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We're moving our new stories to Denison.edu, the college's super-sweet mothership. Over time, we'll be moving some of our best past stories from TheDEN over there too. In the meantime, we've made available an archive of all stories here. This archive will be available for a few months before this site is permanently shut down. See you at Denison.edu! - June 2016

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Phish tale

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It just came to our attention that yesterday, March 28th, was the anniversary of a small mid-week party on campus in 1990, celebrating the Betas’ intramural hockey team. As was common in those days, live music was hired to get

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On Broadway

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Ben Jacoby ’09 is no stranger to the stage. In addition to the roles he’s played from Laertes in Hamlet at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2012 to Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific, he also spent nearly two years

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Come closer

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Capturing the experience of the tiny tutti tasting tour 2016 in words is difficult, given the multifaceted performances along with the overall broad artistic vision. Yet, I think Adam Weinberg put it best in the beginning of the event, when

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Written By: Landon Slangerup '17

Meet the new class

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Every January brings the start of the spring semester, snow, and a meeting of the Board of Trustees, who make the final decision to award tenure to a crop of eligible associate professors. In a small busy community that’s constantly

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Keep his spirit alive

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On Monday (Jan. 25), Denison’s Gospel Choir took the stage at Swasey and burst into song. The highlight: a Denison rendition of “Glory” from the movie Selma. It was part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration—a combination of

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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography, Nelson Dow '16

The force awakens — in Granville

The Force Awakens

Star Wars Episode VII appears in theaters today, and Denison Professor of Music, Ching-chu Hu, together with the college’s ensemble-in-residence, ETHEL, couldn’t help but bring the next generation of young Padawans on the fan wagon. The holiday performance of Denison’s

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Quality time

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Last Tuesday, members of Denison’s ensemble-in-residence, ETHEL, could be seen unloading their bags and instruments and walking into the fine arts guest house at the bottom of the main drag, their retreat for four days while working with students and

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Come under the spell

Even as the semester barrels towards finals and the weather in Granville begins to require extra layering, there are plenty of things to love about December at Denison, including the remarkable range of live music performances that suddenly seem to

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16

The collaborators

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Every artist, even the most talented person out there, occasionally needs to be reminded they aren’t crazy — and that’s the role that Robert “Sarob.” Tate ’16 and Joseph “Joey Aich” Holbert ’16 play for each other.  The two solo

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Photo Credits: Zane Osler '16

New face of Africa

New Face of Africa

“Dafra Kura,” explains Olivier Tarpaga, means “new face.” When founding his musical group, he chose its name because he wanted to put a new face on West African music, to expand the idea of what that music really is. “African

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '16, Reporting By: Manvi Jalan '18

In the moment

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Close your eyes. Imagine walking out onto a stage to perform a big Broadway musical in front of a full audience without ever having practiced, and without knowing who else will be in the cast with you. Then imagine not

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Written By: Bryan Blaskie '09
Photo Credits: Ashly Covington / Covington Imagery

‘Sing We and Chant It’

The Denison Singers rehearsal at Swasey Chapel Saturday, June 27, 2015.  (Photo by Timothy E. Black)

There are a number of loyal and engaged subsets of Denison’s alumni body (about 30,000 in total, living all over the world), and many of them schedule periodic reunions back on campus. These Denisonians who share interests and experiences are

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Photo Credits: Tim Black

Swash of inspiration

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It’s something we’ve all experienced: there’s a problem; we have to solve it; and the clock is ticking. Everyone has a strategy when faced with such a conundrum – some like to go for a run, others work on something

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TGIF soundtrack

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A random conversation in Burton Morgan this week had us talking about Friday afternoons in college: classes finished, piles of books on the weekend docket, but like a mountain path too far in the distance to see clearly, nothing was

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With a little help from my friends

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Craig Fischer ’66 remembers passing a television on his way to Slayter on Feb. 9, 1964. The Beatles were playing The Ed Sullivan Show. “I didn’t even stop,” he says. Fischer didn’t think much of this boy band from England

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Tutti = all together

Tutti = all together

    Last week, almost 40 composers braved the snow and subzero temperatures to travel to Granville from Florida, California, Texas, and other locales one would not lightly desert for icy Ohio. They were motivated by the prospect of hearing

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15
Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography, Jenny Kim '16

Turtle island cool

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Good news: there are still some tickets available to hear the Turtle Island Quartet tonight (Friday, Feb. 13) at 7 p.m., so stop at the Vail table inside the front doors of Swasey chapel before the show. The quartet specializes

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Photo Credits: Bill Reitzel

Seasonal scenes

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In the days leading up to the end of the fall semester, everyone navigates the yin and yang of the season. On the one hand: the parties and decorations and all the festivities. And on the other hand: finals. Now

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Photo Credits: Charlie Hoffman '18, Jenny Kim '16, Timothy Black

Making merry

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If you’re having trouble deciding, the recommended gift to send your true love today would be Nine Ladies Dancing. Not in your budget? Get out your smartphones and sing along with this merry group decking the halls of Swasey Chapel

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Video Credits: Jenny Kim '16

William Howard Doane — in the gospel zone

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At the gospel choir’s concert tomorrow evening, anyone who’s walked around a-quad will find one composer’s name startlingly familiar: William Howard Doane, the Baptist hymn-writer and Sunday school superintendent who has lent his name to both the library and administration

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15

Broadway on Broadway

Broadway on Broadway

Broadway comes to . . . well, West Broadway, at least once a semester in Granville thanks to the efforts and energy of the music department’s Belinda Andrews-Smith. Fifteen years ago, the opera-trained coordinator of vocal studies started the Singer’s

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Photo Credits: Tim Black Photography

Sister act

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Sisters share many things — clothes, friends, stories and, in the case of the Ahn Trio, a career. Cellist Maria Ahn, pianist Lucia Ahn, and violinist Angella Ahn will perform a concert tonight at 7:00 pm in Swasey chapel, sponsored

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Dreaming in colors

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After a debut of their innovative multimedia performance Dreaming in Colors at the Columbus Museum of Art on October 12, composer HyeKyung Lee and artist Christian Faur brought the piece to Denison’s Knapp Performance Lab two days later. Lee’s original

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Photo Credits: Richard Klein

Doobie’s man down under

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If you’ve been paying attention to the Doobie’s web site lately, you might have noticed that Denison’s student-run radio station has been getting exclusive interviews with prominent musical acts from Australia and New Zealand. It all started a few days

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15

A big red time

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Parents and alumni flocked to campus September 26-28 for Big Red Weekend, Denison’s one-stop homecoming/parents’ weekend extravaganza. A “first” this year was the Big Red Reunion Jubilee, a fall gathering for alumni who have already celebrated their 55th Denison Reunions.

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Written By: Rachel Morrison '15

Model students

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It was a Thursday evening in Slayter and the sounds of drums and foot-stomping trickled down from The Roost, where students from professor Stafford Berry’s African dance classes lined the aisles surrounding the red carpet. It wasn’t a dance party

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: Jenny Kim ’16 and Hung Tran '15

What are YOU doing this weekend?

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

It’s April and that means there’s more going on than we can keep up with here at TheDEN. Good news for you: There’s lots to do this weekend (April 11-13). Be sure to check out the events calendar, but here’s

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Sing-a-long songs

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Tickets for Bobby McFerrin’s Vail performance were hard to come by last Thursday afternoon. Though he’s known in pop culture as the voice behind “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and the Cosby Show theme song, McFerrin’s stage performances are a sight

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Breaking out the banjo

Bluegrass Festival

In Swasey Chapel on Friday evening (Feb. 14) there were a few cowboy hats and some serious foot-stomping. Some folks even took the to the aisles to dance. What had the place hopping? The kick-off concert for the 10th Annual Denison

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Written By: Rose Schrott '14
Photo Credits: Tim Black
Video Credits: Patrick Smith with Hung Tran '15

Hot Jazz

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As Julian Lage rattled off his current projects to a small crowd gathered in the President’s Room in Huffman this afternoon, one woman shared this observation with her friend: “I think he’s addicted to bands.” It sure sounded that way.

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Happy holidays

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It’s that time of year when things start to feel all warm and fuzzy — after the stress of finals and papers, of course. Denison and the Granville area actually have been getting into the spirit for most of December with

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That high (not so) lonesome sound

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Once every two years, the best dulcimer players from around the world gather for an international event organized by the Cimbalom World Association. (“Cimbalom,” by the way, is the Hungarian word for “dulcimer.”) In October 2013, the world event came

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A sneak peek

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Tonight (Nov. 5), the Vail Series presents Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductor-less ensemble of soloists made up of some of the top black and Latino string players in the nation, and the Catalyst Quartet. Founded by Aaron Dworkin in 1996, the

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Written By: Rachel Morrison ’16
Video Credits: Courtesy of the Sphinx Organization

Rockin’ that cello

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The members of ETHEL, Ralph Farris (artistic director, viola), Dorothy Lawson (artistic director, cello), Kip Jones (violin), and Tema Watstein (violin), were up early yesterday—about 3 a.m.—to board a flight bound for Ohio. When they arrived on campus, they got

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How can they keep from singing?

How Can They Keep From Singing?

Summer could not have begun on any brighter note than it did last weekend with sunny skies, balmy temperatures, and spectacular choral music in Swasey Chapel, presented on Sunday afternoon (June 23) by 47 Denison Singers and their conductor, Distinguished

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Brava!

Brava!

There is no doubt that Jessye Norman is a presence. When she takes the stage she commands it, and when she sings, she demands attention, whether it’s for her complete control of quiet, tempered notes or the strength of her

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Modern maestros

Modern Maestros

In musical terms, “tutti” means “all voices or instruments playing together.” It’s the whole shebang, in other words, and that’s what Denison witnessed last month (February 21-23) with the Tutti New Music Festival on campus. Sponsored by the Department of

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Video Credits: Emma Miller ’16

The British are coming

The British are coming

Last Friday, conductor Keith Lockhart and the legendary BBC Concert Orchestra take the stage at Swasey Chapel. The Vail Series concert begins at 8 p.m. — you won’t want to miss a minute of this stellar group of 75 musicians,

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Hot jazz on a cool night

Hot Jazz On A Cool Night

There are all kinds of jazz—big band, ragtime, bebop, boogie-woogie, electronic, and gypsy, to name a few. But the hottest jazz? Hands down, it’s Latin jazz. And you’ve never heard Latin jazz until you’ve experienced the hot Cuban rhythms of

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Musical mojo

Music Mojo

Walking across A-quad during Common Hour last week yielded this triple treat: a world-class cellist playing a fantastical mini-concert; a table full of—get this—one thousand chocolate-chip cookies; and a sky so impossibly blue that the whole scene felt like a

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Photo Credits: Ryan Li '15

Knight school

Knight Class

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Modern musician

Modern Musician

The college recently announced that four members of the faculty have been awarded tenure by the Board of Trustees and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor. This is the third in a four-part series highlighting the faculty

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Big band boast

Big Band Boast

This Saturday, the members of Denison’s Jazz Ensemble will strut their musical prowess in front of educators and students from all across Ohio. Selected from more than 120 submissions, the group will play a number of big band era tunes

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Perennial bluegrass

Perennial Bluegrass

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Great folks and great folk music

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It’s 9:45 on a cold, wintery Wednesday morning at Denison. And as it is every Wednesday, Slayter Hall, the campus student union, is swaying to the rhythm of bluegrass. The music is emanating from the lower level of the snack

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Baby, they were down

Baby, They Were Down

You never know what cool Denison stuff you’ll come across on the web, and today’s no exception. It’s a time-lapse video, shot by Hung Tran ’15, of this year’s D-Day concert, held on Oct. 29. Tran captured all the setup

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Guitar heroes

Guitar Heros

Two guitar legends were on campus this weekend, spending time with students and wowing concert crowds during the 15th Annual Jazz Guitar Festival. Julian Lage, known for his brilliant talent and wide-ranging musical interests, and Romero Lubambo, Brazilian jazz virtuoso,

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This toy is no toy—it’s made to play

This Toy Is No Toy—It's Made To Play

Denison’s HyeKyung Lee is an accomplished pianist, composer and assistant professor of music. She has performed all over the world, with residencies on several continents, and her talents and interests range far and wide. But today, during the provost’s Tuesday

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Sharing the stage with the masters

Performing With Greatness

The second event of the Vail Series season brought the highly acclaimed Munich Symphony Orchestra and Gloriae Dei Cantores, a world class concert choir, to Swasey Chapel last night, along with Denison’s own Chamber Singers, for an evening of exquisite

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Déjà Yuja

Déjà Yuja

Have to say it; we love Yuja Wang. Love her. And she’s coming back to grace the Swasey Chapel stage with her pianistic thrills and thunder on Friday night at 8 p.m. In case you haven’t been here very long,

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Enter senior soprano, stage left

If you've ever left your room or office on campus, you've heard rising senior Molly Coyne sing—and usually bring down the house in the process. She's lent her talents to several campus productions as well as to special events like last year's Induction. This summer, Ohio's longest-running nonprofit professional summer stock theatre, the Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, boasted Coyne's talents in several productions, including her co-starring role as Roxie Hart in Chicago (pictured above).

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Denison in the Blogosphere (7/25/11)

Denison In The Blogosphere (7/25/11)

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. Here’s a summer sampling of Denisonia, including a Salt Lake City playwright, prison-to-prison swim, a new idea

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Photo Credits: It Starts With Blog, Newark Advocate, Shelter Musical Blog, Vernon Hills Review

Rock on, brothers

Rock On, Brothers

Beachy, americana, garage-band brother rock — one of those lesser known genres — is where you might classify ik ben, the Nashville-based band of brothers Paul “Scott” Hylbert ’91 and Brian Hylbert ’01. Despite the decade-long age gap, the San

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‘The Denison Singers Turn Golden’

'The Denison Singers Turn Golden'

Do the words 50th anniversary conjure up an image of an elderly couple enjoying a dinner by candlelight with violin music playing softly in the background? Maybe not! Erase that picture and substitute 73 men and women ranging in age

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‘To Denison’ like you’ve never heard it before

The quintet of (L-R) Harry Brisson '11, Aaron Bennett '13, Simon Mont '11, Nathaniel Crawford '14, and Adam Safer '14 perform a new arrangement of the alma mater at the Academic Awards Convo.

This video features one of the many highlights of the 2011 Academic Awards Convocation: a new take on the college’s alma mater, “To Denison.” Jazz aficionado Eric “Harry” Brisson ’11 (far left) arranged the piece as a project this semester

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Enchanting theatre

Enchanting Theatre

This spring the Singer’s Theatre Workshop brought to life Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera, “Iolanthe,” otherwise known as “The Peer and the Peri.” It’s a playful romp starring enchanting fairies and pompous lords of the realm. And, as the photo

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Learning from a legend

Learning From A Legend

When Justin Hiltner ’14 went to a Saturday afternoon workshop with Béla Fleck in The Roost, he had a question to ask. Hiltner had been learning Bach’s “Suite for Unaccompanied Cello.” He wanted advice on hand positioning, and Fleck had

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‘New’ music rocks

'New' Music Rocks

The Tutti Festival, a biennial celebration of works by young composers, recently delivered a variety of musical experiences with an ambitious series of six concerts. But there was more happening on campus than just the performances. Professor Ching-chu Hu, chair

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Nadja plays and speaks–and brings down the house

Nadja Plays, Speaks, And Brings Down the House

The Vail Series delivered once again on Thursday night, with a performance that allowed audience members to feel like they were on the inside of something extraordinary. “That was a charming piece,” violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg said from her seat on

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In search of song

Anne Grimes’ Greatest Hits

Perhaps you remember Anne Grimes just for her presence in Granville. Before she died at 91 in 2004, she had lived in the village for about 30 years, hosting scores of students in her home, and she was married to

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Written By: Olivia Combe

Denison in the Blogosphere (1/6/11)

Ryan Humbert and Emily Bates '04. Photo courtesy of RyanHumbert.com.

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we’ll share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. In today’s fix of Denisonia, we’ve got one alum rocking out and another putting her studio art

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Photo Credits: ThoraThinks Press, YouTube, RyanHumbert.com

Candlelight collaboration

Candlelight Collaboration

Each year, on a Saturday evening in early December, the Candlelight Walking Tour transforms the Village of Granville into the sort of magical holiday scene that you find in storybooks. The streets are lined with Christmas trees, and luminaria brighten

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He’s still got it

He's Still Got It

Richard Price ’52 has a song in his heart—and he’s sharing his music with some very appreciative audiences. He sings to enthusiastic crowds at area retirement homes. And he won’t take any pay for his performances. “I don’t take any

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Measure by measure

Measure By Measure

Beethoven was in the air this week as students learned directly from members of the Pacifica Quartet and pianist Menahem Pressler. After Sunday’s Vail Series performance in Swasey Chapel, Pacifica violinist Sibbi Bernhardsson and cellist Brandon Vamos tutored a student

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Denison in the Blogosphere (10/14/10)

The Wildwood Sisters

We’re always hunting down interesting Denison-related content on the interwebs, and, periodically, we’ll share the best of this content with you on TheDEN. In today’s fix of Denisonia, it’s all about alums. We’ve got one  pondering the state of U.S.

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Bluegrassapalooza

Bluegrassapalooza

When Mark O’Connor and Dailey & Vincent came to campus this week, bluegrass buffs at Denison got an intimate look behind the scenes of professional music-making. Students were treated to two informal sessions with the world-class virtuosos before the musicians

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Venerable Vail

Vail Artists Mark O'Connor, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent

The Vail Series’ 31st season kicks off with a virtuoso jam. Mark O’Connor (with his quartet) and the Dailey & Vincent bluegrass band will hit the Swasey Chapel stage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29. The New York Times called O’Connor

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Jazz, man

Jazz, Man

Harry Brisson’s fall semester is well underway, but he might still be thinking about the summer. He spent a lot of it on campus, in Burton Hall, with his saxophone, computer and keyboard, drenched in jazz. It was a magical

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Amber, aliens & the American diaspora

Amber, Aliens, and the American Diaspora

Curtis Veggie, on the West Quad, is typically the place for special banquets. But on this particular September day, the menu was philosophy and political science, anthropology and art, economics and English, as scores of 2010 Summer Scholars served up

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Great Wall, Great Music

Great Wall, Great Music

Over the summer, more than 60 student musicians and several Music Department professors packed their bags, jumped on a plane, and walked into a whirlwind that carried them through three Chinese cities in ten days. Performing in Shanghai, Xi’an and

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