ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT & REVIEWS
Take It From the Team: Stage Fright
BY CORI KRONSCHNABEL
On March 5, 2016, students from all over Milwaukee will go to Rufus King High School for the Wisconsin School Music Association District Solo and Ensemble Festival. These students are either singers or instrumentalists, and they are going to perform a piece of music in front of a judge, receive a rating, and maybe go on to the state festival.
Every year, over 32,000 students at 11,000+ events qualify at district festivals to perform at State Solo and Ensemble. By participating in WSMA Solo and Ensemble, students learn to become disciplined at practicing their piece, and they learn that it is worth it to challenge themselves musically by playing advanced music. There are many student musicians that enjoy playing music - when they are by themselves. As soon as they play in front of others, they get dreadfully nervous and clam up. Their performance becomes worse than it is when they play it by themselves. WSMA challenges the fear of performing in front of people, and then it gives you the advice and skills you need to improve both musically and as an individual.
Professional Musicians: Inspirations, Advice, and Sacrifices
BY FREEDOM GOBEL
Professional musicians, Peter Mulvey and Melody Betts have seen and heard it all when it comes to music. Peter Mulvey, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin tours the world as an American folk and indie/rock singer-songwriter, but plays often in the Midwest. Melody Betts, from Chicago, Illinois is a singer-songwriter as well that experiments with new genres, mainly focusing on gospel and soul, sometimes including hip hop. She also has experience as an actress. Both are solo artists.
Who are your musical inspirations?
Peter: David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of the Latin Playboys. Greg Brown, from Iowa City. Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington. Leo Kottke. Tom Waits. Gillian Welch. Kendrick Lamar. Emmylou Harris. It's a long, long list.
Melody: God, love, people...generally just human behavior. As far as other artists are concerned, I pay attention to a number of people for different reasons. I might listen to someone for their ability to do tricks, for their musical knowledge and growth, and most importantly, if they are actually saying something in their music and use their talents to make statements that will move humanity in the right direction. Right now I'm really interested in Kendrick Lamar. He's peaked my interest and I want to hear what he has to say. I've always loved India Arie, Rachelle Ferrell, Kim Burrell, Arrested Development, and Drake too. I'm inspired by the people around me that I get to see or work with and when it's over I want to be better at what I do.
What message do you hope to get through to your audience with you music?
Peter: Joseph Campbell said "The problem of the myth, and of the poet, is the reconciliation of consciousness with its source, namely nature." Shakespeare said it this way: "But we are nature too." And in one of the Gnostic gospels, Jesus said "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." That's all lofty stuff, I suppose, but at its heart that's what art is for: reconciliation. Truth. Honesty. Empathy. Compassion. Insight. I think music can serve you at least as well as religion in this life. Sure, there's a Kenny G for every Pat Robertson, but honestly, I think Kenny G does less harm.
Melody: My life themes are God, love, and dreams. I've been given those themes so that I can communicate messages surrounded around these themes to the world. So that's what I hope to share with the world and my prayer is that my music will influence people to be better, kind, to choose love over the alternative, to be considerate of their fellow man, to seek wisdom, to seek understanding, to have faith and hope and things of the like.
Peter Mulvey has multiple albums released. His most recent, Silver Ladder, was made public in 2014. Melody Betts is currently in the process of recording her first album, and hopes to expand her musical understanding and knowledge. It’s important to be aware of the artists and general creativity around us. In a world of the internet and social media, less and less people are going out so support live artists. Music needs to become a higher priority in the lives of people, where we can meet others already at that point.
BY CHLOE HAAPALA
BY VALERIE MECHA
The newly released R-Rated Deadpool movie hit the box office February 12, 2016. Its debut obliterated previous box office records when it raked in 135 million dollars already making back the 58 million dollar budget it spent in production. Its higher ratings and accolades are well deserved!
The R rating is not just an advisement, but it is something that should be taken seriously. This is meant for a mature audience, so no kiddies allowed! All in all the movie experience was enjoyable. It is definitely a film that could be watched again and again and never get old.
Get some Drama
BY MARC CRUZ
Legacy of Love -The Career of Elton John
BY BASHIR ADEN
In perfect timing for our theme of the month, “Multitude of Music”, his birthday (March 25), and the release of his newest album “Wonderful Crazy Night”, it’s time to talk about Sir Elton John. John is one of the most influential, prolific, and iconic pop stars of the 20th century.
However, it would be a mistake just to call Elton John a pop star. He is much more; he is a musical genius, an icon, and one of the most groundbreaking gay rights activists. Within 1969-1979, he released 10 full-length albums, his production of hit music is so rapid and extraordinary compared to other artists.
Showtime! Reagan’s First Ever IB Senior Theater Recitals
BY GABBY NEWTON
About the Assessment
The project was created in order to align with changes in the IB theater curriculum, which sees alterations typically every five to seven years. IB theater students must complete four assessments, three of which are focused on devising theater, or in other words, developing, writing, creating and producing individual theater work. “I collaborate with the Milwaukee Chamber Theater and students participate in the Young Playwrights Festival. There they learn how to effectively write a one act script, which is essentially what they’re doing for this solo performance,” Ms. Baker mentioned.
Students picked a theater practitioner they have not previously studied in class and then modeled a performance after that practitioner’s ideas. When preparation is all said and done and students are ready to take the stage, performances are recorded twice: once during a rehearsal run-through and a second time during the actual performance (for the sake of student’s choice). One is to be shipped off to international IB assessors, along with a ten to fifteen page paper illustrating the importance of their chosen topic.
“I’ve had them do mini versions of all the different aspects of this project so that by the time they begin the actual project, they’ve got experience in all these different areas.” Over the past two years, students have partaken in the Fall One Acts and a handful of collaborative projects, not to mention in class performances and staged readings.