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Introducing the Concordia Music Competition

1/21/2022 - 2 minute read

On Sat., Feb. 5, Concordia’s Music Department will welcome local students of all ages to participate in the Concordia Music Competition. In an in-person opportunity to demonstrate their musical prowess, the young musicians will compete for scholarships to the Summer Chamber Music Camp that was pioneered last summer by Dr. HyeJung Shin.  

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Concordia's orchestra and choir perform "The Repeat the Sounding Joy"

Concordia musicians and vocalists raise the sounds of joy in Segerstrom Christmas concert

12/10/2021 - 3 minute read

After three years since the last appearance at Segerstrom Hall, Concordia’s choir and orchestra returned to the stage to perform. On Mon., Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. over a thousand audience members arrived to listen to “Repeat the Sounding Joy.” 

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Weekly artwork project by Meghan Geer.

Just once a week improves technique

12/10/2021 - 1 minute read

This semester, graphic design students worked on a creative weekly project to encourage consistent and creative thought.

Professor Soo, the Graphic Design Program Director, said that she was “inspired by Elle Luna's The 100 Day Project. She asks, ‘What could you do with 100 days of making?’ It focuses on showing up day after day and celebrating the process. I wanted to give my students a similar opportunity.”

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Concordia’s previous performance at Segerstrom took place in 2018, and featured The Concordia Choir, Concordia Sinfonietta, and Concordia Concert Handbells, as well as many other groups which will be returning

Repeat the Sounding Joy: A Concordia Christmas arrives December 6

11/19/2021 - 2 minute read

On Dec. 6, Concordia’s Christmas celebrations will return in full swing to close out 2021, starting with the annual Christmas Concert tradition, returning to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. 

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Amy Birch ’23 Wave of Growth | acrylic and mixed media collage

Be visionary, submit your works to the Aerie

11/19/2021 - 3 minute read

Concordia students have the opportunity to submit works of literature or art to The Aerie, the CUI journal of creative writing and art, for publication. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 3.

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Into The Woods flyer for Concordia University showings

Step away from the computer and take a walk "Into the Woods"

11/19/2021 - 1 minute read

With all the stress and hair pulling that comes with finals season, you might want to slow your wheels down and take a walk “Into the Woods” as Concordia’s Theatre Department put on yet another star studded show called. “Into the Woods” encompassed a storybook interpretation of characters that mesh into a variety of storybook themes based on classic tales many of us knew growing up.  

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Wesley Barnes (left) poses with Professor Lori Siekmann (right)

CUI alumnus Wesley Barnes soars into Broadway stardom

11/19/2021 - 2 minute read

Concordia alumnus Wesley Barnes, Broadway performer, currently starring in Broadway’s 50th anniversary tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” graced Concordia Theatre Department’s stage in a nostalgic fashion paying it forward to young and upcoming performers. Barnes spared no details as he discussed the grueling process of auditioning, what it takes to “learn the game” in the performance world, as well as taking your success without letting losses weigh you down.

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Concordia Symphony Orchestra practices for the upcoming concert in Zhang Music Hall

Concordia Symphony Orchestra invites you to “Nordic Symphonies”

10/29/2021 - 2 minute read

Concordia Symphony Orchestra calls on the north winds in their performance of two Nordic symphonies on Oct. 30. 

The group will be performing two symphonies in the Nordic Tradition. First is Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 1, simply entitled “Nordic,” which simulates the harsh beauty of the rugged north. Also being performed is Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable” meant to express the varied spirit of life through motion. The concert will be taking place in the CU Center. 

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Last year’s Men’s Chorus prepares for their Fall Choral performance, which was, unfortunately, cancelled in 2020.

Donne Di Canto and Men’s Chorus present the Fall Choral Concert

10/15/2021 - 2 minute read

Concordia’s music program returns in strong form with the Fall Choral Concert, featuring the ensembles of Men’s Chorus and Donne Di Canto. 

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Kai Parham, junior, lead actor of Every Brilliant Thing, pre-show

Every Brilliant Thing: Q&A talkback seals the show

9/24/2021 - 2 minute read

In a not so surprising turn of events, Kai Parham, junior and Theatre major, seals the “Every Brilliant Thing” performance with a Q&A that leaves audience members feeling seen and heard. 

In an intimate and interactive performance, Parham took audience members on a mental health journey that gave them nowhere to hide, resembling a journey through the psyche of the human mind.

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