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CIM president Joel Smirnoff leads CIM orchestra through exquisite performances of Mozart, Bartók, Beethoven

CIM president Joel Smirnoff leads CIM orchestra through exquisite performances of Mozart, Bartók, Beethoven

Zsolt Bognar, Contributing Reporter

November 12, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

The Cleveland Institute of Music student orchestra took center stage two Wednesdays ago in a special collaboration with CIM’s new president Joel Smirnoff in a lively and dynamic program of works by Mozart, Bartók, and Beethoven. The level of playing from the orchestra, violin soloist, and conductor...

Medical students band together for ShowCASE of campus musical talent

Medical students band together for ShowCASE of campus musical talent

Melanie Sayre, Staff Reporter

November 12, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Among music’s many transformative qualities it is pronounced capability to call people to action in order to help others. ShowCASE is attempting to do just that with the events they host, the most recent being the show that they co-hosted with the American Medical Student Association’s Sex and Gender...

WRUW’s Stella Salamone, co-host of “Domestic Decay,” passes away

WRUW’s Stella Salamone, co-host of “Domestic Decay,” passes away

Jacob Martin, Staff Reporter

November 4, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

On October 27, The Case community learned of another tragic death in the WRUW 91.1 FM family. Longtime on air programmer Stella Salamone passed away unexpectedly. Determined to be from a terrible reaction to a pain medication, she was 44 years old. Salamone was with WRUW for over 20 years, many in...

K’naan enthralls concertgoers courtesy of UPB

K’naan enthralls concertgoers courtesy of UPB

Bryden Spevak, Staff Reporter

October 28, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

This year’s fall concert brought a legend in the making to CWRU’s campus. Fame came quickly to Keinan Abdi Warsame, better known as K’Naan after his single, “Wavin’ Flag,” was remixed and used as Coca-Cola’s commercial anthem for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The University Programming Board...

Going back to Those Gold Soundz: Identifying with dead white guys

Going back to Those Gold Soundz: Identifying with dead white guys

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

October 14, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

I’ve already written more than enough about musical excess in this column, which is odd because more often than not, I’d settle for three-minute long slabs of power pop above anything else. Still, there are some days when the only satisfying sounds to emit from my headphones are the proggiest of...

Hitting the Spot: WRUW DJ Night

Hitting the Spot: WRUW DJ Night

Adam Wisniewski, Staff Reporter

October 14, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Next week UPB and The Spot will feature tunes spun by various DJs from CWRU’s very own campus and community radio station, WRUW FM 91.1 Cleveland. The first DJ is “The Spektron” of the WRUW program “The Spektrum”, who will be playing music of his selection for the first hour. The Spektrum features...

Rhapsody in blue: Blue Man Group attempts relevancy at Playhouse Square

Rhapsody in blue: Blue Man Group attempts relevancy at Playhouse Square

Drew Scheeler, Staff Reporter

October 14, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

What do Eiffel 55, The Smurfs and the Na’vi have in common with Cleveland’s own Playhouse Square. Spoiler alert: they all feature blue men who are out to prove something. For the next two weeks, Cleveland’s theatre district will be invaded by creepy blue mimes. The blue men in question are the...

Musicians and other performers camp out at Harkness for M.U.S.I.C.’s 24-Hour Perform-A-Palooza

Musicians and other performers camp out at Harkness for M.U.S.I.C.’s 24-Hour Perform-A-Palooza

Melanie Sayre, Staff Reporter

October 14, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Every once in a while, an organization will take on the daunting task of hosting a 24-hour long event. There was a 24-hour raising awareness event somewhere a while ago, and 24-hour walkathons pop up on occasion. Everyone has heard of the fraternities that swear they’ll do a 24-hour party. Thankfully,...

UPB presents the fall concert: K’naan

UPB presents the fall concert: K’naan

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

October 7, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Oftentimes, a musician’s history is just as interesting as his work, and Somali hip-hop star K’naan easily fits that bill. On October 22, University Program Board will feature K’naan as the headliner for its annual Fall Concert, where the artist’s socially and politically driven voice will be...

Going back to Those Gold Soundz: Sufjan’s “impossible” song

Adam Spektor, A&E Editor

October 7, 2010


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

Uh oh, he’s at it again. Sufjan Stevens, arguably the most contentious figure in today’s indie realm, is nothing if not ambitious. That’s something we all should be able to agree on. Still, people seem pretty split on whether he’s a creative visionary, or if he’s a pretentious douchebag, and as us...

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