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Akron Musician Finds Inspiration in Hometown Influence

Akron Musician Finds Inspiration in Hometown Influence

By Celeste Houmard

October 16, 2017


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music, Showcase

LuvAbstract, is a pop/rap artist who explores all types of genres including electro and R&B. He is an up and coming musician from Akron, Ohio. Not only is LuvAbstract from Akron himself, but the friend who pushed him into starting this career, his producers, and his videographers are all from Akro...

Akron Symphony’s Opening Night: The Slavic Soul

Akron Symphony’s Opening Night: The Slavic Soul

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

September 22, 2017


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music, Showcase, Theater

The Akron Symphony Orchestra will open their 2017-2018 season on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8:00 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall with a special concert titled, The Slavic Soul. The Orchestra’s opening concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s “Marche slave”, which is a famous work with folk themes from Russian and Serbian c...

Tuesday Musical: Prelude! Opens September 16

Tuesday Musical: Prelude! Opens September 16

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

September 15, 2017


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music, Showcase, Theater

Tuesday Musical is an Akron arts organization that presents concerts and performances created by some of the finest classical musicians and also provides meaningful education and engagement programs for the Akron community. “In addition to marking 130 years as a core arts organization in Northeast...

“Songs for a New World” coming to Akron in September

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

August 28, 2017


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Lifestyles, Music, Theater

Tony award winner, Jason Robert Brown who is known for “Parade” and “Bridges of Madison County” is bringing his first musical to Akron. Brown’s “Songs for a New World” is very diverse, not only with its casting, but also with the stories the musical tells. “Songs for a New World...

Seventh collage at EJ

Seventh collage at EJ

By Kelcie Erbse, kke6@zips.uakron.edu

October 31, 2016


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Last week, The University of Akron celebrated its seventh musical and theatrical collage at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall on Wednesday Oct. 26. The Kula Concert Series from the Cleveland Kulas Foundation helped make this event happen. The Kulas Foundation was established by an industrialist coupl...

‘Voice’ winner performs at union

By Hamzah Syed, hms91@zips.uakron.edu

October 19, 2016


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, former “The Voice” season one winner (2011) Javier Colon performed at The University of Akron’s Student Union. The event was organized by the Residence Hall Programming Board (RHPB). Colon started the 7:17 p.m. show with a song from his album, “Coming Through For You....

Opeth draws 1,100 to Goodyear Theatre

Opeth draws 1,100 to Goodyear Theatre

By Preston Davis, pmd24@zips.uakron.edu

October 10, 2016


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Hordes of metal fans gathered in Akron to enjoy Swedish metal band Opeth perform music from its “Sorceress World Tour” last Saturday night, Oct. 8. The band released its latest album (and 12th studio album) “Sorceress” on Sept. 30 to near-universal acclaim and embarked on a tour that will take ...

Canadian musician makes his Akron debut

Canadian musician makes his Akron debut

By Sofia, Arts & Life Editor

February 22, 2016


Filed under Music, Showcase

“It’s a lot of hard work and some great music. That's what people want,” said musician Mike Edel. Edel is an indie folk singer-songwriter from British Columbia who is making his debut in Akron as a part of his 2016 U.S. Winter Tour of the Mid-West. He will be performing his most recent album,...

Choral Fest hits all the right notes

Choral Fest hits all the right notes

By John Rachal, Writer

February 8, 2016


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Several local high school choirs were invited to The University of Akron to participate in the annual Vocal-Choral Festival on Feb. 3 at E.J. Thomas Hall. The Vocal-Choral Festival allowed over 200 high school students to experience life on campus for a day and see what it’s like to be a part of...

Students jazz things up at Guzzetta

Students jazz things up at Guzzetta

By Jaclyn Scarborough, writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

The “Large Jazz Ensembles” concert showcased the many talents of UA’s music students, and included many solo performances, allowing many of the students to have their moment in the spotlight. UA’s School of Music presented this end-of-the-semester jazz concert on Dec. 7 in Guzzetta Hall. The ...

Lunchtime concert transcends cultural barriers

Lunchtime concert transcends cultural barriers

By Jaclyn Scarborough, Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Music filled Guzzetta Recital Hall on Nov. 24 as the UA School of Music hosted a lunchtime concert for UA students and community members called “Duo Esplanade,” a flute and clarinet recital featuring performers Ayca Cetin, Katsuya Yuasa, and Krystal Thomas. Cetin is a flutist and doctoral student...

Grammy Award winner teaches class at Guzzetta

Grammy Award winner teaches class at Guzzetta

By Julie Mullet

November 16, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music, Showcase

Three-time Grammy Award winner and principal clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony Todd Levy visited The University of Akron to present a master class. Around 20 people attended Levy’s class on Nov. 13 in Guzzetta Hall. During the class, five UA students went to the front of the room one by one a...

UA Music Ensemble performs at Guzzetta

By Ashlee Fields, Page Designer

November 12, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Kevin Wilson, a graduate of The University of Akron School of Music, had his “Twilight Resound” premiere performance that was composed for the UA Music Ensemble on Nov. 10 at Guzzetta Recital Hall. He was one of six composers that evening, all of which were conducted by Guy Bordo. “Twilight...

Octubafest comes to Akron

Octubafest comes to Akron

By Julie Mullet, Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

The night was hallmarked by the robust, resonant sounds of tubas and euphoniums as ensembles and quartets performed pieces ranging from festive folk songs to classics. UA students and music-lovers alike gathered in Guzzetta Hall on Oct. 26 for "Octubafest." The ensemble was directed by Christopher J...

Synchronizing passion into career

Synchronizing passion into career

By Jaclyn Scarborough, Writer

October 21, 2015


Filed under Music, Showcase

The University of Akron’s School of Music hosted a career day in Guzzetta Recital Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 21 for prospective students, parents, and even current students hoping to change majors. The day started with a welcome from Ann Usher, director of the School of Music, who presented attende...

UA gets jazzed up

By Julie Mullet, Writer

October 14, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Guzzetta Recital Hall was filled with relaxing sounds of the saxophone, bass, guitar, and many more instruments on Oct. 13. This past Tuesday marked the night of UA’s School of Music small jazz group performances. The show consisted of two separate jazz groups, each performing four songs. Th...

Keyboard Festival thrills at Guzzetta

Keyboard Festival thrills at Guzzetta

By Jaclyn Scarborough, Writer

October 5, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

UA’s School of Music has been known for bringing talented musicians to campus for years, and the Oct. 4 concert was no different. The Kulas Foundation sponsored the UA/YSU Keyboard Festival at Guzzetta Recital Hall, which featured world renowned artists from all over the globe. The Kulas Foundatio...

UA’s school of music presents Woodwind Night

By Elizabeth Zumbach, Arts & Life Writer

April 22, 2015


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Classical meets contemporary at UA’s School of Music’s Woodwind Night. Woodwind Night is a vast series of ensemble performances from students ranging from freshmen to seniors across the evening’s eight expertly-played instrumental pieces. The opening piece, Malcolm Arnold’s “Three Shanties”,...

University Singers perform at Guzzetta

University Singers perform at Guzzetta

By Dakota Phillips, Copy Editor

December 3, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

The University Singers conducted by Bryan E. Nichols with Eleanor Kear on the piano performed at the Guzzetta Recital Hall. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the group performed a mixture of folk and classical arrangements from around the world: Gloria from Franz Joseph Haydn’s Heiligmesse, William Byrd’s Non ...

Faculty quintet “Solaris” performs at Guzzetta

Faculty quintet “Solaris” performs at Guzzetta

By Ellen Papp, Arts & Life Writer

November 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

The University of Akron School of Music hosted Solaris, The University of Akron faculty Woodwind quintet, on Sunday, Nov. 16th at 3 p.m. in the Guzzetta Recital Hall. Solaris was formed in 1976 and has since established a reputation as one of the leading woodwind quintets in the United States. Al...

Frigid Touch holds CD release show

Frigid Touch holds CD release show

By Nicholas Summers, Arts & Life Editor

November 17, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music, Showcase

Electro-pop band Frigid Touch released their new album, Swell on Saturday, Nov. 15 at The Empire Concert Club & Bar in Akron. This is their first full album, having only released singles in the past year. The band consists of five members: Mike Crooker, Chris Foldi, Michelle Strong, Rob Crossl...

Bastille gives lively performance at E.J. Thomas Hall

Bastille gives lively performance at E.J. Thomas Hall

By Zaina Salem, Managing Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music, Showcase

Akron was booming with energy when the award-winning band, Bastille, took the stage of E.J. Thomas Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 22. The English alternative rock band performed songs from their debut album, Bad Blood, to a packed audience. Bastille’s energy was immediately infectious as they opened with T...

Rising band Grizfolk performs at Akron

Rising band Grizfolk performs at Akron

By Zaina Salem, Managing Editor

October 27, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music, Showcase

The up-and-coming band named Grizfolk sat down for an interview with The Buchtelite on Wednesday, Oct. 22. Grizfolk opened up for the award-winning band, Bastille when they performed at E.J. Thomas Hall. Lead singer Adam Roth, keyboardist Sebastian Fritze, guitarist Fredrik Eriksson, drummer Bill Deli...

UA Choirs put on “Roots and Wings” performance

UA Choirs put on “Roots and Wings” performance

By Nicholas Summers, Arts & Life Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

The University of Akron Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chamber Choir held a concert entitled “Roots and Wings” at Guzzetta Recital Hall on Sunday, Oct. 19 along with their new director, Marie Bucoy-Calavan. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Recital Hall had full seats and even had to require some guests...

Langston Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz”

Langston Hughes’ “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz”

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

The Langston Hughes Project, along with Ron McCurdy’s Jazz Quartet, came to E.J. Thomas Stage Door on Thursday, Oct. 16 and performed Langston Hughes’ 12-part poem and jazz piece, “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz.” The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia performance consisting of Ron...

Jackson Browne comes back to E.J.

Jackson Browne comes back to E.J.

By Mary Menzemer, Opinion Editor

October 23, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Jackson Browne, folk singer turned activist, drew a crowd to a sell-out show at EJ Thomas Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Browne solidified his fame in the ‘70s with his hit singles Take it Easy, co-written with Eagles band member Glenn Frey, These Days, Doctor My Eyes,The Pretender and Somebody’s Bab...

Pentatonix wows E.J.

Pentatonix wows E.J.

By Kamara Turner, Arts & Life Writer

October 1, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Pentatonix rocked UA's EJ Thomas stage on Sunday, Sept. 28. Pentatonix is a group of five talented singers who take acappella singing to a new level. All of the members of Pentatonix have special talents that harmonize when coming together. Scott Hoying has a voice that has a hint of soul and R&B....

Orchid Ensemble holds workshop for China Week

Orchid Ensemble holds workshop for China Week

By Nicholas Summers, Arts & Life Editor

October 1, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

After their performance on Sunday, Sept. 28 at Guzzetta’s Recital Hall, the Orchid Ensemble gave a music workshop as a part of China Week. The workshop was held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and had an intimate setting as they let audience members sit on the stage with them as they played and held discussions...

UA Symphony Orchestra performs at First Congregational Church

UA Symphony Orchestra performs at First Congregational Church

By Judy Nelson, Arts & Life Writer

October 1, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Family, friends and community members gathered Thursday, Sept. 25 for the first 2014-2015 performance of The University of Akron Symphony Orchestra. Valerie Thorson, Director of Music for the First Congregational Church of Akron, welcomed both guests and musicians to the sanctuary. “We are pleased...

Eastman Trombonist visits UA

Eastman Trombonist visits UA

By Nicholas Summers, Arts & Life Editor

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

Trombonist Mark Kellogg performed a set of beautifully composed works that dated across two centuries. Kellogg was accompanied by Joseph Werner on piano and James Albrecht on assistant trombone. Kellogg is renowned for his work with the trombone, holding the Principal Trombonist in the Rochester...

Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players take to the Civic

Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players take to the Civic

By Nicholas Summers, Arts & Life Editor

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Music

The Akron Civic Theater has hosted many top names in entertainment, and now Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players (NWFP) are one of them, and gave a taste of the local talent that comes out of Akron. NWFP is a well-known Akron band that mainly performs at venues such as Musica, Annabelle’s and...

Porch Rokr jams out at Highland Square

Porch Rokr jams out at Highland Square

By Nicholas Summers, Arts & Life Editor

September 24, 2014


Filed under Arts & Lifestyle, Lifestyles, Music, Showcase

Highland Square was filled with music and vendors on Saturday, Sept. 20 as the third Porch Rokr Festival went underway. The Porch Rokr Festival is a neighborhood event that uses the collective efforts of the community to turn porches into stages and fill the surrounding blocks with cultures from around...

Radio Romance brings E.J. a new twist to country

Radio Romance brings E.J. a new twist to country

By Nicholas Summers, Arts and Life Editor

September 12, 2014


Filed under Music, Showcase

In the second part of the Rock the Roo Lunchtime series, the up-and-coming band Radio Romance gave students a new spin on country music. The Nashville band performed on Sept. 10 outside of E.J. Thomas Hall starting at 11:30 a.m. giving students a break between classes to enjoy live music. Radio ...

Cyrus’ “Bangerz” is fairly awkward but vocally sound

By Beau Brown, Copy Editor

October 15, 2013


Filed under Music

2013 is a big year for the 20-year-old Miley Cyrus, whose drastic change in appearance and frivolous behavior has astonished fans all over the U.S. Truly, Cyrus wants to make a point to her audience that she is no longer the beloved, innocent girl portrayed by Disney. Her song “We Can’t Stop”...

Symphony heard on campus

By Megan Bodenschatz, Arts & Life Editor

September 19, 2013


Filed under Music

Under the direction of Christopher Wilkins, the Akron Symphony Orchestra had their opening night on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at EJ Thomas Hall. Before the performance, every instrument section was tuned to the oboe because oboes are not able to be tuned using any other method. They cannot be tuned without...

Country band rocks lunch

By Heather Beyer, Editor-in-Chief

September 5, 2013


Filed under Music

The music of southern country rock band Parmalee resonated throughout the campus at The University of Akron on Wednesday afternoon for the first Rock the Roo Lunchtime Concert at the EJ Plaza. UA students were able to take a lunch break in between classes and listen to a new up-and-coming band. Each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. UA st...

The world should be “Tuning In”

By Heather Beyer, Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2013


Filed under Music

Composer/lyricist Larry Kass, a doctor who specializes in hematopathology and a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, had a dream to compose a musical and see it come to life on stage. Kass began working on the musical “Tuning In” as a labor of love for his wife...