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Subtleties host their first-ever Whingding

(02/07/03 11:00am)

Tonight at Spaulding Auditorium there will be zany sketch comedy, celebrity guest hosts and great music, all in front of a live audience. Is "Saturday Night Live" coming to the Hop? Lorne Michaels can only dream that his show is this entertaining. No, I'm writing about the annual Winter Whingding a cappella concert. This year's show promises to be a classic as some of Dartmouth's best and brightest entertainers will be taking the stage.

Arditti Quartet tackles unwieldy works in Hop concert

(01/27/03 11:00am)

Saturday night, Britain's world-renowned Arditti String Quartet graced the stage of Spaulding Auditorium, their first visit to Dartmouth in their 24-year history. Since the ensemble was founded in 1974 by violinist Irvine Arditti, it has earned a reputation as the world's most respected performers of 20th-century compositions, flawlessly playing some of the most difficult pieces ever composed for a string quartet.

'Sean-Nos Nua' exhibits new take on traditional songs

(11/21/02 11:00am)

For her latest project, one of Ireland's most internationally recognizable musicians decided to go back to her roots and record an album consisting largely of traditional Irish songs -- some generations old, some more recent, but all with a rich historical background. Sinead O'Connor had heard many of the songs for the first time in her childhood, from her father and in school.

Vedder lacks that visceral edge on new Pearl Jam LP

(11/14/02 11:00am)

With Nirvana's lost single "You Know You're Right" getting massive airplay and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell collaborating with the former members of Rage Against The Machine in Audioslave, rock listeners seem nostalgic for the early '90s and the Seattle grunge scene. What better time for Pearl Jam, the only major band still intact from the days of flannel, to release their new album?

'Oleander' pleases with top acting, compelling story

(11/04/02 11:00am)

Director Peter Kominsky's sophomore effort in film, "White Oleander," seems to have suffered a fate that is all too common in Hollywood -- its marketing campaign doesn't match the movie itself. While being sold as a standard Lifetime Channel Movie of the Week, this is a film with a compelling story and effective performances, and it is accessible to both men and women.

Ben Folds slings keys, impresses on new 'Live' album

(10/09/02 9:00am)

The criticism of Ben Folds has always been that he's too clever for his own good; critics have picked away at his penchant for sly humor. While he has written such cuttingly witty songs as "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces" and "Army" (both of which make an appearance on this album), he can also paint poignant portraits of desperate characters, and even bare his own soul and write in a deeply personal style.

Marsalis and Orchestra dazzle Spaulding crowd

(09/27/02 9:00am)

Wynton Marsalis is without a doubt the world's ambassador of jazz. After seeing last night's show with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, I believe jazz could have no better spokesperson. Marsalis' mastery of the trumpet was clear from the opening number, his composition "Back to Basics" from his Pulitzer Prize winning work, "Blood on the Fields."

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