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Calvary Proudly Hosts Sam Rotman Piano Concert

Calvary Proudly Hosts Sam Rotman Piano Concert

Calvary University is proud to host seasoned concert pianist, Mr. Sam Rotman, and his performance, Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary Concert.

Mr. Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in N.Y.C. His most prestigious award was being a Laureate Winner at the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria in 1973. In 1978, Mr. Rotman participated in the 6th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. Mr. Rotman has given over 3,100 performances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Southeast Asia, South Africa, India, China, and Russia, totaling 61 countries.

Mr. Rotman has devoted a specific area of his musical life to the study and performance of the works of Beethoven. Beginning with a series of all Beethoven concerts in 1970 (the Beethoven bi‑centennial), he was presented on Public Broadcast System in a special Beethoven concert. He has also released an all-Beethoven CD, featuring five major works of the composer. For the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, Mr. Rotman will be performing an all-Beethoven program.

The concert at Calvary will be an All-Beethoven program in celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Beethoven.

In May 2016, Mr. Rotman was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from The Master’s University.  He is the only recipient of such an Honorary Doctorate in the school’s history.

Mr. Rotman’s recordings include:

  • Impressions: Piano Portraits of Claude Debussy;
  • Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Piano Works by Rachmaninoff, and
  • Piano Music of Beethoven.

Reviewers in the United States, and France have noted the following about Mr. Rotman’s performances:

“Mr. Rotman is a pianist of no small talent. He possesses a thoroughly prepared technique. He is a mature and thoughtful interpreter and his playing is convincing and alive, He enjoys his work and is able to communicate his ideas and his enthusiasm to his audience. His playing was profound, expressive, dynamic, and exciting.”

“Mr. Rotman’s interpretation of the Beethoven “Pathetique” Sonata left you with nothing more to wish for as far as getting close to the composer’s dramatic way of gaining his listeners. All of the many details of this music were being expressed. Every piece was played with the same brilliance.”

In addition to his concert, Mr. Rotman will give his Christian testimony.

The performance will be held on Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM in Calvary University’s Liberty Chapel on 1570 Elmwood Ave, Kansas City, Missouri. All are welcome to attend, free of charge. 

 

EXPLORE MISSIONS EVENT

EXPLORE MISSIONS EVENT

ON THE CAMPUS OF CALVARY UNIVERSITY

KANSAS CITY, MO
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The CABRE Building
on the campus of Calvary University
15900 Kensington Ave.
Kansas City MO 64147
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SCHEDULE

Thursday, November 4, 2021
evening
6:00-9:00
WHY DO MISSIONS?
Break
HOW CAN I DO MISSIONS?

So, God has called you to missions. Now what? Paul’s journey into missions was not seamless, and yours may also have many pit stops. At BMW, we can help you navigate God’s call and provide pathways to serve Him globally.

9:00 p.m.
Haystack

Join us for worship, a report on missionaries serving around the world, and a time of prayer for their ministries.

Friday, November 5, 2021
Morning
8:00-12:00
WHERE DOES THE CHURCH FIT?

We want healthy churches everywhere. If mission agencies are para-church organizations, how can they biblically partner with local churches to build local churches?

Break with Q&A
HOW CAN WE MAINTAIN GOSPEL INTEGRITY IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD?

Incarnational examples, representative models, and contextualization pressures increasingly complicate the gospel mandate. Missionaries must prepare theologically and philosophically to address these issues and keep their eyes on Christ’s mandate.

12:00-1:00 p.m.
Lunch
afternoon
1:00-4:00
SHOULD I BE STRATEGIC, OR SPIRITUAL?

The tension of planning for the future while waiting on God is keenly felt in great commission work. We build on biblical examples to help you pursue God’s calling with insight and integrity.

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Walk through the block schedule of BMW’s training. Come take a tour behind the scenes and see what missionaries are learning at BMW’s training, and how it could help prepare you for the field!  Also highlight how Synergy provides course credit for our training.

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2020-2021 Commencement

2020-2021 Commencement

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May 1

2021 Commencement

We invite you to join us as we celebrate with the graduating class of 2021!

Our speaker will be Calvary University President, Dr. Alexander Granados.

[See COVID-19 guidelines below.]

10:00 am

Graceway Church

5460 Blue Ridge Cut-off

Kansas City, MO 64133

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Liberty Chapel

Our speaker will be Charles Tschetter, father of graduate Rachel Tschetter.

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COMMENCEMENT

  • Graceway Church is located in Jackson Country, so Jackson County guidelines apply. [Link to Jackson County COVID page.]
  • Physically distanced seating is available in the auditorium with assistance from ushers. 
  • The Graceway team frequently disinfects surfaces throughout their building.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the building. Water fountains, cafés, and coffee stations will not be available during commencement.
  • Face coverings should be worn while inside the Graceway facility. 
  • Live-streaming is available for those who are considered “high-risk” and would prefer to join us online.
  • If, within 14 days prior to commencement you test positive for COVID-19, and/or have been experiencing flu-like symptoms, or have a known exposure to COVID-19, we request that you join us via live-stream.

Student Abigail Tschetter reflects on The Fantasticks

Student Abigail Tschetter reflects on The Fantasticks

Ashley Huseby (Hucklebee, the Boy’s Mother) and Abigail Tschetter (Bellomy, the Girl’s Mother) listen carefully for eavesdroppers.

Reflection on The Fantasticks

by Abigail Tschetter

I love the theme of The Fantasticks, encapsulated by a line from the song “Try to Remember:” “Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” The Fantasticks is a show about learning and growing through difficulty. Its main characters, Matt and Luisa, learn that the world is not what they expected, and then they take that newfound wisdom, as heartbreaking as it is, and look at it in a hopeful light. Their story has made me cry more than once, partly because it is a little sad, but mostly because it is beautiful.

Yes, the world is more than just pain-free excitement, but understanding that makes the beautiful moments stand out that much more.

That’s why it feels so special to be a part of this show at Calvary University, where I’ve had the chance to learn this lesson for myself. College is a formative time for everyone in one way or another, and that is undoubtedly true for me. I can relate to Luisa, the hopeless romantic, and to Matt, who’s sure that whatever’s around the corner is exactly what he’s dreamed of. It’s at Calvary that I really began to relate to their journey.

This is my third year at Calvary, and every semester has carried some kind of expectation that was not met in the way I anticipated. I have struggled with loneliness and anxiety, disappointments and discontentment, insecurity, frustration, and plenty of other things in between. Yet I have also found community and friendship, peace and joy. In particular, my involvement in Calvary Theatre has taught me about service, confidence, humility, and worship, on and offstage. Each semester at Calvary has grown me and taught me something about myself, my relationships, the blessings in my life, and most importantly, the unfailing goodness of God.

It is a true blessing to have the chance to bring this show to life at a school and in a department that has contributed so much to my growth. It feels like coming full circle to share what I have learned—and will surely continue to learn—with the Calvary community that helped me learn it.

Bellomy, a fastidious gardener, waters her thirsty little peppers.

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

Matt (Adam Weeks) and Luisa (Rebekkah Harms) discover a deeper truth about love in ‘The Fantasticks’.

The Fantasticks: Hurt and Growth

by Logan Hiskey

In The Lion King, the characters Rafiki and Simba discuss change and facing past hurts. Rafiki then whacks Simba on the head with his stick. Confused, Simba asks why Rafiki did such a thing.

“Doesn’t matter, it’s in the past,” Rafiki says.

“Yeah, but it still hurts,” Simba replies as he rubs his head.

“Oh yes, the past can hurt,” Rafiki answers. “But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Again, Rafiki swings his stick at Simba, but this time Simba ducks out of the way.

In this scene Rafiki teaches Simba a very valuable lesson about hurt. It exists, whether it is past, present, or future.

Likewise, this idea is one of the predominant themes of the show. In the opening song “Try to Remember,” the narrator, El Gallo, defines the theme when he says, “Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” These words are best exemplified by the two main characters, Matt and Luisa, and their journey through the play. They start as young, foolish, and myopic lovers so engrossed in their fantasies and idealization of romance that their parents label them “fantastic!”

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           In Act One, everything is practically perfect and idyllic: the moonlit sky, the thrilling relationship hidden from their “feuding” fathers (or mothers), the rescue from an abduction, and then happily ever after.

           However, it does not end at that moment, for The Fantasticks is a coming-of-age story. At the beginning of Act Two, El Gallo dispels the moonlight and says,

           “life never ends in the moonlit night;

           And despite what pretty poets say,

           The night is only half the day.”

           Matt and Luisa must learn and mature the hard way. The harsh sun brings to light their flaws and differences, and the two lovers become disappointed that the delights of romance do not last. After they realize their dissatisfaction in each other, they separate and strive to satisfy their naïve desires elsewhere. And here, with their separation, the hurt begins. They find what they were looking for, but it only brings a new onset of pain for both Matt and Luisa.

           But there is good news. Rafiki’s wisdom rings true. Through their hurt, they are no longer hollow, for they have learned and grown from it. After their reunion, their relationship matures. They admit to their foolishness and mistakes, forgive one another, and begin to love unselfishly.

           The idea of growing through hurt may seem unfair or confusing because it is. El Gallo speaks on this and calls it a “curious paradox.” He likens it to the changing of seasons when he says, “Who understands why Spring is born out of Winter’s laboring pain? Or why we all must die a bit before we grow again.”

          This theme is one reason why The Fantasticks is such a universally-loved play and is the longest-running musical in the world. Anyone can find a bit of themselves in Matt or Luisa, for everyone has experienced pain in some fashion, but like Rafiki says, it depends on what one does with it. And in accordance with biblical truth, Scripture says that there is an appointed time for everything, which includes seasons of love and laughter, but also of hurt and sadness (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8). So it should not come as a surprise when suffering, trials, and hurt come along (1 Peter 4:12). But the Apostle Paul offers some encouragement when he says that through Christ, times of hurt and tribulation bring about perseverance, proven character, and hope (Romans 5:3–4). Therefore, The Fantasticks offers a wonderful reflection of these truths that hurt is bound to happen, but there is hope that growth can follow.

Logan Hiskey plays Mortimer, the Man Who Dies, along with being dramaturg for Calvary’s production of ‘The Fantasticks’.