Eight years ago, a voice recorder, GarageBand, and Merill Garbus’ feminist pop punk genius were the bare bones necessities used to make tUnE-yArDs’ debut album, “BiRd-BrAiNs.” The Guardian claimed, in its five star review, that “BiRd-BrAiNs” was “the find of the year.”
Saturday, Nov. 11 marked a bi-annual tradition at Conn: a casual concert in the Arboretum, aptly named Arbofest.
Between a cappella, choir, and MOBROC bands, the number of vocal performance groups at Conn seems awfully high for a campus of only 1,865 students. However, one cannot deny that vocal performances are popular at Conn, with concerts like last month’s PRISM expo drawing impressive crowds and large audition pools creating a competitive environment. As in many aspects of student life, there are widely varying opinions within the choir program about the true measures of its success.
In her short story “How to Become a Writer,” Lorrie Moore narrates: “at home I drink a lot of coffee.” Moore offers tips on how to become a writer while recounting her own struggle with the process.
“We make colorful music,” electropop trio SHAED informed the crowd at their Fall Ball performance on Oct. 7. The short declaration serves as a slogan for the band, which consists of lead singer Chelsea Lee and multi-instrumentalist brothers Max and Spencer Ernst, all of whom hail from Washington, DC.
The evening of Saturday, Sept. 23 was a momentous occasion for the College as the 18 member self-conducted orchestra A Far Cry opened the onStage series in Palmer Auditorium. The concert opened with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 played by a smaller complement of the orchestra, reflecting Bach’s original scoring.
After attending a delightful onStage performance by the orchestra A Far Cry featuring Simone Dinnerstein on piano at Palmer Auditorium, I headed over to the Barn for my second campus concert of the evening. Having arrived late, my friends and I stood on the growing line in the cold, desperately waiting for the students guarding the entrance to announce there was room for “three” rather just the lonely “one.”
For those of you out of the loop, the Barn is the retired squash court next to the Sprout Garden. Its only resemblance to a legitimate barn is its fading red paint job.
The time is 9:20 in the evening- 10 minutes until the show begins- and we’re sitting in the room of MOBROC Co-President, Connor Gowland. Of course things are a bit rushed. The guitarist just got back from the ER after splitting open his finger in the door, but for the love of music, the show must go on!