RILEY ROBERSON TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL
WHITEWATER — Riley Roberson of Waterford will join other student musicians at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater who have been invited to play at Carnegie Hall, the prestigious concert auditorium in New York City.
These 54 students, who make up the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at UW-Whitewater, will perform on Feb. 20 as part of the New York Wind Band Festival.
The ensemble’s repertoire, which includes several well-rehearsed pieces performed during the fall semester, will also include the world premiere of “If Ever There is Tomorrow,” composed by Christian Ellenwood, professor of music.
HINTZ INDUCTED INTO JESUIT HONOR SOCIETY
OMAHA, Neb. — Lauren Hintz of Wind Lake, a student in the Creighton University College of Arts & Sciences, was inducted into the student chapter of the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu at its annual ceremony Feb. 3.
Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu is the highest honor bestowed on an individual from a Jesuit University based on criteria of service, loyalty and scholarship. Inductees are nominated by faculty, staff, administrators and Alpha Sigma Nu members who feel individuals are deserving of such an honor.
ADAM SMETANA IS THE SOUND DESIGN ASSISTANT, OPERATOR IN PLT PRODUCTION, ‘INTIMATE APPAREL’
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — Lewis University student Adam Smetana of Racine is the sound design assistant and operator in the Philip Lynch Theatre production of Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel.
The play is set in New York 1905 and is based on the life of Nottage’s great-grandmother. Esther (Sabra Thomas of Bolingbrook), a shy African-American seamstress who creates exquisite lingerie for both boudoirs and bordellos. Her skills and discretion are in high demand, and she manages to keep a good sum of money tucked away in her quilt. She dreams of opening a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for.
But Esther remains lonely and longing for a husband. She begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George (Kawaan Panama of Chicago). Over time, the correspondence becomes increasingly intimate and, when George arrives in New York, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be.
Other members of the esteemed cast include Kate O’Neil of Yorkville.
Smetana is a St. Catherine’s High School graduate.
WELKE NAMED FEBRUARY INTERN OF THE MONTH
WHITEWATER — Kelsey Welke, an international journalism major from Burlington, has been named University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Intern of the Month for February. Welke worked with Andrejka Photography as an assistant photographer and personal assistant on Mackinac Island over the summer.
As an assistant photographer and personal assistant, Welke took wedding pictures, planned Andrejka’s weekly schedule and coordinated activities at the weddings.