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Akron Symphony Orchestra to Explore Art of Russian Music

Akron Symphony Orchestra to Explore Art of Russian Music

By Jessica Ricks, Arts & Entertainment Editor

September 16, 2019

The Akron Symphony Orchestra’s 2019-20 season will begin on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Hall with an exploration of music pieces from four composers of Russian descent.   Starting with two shorter pieces by Russian composers Mikhail Glinka and Modest Mussorgsky, guest pianist Alexander ...

Independent Singer-Songwriter Shawn James to Perform at Musica

Independent Singer-Songwriter Shawn James to Perform at Musica

By LeKesha Parkman, Arts & Entertainment Contributor

September 16, 2019

Once the soulful notes Shawn James sings reach your ears, his Mississippi delta roots by way of his upbringing in the South Side of Chicago, are more than apparent.   His latest album, The Dark & The Light, was released on March 22, 2019.   James will be performing at Musica on Marke...

Songfest’s “A Red Carpet Affair” to Commence Sunday

Songfest’s “A Red Carpet Affair” to Commence Sunday

By José Suárez, Reporter

April 12, 2019

Since 1933, the fraternity and sorority community at The University of Akron has played a role in putting on annual performances with a certain theme while also raising money for charitable causes.   According to UA events, this year’s Songfest will follow the theme, “A Red Carpet Affair,”...

Nelly’s Echo Performs to Inspire Positivity, Originality in Audience

Nelly’s Echo Performs to Inspire Positivity, Originality in Audience

By Megan Parker, Copy Editor

February 11, 2019

As part of Rethinking Race and the 7:17 events on campus, vocalist and guitarist Nelly’s Echo performed in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Starbucks on Feb. 5. The 7:17 Coffee House series is run by the Residence Hall Program Board, where the first 100 people to attend are given a voucher for ...

Lock 3 Charity Concert Features Zoso, Outside Voices

Lock 3 Charity Concert Features Zoso, Outside Voices

By Amanda Piekarz, Arts and Entertainment Editor

September 11, 2018

Radio station 97.5 WONE hosted “Rock the Lock” on Friday, Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m. at Lock 3, featuring Outside Voices and Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience band. According to WONE 97.5’s website, “Rock the Lock” is a part of Give Back Fridays, where the community hosts fundraisers ...

Local Musician Releases First Album, Shows Life Challenges Through Lyrics

Local Musician Releases First Album, Shows Life Challenges Through Lyrics

By Megan Parker, News Contributor

April 19, 2018

While playing one of her original songs, titled “Arrows,” Brenna Lynn stopped for a moment and thought about ways she could include her passion for music into her busy schedule as a college student. “I’m in school, kind of grumbling about it at all times, doing everything I’m supposed to...

Akron Symphony to Perform Score from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on April 21

Akron Symphony to Perform Score from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on April 21

By Brianna Cramer, Social Media Editor

April 19, 2018

On Saturday, April 21,  E.J. Thomas Hall will be hosting the Akron Symphony Orchestra who will be performing award-winning composer and Oscar winner, John Williams’ score from “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in concert at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Warner Bros. and CineConcerts announced t...

Kanga Blue: The Barden Bellas of Akron

Kanga Blue: The Barden Bellas of Akron

By Megan Parker, News Contributor

March 22, 2018

Originally founded in the fall of 2010 by Dr. Dale Mugler, a previous Dean of the Honors College, Kanga Blue is one of the three a cappella groups and the only all-female group at The University of Akron. Dr. Mugler started Kanga Blue after realizing there was “a lack of opportunities for female s...

Akron Musician Finds Inspiration in Hometown Influence

Akron Musician Finds Inspiration in Hometown Influence

By Celeste Houmard

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 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

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

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

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...

Canadian musician makes his Akron debut

Canadian musician makes his Akron debut

By Sofia, Arts & Life Editor

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 28, 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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...