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Alumni sing at CLU anniversary concert

Thousand Oaks Acorn, October 9, 2014

California Lutheran University will present its Homecoming Choral Concert with alumni and the Choir and Women's Chorale in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first two commencements at 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 19 in Samuelson Chapel on the Thousand Oaks campus.  Read more...

 

Cal Lutheran serves up a 'Gift of Winter'

Thousand Oaks Acorn, November 21, 2013

California Lutheran University will present its annual free Christmas Festival concert, "Gift of Winter," at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Dec. 6 and 7, and at 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8 in Samuelson Chapel, 165 Chapel Lane near Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks.  Read more...


Cal Lutheran receives major gift geared towards arts

Thousand Oaks Acorn, October 10, 2013

California Lutheran University has received more than $800,000 for a center for the arts from the estate of its first employee, Ethel Beyer.  Read more...

 

CLU's first employee bequeaths $829,000 for arts center

Jean Cowden Moore, Ventura County Star, October 8, 2013

California Lutheran University's first employee, an administrative assistant who loved music and beautiful clothes, has left the university $829,000 for an arts center.  To read more if you are a VCStar subscriber, click here.  To read about this on the CLU website, click here.

 

CLU choir opens season with eclectic concert

On the Town, Thousand Oaks Acorn, October 3, 2013

The California Lutheran University Choir and Women's Chorale will perform the Homecoming Choral Concert at 2p.m. Sun., Oct. 20 in Samuelson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive, Thousand Oaks.  Read more...

 

CLU Alumnus Featured in Twitter Commission

vimeo, September 24, 2013

CLU Alumnus Ryan Townsend Strand, composed a new piece that was premiered at the #TwitterCommission in Seattle, WA by the "whateverandeveramen." choral project.  "whateverandeveramen". is a project-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of high quality choral literature of varied styles from all musical eras.  To see Ryan's new composition #Red, click here

 

Hopkins Grad Backs Up Josh Groban

James Warden, HopkinsPatch.com, August 14, 2013

Ryan Townsend Strand is no stranger to performing.  The 2008 Hopkins High School grad raised enough money on Kickstarter to produce a CD of music a friend at California Lutheran University composed for his senior recital.  On Saturday, though, he got a whole new look at performing when he sang with pop star Josh Groban at Ravinia Festival 2013 in Highland Park, IL.  Read more...

 

Wacky link of classical, pop, draws crowds

Cary Ginell, The Acorn

Classical music aficionados know that "The Three B's" refers to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but how many would link them with two other famous musical "B's": Benjamin Britten and the Beatles?  Wyant Morton, director of California Lutheran University's Areté Vocal Ensemble, thought the idea was just wacky and eclectic enough to draw a crowd, and from the looks of the packed Samuelson Chapel on the CLU campus Sunday, it appears the experiment worked.  Read more...

 

CLU's music director mounts eclectic choral performance

Cary Ginell, Thousand Oaks Acorn

Classical music aficionados know that "The Three B's" refers to Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but how many would link them with two other famous musical "B's": Benjamin Britten and the Beatles?  Wyant Morton, director of California Lutheran University's Areté Vocal Ensemble, thought the idea was just wacky and eclectic enough to draw a crowd, and from the looks of the packed Samuelson Chapel on the CLU campus Sunday, it appears the experiment worked.  Read more...

 

Van Cliburn, American classical pianist who performed in Thousand Oaks in 2002, dies

The Associated Press, Ventura County Star

Fort Worth, Texas - Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock star status, has died.  He was 78.  Read more...

 

CLU presents 'Dido and Aeneas'

On the Town, Thousand Oaks Acorn

California Lutheran University will present its first full staged opera, "Dido and Aeneas," at 8 p.m. Thurs. through Sun., Feb. 28 to March 3 in the Preus-Brandt Forum, south of Olsen Road between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.  Read more...

 

CLU Music Alumnus Ricky Lucchese was featured in a popular Spanish newspaper on Sunday, February 17, 2013.  Ricky currently attends the Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain.

 

Eich: CLU performing arts center should take center stage

Ritch Eich, Ventura County Star

California Lutheran University has grown substantially in academic stature, diversity, physical environment and enrollment since it was founded in 1959....Despite the phenomenal growth, one major facility is still noticeably lacking on the CLU campus. It is a facility that would boost the quality and comprehensive experience not only for its students, but also for all its major constituencies as well as the community at large. Read more...

 

Big Band concert to ring in Valentine's Day

On the Town, Thousand Oaks Acorn

California Lutheran University will present “A Valentine Concert: Elmer Ramsey, His Trumpet and Orchestra” at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 in Samuelson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive.  Read more...

 

Valentine's concert to feature big band music

Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star

Raised on a farm in North Dakota, Elmer Ramsey has fond memories of his father and two uncles playing fiddle and his mother playing the church organ and piano. Read more...

 

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805 Living

Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is a chamber opera that tells of love and despair between a queen and her Trojan hero.  Read more on page 40...

 

Feeling very merry

Steve Holt, The Acorn

If you’ve never attended the CLU holiday music program, please go next year. You won’t regret it.  Read more...

 

CLU to stage free holiday concerts

Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star

Musicians will play Ralph Vaughan Williams' Magnificat and The Concerto for Harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach at free Christmas concerts from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at California Lutheran University.  Read more...

 

Cal Lutheran gives gift of music

On the Town, Thousand Oaks Acorn

California Lutheran University will present its annual holiday gift to the community with the free Christmas festival concerts, "Let Heaven and Nature Sing," at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2 in Samuleson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.  Read more...

 

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805 Living

The California Lutheran University choral ensembles and symphony merge their talents for the Christmas Festival Concerts: Let Heaven and Nature Sing.  Read more...

 

Nationally Known Organist Set To Perform Tonight On South Coast

KCLU

It's music that you might associate with church...a baseball game...or maybe even a bad television soap opera.  Even though you don't normally hear it on the radio, or find it in the CD section at Taret, organ music has a following across America.  Read more...

 

New performing arts center coming to CLU

Jase Magarifuji, The Echo

Since CLU's beginning, Mount Clef Stadium has been home to some of the university's most prominent sports teams, including Kingsmen football and Regal's soccer.  With the construction of William Rolland Stadium complete, most of CLU sports teams have a new venue to call home, and in their absence, construction plans for a new performing arts building have shifted to Mt. Clef Stadium.  Read more...

 

CLU students will raise their voices in song for multilingual performance

On the Town, Thousand Oaks Acorn

The California Lutheran University choir and women's chorale will present a Homecoming Choral Concert at 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 21 in Samuelson Chapel, south of Olsen Road near Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.  Read more...

 

CLU alumnus aims to bring joy to audience

By Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star

A versatile performer specializing in jazz, classical, blues, rock, pop, swing and all things Latin, Michael Falcone said several people inspired his vocation, starting with his parents.  Read more...

 

CLU faculty member to perform in concert

By Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star

A professor of music at California Lutheran University and clarinetist who participated in faculty recitals for more than 28 years, Daniel Geeting said he performs in concerts for two reasons.  Read more...

 

Simi Valley resident accepted into new music program

By Rachel McGrath, Ventura County Star

Musician and actor Ricky Lucchese, of Simi Valley, is among the first students to be chosen for a music industry graduate program at the Berklee School of Music's new campus in Spain.  Lucchese, 22, graduated from California Lutheran University in May with a bachelor's degree in music with a technology emphasis and a minor in communications.  Read more...

 

New choir director joins TOHS

Thousand Oaks Acorn

Thousand Oaks High School has hired newly credentialed teacher Janna Wilhelm (CLU Music Graduate) to direct the choral program at the school.  Read more...

 

Hopkins Grad Uses $6K Kickstarter Project to Record Friend's Work

By James Warden, Minnetonka Patch

(CLU Music Graduate) Ryan Strand is producing a CD with music his friend wrote for Strand's senior recital.  Read more...

 

Thousand Oaks' Tony Ferrari's album, 'Signs,' a hit on iTunes

By Amy Bentley, Ventura County Star

Thousand Oaks resident Tony Ferrari has realized a dream by releasing his first full album to the iTunes store, where his debut album has gained a surprising measure of success for the 20-year-old college student and novice songwriter...he is applying to California Lutheran University, where he hopes to study music and marketing.  Read more...

 

CLU is faithful to the melodramatic tone of 'Jekyll & Hyde'

By Rita Moran, Ventura County Star

Brent Ramirez deftly handles dual roles in CLU's 'Jekyll & Hyde'.  Read more...

 

'Jekyll & Hyde' at CLU

The Acorn

California Lutheran University's Creative Arts Division will present "Jekyll & Hyde" at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 20 through 29 in the Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.  Read more...

 

(Faculty member) Heidi Valencia Vas: 'A gold mine of beauty'

By Mark Wyckoff, Ventura County Star

Soprano Heidi Valencia Vas has always been transfixed by the pastoral beauty of classical folk songs.  "There is something fascinating about exploring a culture through its music," said Vas, an adjunct professor of voice at California Lutheran University. "Much in the way that food can give you a taste of another culture, music can really transport you."  Read more...

 

California Lutheran University Choir Spring Tour Includes Music of Adolphus C. Hailstork

By William J. Zick, Africlassical.com

The California Lutheran University Choir will open and close its 2012 Spring Concert Tour with performances in Thousand Oaks.  Read more...

 

Say Cheese!

Photos by Dennis Nishi, Ventura County Star

Click here to check out photo highlights from the CLU Annual Christmas Festival Concerts, submitted to the Ventura County Star's "Say Cheese!" feature.


Concert blends music and painting

By Angela Randazzo, Thousand Oaks Acorn

A fundraiser combining the power of music and abstract art is coming to Thousand Oaks, thanks to resident Tania Weissberg's desire to help special needs children. Read more...



New CLU organist to perform free recital

By Rachel McGrath, Ventura County Star

California Lutheran University's new organist said he hopes to expand the college's church music programs as well as serve as a resource for churches throughout Ventura County. Kyle Johnson, 39, took the post of university organist, coordinator of chapel music and lecturer of music at the Thousand Oaks private university in November after three years as director of music and community arts at a Lutheran church in Chicago. Read more...



CLU Choir heads to Carnegie Hall

By Alicia Doyle, Ventura County Star

Music by Franz Joseph Haydn followed by gospel songs and crossover pop arrangements by U2, Annie Lennox and Dolly Parton will highlight the 2011 tour of the California Lutheran University Choir that starts at Carnegie Hall and ends in Thousand Oaks. Read more...



Quartet members become musical ambassadors for CLU

By Jean Cowden Moore, Ventura County Star

Music is about to become an ambassador for California Lutheran University. The Thousand Oaks private college has formed a quartet of high-achieving students who will perform at events in the community. The quartet, made up of a violin, viola, cello and clarinet, will play a range of music, including Mozart and Schumann, along with contemporary works. Read more...



He can toot his own horn

By Jean Cowden Moore, Ventura County Star

Wyant Morton is sure there's a niche for innovative choral music in Ventura County. That's why he's creating a professional choral group called Arete, which means pursuing excellence in Greek. Morton, director of choral and vocal studies at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, realizes this area already has several choral groups, including master chorales, but he wants to do something slightly different with Arete, which will have about a dozen singers. Read more...



CLU launches professional vocal ensemble

Arete to perform contemporary, experimental music

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - July 10, 2009) Auditions are being held for a new professional vocal ensemble to be based at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Areté Vocal Ensemble, a group of professional artists that will be in residence at CLU, is designed to fill a need in Southern California. While visionary composers are creating a distinguished body of work for voices, there are few professional American ensembles to perform the works. Read more...



Interns play a key role in bringing a venerable event to fruition

By Lisa McKinnon, Ventura County Star

This year, more than a dozen students majoring in music, business and international development at colleges from across the country have signed on as interns for the Ojai Music Festival. They did so formally for the first time, using applications created by former intern Hayley Woldseth, who graduated last month from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks with degrees in music and communications. Read more...



CLU music professor honored

Wyant Morton receives Excellence in Teaching Award

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - May 19, 2009) An accomplished and popular music professor received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award during Honors Convocation at California Lutheran University on May 15. Wyant Morton of Thousand Oaks joined the CLU faculty in 1992 and is currently the chair of the music department and director of choral and vocal activities. He is the third conductor in the history of the CLU Choir, which has performed at Lincoln Center and in England, Norway and Sweden under his direction. Read more...



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