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Music Review: Jhene Aiko’s ‘Souled Out’ thrives under ‘Pressure’

Des Delgadillo Online Editor A veritable saga of start and stop, “Souled Out,” the debut studio album for neo-soul singer Jhene Aiko was finally released this week on Def Jam. Originally slated for a 2012 release, the album went through a number of delays before finally hitting music stands digitally and otherwise Tuesday. Most notably featuring on Big Sean’s 2013 hit “Beware,” Aiko’s... 

Chris Williams and company jazz up the Morgan

Chris Williams and company jazz up the Morgan
Paying tribute to Ray Charles, jazz vocalist Chris Williams and friends perform “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” to close the first Sundays at the Morgan event Sept. 7. Williams, who grew up in the Pentecostal faith, had a childhood similar to that of Ray Charles. Williams said he connected with Charles, who “…was kind of a rebel for writing this song because he was not allowed to say Hallelujah... 

Answer throws back to classic rock

Answer throws back to classic rock
Van Mosley, lead singer and bass guitar player in classic rock band “The Answer,” closes the Claremont Summer Concert series on Labor Day in Memorial Park with “YMCA,” made popular by the Village People in 1978. Claremont had cut its budget for the summer concerts, but the Kiwanis Club stepped up with fundraisers to sponsor the event. / photo by Amanda Duvall Erum Jaffrey Assistant Arts Editor Families,... 

La Verne’s Finest offers diversity

La Verne's Finest offers diversity
Sophomore music major and soprano Brianna Nemback performs “Vissi D’arte” by Tosca in Morgan Auditorium Sunday for the La Verne’s Finest concert with pianist and adjunct professor of piano Jennifer Cruz. It was the last Sundays at the Morgan performance for the semester. The show ranged in variety from contemporary classical, jazz, barbershop quartet and classical. / photo by Austen Beck Hayley... 

Chamber orchestra debuts talent

Chamber orchestra debuts talent
Sophomore music major Caelin Eager plays with violinist Danielle Rosaria Cummins at the La Verne Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert Saturday in Morgan Auditorium. The duo played two pieces, “Sonatina” by Schubert and “Arioso” by Bach. The concert was the finale of the orchestra’s studies this semester. / photo by Austen Beck Cody Luk Assistant Arts Editor Musicians of different ages and different... 

Student drum concert is a cultural hit

Autumn Simon Staff Writer Morgan Auditorium was filled with celebration and appreciation for West Africa during the West African Drumming classes’ performance on Wednesday. “I thought we did really well,” said music department manager Steven Biondo, who teaches the class. “We met once a week every Wednesday, which is about 12 or 13 times to rehearse for this recital, so I thought in that amount... 

Recital features variety

Hannah Burton Staff Writer Students, faculty and family members gathered in Morgan Auditorium last Friday for a student piano and voice recital. Music department associate Carol Stephenson welcomed the audience as she presented the Department of Music’s hard work. Sixteen students performed in the recital, exhibiting varying ability and individuality. Brianna Nemback opened the show as she played... 

Celebrating the classics

Celebrating the classics
The University of La Verne Chamber singers perform Choral Classics on Sunday in Morgan Auditorium. Headed by Music Department Associate Carol Stephenson,  among the program was the piece “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson. / photo by Keenan Gilson  Read More →

Big Sean makes big noise at LaVernapalooza

Julian Mininsohn Sports Editor From students who just wanted to see a great show, to die-hard fans who painted Big Sean’s adlibs and catch phrases on their shirts, last Thursday’s concert had it all. Hundreds of students and Big Sean fans piled into the Fox Theater in Pomona for an eclectic night of music at the University’s annual LaVernapalooza event. Big Sean headlined the show, entertaining... 

Concert ‘Awakens’ spirit

Concert  ‘Awakens’ spirit
Senior music major Paolo Kespradit, a singer and songwriter, performs the song “Anthem” from the musical “Chess” at the “Paolo: The Awakening” concert Saturday in Morgan Auditorium. Kespradit is a performance scholarship recipient and has studied under Doug Frank. / photo by Stephanie Ball Hayley Hulin Staff Writer The stage was set, the lights dimmed and the audience anticipated the musical... 
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