We're moving!

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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Audio facelift

TUTTI

“The architects who designed Swasey Chapel in the 1920s could teach a few things to today’s designers,” said Ed Dugger, an architectural acoustics consultant who is updating the venerable building’s sound equipment. The Denison University landmark was built in 1924,

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Wilde romp

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During a recent and very cold week in February, there were jokes, feathers, and corsets to be found in Ace Morgan Theatre. And who doesn’t love that combination? The Denison Theatre Department performed “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar

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Photo Credits: Margaret Mugel '15

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

The poet among us

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“Poetry is a lonely and solitary undertaking,” Dr. Baker professor of English remarked while introducing the subject.  For two days, though, Denison students and members of the community had an opportunity to share in the venture of poetry with one

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Written By: Antrim Ross '16

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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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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Photo Credits: Tim Black

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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Bring on 2014

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The college reopened  on January 2 after a short break, and staff and faculty are already gearing up for the spring semester. (Classes won’t begin until January 20, so students are still pretty scarce around here.) The four inches of

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Hittin’ the books

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Even if we never looked at an academic calendar for the fall semester, we would know it’s finals week. We can tell by the tired students sitting here and there throughout every building on campus, noses pushed deep into laptops

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Rockin’ that cello

ETHEL

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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National treasure

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During a ceremony at the White House on July 10, Denison alumnus William G. Bowen ’55, president emeritus of both Princeton University and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama. Bowen’s son,

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Photo Credits: Chuck Zovko, Zovko Photographic for Lafayette College; The White House

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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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

DEN SHOTS:

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So you think you can dance?

So You Think You Can dance?

She was discovered at age 11 as she performed with a street troupe of dancers in Soweto. Since then, Dada Masilo has experienced a meteoric rise in the international dance community. After intensive training at the Dance Factory in Newtown,

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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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It takes just four weeks to make a family—and a play

It Takes Just Four Weeks to Make A Family—And A Play

Have you ever watched a bird gathering twigs to build a nest in the spring? Or a squirrel hoarding acorns as October’s brilliant colors fade into the gray chill of the approaching winter? Either experience is a lot like seeing

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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