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“What’s amazing about plays is, about a week before it opens- every play I’ve been in- you think, ‘there is no way we’ll make it, no way.’ But somehow, that last week it just comes together,” Svelmoe said. “A lot of work gets done in the last week, a lot of work.” He said one of his favorite parts about participating in plays is seeing all the bits and pieces come together in the final week. Professor Bill Svelmoe, who has acted in Saint Mary’s plays for the last ten years, said said the success of a play depends on a group mentality — something that’s very different from the independent nature of a professor’s job. “Sitting there night after night, and seeing how everything came together, amazed me,” he said. “For several years I continued to take on very small roles, but eventually the director cast me in a lead role.” Svelmoe said he soon became fascinated by the acting process. “Taking part in theater is very different from what I do as a professor,” Svelmoe said. “A lot of my work as a professor is solitary — sitting in my office, preparing for class … Everybody is involved with theater — the backstage folks, the actors, the directors, the costumers — everyone.” One Saint Mary’s College history professor said his passion for acting has allowed him to engage with the College on another level. “Eurydice will be visually fascinating,” he said. “It’s not your typical play. It’s much more poetic and has the potential to be very emotionally powerful.” “It is a very different relationship,” he said. “To my students in class, I’m ‘Professor Svelmoe,’ but for the students I act with, I’m just ‘Bill,’ another actor.” “To me, [theater] taps into that same creative area of your brain; you have to be able to richly imagine something,” Svelmoe said. “You have to imagine a scene and project yourself in to it.” “You could not have pulled me onto the stage with a hook,” he said. “The thought of acting was terrifying. To me, acting is really putting yourself out there.” Svelmoe, who also writes fiction, said he enjoys acting because it is a “wonderful” art form that has similarities with creative writing. He said he’s currently writing a series of novels. Svelmoe said that over the years, he’s been cast in several lead roles at Saint Mary’s College, as well as in community theaters like the South Bend Civic Theatre and Niles Theater. Svelmoe said taking part in plays is a way to get to know students outside the classroom. Svelmoe will appear in Saint Mary’s upcoming play, “Eurydice,” which will debut at the Little Theatre in the Moreau Center for the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 10. He said he had never acted before coming to Saint Mary’s. But ten years ago, after continually turning down one of his students’ requests that he take the male lead in an upcoming play, he said he decided to give it a shot.
The doctoral candidate studying music composition said he created “Mariachitlán,” which translates to “The Land of Mariachi,” to express the beauty of Mexico and to pay homage to his home state of Jalisco, the origin state of mariachi. “USC was basically the first supporting organization that allowed me to record this album,” Contreras said. “It’s amazing to now have a Latin GRAMMY nomination with something I think started with great thanks to USC.” Contreras originally wrote “Mariachitlán” for the 2016 Jalisco Orchestral Composition competition. After taking home the prize, Contreras said the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra gave him the opportunity to record a full album with them, under the condition that he would obtain funding. “We are so proud of Juan and his Latin GRAMMY nomination!” Cutietta wrote. “Not many schools in the world would be able to celebrate a GRAMMY nomination by a student; most will never celebrate a nomination by a faculty member! So, we are excited for him and will all be following his nomination as it proceeds!” “What’s interesting about the album is that these three works explain with music, or depict the history of Mexico,” Contreras said. “The third one is about pre-Hispanic Mexico, the second one is about the Spanish conquest and how that shaped the country and then ‘Mariachitlán’ pays homage to modern Mexico.” Contreras said USC supported his work and gave him the green light to fund the album. He received the 2017 Presser Graduate Award, which offers up to a $10,000 stipend to graduate students who show high potential and honorable contributions in the music field. “He just got nominated for a Latin GRAMMY, he is headed to greatness,” said Dolores Sotelo, associate director of the LAA. “We are proud of having him not only as a scholar but just representing the Latino community as a whole.” The sounds of different mariachi ensembles playing over one another to win over plaza crowds in Los Angeles and in Guadalajara inspired Thornton School of Music student Juan-Pablo Contreras to compose the title track of his debut orchestral album “Mariachitlán.” Now, he’s up for a Latin GRAMMY. Contreras thanked the Latino Alumni Association for playing a huge role during his time at the University. He said the association provided a community that made him feel at home, supported him during the album making process and offered him a scholarship to attend USC. “This genre came about during the Spanish conquest,” Contreras said. “Some people said that the word mariachi comes from the French word of marriage, mariage, between the indigenous tradition and the new European music.” “You could write whatever you wanted with all the freedoms of the world,” he said. The album also features other works, including “El Laberinto de la Soledad” and the three-part “Pirámide del Sol.” He said the first piece, which translates to “The Labyrinth of Solitude,” was inspired by a book with the same title that examines what it means to be Mexican. The work illustrates what Mexico “sounds” like to Contreras. The latter, which means “The Pyramid of the Sun,” pays tribute to the ball games of the pre-Hispanic civilization Teotihuacan. In a statement to the Daily Trojan, Thornton Dean Robert Cutietta said the school is excited to follow Contreras’ nomination. Once the album’s recording was finished, Contreras became the first Mexican classical composer to sign a record deal with Universal Music in May 2019. Prior to attending USC to study composition, Contreras said his passion for music started in his childhood, thanks to his mother, who was a concert pianist. While his music tastes have changed over the years, classical compositions are his preferred genre. “My dream would be to be known as one of the most recognized Mexican classical music composers around the world, that my name could be synonymous with Mexican classical music,” he said. Juan-Pablo Contreras’ piece, titled “Mariachitlán,” is nominated for a 2019 Latin GRAMMY for Best Arrangement. (Photo courtesy of Juan-Pablo Contreras) Contreras hopes to expand his music career and become an acclaimed composer.
In the 22th minute Ireland went 2-0 up when Idah lead a counter attack to run through and beat advancing keeper Adam Benada.The third Irish goal was a real crowd pleaser as Sean Brennan scored with a fantastic flick from Callum Thompson’s 37th minute corner.Ireland’s fourth goal in the 53rd minute was a brilliant combination that saw Idah lay the ball back for Sean Brennan to curl over the keeper with real confidence.The Czechs pulled one back in the 60th minute when a shot by Matyáš Kozák deflected off an Irish defender to finally beat the impressive Kian Clarke in the Irish goal.Mahon came off the bench to add Ireland’s fifth goal with a brilliant counter-attack in the 76th minutes as outpaced the Czech defence before slotting past the keeper.Kozák scored the Czechs second goal two minutes into injury-time when he finished from close range.The sides will meet again at Cahir Park AFC on Wednesday (12.00 noon).**Match report with thanks to the FAI** Colin O’Brien’s team, which includes Nenagh AFC’s Barry Coffey, were a threat right from the off and led 3-0 at the break and went on to comfortably win the first of two friendly games against the Czechs in Co Tipperary this week.Doubles from Adam Idah and Sean Brennan plus a late finish from Seanie Mahon sealed an emphatic victory for the home side, who had former international Keith Andrews with the team as an advisor.Idah opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he peeled to the back post and got in an excellent header from Max Murphy’s top class cross from the right.