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MusicNOW Festival entertains once again

By: Justin Worthing ~Staff Writer~ The National returned to its hometown to perform at Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Originally founded in 2006 by The National’s guitarist Bryce Dessner, the festival has been an opportunity for classical and indie musicians to collaborate and experiment with new music. This year’s festival took … Continue reading

Faculty profile: Jan Corrothers

By: Liz Slocum ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier Music Department has hosted a number of vocal ensemble performances throughout each year as opportunites for performance for both singers and the audience receiving them. Most of the songs one hears require complex piano accompaniment. Jan Corrothers, an adjunct Xavier Music Department faculty member, does that and more. … Continue reading

‘Chappie’ proves to be satirical, yet flawed

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ The landscape of science fiction in cinema has found itself in a contemporary renaissance, offering a multitude of new, provocative science fiction films each year. Of the many filmmakers contributing their work to the enrichmente of the genre, writer/director Niell Blomkamp (“District 9,” “Elysium”), among others, has proven himself as … Continue reading

‘Voices for Change

By: Jessica Griggs ~Staff Writer~ At the end of the week after some of the stress of housing and registration has been alleviated, the Xavier Players will be presenting “Voices for Change,” an eclectic show produced, directed and performed by Xavier students. Comprised of a variety of small pieces, many of which were written by … Continue reading

‘Starcatcher’ is humorous, but lacking

By: Griff Bludworth ~Staff Writer~ It is easy to feel as if theater demands either huge musical numbers or a profound stance on life to warrant its price of admission, especially at such a grand venue as Playhouse in the Park’s Marx Theater. The Playhouse’s production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” tries to subvert exactly … Continue reading

Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble performs in Bach Festival

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ The 2015 Cincinnati Bach Festival is bringing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to modern Cincinnati. The festival showcases a variety of vocal and instrumental music from Bach in events ocurring all over Cincinnati. On Tuesday, Christ Church Cathedral welcomed the Xavier Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble (EVE) to join the festival … Continue reading

Concert choir to perform Mozart’s ‘Requiem

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier University Concert Choir, in coordination with the Cincinnati Ballet, will produce the composer’s final piece for one weekend only Tragic moments give way to hope in the Cincinnati Ballet’s newest performance set to Mozart’s “Requiem Mass in D Minor,” accompanied by the Xavier University Concert Choir. “We are … Continue reading

An interview with Dr. Polina Bespalko on her upcoming concert

By: Nick McGill ~Sports Editor~ Polina Bespalko is a member of the music faculty at Xavier University and is the director of the Xavier University Music Series. Originally from Russia, Bespalko will be giving a concert highlighting important Russian and Soviet composers on March 27 in the Werner Recital Hall at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. … Continue reading

‘Anything Goes’ sails on shaky waters

By: Jon Hogue ~Staff Columnist~ As a part of its 2014-15 musical showcase, the Aronoff Center presented the Broadway classic, “Anything Goes.” Since 1934, “Anything Goes” has been a benchmark for theatrical excellence. The show’s current U.S. tour is a part of the production’s sixth theatrical revival. Several revivals have received Tony Awards for their … Continue reading

‘Midsummer’ marvels like none other

By: Alex Spindler ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ A gaggle of medically-induced lovers, an aptly-named thespian who acts like an ass and a copious amount of conjuring make up the wonder that is the Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This raucous production, directed by Jeremy Dubin … Continue reading

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