230 The History of Wake Forest
Other provisions of the plan included adding more faculty positions, increasing
financial aid, creating new opportunities for students to assist in faculty research,
and continuing to upgrade facilities, with the overall goal of reinforcing Wake For-
est’s long commitment to individualized instruction, small classes, and mentoring by
senior faculty. A more community-oriented element was the development each year
of a series of events, including a major symposium, around a common theme as a
focus of campus intellectual and social life. The first theme year, the Year of the Arts,
was dedicated to the memory of the late James Ralph Scales, Wake Forest President
from 1967–1983, and many of the major events took place in the Scales Fine Arts
Center. The primary organizer was Jim Dodding (Theatre). The Coca-Cola Founda-
tion underwrote the year and contributed $25,000 to support the year’s activities.
Opera legend Beverly Sills, chair of the board of Lincoln Center for the Per-
forming Arts, was the Opening Convocation speaker on September 24. Her address,
“The State of the Arts,” expressed optimism that the arts would prevail as long as
individuals were concerned about them. Four days later, the Winston-Salem Pied-
mont Triad Symphony premiered Since Dawn, a tone poem for narrator, chorus,
and orchestra by Wake Forest composer-in-residence Dan Locklair. Reynolds Pro-
fessor of American Studies Maya Angelou narrated her 1992 presidential inaugura-
tion poem.
On February 25, critically acclaimed
actor James Earl Jones, the voice of King
Mufasa and Darth Vader, was the Found-
ers’ Day Convocation speaker. His 1993
autobiography, James Earl Jones: Voices and
Silences, was co-authored by Penelope Niven
(MA ’62).
In musical celebrations, Marilyn Keiser,
a world-renowned organist from Indiana
University, performed on October 11 to
mark the fortieth anniversary of Wait Cha-
pel’s organ. On November 20, Mussorgsky’s
suite Pictures at an Exhibition highlighted a
fall concert by the University Orchestra in
Brendle Recital Hall. Directed by
David Hagy, the orchestra also
performed Haydn’s Symphony
No. 100. Wake Forest hosted
“Joy’s Legacy: Beethoven’s Ninth
Symphony,” a March 1–2 festi-
val that included a performance
of the symphony, a scholarly
symposium, and faculty/student
recital. Organizer David Levy
(Music) had recently published
Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony.
Under Levy’s direction the Wake
James Earl Jones
Beverly Sills
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