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Roger Hull, who taught at Willamette for 40 years, still serves as a curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Governor appoints Willamette professor emeritus to Oregon Arts Commission

Gov. Ted Kulongoski recently appointed Roger Hull, Willamette professor emeritus of art history and an adjunct curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, to the Oregon Arts Commission.

Hull will join with eight other commissioners to provide leadership and funding for arts programs in the state. The commission establishes policies for public support of the arts and explores the role of art in the daily lives of Oregonians — an area that Hull has focused on for many years.

"I have sought to relate Northwest creative traditions to broader trends for four decades," Hull says. "I have become familiar with the work of many area artists, and I bring that background to the important work of the Arts Commission — supporting and promoting the work of Oregon artists."

Hull taught courses on American art and architecture at Willamette for 40 years before retiring last spring. He also co-directed an interdisciplinary post-session in Italy, and was named Oregon Professor of the Year in 1993.

One of his most important contributions to Oregon art was envisioning and helping to establish the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette in 1998. He served as a faculty curator since its opening, curating many exhibitions and publishing accompanying books on the works of Carl Hall, Jan Zach, Charles Heaney, George Johanson and Harry Widman.

In January, Hull will publish a sixth book and curate two exhibitions of the works of Oregon painter Henk Pander. "Henk Pander: Drawings," a small show of Pander's drawings, will be on display Jan. 8 - March 13. "Henk Pander: Memory and Modern Life," a larger retrospective of the artist's work from the past 50 years, opens Jan. 29 and will be on display through March 27.

Willamette Theatre features Beckettshorts

Directed by Jonathan Cole, "Beckettshorts" ran through Nov. 20 at the newly renovated theatre building.

The performance was a compilation of five pieces: "Act Without Words I," "Act Without Words II," "Breath," "Footfalls," and "Rockaby."

This one-hour production of Samuel Beckett's fascinating short plays represented a beautifully fragmented dramatic event, centered on humanity's constant struggle with time, language and the fallibility of memory.

One of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century, Beckett raises questions about the human condition. He explores a need to impose order on the chaos of daily life using tension - words spoken in silence, actions contradicting words and light shown in darkness.

"Beckett's work addresses fundamental questions about life's meaning," said Cole. "The audience's challenge was to recognize the questions that he asks."

Willamette music faculty duo to play Chopin and Rachmaninoff 

Professor Jean-David Coen

Willamette University pianist Jean-David Coen and cellist Hekun Wu are performing works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff tonight in a faculty recital in Hudson Hall within the Rogers Music Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

In celebration of Chopin's 200th birthday, the program features a selection of his polonaises for solo piano and his Introduction and Polonaise-brillante for cello and piano, composed when he was only 19.

The program begins with Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, which exudes the composer's romantic spirit with a Russian soul.

For more information, contact the music department at 503-370-6255.

A Victorian Christmas with John Doan

Willamette Professor John Doan. Photo by Neal Haugen

"A Victorian Christmas With John Doan," a holiday tradition in its 24th season, comes to Willamette University on Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. in Hudson Hall within Rogers Music Center.

This festive seasonal program is a live version of his Emmy-nominated Public Broadcasting television special, which re-enacts what it might have been like to celebrate Christmas a century ago.

The show explores how the Victorians invented many Christmas traditions we remember and quite a few we have forgotten. The 20-string harp guitar, classical banjo and ukelin are but a few of the original instruments to be featured.

John Doan, a Willamette music professor and a touring and recording artist who has appeared on radio and television across the country, will play more than a dozen turn-of-the-century instruments once popular in American parlors, on vaudeville stages and in mandolin orchestras.

Doan explains their history in an entertaining and often zany fashion, shows slides of old catalogues and archival photographs and leads the audience by singing (or whistling) many of our most beloved American carols.

Ticket Info

Advanced tickets are available at the Willamette Music Department or by phone at 503-370-6255.

The price is $15 for adults, and $10 for seniors age 65 and older, children and students under age 18. Tickets at the door are $18. Willamette students, faculty and staff may acquire free tickets up to one week prior to the event (tickets are limited).