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Album Review: ‘Prism’ by Katy Perry

December 9, 2013


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Review by Staff Writer Signe Trewyn   Katy Perry’s last album, 2010’s “Teenage Dream,” was known worldwide for five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. This is tied for the most in history with Michael Jackson’s 1987 album, “Bad.” What Perry’s new album “Prism”...

Pianist ‘connects with people through music’

Pianist ‘connects with people through music’

December 4, 2013


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Senior Josh Wang has played piano since he was seven: By Lauren Piek   At the tender age of seven, senior Josh Wang found the inspiration he needed to start his career in music. His older cousin played piano, and Wang has followed in those footsteps ever since. Now Wang is putting his y...

Musician Cas Haley comes to UW-Whitewater

November 20, 2013


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By Elise McArdle   Some kids dream of being movie stars or astronauts. Some even dream of being musicians. Guitarist and singer Cas Haley didn’t just dream of it, he became it. “I remember being a young teenager saying, 'Hey, this is what I want to do, and I never did anything else,'”...

Whitewater’s own ‘Pitch Perfect’

Whitewater’s own ‘Pitch Perfect’

October 30, 2013


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Vocal jazz ensemble performs modern a cappella music: By Elise McArdle   “Pitch Perfect” may have made it cool on the big screen, but a cappella performances are nothing new to the collegiate music scene in the U.S. and Canada. Once seen only as a traditional form of gospel choir ...

Orchestra set to perform with new director

Orchestra set to perform with new director

October 9, 2013


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By Elise McArdle   Christopher Ramaekers is the new director for this year’s Chamber Orchestra, and he said he has some big ideas for the group. “My plan is really to explore this great music that would better be performed by a group other than the symphony orchestra,” Ramaekers said. ...

Jazz reading band set to take stage

Jazz reading band set to take stage

October 2, 2013


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By Elise McArdle   “A jazz reading band is a great opportunity for beginning jazz musicians, advanced jazz musicians, anyone who wants to play, to get together in a big band setting. It’s a great way to get involved with playing jazz,” senior Vinny Sauer said. Sauer is a member of...

Senior readies for recital

Senior readies for recital

October 2, 2013


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Tom Johnstone performs, composes and arranges music: By Nat Edson   Tom Johnstone is a senior set to graduate in May next year. As part of his degree, he will perform a student recital, a program he put together and will perform on the trombone. Johnstone is returning to college and s...

Vocalist prepares for recital

September 18, 2013


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Senior Emily Roach has been singing since she was 12 years old: By Signe Trewyn   Emily Roach is preparing to take the stage for the moment she’s worked toward her entire college career: her senior recital. Roach, a music major, began taking voice lessons when she was 12 years old...

UW-W hosts bands from around the world

UW-W hosts bands from around the world

September 18, 2013


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By Elise McArdle   Want to travel the world without leaving campus? On Sept. 18, three diverse bands from different countries will perform at the World Music Festival in the Young Auditorium. Playing at 6 p.m. is Kardemimmit, a band composed of four young women from Finland. Kardemimmit...

Student found voice in middle school

Student found voice in middle school

May 1, 2013


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  Support from family helps drive junior Makenna Parish-Day toward goals: A late start to singing has not held back Makenna Parish-Day in the slightest. A dancer from age 3, Parish-Day picked up singing around 6th grade and continued in middle school by participating in her school’s c...

‘Overrated’ takes home first at Battle of the Bands

‘Overrated’ takes home first at Battle of the Bands

March 13, 2013


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   A year after finishing second in the SEAL sponsored Battle of the Bands, “Overrated” returned to the competition, and, this time, took home the $500 first-place prize. Lead singer Brad Beran, a senior at UW-Whitewater, said he wasn’t sure if the group would win, but when their n...

UW-W’s new musical showcases senior

UW-W’s new musical showcases senior

February 27, 2013


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  UW-Whitewater student Jacob Lesh has dreamed of having a role in “The Drowsy Chaperone” since he first saw it as a freshman in high school. Now, as a college senior preparing to graduate, his dream has become a reality, as he will star as the lead role in this unique musical comedy. “This...

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