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Given any post-2A moment at King Arthur Flour, the monster that stretches from the counter to the door is usually a too-long line of students taking the exact same pose — back hunched, eyes glued to their phone, two thumbs tapping or swiping, the user’s face either pulled into a grimace or an attempt at stifled laughter.
Public space is an age-old concept, dating back to the agoras of ancient Greece, yet artists continue to reinterpret this concept through their pieces. Assistant professor of studio art Zenovia Toloudi explored the ability of architecture to make a space “public” in her exhibit “Speak! Listen! Act! A kaleidoscope of architectural elements for public space,” which was on display in the Strauss Gallery at the Hopkins Center for the Arts during the fall term.
The Dartmouth Glee Club’s fall concert transported the audience to the 1960s in Greenwood, Mississippi, listening to Booker Wright read off the menu is his famous sing-song way.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, considered one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world, considers themselves to be true classical musicians — it is for this reason that they have never performed a pop concert. The Hopkins Center, which has maintained a close relationship with the Minnesota-based ensemble created over two decades ago, can attest to that. The chamber orchestra will perform a classical concert tonight in Spaulding Auditorium.
Nate Seymour ’12, who majored in studio arts with a focus in photography and minored in digital arts at Dartmouth, works as a colorist for television and film. A colorist’s job is to ensure that everything seen onscreen has the proper hue. Seymour has worked on projects spanning from commercials to short films. His work can be seen at nateseymour.com. Currently, he is working in the New York City office of The Mill, a production studio, as a “color-assist” assistant.
Expectations may seem a given for an artist familiar with the spotlight, but Cécile McLorin Salvant says otherwise.
The creativity that saturates the atmosphere when FLEXN performs is apparent to any outsider.
From watching a play on a small stage to viewing a projection in a large arena, audiences experience the unfolding of original — or adapted — stories. Harry falls for Sally, Valjean transforms from convict to hero and ambition consumes Macbeth. These characters will remain what their creators intended them to be.
What happens when two tapeworms find themselves in the midst of a black market organ trade crisis? A little girl’s grandfather is keeping a terrifying secret from his own daughter — what is it, and why is he so desperately trying to keep it hidden? What will be exposed of a family when its members gather to read the will of the family’s patriarch?
With many of us taking lighter class loads this summer, students may find themselves with extra time during the week. Naturally, some will pass time laying on the Green or lounging on the swimming dock at the River. For students who feel compelled to complete “summer reading” or for those who are looking to relax and enrich their minds, The Dartmouth offers a list of book recommendations from an unexpected source: your professors.
When most people think about the Pacific, romantic images of couples lounging on picturesque beaches come to mind. After all, it’s paradise, right?
Mother and son illustrator and author duo Jo Ann Kairys and Dan Kairys ’90 forged a successful career together creating the children’s books “Sunbelievable”and “I Want Cake!”. “Sunbelievable,” published in 2011, won five top national book awards for storytelling and illustration. “I Want Cake!”, published in 2016, won two. Known for their quirky storylines and unique digital-collage style illustrations, these stories have captured kids’ imaginations. The author, Dan Kairys, currently practices as a surgeon in Florida. His mother, Jo Ann Kairys, lives in New Jersey and illustrates the books.
Michael Blum ’15 is a jazz guitarist who is already making waves in the music industry. In 2015, he was named the Rising Star Guitarist in DownBeat Magazine’s 63rd Annual Critic’s Poll. His newest recording, “Chasin’ Oscar: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson,” will come out next month, and his follow-up jazz fusion project will be titled “Expansion.” He has collaborated with jazz and classical musicians such as John and Jeff Clayton, Eddie Gomez, Joe Hunt, Michael Manring and Gary Karr.
Monday afternoon in Filene Auditorium, audience members filled the seats and aisles to hear acclaimed author Jhumpa Lahiri speak about her work and answer questions from the audience. Her books include “Interpreter of Maladies,” “The Namesake,” “Unaccustomed Earth” and “The Lowland.” She received a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for her literary debut, “Interpreter of Maladies.” She has also been awarded the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for “Unaccustomed Earth” and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for “The Lowland.”
Dancers in Native American regalia took center stage at the 44th annual Dartmouth Powwow. Performers dressed in beautiful beads and golden bells swirled and spun on the performance grounds, captivating the crowds in the stands. A heartbeat-like drum rhythm resonated throughout the area, audible from hundreds of meters away.
Every year, as spring term speeds towards an end, seniors in the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble graduate and hand off their roles to the remaining members. This spring, five seniors — Aadam Barclay ’16, Steven Povich ’16, Anne Reed-Weston ’16, Jacob Weiss ’16 and Simone Wien ’16 — will be giving their last performance, “The Great Spirit,” as student musicians under Wind Ensemble director Matthew Marsit.
Scholarship surrounding the secular music of Medieval monks is rare. Studying, learning and performing music from a period without written music is an intricate process that requires much historical scholarship and musical insight. For those not inclined to undertake a rigourous study of Medieval music, a firm appreciation of music and history from the Medieval Era — one of the first eras in Western classical music — is available tonight at Rollins Chapel. Sequentia, an ensemble of international singers and instrumentalists, will take the stage for the world premiere of “Monks Singing Pagans: Medieval songs of heroes, gods and strong women.”
Tucked away in a corner on the second floor of the Black Family Visual Arts Center, the animation studio serves as a place for the imaginative and creative to stretch their minds. Film and media studies professor Jodie Mack has created a studio unlike the typical blackboard-lined classroom with rows of desks.
It’s not everyday that one may hear or recognize the work of Johann Sebastian Bach at a vocal performance, let alone at an a cappella performance. However, this unexpected twist on singing classical pieces using vocal harmonizing is exactly what characterizes the Swingle Singers, a five-time Grammy-winning a cappella group, who will be performing tonight in Spaulding Auditorium. Originally assembled in 1963 by the now-deceased American-born tenor and arranger Ward Swingle, the Swingles, as they are affectionately called, rose to fame with their debut album “Bach’s Greatest Hits,” known internationally as “Jazz Sébastien Bach” (1963). The first group of eleven Parisian vocalists won the 1963 Grammy for Best New Artist and received the Grammy for Best Performance by a Chorus for the album. Throughout the past five decades, the lineup — and the name — of the group has gradually changed, but their innovative approach toward making music has remained constant. In 1974, the Swingles moved from Paris to London, forming Swingles II, an a cappella group of eight new vocalists that worked closely with the original Swingles’ founder. The group briefly performed as The New Swingle Singers before returning to the original name, The Swingle Singers. Currently, the Swingles are comprised of seven members, who most recently released the group’s 57th album, “Deep End” (2015). Though they continue to perform classics with a twist, they are also known for performing covers of Björk and The Beatles as well as original songs. “This particular group was one of the groundbreaking ones who began to take classical music and give it a pop beat,” Dartmouth College Glee Club musical director Louis Burkot said. Edward Randell, a 27-year-old bass from south London, joined the Swingles four years ago. He said the group has managed to endure for so many decades by emphasizing creativity. “We just follow our tastes and listen to as much music as we can,” Randell said. “We never take the view that just because something has been done a certain way, it has to always be done that way.” Unlike their predecessor Swingles II, which credited Ward Swingle as the group’s arranger, Randell said the current Swingles do not have a music director. He said almost all vocalists write and arrange the pieces they perform, and the group will both write collectively and workshop pieces brought in by individual vocalist. “[The pieces will] go through a couple drafts,” Randell said. “Then, we write more collectively [so] everybody in the group feels a sense of creative ownership.” Because the Swingles are heavily associated with Bach, Randell said the group enjoys finding ways to reinvent and reinterpret his work. He said the group also enjoys performing the earlier Bach arrangements that feature a jazz style. “It wasn’t about changing the notes,” Randell said. “It was about changing the feel.” Although based in London, their fans can be found worldwide. Their widespread popularity has given them the opportunity to tour around the world, including visits to Taiwan and China. Regarding their approach to different audiences, Randell said audiences do differ, but they differ as much from state to state as from country to country. He said the group tailors their performances in the placement of particular songs or arrangements. For instance, in a performance in Taiwan, the group chose to perform a Taiwanese piece. “We tend to get the best response doing the music we want,” Randell said. The authenticity of their music can speak to any audience, regardless of their geographic origin, he added. In conjunction with the Hopkins Center’s outreach and arts education program, the Swingles held a master vocal class in Faulkner Recital Hall yesterday with three groups: The Dartmouth Dodecaphonics, The Dartmouth Cords and local barbershop chorus The North Country Chordsmen. Reid Aronstein ’16, tenor and baritone vocalist and former president of the Cords, said attending the master class was an opportunity to improve musically. “The Cords is entirely student run, so the opportunity we get for outside critique is rare,” Aronstein said. “It’s exciting to be able to work with a group that’s clearly been around.” Alisa White ’17, music director for the Dodecaphonics, performed The Weepies’ “World Spins Madly On” (2006) for the master class, an arrangement that White said has been passed on for almost a decade through the a cappella group. The piece was chosen specifically for the opportunity to work on the tone of the entire group because the arrangement does not have a soloist. “I’m excited to see them perform,” White said. “They do arrangements of classical songs which is something we don’t see on campus.” The North Country Chordsmen performed “What a Wonderful World” (1967). Ed Piper, president of the Chordsmen, said interacting with vocalists from other musical styles was a valuable experience. He said members of the Swingle Singers asked the men to practice in a variety of different ways, including singing without visual cues and singing without cues from a music director. “I think when we practice by ourselves, we focus on the little things,” baritone Bob Chorney said. However, he said having outside coaches drew attention to the bigger picture items about their performance and cohesiveness as a vocal group. Randell said that mentoring others can be an experience in itself. “We always come across great groups at the high school and college level, so it can be quite humbling,” Randell said. Burkot said the Glee Club will open tonight’s performance with two traditional spirituals that are lightheaded and will complement the Swingle Singers’ performance. He said both groups will be using lighting effects that will enhance the visuals of the show. When asked about tonight’s performance, Randell answered with an air of mystery. No specifics were given, but he did say the pieces will include classical and folk elements. “[The performance will] showcase a wide variety and explore a broad possibility of what can be done with the human voice,” Randell said. Tonight’s show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $17 to $30.
When Keith Moskow ’83 started at the College, he dreamed of becoming a boat builder. Instead, he became the co-founder of Boston-based architecture firm Moskow Linn Architects, which focuses on sustainable architecture in New England. His work has won awards, including ones from the American Institute of Architects and the Seoul Design Olympiad.