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Gospel choir rejoices in the spirit

Gospel choir rejoices in the spirit
Junior soprano Teresa Beardsley, sophomore soprano Rochelle Rose and sophomore tenor Paolo Kespradit are all part of La Verne’s Gospel Choir, which held an informal performance in the Chapel Tuesday. James Calhoun, assistant professor of music, offered the concert to promote the choir and bring gospel music to the University community. / photo by Brittney Slater-Shew Ingrid Rodriguez Staff Writer A... 

Mothers celebrated in song

Mothers celebrated in song
Joy Song Thompson played the cello at “No Ordinary Women,” a Mother’s Day Celebration Concert in Morgan Auditorium Sunday. Thompson began playing at 12-years-old and studied at the Juilliard School. She was accompanied by artist-in-residence, Grace Xia Zhao on piano and violinist Alex Russell. The concert also featured soprano Courtney Huffman. / photo by Cassandra Egan  Read More →

African, Japanese drummers pound out emotion

Shelby Nelson Staff Writer Wednesday’s performance of the West African Drum Ensemble was a celebration of rhythm, culture and African dance. The performance, riveting with energy and culture, captured the audience that filled Morgan Auditorium. The night began with TaikoMix, a Japanese drumming group. “It was wonderful,” Kat Young, an audience member from Claremont, said. “I was inspired. Their... 

Festival voices sing strong

Festival voices sing strong
Julia Yeung performs during the Interfaith Festival of Sacred Music at Hillcrest Homes on Saturday with her fellow University of La Verne Chorale and Chamber Singers. The event, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Society of La Verne, featured performances by the Kishin Daiko Drummers, Harpist Mary Dopkin, and Native American Hoop Dancers, among others. / photo by Warren Bessant  Read More →

Lavernapalooza raps up semester

Brian Velez Staff Writer University of La Verne students gathered at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Fox Theatre in Pomona to celebrate the third annual Lavernapolooza concert with opener Kendrick Lamar and headliner J.Cole. Rapper Kendrick Lamar warmed up the crowd with underground hits such as “She Needs Me” and “Blow My High.” Kendrick Lamar is a new hip-hop artist from Compton, who has gained fame... 

Students sing classics two by two

Students sing classics two by two
Senior art history major Margo Cash sings “Lasciatemi morire!” from “Ariana” by Claudio Monteverdi during the student recital, May 4 in Morgan Auditorium. Pianist Kevin Wiley from the music staff at Mt. SAC accompanied Cash’s performance. / photo by Zachary Horton Mariela Patron Staff Writer University of La Verne music students showcased their vocal talents to friends and family in a recital... 

Ensemble masters music of Steely Dan

Ensemble masters music of Steely Dan
Mark Masters prepares to conduct his ensemble during sound check for the concert “Everything You Did” in Morgan Auditorium April 26. The concert featured soloists Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, Tim Hagans on trumpet, Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone, Peter Erskine on drums and Sonny Simmons on alto saxophone. / photo by Warren Bessant Mariela Patron Staff Writer The Mark Masters Ensemble brought... 

Morgans celebrated with doo wop harmonies

Morgans celebrated with doo wop harmonies
The Royals, an a cappella group self-appointed as “West coast a cappella at its best,” performs to recognize the contributors to the Morgan Auditorium renovation project. The group sang doo wop hits of the 1950s, helping the audience reminisce about life in La Verne more than a half century ago. / photo by Mitchell Aleman Annunciata Williams Staff Writer The unveiling of new seat recognition plaques... 

Drummers feel the beat

Drummers feel the beat
La Verne students Lauren Medina, Alondra Hernandez, Heather Bland, and Christian Winnewisser play an impromptu concert in Sneaky Park on April 25. Steve Biondo’s West African Drumming class practiced outdoors in preparation for its upcoming concerts May 5 at the Church of the Brethren and May 16 in Morgan Auditorium. /photo by Scott Mirimanian  Read More →

Music Review: Jack White takes baby steps on ‘Blunderbuss’

Amanda Nieto Arts Editor “I want love to walk right up and bite me/ Grab a hold of me and fight me/ Leave me dying on the ground,” sings Jack White on his new single “Love Interruption.” Unfortunately, this cut-throat aggression is not characteristic of the rest of his first solo album, “Blunderbuss,” released Tuesday. Rather than deliver on the hype that his album has generated from critics... 
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