Avila News

October 6, 2017

University Singers to Perform The Legend of Zelda

Kansas City, MO (Oct. 6, 2017) Avila University’s 20-member University Singers will perform in both Kansas City, Missouri, at the Music Hall and in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Civic Center in celebration of 30 years of The Legend of Zelda game series. The choir will be joined on stage by a 57-piece orchestra for a two-hour concert that brings the stirring adventures of Link and the amazing video game soundtrack to life. The Music Hall performance is Friday, Oct. 6 beginning at 8 pm. The Des Moines performance begins at 7 pm on Oct. 8, 2017.

"It is a delight to include our students in such a prestigious, professional performance. We have had an opportunity to push our limits and achieve great musicality in such a fun environment!" said Amity Bryson, D.M.A., professor and music department chair at Avila.

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a reimagined score that brings together several Zelda games, including Twilight Princess, A Link Between Worlds, and a remake of Majora’s Mask. "I have loved playing Zelda for years! As a double major in vocal performance and computer science, this is a dream come true," said Ricky Farrell, Avila senior and University Singers member.

Music lovers who aren’t familiar with the Zelda series will also find themselves transported into a magical adventure. The concert’s five-movement symphony entertains with Nintendo composer Koji Kondo’s original music. The audience will be running right beside Link, conquering dungeons, navigating across vast expanses, and struggling to decide what color tunic to wear. Throughout the performance, a video collage will sync the adventurous music to spotlight exciting moments from the 30-year old franchise.

"I first became aware of this Symphony when a student presented research in my music history course.  When we were selected to perform this work it was a natural progression of our work in the classroom.,” said Dr. Bryson. “This is what we do at Avila, study, and research in the classroom, but also find ways to take our work to the greater public.  I love it when these teaching events manifest such an incredible experience."

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The Arts at Avila: These Shining Lives

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February 22-25
Evening performances: 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday matinee: 2:00 p.m.
Goppert Theatre on the Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage

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University Closed Today

student scholar day

Due to weather and road conditions, Avila University will be closed on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Classes and events are canceled and offices will not be open today.

Overdose: The Opioid Epidemic film screening has been rescheduled for March 6. 

AU News

Avila University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit February 26-27, 2018 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Avila University has been accredited by HLC since 1946. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

Public Comment on Avila University,
Higher Learning Commission,
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by January 19, 2018.