Author Archives: Wendell Leafstedt

Lawrence holds ACM Film Festival

Last weekend, Lawrence hosted the Second Annual Associated Colleges of the Midwest Film Conference and Festival. The festival “showcases the best creative and academic work from student filmmakers, screenwriters, and scholars from ACM affiliated campuses, and provides a forum for students to exchange perspectives and learn from distinguished media artists and professionals.” In January, interested

Composition students showcased in collaborative recital

Student perform pieces composed by their peers in Harper Hall. Photo by Taylor Blackson On Sunday, Feb. 25, students and faculty from Lawrence’s composition studio showed off six new works—four of which were premieres—at the Winter Composition Studio Recital. The composers enlisted over thirty student musicians to perform. At Lawrence, composition majors are expected to

Department of Theater Arts presents “The Tempest”

Cast members of “The Termpest” onstage in Cloak Theater. Photos by Taylor Blackson. Last weekend, Lawrence’s Department of Theatre Arts presented “The Tempest,” by William Shakespeare. The department gave four well-attended performances in Cloak Theatre, recreating Shakespeare’s classic with a fifteen-person cast and a large production staff, led by Lecturer of Theatre Arts and alum

Artist spotlight: Nathan Montgomery

Photo by Nidi Garcia. Senior Nathan Montgomery is an important figure in the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Montgomery is passionate about world music and improvising with friends. Everywhere he goes, he enjoys discovering and creating new music. He values music as an introspective tool, and he hopes to share it with everyone around him.

Film Review “The Invitation”

I had heard that you should watch “The Invitation” without reading anything about it beforehand, so that’s what I did. The only information I had was from the advertising blurb: “While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.” This

Album Review: Fennesz’s “Plus Forty Seven Degrees…”

This review is about Fennesz’s second album, “Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56’ 37” Minus Sixteen Degrees 51’ 08.” Recorded in 1999, the album shows off the amazing variety of sounds that can be created on a single laptop. Christian Fennesz, who goes by his last name on commercial releases, is an Austrian composer of experimental

Cuban history explored through photography

Students gather in the Wriston Auditorium for the Arist Talk. Photo by Nidi Garcia On Friday, January 12, the Wriston Art Center Galleries opened their Winter Term Exhibitions with an Artist Talk by Nelson Ramírez de Arellano. This term’s exhibitions feature a variety of pieces, including contemporary Cuban photography, handmade paper works and other recent

Decoda delivers eclectic program with wide range of pieces

Chamber ensemble Decoda onstage in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Photos by Taylor Blackson On Sunday, Jan. 7, the New York City-based collective chamber ensemble known as Decoda gave a guest recital to conclude their four-day residency at Lawrence, during which they worked with student chamber ensembles at Björklunden. Subsets of the six musicians—duos, trios, and

Leigh-Post and Padilla deliver rousing performance

FACULTY RECITAL. Photo by Nidi Garcia. On Sunday Oct. 19, two Lawrence Unviersity Conservatory faculty members joined to perform an ambitious program featuring 18 art songs by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Ned Rorem (b. 1923). Conservatory students and faculty members came to the Lawrence Memorial Chapel at 4 p.m. to enjoy the music and show