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Music professor Benjamin Whitcomb performs “Bach Suites for Cello” by Johann Sebastian Bach at the UW-Whitewater Innovation Center on Friday, Sept. 18.

Lizzy Rost, Arts and Recreational Editor

September 20, 2020

Music professor Benjamin Whitcomb and lecturer of art and design Bethann Moran-Handzlik performed “Bach Suites for Cello” from 10-11:30 a.m. outside the UW-Whitewater Innovation Center Sept. 18 in honor of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.  Whitcomb gracefully strung his bow back and ...

Choir practice in the car

The UW-Whitewater’s Vocal Jazz ensemble used this equipment for years, indoors. However, now the Choir uses the Mixers, wireless microphone receiver, and a FM transmitter for parking lot rehearsals. The FM transmitter is on the windowsill near the bottom.

Lizzy Rost, Arts and Recreational Editor

September 13, 2020

UW-Whitewater’s choir students dedicate themselves to music. And in a pandemic those students persevere with creative practices that allow for social distancing.  This semester they practice in the parking lot between Laurentide Hall and the Greenhill Center of the Arts in a roped off area that wil...

The show must go on

College of Arts and Communication Dean Eileen M. Hayes is proud that returning students are continuing to learn and improve their skills through the pandemic. Hayes is an ethnomusicologist with expertise in race and gender in the music of U.S. social movements. She is also President of the College Music Society. In her spare time she lectures to her cats Tiger and Woods, and practices singing like Beyonce. Dr. Hayes loves her Warhawk face covering.

Lizzy Rost, Arts & Recreation Editor

August 31, 2020

The show will go on for the Greenhill Center of the Arts this fall despite the inability to host in-person experiences. Performers will step out of the spotlight and into people’s homes through online software like Cisco Webex Events. The virtual performances will allow the campus and community...

Orchestra lights up theater

Clay Johnson and Jeremy Davis perform alongside        other members of The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra at their    concert Monday, Oct. 7 in the Young Auditorium.

Danielle Kronau, Assistant Arts & Rec Editor

October 14, 2019

The entire stage of the Young Auditorium glowed with vibrant colors of lights, humor and musical artistry for attendees of The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra concert Monday, Oct. 7. The show started with a bang as the performers greeted the audience with a surplus amount of energy. The Fabulous Equinox...

In tune for the holidays

In tune for the holidays

Brenda Echeverria, Arts & Rec Editor

December 4, 2018

Each year, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Music Department hosts the Gala Holiday Concert. This year it was held Dec. 1 in Young Auditorium marking its 24th year on campus. It is the Music Department’s biggest concert of the year. Every year it raises over $20,000 for the Music Department...

Music in the movies

Samantha Lynn, Staff Reporter

November 5, 2018

Professor Jeff Herriott always has music on his mind. The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater’s music department professor has had the honor of creating music scores for movies. “In ‘Bone Tomahawk,’ there is a little bit of score, mostly string quartet, as well as moody soundscapes for ...

Fun through filming

A still image of Nick Borowitz from the music video “Bloom.”

Brenda Echeverria, Arts & Rec Editor

September 25, 2018

Sophomores Nick Borowitz and Bradley Ripp think it is important for fellow University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students to reserve time for their passions. The pair, along with their friend and UW-Madison student Nate Smith, has directed and released a music video for the song “Bloom,” produced ...

International tunes to be featured at World Music Festival: Q&A with Shannon Dozorystent

File photo of the 2017 UW-Whitewater's World Music Festival performers

Brenda Echeverria, Arts & Rec Editor

September 3, 2018

The Royal Purple recently interviewed Interim Director of Young Auditorium Shannon Dozoryst to discuss the upcoming World Music Festival event on campus. The festival will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Young Auditorium Courtyard. It is free to students and community members, but attendees are requir...

Talking Flowers, Finals, and Playlists

Talking Flowers, Finals, and Playlists

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

May 8, 2018

Plants are similar to that one friend who never has much to say and only speaks when necessary: their mouths remain shut most of the time at dinner, however, they send a nod or smile in your direction every once in a while. Yet, if you know them well enough, they have a lot to say. Plants communica...

Music on the Mind: Seek out local music and embrace community pride

Music on the Mind: Seek out local music and embrace community pride

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

May 1, 2018

Live music has been a major source of entertainment for centuries. The earliest performances were by choirs singing hymns in church. One can only imagine the energy in the room and the state of awe felt by the churchgoers. The joyful sensation brought upon by live music has not changed. Every ban...

Music at First Sight

Jonathan Ross and Seth Arp from the Ego Mechanics perform their new single “Burnt Orange” at Jitters Coffee Lounge during Edgefest on April 28.

Brenda Echeverria, Arts & Rec Editor

April 30, 2018

Ego Mechanics is not your average rock band. They are a rock duo created by Seth Arp, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater alumnus, and Jonathan Ross, who together love to play blues rock. “It’s the kind of band you can take home to mom, but also take out on the town,” their Bandcamp bio re...

Guns and bail money

Guns and bail money

Jon Ball, Staff Reporter

April 9, 2018

Rap once found itself locked in a prison of musical ignorance that not only I, but everyone possesses in the deepest corners of their mind. Rap found itself cellmates with country and dubstep in my prison. But one night while I listened to National Public Radio, a quick-witted, canny and engagin...

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