ASU School of Music announces upcoming Organ Series concerts

June 5, 2017

With a repertoire that spans more than 500 years, the pipe organ has an unmatched power and versatility in the musical world. Take in the beauty and intensity of this incredible instrument this fall at Arizona State University's School of Music 2017–2018 Organ Series.

Tickets for the Organ Series go on sale Aug. 1. ASU School of Music Organ Hall Organ Series performances all take place in the ASU Organ Hall on the Tempe campus. Download Full Image

To order tickets, call the Herberger Institute Box Office at 480-965-6447 or go to Summer box office hours are: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

Tickets prices: $22, general; $16, ASU faculty, staff and alumni; $15, senior; $12, student.

Performances in this series feature a range of music, from baroque Germany to the Arizona desert, even including some Christmas favorites. All seven programs are in the ASU Organ Hall on the Tempe campus.

Reformations and Counter-Reformations
2:30 p.m. Oct. 29
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Dutch organist Paul Tegels explores the effects of religious upheaval on the organ repertoire.

Sanctuary: A Place of Peace
2:30 p.m. Nov. 12
In this collaborative program, Goldman Professor of Organ Kimberly Marshall and Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Rios create an artistic sanctuary in the ASU Organ Hall.  Rios will read his poetry, interspersed with organ music from Bach to ASU composer Jody Rockmaker.

Christmas Concerts: Adeste Fideles
 2:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 9–10
Come all ye faithful ... to hear the glorious sounds of Christmas. Melanie Holm, soprano, joins organist Kimberly Marshall and the ASU Organ Studio in this celebration of the season. 

Bach’s Formative Influences I
2:30 p.m. Jan. 14
Goldman Professor of Organ Kimberly Marshall presents Bach’s organ music with that of earlier composers, including Italian works performed on the Traeri organ.

Songs of My Homeland
2:30 p.m. Jan. 28
ASU alumna Ashley Snavley performs an eclectic program of organ works based on folk songs, hymns and popular tunes of composers' native lands.

Toccata Power!
2:30 p.m. Feb. 18
North Carolina organist Timothy Olsen explores the various guises of the organ Toccata including works from J.S. Bach to Max Reger. Olsen will perform on both the Traeri and Fritts organs. 

Bach’s Formative Influences II
2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18
ASU alumnus Geoffrey Ward continues the exploration of Bach’s stylistic development with works by Böhm, Buxtehude and de Grigny.

ASU West students get real-world experience on set

June 5, 2017

Spectrum Video and Film, a local video production company in Scottsdale, opened its doors to conduct a workshop with students at Arizona State University's West campus this spring, providing invaluable hands-on experience for the students, who were part of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

“I’m sure the students learned something, especially doing the hands-on work with the dolly. Knowing how to dolly while simultaneously tilting, panning, and keeping the subjects in frame; showed that it’s harder than it seems,” said Ken Liljegrin, Spectrum Video and Film president. New College students in a workshop at Spectrum Video and Film Students in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences particpate in a workshop at Spectrum Video and Film. Download Full Image

“We also focused on how important audio is. Eight to ten years ago, we were in the ‘fix-it’ business, as all of these indie film makers would come in with the worst audio, and we’d have to try and fix it. In order to have high quality content, you have to have high quality audio.”

Spectrum Video and Film has grown from a wedding video studio in its early days, to a complete video production company servicing corporate communication videos, commercial advertising, amenity videos, and even some television shows today. Liljegrin uses workshops such as these to find the next great filmmakers and video producers to come out of ASU.

Taking advantage of ASU students’ ability to uniquely connect with audiences on social media, Liljegrin has Spectrum interns take the lead on many social media video projects for clients, an expanding portion of Spectrum’s current business.

“I have an eye for gifted people, I can see them right away,” he said. “Students in these workshops, and especially those that participate in internships with us, they conduct projects from beginning to end. They’ll execute their own vision, and ultimately, they’ll get out of it what they put into it.”

To learn more about the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance program, visit