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Music Review: Kendrick Lamar

By: Harrison Hensley ~Guest Writer~ Kendrick Lamar doesn’t think he is just one of the top five rappers right now: He thinks he is numbers one through five. His last LP, To Pimp A Butterfly, was met with praise from both the hip hop and greater music communities. With a heavy jazz-influenced production, people wondered … Continue reading

Final installment of jazz series coming to Xavier

By: Soondos Mulla-Ossman ~Staff Writer~ “I can’t believe the season just passed,” Polina Bespalko told the Newswire with a mix of emotions on Monday. The Music Series, in which accomplished musicians come to the Xavier stage to perform, is drawing to a close for the year. The final performance, as many anticipate, will go out … Continue reading

Simone Dinnerstein comes to Xavier

By: Nick McGill ~Staff Writer~ As the Xavier University Music Series heads into its summer concerts, students on campus are still able to catch one more exciting performance before heading home for break. Simone Dinnerstein will visit the Gallagher Student Center Theater on May 3 to put on a concert as part of the Classical … Continue reading

Spring Music Festival

By: Alex Spindler ~Staff Writer~ As classes and projects come to a close for the spring semester, the Department of Music and Theatre is gearing up with a series of concerts and events as part of its Spring Music Festival. Having started on April 26, the Spring Music Festival features a number of departmental ensembles … Continue reading

Best Albums of the Year

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~ Taylor Swift – “1989” Swift has yet again impressed us with her upbeat songs and strong, confident vocals. The album is diversified throughout with different song paces, such as the fast tunes “How You Get the Girl” and “Shake It Off ” and the slower “This Love” and … Continue reading

Junior student vocal recital entrances

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ The Xavier University Department of Music and Theatre presented the student recital, which featured vocal performances from juniors Laura DeBrunner, Griff Bludworth, Elizabeth Rancourt, Brandon Langjahr and Mary Bond. The performance was held on the evening of Feb. 14 at Bellarmine Chapel. Each performance was accompanied by Jan Corrothers on … Continue reading

2015 Grammy Awards

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ This year, LL Cool J hosted the 57th annual Grammy Awards, music’s biggest night when artists are recognized and honored for their craft. While Sam Smith and Beck dominated the evening, plenty of others left with a Grammy award in their pockets. Smith had a huge night, putting Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist … Continue reading

Comedy thrives at Go Bananas

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Go Bananas Comedy Club welcomed back Cincinnati native Alex Stone this past weekend, Jan. 29-31, in honor of his debut album to be released later this year. Making the trip back home from his current residency in Chicago, Stone was welcomed with open arms and plenty of laughs for his … Continue reading

Classical Piano Series

By: Nick McGill ~Sports Editor~ Acclaimed pianist Bruce Brubaker discusses his passion In anticipation for the Music Series piano concert on Feb. 8, the Newswire sat down with Bruce Brubaker to learn more about his career, what pieces he will be performing and what it takes to become a professional musician. Xavier Newswire: For those … Continue reading

An interview with vocal instructor, Harriet Beebe Arrasmith

By: Grant Vance ~Staff Writer~ Xavier Newswire (XN): How long have you been instructing the vocal arts? Harriet Beebe Arrasmith (HBA): Oh my gosh. Forty-five years. Almost fifty years. XN: Did you ever plan on becoming a vocal instructor? HBA: No, I never did. No. That was not my plan. I sang professionally for a very long time. Never even thought about teaching. It … Continue reading