The Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra performs under the direction of Artist-in-Residence George Lopez
The Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra performed before a full Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall Nov. 9, in the penultimate performance of students belonging to the senior class.
Directed by Beckwith Artist-in-Residence George Lopez, the program began with a rendition of Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Opus 20. The orchestra then performed Felix Mendelssohn’s expressive ‘Hebrides’ Overture, Opus 26. After intermission, the concert concluded with Antonin Dvorak’s cheerful Symphony Number 8 in G Major.
Student chamber ensembles will take place in Studzinski on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.and 7:30 p.m.
By Somya Mawrie ’14
For three nights this past week, student theater group Masque and Gown attracted full houses and long wait-lists with its first fall production, a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery, And Then There Were None.
The novel, first published in 1939, chronicles the adventures of 10 people who are all lured for different reasons by a Mr. and Mrs. Owens to an island off the English coast. The guests soon realize the Owens do not exist, and worse, that they are part of someone’s strange plan to murder them one after another.
Christie’s thriller explores deeper meaning of justice in society and highlights the effects of guilt on one’s conscience. The psychological jargon of how different personalities react to guilt provides the backdrop for the play.
Student director Sabine Carrell ’13 remembers watching the thriller, and being captivated by the plot’s eerie horror, for the first time when she was 10 years old at her high school. The play left such an impression on her that she was unable to sleep for the rest of the week (she admits she continues to fear sleeping with her back to the room). Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
Students, parents and cinephiles crowded into Kresge Auditorium over Bowdoin’s Family Weekend for a screening of Mira Nair’s acclaimed movie, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. A Q&A with Nair followed the film.
Nair has directed such films as Vanity Fair, Monsoon Wedding and The Namesake. She has won numerous awards, including a Golden Camera Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and has been nominated for an Academy Award. She is also the mother of current Bowdoin student Zohran Mamdani ’14.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on a novel by Mohsin Hamid, narrates the seldom told tale of events from the other side of the world after 9/11. It follows the life of an ambitious Pakistani student who rises through the ranks of Wall Street only to become disenchanted by his artificial American life, pushing him to returns to his roots. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16 here.
When you think of Napoleon, you probably conjure images of the battlefield and war — not those of a man hunched over his chess board.
Emily Dickinson also had a surprising passion: she enjoyed baking in her spare time, while Thomas Edison had an elaborate hobby of molding concrete.
These are just a few amazing examples of Mental Floss‘ 11 geniuses whose hobbies will surprise you.
Video by Ali Ragan ’16
The office of Residential Life held its second annual Zombie Run last Saturday behind Farley Field House. The run is a 1.5-mile race in which runners try to outrun and outwit zombie-students who are stationed along the way. The zombies lunge after the runners to try to tag them out.
Patrick Dempsey’s character, Dr. Derek Shepherd, wears a Bowdoin T-shirt in the October 24, 2013, episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
It seems fitting that on the cusp of Family Weekend, one of Bowdoin’s own would display his Polar Bear pride for a national audience to see — or, at least those not watching Game 2 of the World Series.
In the opening scenes of Grey’s Anatomy (“Thriller,” October 24, 2013), Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd, a Bowdoin grad on the show, is seen conversing with his family wearing a Bowdoin T-shirt.
Since Reunion Weekend 2013, the actor behind the role can also claim alumnus status. Patrick Dempsey, a Lewiston native, collected his honorary degree in recognition of his philanthropic work in Maine.
Dempsey’s character has now many times over the past several seasons sported Bowdoin gear on the show.
Associate Professor of Film Studies Tricia Welsch talks about her book Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up with Associate Professor of English and Film Studies Aviva Briefel (director of Bowdoin’s film studies program).
Patrick Dempsey H’13 shakes hands with President Barry Mills during Reunion Convocation 2013
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey H’13 will appear on The Ellen Show today. After a decade of portraying fictional Bowdoin grad Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd on television, Dempsey — a Lewiston native known for his philanthropic work in Maine — was awarded an honorary degree from the College during Reunion Convocation last June. Word on the street is that Dempsey will talk about Bowdoin during today’s show.
Actor Denis Rafter performs in Madrid (Photo credit: Jose Vicente)
Students, professors and community members gathered in Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center, for a Sept. 18 talk on Spanish Renaissance theater by Susan L. Fischer, professor emerita of Spanish and comparative literature at Bucknell University. Fischer’s lecture focused on the ever-evolving performances of plays such as La Celestina (The Go-Between, 1499) and El Médico de su honra (The Physician of His Honor, 1635), which have been reinterpreted many times since they were first written.
“It was great for students to learn about contemporary stagings of the plays,” said Professor of Romance Languages Margaret Boyle, who teaches some of the same material in her classroom. As Fischer explained, the evolution in Golden Age Spanish theater performance has been largely tied to technology. For instance, modern lighting, stages, and visual effects have freed theater performances from the influences of weather and time of day, and broadened the scope of theatrical interpretation.
Fischer noted, however, that some changes have made performances more restrictive. One case in point: noise from the audience used to be encouraged, whereas theatergoers today are told to silence their cellphones and keep quiet. Through her exploration of the work of modern directors such as Adolfo Marsillach, Fischer prompted the audience to reflect on the good and the bad that has come with the evolution of theater performance over the centuries.
By Amanda Spiller ’17
At Greenstock, Bowdoin’s annual sustainability festival, Erica Hummel ’16 caught up with Westrio, one of Bowdoin’s most popular student bands. The festival took place Sept. 14 on Coe Quad, and featured live bands and green-themed booths.
With Nick Walker ’16 on guitar, vocals and percussion, Jacob Ellis ’16 on banjo and piano, and James Sullivan ’16 on bass guitar, the trio specializes in folk covers and original songs with a distinctly poetic flair. Read the Q&A with the musicians here.