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Akron Musician Finds Inspiration in Hometown Influence

Akron Musician Finds Inspiration in Hometown Influence

October 16, 2017

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 fri...

Akron Symphony’s Opening Night: The Slavic Soul

Akron Symphony’s Opening Night: The Slavic Soul

September 22, 2017

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 ...

Tuesday Musical: Prelude! Opens September 16

Tuesday Musical: Prelude! Opens September 16

September 15, 2017

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...

“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” is the story of many lives shown through different time periods and places across the world, which examine life and love t...

Seventh collage at EJ

October 31, 2016

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 help...

‘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.” The entire performance was acoustic: him and his guitar. Colon also talked about his time on the show. He said that he was ...

Opeth draws 1,100 to Goodyear Theatre

Opeth draws 1,100 to Goodyear Theatre

October 10, 2016

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 st...

Canadian musician makes his Akron debut

Canadian musician makes his Akron debut

February 22, 2016

“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...

Choral Fest hits all the right notes

Choral Fest hits all the right notes

February 8, 2016

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...

Students jazz things up at Guzzetta

Students jazz things up at Guzzetta

December 9, 2015

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...

Lunchtime concert transcends cultural barriers

Lunchtime concert transcends cultural barriers

November 30, 2015

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...

Grammy Award winner teaches class at Guzzetta

Grammy Award winner teaches class at Guzzetta

November 16, 2015

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 ...

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 Resound” had 11 instruments, ranging from brass to percussion. “[The piece was] good, but tricky in some parts,...

Octubafest comes to Akron

Octubafest comes to Akron

October 28, 2015

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 gather...

Synchronizing passion into career

Synchronizing passion into career

October 21, 2015

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...

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. The groups were under the direction of Tim Powell and Mark Gonder. The music elicited many tapping feet and nodding heads fr...

Keyboard Festival thrills at Guzzetta

Keyboard Festival thrills at Guzzetta

October 5, 2015

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 G...

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”, directed by Cynthia Cioffari, featured a variety of instruments including the flute, clarinet, and despite the evenings...

University Singers perform at Guzzetta

University Singers perform at Guzzetta

December 3, 2014

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...

Faculty quintet “Solaris” performs at Guzzetta

Faculty quintet “Solaris” performs at Guzzetta

November 17, 2014

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 h...

Frigid Touch holds CD release show

Frigid Touch holds CD release show

November 17, 2014

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 pa...

Bastille gives lively performance at E.J. Thomas Hall

Bastille gives lively performance at E.J. Thomas Hall

October 27, 2014

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,...

Rising band Grizfolk performs at Akron

Rising band Grizfolk performs at Akron

October 27, 2014

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 Ha...

UA Choirs put on “Roots and Wings” performance

UA Choirs put on “Roots and Wings” performance

October 23, 2014

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...

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

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

October 23, 2014

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:...

Jackson Browne comes back to E.J.

Jackson Browne comes back to E.J.

October 23, 2014

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-wri...

Pentatonix wows E.J.

Pentatonix wows E.J.

October 1, 2014

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...

Orchid Ensemble holds workshop for China Week

Orchid Ensemble holds workshop for China Week

October 1, 2014

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...

UA Symphony Orchestra performs at First Congregational Church

UA Symphony Orchestra performs at First Congregational Church

October 1, 2014

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...

Eastman Trombonist visits UA

Eastman Trombonist visits UA

September 24, 2014

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...

Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players take to the Civic

Nick Wilkinson and the Featured Players take to the Civic

September 24, 2014

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...

Porch Rokr jams out at Highland Square

Porch Rokr jams out at Highland Square

September 24, 2014

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...

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

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

September 12, 2014

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. ...

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” was a complete turn-around from her earlier styles but was a comfortable transition into the hip-hop/pop territory that...

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 ruining the instrument after it has been made. After every instrument was properly tuned, the conductor came out, bowed...

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 students with a valid Zip Card are invited to enjoy a free concert and lunch...

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 Sara in 2005. “Sara is the inspiration for all the music I write,” Kass said. “She is my great passion in addition to...