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West African music celebrates a culture

West African music celebrates a culture
Steve Biondo, music department coordinator, leads the West African Drum Ensemble during a concert Thursday in Morgan Auditorium. The students of the West African Drumming class of fall 2010 performed 12 songs. The songs displayed various traditions from the different regions of West Africa. / photo by Warren Bessant Brenna von den Benken Staff Writer The University of La Verne’s West African Drum... 

La Verne Library hosts classical guitar concert

Karlie Bettencourt Associate Arts Editor The meeting room in the La Verne City Library was filled with the classical guitar music of two music doctoral students from the University of Southern California on Saturday afternoon. Dmitry Koudymov and Brian Barany entertained about 40 people that crowded into the meeting room to give a free concert that lasted an hour. “We have to perform for our degree,”... 

Music lives through ‘Love and Death’

Jennahway Huerta Staff Writer More than 80 people gathered in Morgan Auditorium on Saturday to hear exquisite soprano Courtney Huffman and University of La Verne artist-in-residence and award-winning pianist Grace Xia Zhao. The University of La Verne’s Department of Music presented a soprano and piano performance called “Love and Death.” Zhao’s performance consisted of solos and collaborations... 

Mu Phi Epsilon wraps up the year in song

Alexandria Orozco Staff Writer Mu Phi Epsilon has achieved many great things this year. The fraternity has tripled in size, it was recently awarded “most improved group on campus,” and it was also named “best club” by the student’s choice awards. Last Friday in Morgan Auditorium, members of Mu Phi Epsilon stepped in front of the curtain and showcased their own diverse talents for the students... 

Pieces combine piano and singing

Pieces combine piano and singing
Mary Van de Brake, soprano, performs the song “Clawence” during the music department student recital in Morgan Auditorium on May 12. Eleven students performed during the event, some sang and others played the piano. / photo by Warren Bessant  Read More →

Concert celebrates the spring season

Concert celebrates the spring season
Charles Kamm conducts the Chamber Choir of the Claremont Colleges last Friday in the Balch Auditorium. Kamm has served as the Claremont Concert Choir conductor for the Joint Music Program since 2005. A tenor and countertenor, Kamm has performed throughout the United States and recorded with professional choirs such as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir. / photo by Candice Salazar Brenna Von Den Benken Staff... 

Choir fills Chapel with heavenly voices

Choir fills Chapel with heavenly voices
The chapel was filled with the sounds of praise on Friday as James Calhoun, assistant professor of music, presented an evening of gospel music performed by the La Verne Gospel Choir, featuring guest soloist Vickilyn Reynolds. She is a singer and actress whose credits include the role of Chris Tucker’s mom in the film “Friday” and a co-starring role on the CBS sitcom, “Sugar & Spice.”... 

Orchestra, choir celebrate the spring season

Amanda Nieto Associate News Editor The Claremont Concert Orchestra and Claremont Concert Choir came together at Garrison Theater, located on the Scripps College campus, to give a two part performance titled “Spring” and “Coronation.” The performance began with Symphony No. 1 in B flat Major, Op. 38, “Spring” by Robert Schumann which marks the joyous season of spring, and was followed by... 

Alumni return for a night of music

Christina Collins Burton Arts Editor The University of La Verne welcomed back its alumni for the third annual alumni recital hosted by the Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. last Saturday in Morgan Auditorium. The concert offered a mix of classical and musical theater pieces to entertain an audience of nearly 50 people. “The reason we are doing this recital is to celebrate the opening of the new auditorium,”... 

Jazz singer Barbara Morrison bares her soul

Jazz singer Barbara Morrison bares her soul
Morgan Auditorium was filled with the sound of cool jazz and soulful blues as Barbara Morrison performed on Tuesday. She has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra. Her musical performance was punctuated by humorous stories and audience participation. / photo by David Bess Genesis Miranda Staff Writer During her Tuesday... 
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