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World Premiere of “Illuminations: A Concert of Music Inspired by The Saint John’s Bible” at Caldwell University

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Birth of Christ, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Music faculty member Nan Childress Orchard has commissioned two original works from New Jersey composers Caroline H. Newman and Rob Middleton to celebrate Caldwell University’s Year with The Saint John’s Bible. The works will be premiered in a concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Caldwell University Alumni Theatre. The snow date is Sunday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.

Performers include Childress Orchard, piano; Music Department faculty members Rebecca Vega, flute, and Rob Middleton, clarinet; and Jacqueline Stern, violoncello.

Eight illuminations from the Gospels and Acts volume have inspired the two composers. Each illumination will be projected on a screen during the performance of the music. A “Meet the Composer session” will follow the concert where audience members will be encouraged to ask questions.

Childress Orchard says the event will be a fabulous opportunity for audience members to experience this world premiere and have the opportunity to speak to the composers. “Patronage of the arts is vital to our culture. Caldwell University is promoting and supporting the humanities and in particular the performing arts through a dynamic event.”

The Saint John’s Bible is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be created in more than 500 years. It was commissioned by Benedictine Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota and the creative director was Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office.

The Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts volume will be on display before and after the concert on the 26th. (It will not be there on the snow date.)

General admission is $15 and students are free. For more information contact Nan Childress Orchard at nchildress@caldwell.edu 973-618-3587.

Christmas Spectacular! Concert

Friday, December 6 

The annual  Christmas Spectacular! Concert will be held, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in the Student Center Gym. The university’s chorale will perform Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” with harp. The wind ensemble and honor band will perform an excerpt of Gustave Holst’s “Suite in F”. Seasonal music and the Christmas sing-along will complete the concert. Tickets are $10.  Admission for Caldwell University students is free.

“Lessons and Carols,” with an Advent scripture meditation inspired by The Saint John’s Bible”

Advent and Christmas Events at Caldwell

Celebrate the joy and the hope of the Christmas season at Caldwell University.

Wednesday, December 4

Noon – Advent Mass, Student Center Gym

2 p.m. to  7 p.m. – Fair trade Christmas shopping village, Hall of Flags, Student Center

4:40 p.m. – Blessing and lighting of the creche and tree outside of Werner Hall

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Campus-wide dinner, Dining Hall, Jazz Band performance.  Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited.

6:30 p.m. – Christmas caroling at Marian Manor. Meet in the Hall of Flags to walk over. Contact Professor Rebecca Vega – rvega@caldwell.edu .

Friday, December 6 

The annual  Christmas Spectacular! Concert will be held, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in the Student Center Gym. The university’s chorale will perform Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” with harp. The wind ensemble and honor band will perform an excerpt of Gustave Holst’s “Suite in F”. Seasonal music and the Christmas sing-along will complete the concert. Tickets are $10.  Admission for Caldwell University students is free.

Sunday, December 8

“Lessons and Carols,” with an Advent scripture meditation inspired by The Saint John’s Bible, will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Sister Mary Dominic Tweedus Chapel in the Newman Center on campus.  It will feature prayer, music and illuminations from the Bible, which is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be created in more than 500 years. It was commissioned by Benedictine Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota and the creative director was Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office. Caldwell is hosting a Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts.

Giving Tree Project

Caldwell University’s Giving Tree Project helps to provide a Merry Christmas to families in local surrounding communities who are having difficulties making ends meet.  Faculty, staff and students are invited to pick up a gift tag and purchase a gift to donate.  Trees can be found in the lobby of Werner Hall, the Newman Center lobby, the Student Center lobby and in the rear hallway in the Student Center (down from the Mail Room).

Christmas Spectacular!

Advent and Christmas Events at Caldwell

Celebrate the joy and the hope of the Christmas season at Caldwell University.

Wednesday, December 4

Noon – Advent Mass, Student Center Gym

2 p.m. to  7 p.m. – Fair trade Christmas shopping village, Hall of Flags, Student Center

4:40 p.m. – Blessing and lighting of the creche and tree outside of Werner Hall

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Campus-wide dinner, Dining Hall, Jazz Band performance.  Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited.

6:30 p.m. – Christmas caroling at Marian Manor. Meet in the Hall of Flags to walk over. Contact Professor Rebecca Vega – rvega@caldwell.edu .

Friday, December 6 

The annual  Christmas Spectacular! Concert will be held, 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6 in the Student Center Gym. The university’s chorale will perform Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” with harp. The wind ensemble and honor band will perform an excerpt of Gustave Holst’s “Suite in F”. Seasonal music and the Christmas sing-along will complete the concert. Tickets are $10.  Admission for Caldwell University students is free.

Sunday, December 8

“Lessons and Carols,” with an Advent scripture meditation inspired by The Saint John’s Bible, will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Sister Mary Dominic Tweedus Chapel in the Newman Center on campus.  It will feature prayer, music and illuminations from the Bible, which is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size to be created in more than 500 years. It was commissioned by Benedictine Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota and the creative director was Donald Jackson, senior scribe to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Crown Office. Caldwell is hosting a Heritage Edition of the Gospels and Acts.

Giving Tree Project

Caldwell University’s Giving Tree Project helps to provide a Merry Christmas to families in local surrounding communities who are having difficulties making ends meet.  Faculty, staff and students are invited to pick up a gift tag and purchase a gift to donate.  Trees can be found in the lobby of Werner Hall, the Newman Center lobby, the Student Center lobby and in the rear hallway in the Student Center (down from the Mail Room).

Meet Your Major

English Department Flyer

If you are still debating on whether to attend or not, ask yourself the following questions:

Have I declared a major/minor?
Have I declared a major/minor that I am passionate about?
Have I taken all my required English courses?
Am I finding that my declared major might not be right for me?
Am I hungry? (There will be pizza!)

This upcoming Wednesday, October 23rd the English Department will be hosting a “Meet Your Major” event! In addition to English majors and minors, we also invite any students who have not declared a major or minor yet to attend. Learning more about what the English Department has to offer here at Caldwell University is beneficial to all students. This is a chance for students to meet professors and fellow English majors/minors who can give advice and share their experiences on being an English major. For upperclassmen who may be interested in an internship, this event will also dive deeper into the opportunities offered.

Veterans Ceremony

Caldwell University students, staff, faculty and members of the greater Caldwell community will come together to honor our nation’s military veterans on this Veteran’s Day. University students, staff, and members of the James Caldwell Post 185 American Legion will be actively participating in the ceremony.

The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World: Lowell Boyers, Susan Homer, Esther Traugot and Charles Yuen

Lowell Boyers, "Untitled (a seeming liberty)", 2018 acrylic paint, resin, watercolor and ink on canvas, 37x78 inches
Susan Homer, "Russian Garden", 2016, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches
Esther Traugot, "Christmas Crab" (detail), 2014, ten crab leg pieces, dyed bamboo yarn. Sizes variable, up to 3 ¼” l x 1 ½” w x 1 ½” h
Charles Yuen, "Spotted Carpet", 2018, oil on canvas, 40" x 40"

An art exhibit called “The Thought of the Heart and the Soul of the World: Lowell Boyers, Susan Homer, Esther Traugot and Charles Yuen” will be displayed Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Caldwell University’s Mueller Gallery.

The exhibit looks at the nature of images as seen through the lens of archetypal psychologist James Hillman and philosopher, theologian and Islamic mystic Henry Corbin.

The community is invited to the opening Oct. 23, with an artist talk at 5 p.m. and a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

The participating artists create images that are representational but, rather than existing as mere illustrations, have an autonomy of their own.

Suzanne Baron, director of the Mueller Gallery, said Hillman believed that an image is not just a picture of something one has seen and that comes via physical senses nor is it a construction of the mind that has emotional or symbolic meaning.

Rather, he said an image is psyche and therefore a direct expression of the soul. Because of this, he sought to explore images rather than explain them.

“His belief was that by giving images attention and mentally shaping them with sensitivity, one can engage with these images in a way that Hillman called ‘soul making,’ ” Baron said.

Soul making has its roots in the writings of Corbin, who coined the term “mundus imaginalis” to describe the realm between the physical, sensory world and the spirit world. “Corbin chose the term ‘imaginal’ carefully; he did not want the imaginal to be misconstrued with the idea of something that is imaginary – something purely invented – for the mundus imaginalis is as real as our waking world,” she said.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For information on the exhibitions, go to www.caldwell.edu/gallery or call 973-618-3238.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Lowell Boyers (American, b.1966) is a Contemporary painter, often working in a variety of materials, such as acrylic resins and inks, and blending figurative and abstract imagery. Boyers received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from Yale University. His work has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide, including in Cologne, Abu Dhabi, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas.


Susan Homer was born in Boston and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and Bremen, Maine. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing in Maine. In 2011, she was awarded a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Grant. She exhibits her work in New York and other places, and it is held in private collections throughout the United States, including the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., and the University of New Mexico Art Museum.


Esther Traugot received her BFA from the University of California Berkeley in 2005, and her MFA from Mills College in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area at venues such as the Berkeley Art Center, the Bedford gallery in Walnut Creek and the Robert F. Agrella Gallery at Santa Rosa Junior College, and nationally at the El Paso Museum of Art, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, the Samek Gallery at Bucknell University in PA. The recent past has led her to exhibit in L.A., New York, and Paris. She has two large installations in the permanent collections of Neiman Marcus in the locations of Walnut Creek, and Beverly Hills, CA.

Esther Traugot is represented by Chandra Cerrito Contemporary Gallery in Oakland and Muriel Guepin Gallery in NY, and currently lives and works in Sebastopol, California.


Charles Yuen has had several one person and numerous group exhibitions since moving to New York City in 1981. One person shows include: Studio10, Bushwick, NY (2016); Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY (1997 first solo show in her Chelsea space, 2000); Art in General, New York, NY (1993); Asian American Arts Center, New York, NY (2001); Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY (2004); LeoTony Gallery, New York, NY (1994); ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA (2007); the Downtown Gallery, Honolulu, HI (1978), and recently Valentine Gallery Ridgewood, NY (2012). Group shows include nonprofit art spaces as well as private galleries: Artist Space (1984, 1993), New Museum (1986, 1998), Brooklyn Museum of Art (1997, 2004), Newark Museum (1981), Exit Art (1985), Pierogi (2000), Scope London (2006, ADA Gallery), Barbara Gillman Gallery (2007, Miami), Luise Ross Gallery (2011), Leslie Heller Workspace (2010), Robert Steele Gallery (1997), Franklin Furnace (1996), Hallwalls (1988, Buffalo), and The Contemporary Museum (2005, 2009, Hawaii) to name a few.

Mr. Yuen has been the proud recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2018), the Adolf and Esther Gottleib Foundation artist grant (2011), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptures Grant (2006), an Artists’ Projects: New York State Regional Initiative grant (1994, Rockefeller Foundation, Andy Warhol Fund, N.E.A., and the Jerome Foundation sponsors), and was an Artist in Residence at the Asian Arts.