"The Monkey's Paw" is a short film directed by Taylor Drake. The movie is based on the story by W. W. Jacobs. The story follows Mr. and Mrs. White as they struggle with the loss of their child, Freddie. They eventually use a monkey's paw to bring their son back to life, but the price they pay is both tragic and terrifying.
Closed Casket (Freddie's theme is used for the first time as two women discuss Freddie's funeral and the gruesome nature of his death.)
Ruth and the Paw (The monkey's paw theme is introduced as Mr. and Mrs. White tell the story of how Ruth gave them the monkey's paw after returning from the Middle East. The paw came with an ominous warning.)
Freddie! (Freddie returns home, but he is not the Freddie they once knew.)
A Second Time (The couple is faced with a. decision. The monkey's paw has one more wish. How will they use it? Is there any way to save Freddie? Is there any way for them to save themselves? The monkey's paw theme and Freddie's theme are intertwined in this final tragic scene. This scene ends dramatically and cuts to the final credits in silence.)
The Man in the Bowler Hat (film music)
"The Man in the Bowler Hat" is a short film directed by Taylor Drake. It is based on the comedic play by the same name. The movie tells the story of John and Mary, a British couple living a fairly ordinary life until the man in a bowler hat enters their home.
Lights Out (The lights go out, and John and Mary are left in the dark and suspect there may be an intruder in their house.
The Dramatic Ending (The man in the bowler hat watches as the final scene comes to its dramatic conclusion.)
Reading by Rutgers University Orchestra
Dedicated to the Victims of Winter
Willie Mae White died on January 21, 2014. She froze to death at a bus station in Joliet, Illinois. She frequently stayed at that bus station, because she was homeless. White’s name was known. However, The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 700 people like White die from exposure each year. Sadly, many of these people’s identities are unknown.
Although we live in one of the most technologically developed countries in the world, we still have people freezing to death on our streets. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that this problem continues each year and is mostly ignored by the public. It receives little or no media coverage, and our society as a whole chooses to look the other way.
Homeless individuals have lives like anyone else. They love. They laugh. They hurt. They cry. There has to be a remedy. I wrote White in order to bring attention to an issue that deserves our focus. It is dedicated to the victims of winter.
Live performance by Ekmeles (Mary Mackenzie, soprano; Rachel Calloway, mezzo soprano; Patrick Fennig, countertenor; Eric Dudley, tenor; Jeffrey Gavett, baritone; Avery Griffin, baritone)
String Quartet No. 1
In Memory of Steven Blake McLemore
1st Movement (excerpt)
2nd Movement (excerpt)
Saxophone Quartet No. 1
Live performance by Autumn Flowers, soprano saxophone; Rachel Gaffner, alto saxophone; Michael Cudd, tenor saxophone; and Eric Walshup, baritone saxophone
Live performance by Nate McClure, Richard Shafer, Beth Braddock, Ben Conrady, and Jason Clemons on piano
Pandora’s Box is a programmatic work depicting the story from Greek Mythology. In this mythological story Pandora, the first woman on Earth, is given a jar (later mistranslated as “box”) which she is told not to open. The “box” is filled with what will become the evil of the world. Eventually, curiosity entices her to do what is forbidden, and as soon as she removes the lid, its contents begin to escape. She quickly closes the jar. Unfortunately, it is too late, and hope is all that is left within Pandora’s “Box.”
Live performance by Steven Land, Michael Cudd, and Thomas J. Cortes on didgeridoo
Live performance by Robert Miller, John Brandt, Kimberly Macemon Densmore, Steven Land)