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Ford talks life on the road

Celene Vargas Arts Editor Andrew Ford, electric bass instructor and music business professor, is set to release an EP called “Soul on the Latin Side” around February, after years of playing for other artists while also producing and composing. The EP will have about five songs that mix soul music with Latin styles and feature guest musicians and vocalists. “I was never interested in doing this... 

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Jazz Music Sundays at the Morgan presents Kathy Kosins and the University of La Verne faculty jazz quartet at 6 p.m. Sunday in Morgan Auditorium.  The jazz quartet features Steve Alaniz on saxophone, Reed Gratz on piano, Andrew Ford on bass and Bob Dominguez on drums. Admission is free, but donations to the music department are accepted. ‘Chalk Boy’ The theater department will open its show, “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... 

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Cello Sonatas of Beethoven The Pomona College music department presents the Complete Cello Sonatas of Beethoven- Part II at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Bridges Hall of Music. Admission is free. Reed Gratz Band The Reed Gratz Band will perform at noon Friday in the Morgan Auditorium as part of the Fridays at Noon recital series. Admission is free. ‘Songs of Remembrance’ ULV Chamber Singers and Barbershop... 

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... 

‘League of Legends’ inspires student’s music

'League of Legends' inspires student's music
The Lordsburg Brothers, formally known as the Leo Singing Dudes, performed a Retro Game Medley on Oct. 25 during the Fall Choral Showcase. The song was a medley by various composers and arranged by Student Director Emmanuel Lagumbay. Lagumbay put this concert together as part of his senior project and paid respect to the video game composers who have shaped his musical ear and compositional techniques.... 

Old experiences influence Gratz’s groove

Old experiences influence Gratz's groove
Saxophonist Steve Alaniz and alum drummer Mike Bennett perform the piece “Potawatomi Trail” with the Reed Gratz Band Sunday in Morgan Auditorium. This concert was the first of a series called “Sundays at the Morgan.” / photo by Stephanie Ball Kristina Bugante Arts Editor The “Sundays at the Morgan” concert series kicked off with the jazzy sounds of the Reed Gratz Band Sunday in Morgan Auditorium. Heads... 

Cultures collide to make a joyful sound

Cultures collide to make a joyful sound
Paul Buch, cantor at Temple Beth Israel in Pomona, sings with the University of La Verne Chamber Singers during the Jewish and African-American Gospel Fusion Concert Monday in Morgan Auditorium. The concert, which included works from George and Ira Gershwin, revealed the influences of both the Jewish and African-American religious communities throughout the past century. / photo by Mitchell Alemann Kristina... 

Original pieces highlight weeklong Pianofest

Clo Hidalgo Staff Writer The University of La Verne hosted its first Pianofest concert series for a week in Morgan Auditorium where a number of pianists performed on different days. The first concert began on March 11 with Reed Gratz and Gayle Serdan of ULV performing together on two different pianos. Gratz’s piano had its hood up and Serdan’s hood was down because he said it created a better sound... 

Gratz gets kick out of Cole Porter

Gratz gets kick out of Cole Porter
Reed Gratz, professor of music, played selections from Cole Porter songs on an electric keyboard in the President’s Dining Room for his entry in the Faculty Lecture Series on Monday. Gratz explained his inspiration and respect for Porter’s work. / photo by Zachary Horton Sydney Daly-Weber Staff Writer Reed Gratz, professor of music, informed a room full of students and faculty about the life and... 
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