Campus News in Brief

Professor directs G20 orchestra

The head of the White House Cultural Office requested that Gregory Lehane, drama and music professor at Carnegie Mellon, direct a concert for First Lady Michelle Obama and the other spouses of the G20 world leaders last Friday morning.

The performance was held at Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School downtown.

Lehane directed several CAPA students, as well as world-renowned cello player Yo-Yo Ma, country singer Trisha Yearwood, and singer-songwriter and pianist Sara Bareilles, who achieved popularity with her single “Love Song.”
Lehane has taught at Carnegie Mellon for two decades. Previously, he served as associate head and coordinator of the undergraduate and graduate directing programs in the School of Drama.

Lehane is also a founding member of Primary Stages Company in New York City, and he has directed television programs for all three major networks, PBS, TBS, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, USA, and The Disney Channel.
He has also worked with television programs internationally, such as in London and France.

He has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction twice. Regionally, Lehane has directed programs for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Walking to the Sky art excavated

The infamous Walking to the Sky sculpture will see some construction this week, beginning today. The pole central to the art piece has often been seen wobbling, even in the face of no wind or compromising weather conditions.

At one point, the art structure was anchored by two cement blocks attached to cables in order to keep the pole from swaying. A new stainless steel pole design that will replace the current structure is proposed to minimize movement and maximize the stability of the structure.

Jonathan Borofsky (A’64) designed the piece, located in front of Warner Hall.

The construction work will begin with an excavation of the base of the art piece. With the current plan, the existing sculpture will come down altogether beginning on Wednesday, and the construction work will continue for approximately two weeks. Most of the work will have to be done at the site of the sculpture; therefore, most of the Cut will be inaccessible during the time of construction. Other affected areas include the two sidewalks between Forbes Avenue and the far end of the Purnell Center for the Arts.