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Album Review: Mumford and Sons diverge from folk origins

Kayla Hockman Staff Writer If you are a fan of Mumford and Sons, then you are well aware of their musical formula. Mumford and Sons, a folk rock band that has brought banjos to a modern age, utilizes catchy lyrics and soulful music to paint beautiful pictures for fans. However, their new album “Wilder Mind” abandons folk and produces a much more electronic alternative vibe. The album is slightly... 

Bands open concert series with classic covers

Bands open concert series with classic covers
Lead singer of the Fab 8 Hai Muradion performs at the Claremont Village Square Public Plaza for the first concert of Claremont’s Friday Nights Live. The Fab 8 covers songs by the Beatles. Friday Nights Live will run through Oct. 30 with various bands performing at three different locations in Claremont. / photo by Michelle Leon Erum Jaffrey Arts Editor Claremont residents and visitors gathered for... 

Violinist accents musical journey

Violinist accents musical journey
Vijay Gupta (violin) and assistant professor of music Grace Zhao (piano) warms up in Morgan Auditorium before an informal performance May 1. Gupta earned his master’s degree in music from Yale at age 19, then joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has founded a nonprofit performing group called Street Symphony. He was also a TED speaker. In January he was presented with the... 

Musicians showcase their ‘Best’

Musicians showcase their ‘Best’
Pianist Jennifer Cruz accompanies mezzo-soprano, Vicky Campos, and baritone, Stephenson Holder, for the song “First Date/Last Night” from the musical Dogfight as a part of the Best of La Verne’s Music Faculty and Students recital at Morgan Auditorium Sunday, May 3. The recital included classical, jazz, and popular pieces performed by faculty of the music department and performance scholarship... 

Concert unites musical ensembles

Concert unites musical ensembles
The New Orford String Quartet was joined on stage by members of Street Symphony for a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet at Morgan Auditorium, Monday evening. The Canada-native New Orford String Quartet picked up where the historic original Orford String Quartet left off, performing Canadian works old and new, along with obscure pieces from the last century. The New Orford String Quartet has... 

Koncept raps for Hip-Hop Night

The Brooklyn-based rapper Koncept performs in the Campus Center Ballroom Monday for Hip-Hop Night. Koncept performed all of his own work and collaborated with his partner and DJ, J57. He has also worked with rappers Macklemore, Ty Dolla $ign and Pharoahe. Koncept’s charismatic stage presence evoked enthusiastic audience participation. / photo by Bailey Maguire  Read More →

‘Cry Me A River’

'Cry Me A River'
Senior music major Stephenson Holder performs “Cry Me a River” by Arthur Hamilton during his senior recital Saturday in Morgan Auditorium. Holder was accompanied by pianist and artist-in residence Grace Xia Zhao, Music Department Manager Steve Biondo on drums and senior Ernie Reyes on guitar. Holder’s favorite from his set of classical, jazz and pop Broadway numbers were “All I Need” by Jonathan... 

Mayo sings ‘At Last’ to La Verne Idol win

Kristina Bugante Editorial Director Sarah Mayo, senior sociology major, was crowned the reigning champion of Mu Phi Epsilon’s fifth annual La Verne Idol singing competition Wednesday night. After an audition process and a few dozen competitors later, Mayo was selected the winner by a panel of three judges out of the four remaining finalists. Her prizes included a $100 gift card, a trophy and her... 

Zhao tells stories with piano

Michaela Bulkley Staff Writer Sundays at the Morgan this month featured the La Verne Artist-in-Residence Grace Zhao. She performed a solo piano concert with six sets of pieces composed by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and more Friday in Morgan Auditorium. “I thought her set list was really cool, to transition from Baroque to Romantic music to modern, it was like a historical timeline,” said freshman... 


Students wait in line Wednesday morning for LaVernapalooza concert tickets for rapper 2Chainz. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. May 7 at the Fox Theater in Pomona, and doors open at 7 p.m. The ticket line extended from the Campus Center to Fasnacht Court to get a limited number of pit tickets. Complementary T-shirts were also given out with the free tickets. / photo by Michelle Leon  Read More →
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