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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... 

Ensemble performs traditional music

Brenna von den Benken Staff Writer Assistant Professor of Music Tony Perman led the Pomona College Mbira Ensemble in presented classical mbira music of the Shona in Zimbabwe Wednesday in Lyman Hall in Claremont. The mbira is a hand-held instrument unique to Zimbabwe with 22 to 28 metal keys played with the thumbs and right index finger. It is sometimes known as the “thumb piano,” although most... 

Auditorium lets L.A. Opera voices ring

Karlie Bettencourt Associate Arts Editor The L.A. Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artists filled the Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium with voices that continued to ring through the room long after the singers finished their final notes on April 16. The performance consisted of nine arrangements from a variety of famous operas including Faust, Peter Grimes and Der Rosenkavalier. “I had a really great... 

Recital shows student musical talent

Sara Montgomery Staff Writer Students showcased their musical talents during an April 21 recital in Morgan Auditor­ium presented by music professors Carol Stephenson and Grace Xia Zhao. Piano students played pieces by Chopin and Bach, while vocal students’ selections ranged from Emily Bass’ rendition of “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” to Paige Bradley’s “Amazing Grace.” “I... 

Mason Sustayta wins first La Verne Idol competition

Mason Sustayta wins first La Verne Idol competition
During the challenge round of the La Verne Idol finals, contest winner Mason Sustayta sang “Faith” by George Michael. He won a $100 gift card, a trophy and his name inscribed on a plaque that will be kept in the music library in Founders Hall. Audience members selected the winner by texting the number of their favorite performance to an online electronic polling system. The coordinators of La... 

Concert Review: Rise Against continues to rise

Lauren Creiman LV Life Editor There is a point during every band’s career where its increasing popularity can quickly become a noose, waiting to tighten at the first sign of a mistake. Chicago-based punk rock band Rise Against surely faced such pressure on April 7 at the Long Beach Arena, but managed to pull off an authentic punk rock performance that proved some things do get better with age. Rise... 

Husband, wife duo perform original sonatas

Genesis Miranda Staff Writer Kristen Caliendo, a student from Claremont Graduate Uni­versity, held a small concert on Tuesday in Kresge Chapel at the Claremont School of Theology. Musicians Caliendo, her husband Christopher Caliendo and Wendy Caldwell performed music from various composers and genres. The concert consisted of four compositions, including one which featured the husband and wife as... 

Concert helps give aid for Japanese relief

Concert helps give aid for Japanese relief
  Claremont Psyko Taiko, a drumming group that includes students from all the Claremont Colleges, performed Sunday during a benefit concert to raise aid for those suffering from the catastrophes in Japan. Claremont Colleges For Japan, a Facebook based student group, organized the benefit. The day-long event concluded with an evening concert at Garrison Theater at Scripps College. / photo by Allison... 

Morgan Auditorium concert closes week of dedications

Morgan Auditorium concert closes week of dedications
  Ann and Steve Morgan cut the ribbon officially dedicating the Ann and Steve Morgan Auditorium Saturday. The Morgans have been longtime supporters of the University of La Verne, even before Steve Morgan became president in 1985. The renovation of the auditorium was funded partially by donors who specifically asked that the auditorium be renamed for the Morgans. Dedication week for the auditorium... 

Faculty recital ties strings together with notes

Jason D. Cox Staff Writer Bridges Hall of Music in Claremont hosted a faculty recital featuring two highly accomplished artists Saturday: composer and musician Andrew McIntosh, who performed with a violin and a viola, and professor Gayle Blankenburg who performed on the piano. Upon entering the elegant music hall, attendees were struck by the awesome sight of the Hill Memorial Organ, the intricate... 
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