forum will not be taking place this semester , it appears as though the forum will take place in either January or February of  2012 to coincide with the start of the Spring semester.

Though it may seem that the incident that occurred at the beginning of the semester prompted the forum, in reality it is a conversation that President Urgo believes the campus should have had some time ago. “It’s [a talk about diversity] has been thought about before. The legislation that started the school charges us with providing academic excellence for all and promoting cultural diversity. We are overdue [in] having talks about culture, race, and ethnicity on campus,” said Urgo. Not only is it his belief that these discussions have been overdue but also the belief of members of the campus community. “Students, staff members, and faculty are calling for it. I know it’s been talked about by BSU, Lenny Howard, and faculty with interest in this area,” said Urgo.

President Urgo believes that by having a more open form of discussion about cultural diversity and race on campus, all students will once again begin to feel part of the St. Mary’s community. “Some students report not feeling as at home on campus and some don’t see the big deal. Some students have never had to deal with that [feelings of discomfort], and others think about it all the time. Those are the two groups that need to talk to one another,” said Urgo.

Chemistry Professor Discusses Fight Against Tuberculosis

On Nov. 16, for the last lecture of the semester in the Natural Science and Mathematics (NS&M) Colloquium Series, Cynthia S. Dowd, a researcher and assistant professor of chemistry at George Washington University, provided information about the therapeutics that are now being used to combat Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (TB).

The deadly disease tuberculosis has affected the world for hundreds of years.  “There have been traces of TB found in Egyptian mummies dating back to 3000 or 2400 B.C.,” said Dowd. She explained that TB is a disease of the lungs with symptoms including weight loss and a cough that contains blood. It is a contagious disease that can be passed from the infected person through coughs and sneezes. “Tuberculosis kills two million people per year,” Dowd stated.

TB is a tough disease to fight because there are two strands of it, latent and active. Dowd explained that with latent TB, the person is just a carrier and does not exhibit any symptoms. However, latent TB can become active if a person contracts Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Dowd remarked, “In the world, there are over eight million active cases of tuberculosis, but two to three billion cases of latent TB.” So far, nothing has been found that will permanently kill latent TB.

Other issues that come with fighting TB are the drugs used to attempt to do so. “TB will never be a disease killed by one drug only,” said Dowd. In fact, eliminating TB involves at least six months of two different phases and six different drugs. But in many cases of TB, the patient will exhibit a resistance to the drugs. Dowd’s lecture focused on how researchers are currently developing drugs to combat tuberculosis that will shorten the duration of therapy, be effective against resistant strains, and kill both active and latent TB cells.

Designing a drug to combat mycobacterium tuberculosis is a difficult process. Because TB has a thick cell wall, it is hard to find something that will break through it. But the silver lining is, “Since TB is old, there is a lot of information known about steps that should be taken in the drug making process,” Dowd stated. This has helped researchers locate an essential enzyme that should work against latent and active TB: 1 deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerase (DXR). This is an inhibitor that should get around the cell wall by changing the structure of the molecules. Researchers have conducted tests and are doing all they can to stop mycobacterium TB.

Those in attendance at the lecture were glad to hear about the developments in this long battle against TB. Elizabeth Lee, a junior, was excited that Dowd provided a continuation of what she was learning in her bio-chemistry class. “Since we’re talking about inhibitors in class I enjoyed the real life application. It was really interesting.” Lee said. Everyone expressed their gratitude to Dowd for sharing her research.

Liquid Sound and Chamber Music with Ganz, Orban, Cueto

Brian Ganz, piano instructor and artist-in-residence, held a noon Piano Talk on Tuesday, Nov. 29 where he performed pieces by Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Frédéric Chopin. Then, on Thursday, Dec. 1, Ganz combined his talents with those of Suzanne Orban, cello professor, and José Cueto, arist-in-residence and head of the strings department, on violin to perform pieces by Samuel Barber and Ludwig van Beethoven.

At his Piano Talk, Ganz explained the alternative titles of the Talk were “Liquid Sound” and “Melting Boundaries.” He opened the Talk with a poem called “Monet Refuses the Operation” by Lisel Mueller. In the poem a doctor insists  that Monet have surgery to correct the cataracts in his eyes that are altering his vision. In the poem, Monet says to the doctor, “Doctor, if only you could see how heaven pulls earth into its arms and how infinitely the heart expands to claim this world, blue vapor without end.” Monet loves how the cataracts have changed his vision.

Ganz related the ideas in this poem about impressionist art to an impressionist style of music. Ganz said that Debussy “wanted to paint music pictures.” Debussy was “the father of musical impressionism” and was “departing from [the normal] inherited practices” of music.

The style of Debussy’s music is what inspired Ganz’s title, “Melting Boundaries.” Ganz stated that Debussy was the “master at removing the desires we’ve come to associate with chords.” He “melts the boundaries of his chords.” Ganz also demonstrated how using the piano pedals while playing a piece can “dissolve the boundaries between chords by blurring them.”

Ganz first played Ravel’s “Jeax d’eau,” composed in 1901, which translates roughly from the French as “games of water” or “fountain.” Ganz’s second piece by Debussy, “Reflets dans l’eau,” was composed after Ravel’s piece. The title of this pieces translates as “reflections on the water.” Ganz stated that because the two pieces are so similar, it is possible that Debussy heard Ravel’s piece and was inspired by it. Both pieces give the auditory impression of moving water and light playing on water.

Ganz described these pieces as not fitting “squarely into neat boxes.” He stated, “You can feel those boundaries being permeated; you can feel those boundaries reaching beyond.” To close the Talk, Ganz performed two pieces by Chopin: Impromtu No. 2 in F sharp Major and Fantaisie-Impromtu, Op. 66.

“What is so amazing about Brian’s Piano Talks is the the way that he makes the music so accessible to all listeners,” said senior Jonathan Wagner. “He breaks down the way that composers build the foundation for songs and explains all of the theoretical music terms in a way that an audience member of any musical background can understand it.”

Wagner went on to say, “Of course, that is in addition to how incredible of a performer he is. Mr. Ganz’s performances are so breathtaking, not only for how intricate and beautiful his interpretations are (especially of Chopin) but for how much excitement he puts into playing. The joy that he puts into the way he plays communicates so well to the audience.”

At the Dec. 1 Chamber Music concert, Ganz was accompanied by Orban on the cello and Cueto on the violin. Ganz and Orban performed a duet for the first piece by Barber, Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Op. 6. The three played all together for the second piece by Beethoven, Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3.

Ganz briefly introduced the two pieces by Barber and Beethoven. He discussed how both composers had been in their early twenties when they composed them and yet they still managed to write full pieces. Before beginning the Beethoven piece, Ganz told the story of how Beethoven’s tutors told him that the world was not yet ready for a piece as “wild” as his new opus. Beethoven decided to compose and perform it anyway.

“I thought it was very enjoyable,” said Lauren Nelson, senior, about the Chamber Music concert. “I don’t get to come to [concerts] like that too often, so it was very nice. It was a great study break, very relaxing. I particularly loved the trio: the violin, the cello, and the piano all together.”

Ganz will be performing twice more this semester. All his performances are free and open to the public and take place in St. Mary’s Hall. On Dec. 8 at 8:00 p.m., Ganz will be performing pieces by Beethoven, Ravel, Liszt, and Chopin. Finally, on Dec. 13 at 5:00 p.m., Ganz will perform his studio recital.