Posts Tagged ‘music’

Artist-In-Residence Saul Bitran Performs at Lunchtime Concert

December 1st, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Artist-in-residence Saul Bitran, violin, performs alongside students during a lunchtime concert in Brooks Concert Hall. Each semester, Holy Cross’ artists-in-residence in the music department — including Bitran, Adam Golka, piano, and Jan Müller-Szeraws, cello — perform a lunchtime concert for members of the Holy Cross community. Sponsored by the music department, the First Tuesday Concert Series events are free and open to the public.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Behind the Scenes During Choir Media Coverage

September 9th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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The Holy Cross College Choir performs “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom” written by Normand Gouin, assistant chaplain and director of liturgy and music, for WBZ Channel 4 Boston. The hymn will be performed during liturgical events as Pope Francis visits Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. The news outlet was on campus to interview Gouin before he travels to Philadelphia to sing with the choir.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Musicians From Across the World Descend on Holy Cross

June 26th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Talented young musicians from around the world descended on Holy Cross to attend the selective Chamber Music Institute. This is the second year the College has run the intensive program, which aims to develop chamber music skills and nurture the individual talent of violinists, violists, cellists and pianists. Established in 2014 by Jan Müller-Szeraws, artistic director of the program, and fellow Artists-in-Residence Adam Golka and Saul Bitran, the institute brings together young musicians and garners them the opportunity to learn from and perform with internationally renowned faculty at the beautiful facilities at the College. The program, mentored and inspired by Distinguished Professor of Humanities Shirish Korde and Loyola Professor of Music Osvaldo Golijov, has an intensive week-long curriculum culminating with two concerts in Brooks Concert Hall.

Photo by John Buckingham

Spring Concert Headliner Jessie J Sells Out Hart Center

May 4th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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A sold out crowd packed the Holy Cross Hart Recreation Center for the annual Spring Concert. Pop star Jessie J headlined the concert, performing hits from her most recent album “Sweet Talker.”

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During her performance, Jessie J entertained the crowd in a sheer glitter Holy Cross shirt. After the show, Jessie J took to Twitter and Instagram to interact with fans and post a photo from the Holy Cross stage.

Photography by Louie Despres

Gonzalo Grau & the Plural Combo Kick Off 2015 Academic Conference

April 22nd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Venezuelan artist Gonzalo Grau & the Plural Combo brought verve and Afro-Cuban rhythms to the 2015 Academic Conference opening concert and reception in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. Equally well-known in the world of Latin jazz with his Grammy-nominated band La Clave Secreta and classical circles for his collaborations with Osvaldo Golijov, Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist Gonzalo Grau and his Plural Combo bring their own twist to Afro-Cuban classics à la Buena Vista Social Club and Fania All-Stars.

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A special appearance by Worcester’s own Manolo Mairena, took the audience through soulful boleros to the high-octane rhythms of salsa and timba.

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Faculty, staff and students took to the floor to dance, heeding Grau’s advice that “we play better when you dance!” The event was co-sponsored by Academic Conference and Arts Transcending Borders.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

‘Libertad’ Concert Takes Holy Cross On A Tour To Argentina

April 17th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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The College Choir and Chamber Singers perform “Libertad,” a concert that takes audiences on a tour to Argentina. The concert program incorporates the diversity that comes along with choral music from different parts of the world. Featuring music of the Western Hemisphere, primarily focusing on music of the United States and Argentina, the concert centers around the theme of freedom.

Photo by Dan Vaillancourt

Local Artists Premiere Latest Work by Holy Cross Music Professor Shirish Korde

April 13th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Boston Musica Viva and soloists of the Silk Road Ensemble perform “Kala Chakra,” a new work composed by Shirish Korde, distinguished professor of humanities in the College’s music department. Korde’s work is based on folk music from diverse cultures including Armenia, China, India, the Czech Republic, Romania, and the U.S. In this composition, texts and musical structures are interwoven to create a new work that not only explores common features among world folk traditions that are the focus of “Kala Chakra,” but also juxtaposes conflicting notions of time, color, melody, and harmony into a new sonic world, reflective of the inter-connected world we live in today.

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In a review following the world premiere just a few days earlier in Cambridge, Boston Classical Review said the concert was “so rhythmically infectious that, if the tiny hall had any aisles to speak of, one could imagine the patrons dancing in them. As it was, they had to content themselves with applauding vigorously and bounding to their feet at the close of Kala Chakra, Shirish Korde’s new nine-movement work for three soloists and chamber ensemble.”

Photography by Matthew Atanian

Holy Cross Announces Spring Concert Performer

April 9th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Scores of students anxiously await the announcement of the Spring Concert performer in the Hogan Campus Center. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, Spring Concert closes the annual Spring Weekend festival for students featuring a pig roast, carnival and fireworks.

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After much anticipation, CAB unveiled award-winning artist Jessie J with DJ Pup Dawg for the May 4th show.

Photography by Tom Rettig

A Perfect Day for Some Outdoor Guitar Strumming

March 11th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Pat Brekka ’15 gives an impromptu performance of “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix outside St. Joseph Memorial Chapel during an unseasonably warm day.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Arts Transcending Borders Program Takes Participants on Spiritual Journey

February 4th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Arts Transcending Borders  2014 artist-in-residence Cristina Pato returned to the College to present a new work-in-progress inspired by the Camino de Santiago and her Galician roots in the Mary Chapel.

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Guests arrived early to explore an exhibit of photography from the Camino by Virginia and Michel Raguin in the gathering space outside Mary Chapel. Here, Professor of Art History, Virginia speaks to a guest about the photography.

Since the Middle Ages, pilgrims across Europe have undertaken an arduous journey along several routes, which, like the grooves on the scallop shells carried by the pilgrims, culminate in the town of Santiago de Compostela, the site of St. James’ tomb. Today, El Camino, or The Way of St. James, invites people from all walks of life, who often embark on the journey to mark moments of transition. “Making The Way” brought together the College Choir, theatre department faculty and students, and the Cantor Art Gallery in an exploration of the Camino in words, images and music, from medieval chant recorded in Codex Calixtinus, a 12th century illuminated transcript, to the tender aria “Lúa Descolorida” by Osvaldo Golijov, Loyola Professor of Music at Holy Cross. Drawn from the stories of local pilgrims, moments of hardship, resolve, camaraderie and mirth coalesce into a timeless narrative that invited participants on a spiritual journey along the Camino.