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Internationally Renowned Tenor Bruce Ford Joins Music Faculty

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bruce Ford, acknowledged internationally as one of the finest singers of his generation, joined the AMU faculty in January of 2014 and presented a master class at the University in the Fall of 2013. Maestro Ford has also been named co-artistic administrator of Opera Naples. His exceptionally demanding repertoire is highlighted by many of the most challenging Mozart and Bel Canto roles, which have brought him acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Ford has appeared frequently at many renowned European houses, such as La Scala, Milan, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Florence, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zürich and Geneva. He was also a favorite at the Royal Opera House/Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, and the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, and Pesaro festivals. In America he has won praise at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, and San Francisco Opera. His vast and award-winning discography includes the original version of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras for Sony Classics, as well as his critically-acclaimed Opera Rara aria recital Romantic Heroes (featuring works by Donizetti, Mercadante, Meyerbeer and Rossini) which features Mr. Ford in performance with opera superstar, Renee Fleming. Click here to view Mr. Ford's Wikipedia page.

Bruce Ford performing Mitridate at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden:

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AMU in the News: Supreme Court Decision

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

For more than two years, AMU has been fighting the Federal Government for an exemption to the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires employers provide free birth control to employees. The Supreme Court's decision to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby should only help the University in its lawsuit going forward.

See the a just a few of the media outlets that highlighted AMU as part of the June 30th Supreme Court decision below.

Fox 4 News

Naples Daily News

Fort Myers News-Press

Cardinal Newman Society

The Ave Herald

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Ave Maria University Applauds U.S. Supreme Court Decision Protecting Religious Liberty

Monday, June 30, 2014

The following is a statement from Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, and former Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Office of Faith- based and Community Initiatives, in response to today’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the Hobby Lobby case: 

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AMU President Jim Towey warns about 'right to die' movement at Broward's annual Red Mass

Friday, June 27, 2014

AMU President Jim Towey served as the guest speaker at the reception that followed the 25th anniversary Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Society of South Florida. The Mass was celebrated June 4 at St. Anthony Church by Archbishop Thomas Wenski. Click here to read more.

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President Jim Towey recognized by FSU's VIRES magazine

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ave Maria University President Jim Towey was recognized by the Florida State University Alumni Association's VIRES magazine for his work in bringing to life AMU's Mother Teresa Project and Exhibition Hall. "We think this museum will reintroduce [Mother Teresa] to people and also inspire a new generation to follow in her footsteps," said President Towey, who was recognized on the list of 100 Most Distinguished Graduates compiled by FSU's Alumni Association. Click here to read the full article.

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AMU Students perform in Organ Festival at Artis-Naples

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Each year the Philharmonic (Artis-Naples) hosts a festival of organ music. Two Ave Maria University students have been invited to perform in this year's festival. Mary Joy Silmaro and Jerome Cole performed on June 8 at 3 p.m. at Artis-Naples. Click here for the Artis-Naples website, and here for the program for the event.

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Bolshoi Theatre Photographs on Display in Library

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Stop by the Canizaro Library’s second floor gallery area to view amazing photographs by Marc Haegeman of performances at the Bolshoi Theatre. All photographs are housed in the library’s permanent collections.

Founded as a private institution in Moscow around 1776 by Prince Urusov and an Englishman called Michael Maddox, the Bolshoi Theatre gradually became a company of 155 dancers by 1850.  Although the Maryinsky Theatre was the site of most of the creative work produced in Russia during the 19th century, the Bolshoi did serve as debut theatre for  several important ballets: Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote (1869) and an early version of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake choreographed by Julius Reisinger (1877).

In Marc Haegeman’s photos we view one art form through another: the art of ballet through the art of photography.  His photographs are not of poses but of real performance moments.  His challenge is to capture the technical precision, emotional power, and timeless grace of ballet without affecting the performance itself.  He aims to catch the dancers’ artistic and physical prowess in a way that is pleasing to the eye and causes an emotional impact. 

The Canizaro Library’s exhibit includes photos from Don Quixote, Giselle, La Sylphide, and Swan Lake.

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Summit on Human Trafficking Held at AMU

Monday, May 12, 2014

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Ave Maria University welcomed an expert panel to discuss the impact of human trafficking on our state and community, followed by a Q&A with the public on Tuesday, May 13. Panelists included Marco Island Chief of Police Don Hunter, Doug Molloy, Attorney and Former Chief AUSA in Fort Myers, and Anna Rodriguez, Founder and CEO of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart addresses the crowd on Tuesday.

 

Panel members Doug Molloy (left) and Anna Rodriguez discuss the problem of Human Trafficking in Florida, the United States and abroad.

 

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AMU to Livestream the 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A free livestream of the 2014 commencement ceremony will be available online. Click here to view the livestream. This year's commencement speaker is Librarian of Congress James Billington. Tune in at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 to view the ceremony! 

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AMU students and alums create new literary magazine, "Contraries"

Friday, April 25, 2014

“Contraries” is a creative journal created by students from Ave Maria University. The idea is to publish students’ creative work - both literary and artistic. “Contraries” is a means to an end. We want artistic creativity to be our habit at Ave Maria University, writes Peter Atkinson, the chief editor of “Contraries.” Artistic creativity does two things: it allows us to understand our own personal experience more deeply and to read other’s experience more completely, he writes. 

Click here to visit the official "Contraries" website.

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