University Jazz Ensemble performs improvisational works

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor 

The University Jazz Ensemble, directed by Joshua Davis, associate professor of music, performed on Nov. 15 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The ensemble featured three different groups that meet throughout the week. The Susquehanna University Big Band meets on Mondays, with two other groups meeting on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Students featured in the Wednesday Combo were senior Alanna Dent on voice, junior Jon Deysher on alto saxophone, sophomores Katy Price, Milo Brooking and Hayden Stacki on piano, electric bass and drumset and first-years Matthew Martratt, Thomas Kissinger, Sydney Smith and Amber Britz on clarinet, trumpet, trombone and vibraphone.

The Wednesday Combo performed “Doxy” by Sonny Rollins and directed by Deysher, “Equinox” by John Coltrane and directed by Smith and “Cold Duck Time” by Eddie Harris and directed by Dent.

First-year student Naomi Cohen said she really enjoyed “Cold Duck Time.”

“It was high energy and the improvisation was incredible,” Cohen said. “We got to see multiple students improvise on instruments, from piano and bass to clarinet.”

Students that performed in the Friday combo were Dent on voice, juniors Benjamin Nause and Augustus Black on piano and drumset, sophomores Danny Porell, Melanie Sonatore, Lucy Ferruzza and Brooking on trumpet, alto saxophone, trombone and electric bass and first-years Kirby Leitz and Joseph Martin on alto saxophone and trombone.

The Friday Combo performed three pieces directed by sophomores to get the audience into the groove: “Bag’s Groove” by Mily Jackson and directed by Ferruzza, “Groove Merchant” by Thad Jones and directed by Porell and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” by Joe Zawinul and directed by Sonatore.

Sonatore said that it was up to the smaller groups to appoint people who would lead each tune.

“I got to lead one of the charts and I had to make some decisions on the spot regarding who was soloing, background figures and other general logistics,” Sonatore said. “It was really cool to get used to taking charge and experimenting with the infinite possible ways to go about performing one piece.”

The final group, the Susquehanna University Big Band, featured fast paced and upbeat songs that kept the audience “enraptured,” according to Cohen.

Featured students in the Susquehanna University Big Band were seniors Luke Duceman, Dylan Little and Dent on baritone saxophone, trumpet and voice, followed up by juniors Black, Nause and Deysher on drumset, piano and alto saxophone. Sophomores featured were Sonatore, Ferruzza, Price, Brooking, Stacki and Porell on tenor saxophone, trombone, piano, electric bass, drumset and trumpet. First- years featured were Martin, Martratt, Leitz, Smith and Britz on trombone, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, trombone and vibraphone.

Songs featured were “I Mean You” by Thelonious Monk, “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, “Better Git Hit In Your Soul” by Charles Mingus and “Come On, Come Over” by Jaco Pastorius.

Sonatore said that “Better Git Hit In Your Soul” was her favorite piece to play.

“The saxophone line from the very beginning is really fun to play and catchy,” Sonatore said. “One of the improvisation sections is really interesting in that the only thing accompanying the soloist is the entire band clapping. It really allows the soloist to be super creative in their choices of notes without any chords backing them up.”

“Also, it’s a very soulful tune that sounds like church music,” Sonatore added.

Sonatore said she always found it fascinating to see the communication across the stage between players.

“Davis, being an exceptional bassist himself and full of jazz experience and knowledge, really helps us become more comfortable with the sometimes daunting idea of improvising,” Sonatore said.

“I came here thinking that there was no way I could compose melodies and licks on the spot, but he’s given us so many tools to help us create and experiment with,” Sonatore continued. “Therefore, jazz performances are always so much fun to be a part of or to experience.”

“With each soloist’s improvisation, you can hear people quoting other charts [and] responding to someone else.”

Multiple performances for the music department are scheduled to take place throughout the rest of November. Seniors Jessica Portzline and Luke Duceman and junior Cathrina Kothman will perform a student recital on Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m., the Byrne:Kozar:Duo will perform a guest recital on Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and student chamber music ensembles will perform a recital on Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

Play festival to premiere SU student productions

By Darian Rahnis, Staff Writer 

The 24-Hour Play Festival will give students the opportunity to participate in original productions on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium.

Auditions for the festival will be held on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m in the Degenstein Center Theater.

During the festival, students will write, rehearse and perform short theatrical works created within 24 hours.

Some students will also have the opportunity to direct the plays.

According to senior Sydney Curran, a co-producer of the festival, the first 24-Hour Play Festival was held in 2015.

Curran explained that this year the festival will feature approximately 15 plays that were all created within the 24- hour limit.

Curran said that the first festival was held from start to finish in the Degenstein Center Theater, but the final performances were moved to Isaac’s Auditorium last year because the space is smaller and easier to fill.

“This year we have emphasized publicizing the event and hope that will boost the attendance to the performances on Saturday,” Curran said.

This is the first year students of all majors are eligible to participate in the festival. Curran explained that they opened the festival to everyone in order to attract more talent than they have seen in the past.

“By not excluding any majors, we are able to encompass the talents of everyone on campus,” Curran said.

In addition to wanting more talent, Curran said people from the theater department are taking on new roles that they were not comfortable with before, such as writing or directing.

Curran noted that she is taking on a new role by co-producing the event with sophomore Madison Niness.

While Curran has been involved with the festival since its first year, this will be Niness’ first time participating. Both have experience with writing and theater, as Curran and Niness are both studying creative writing and theatre production and design.

According to Curran, festival producers are chosen by the producers from the previous year. Curran was chosen to act as producer this year and she then chose Niness to act as her co-producer because of her writing and theater experiences.

“I was chosen by the sole producer last year, but 24- Hour Play Festival was always meant to be a two-person job,” Curran said.

Curran also explained that she asked Niness to co-produce the festival because she plans on entrusting the festival with her upon graduation.

In the past, the festival has been received well, but Niness and Curran said they want to take it one step further this year.

“We are hoping the audience will have varying reactions since the plays will be so different, but overall, we want people in the audience to enjoy themselves and even be motivated to be involved in next year’s festival,” Curran said.

Editor reviews ‘hard to stage’ tragedy

By Megan Ruge, Co-Editor in Chief 

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. is showing their production of “Antony and Cleopatra” by William Shakespeare. They began performing this specific play on Oct. 10 and will have their final performance on Nov. 19.

For this production, The Folger used a “theater-in-round” which means that the production happened on the floor and the audience sat all around the action, with seating on all sides, to get a 360 degree feel of the performance.

According to tour directors at the Folger, the director Robert Richmond wanted the audience to feel like they were part of the world of Antony and Cleopatra.

The play follows the story of the great Roman general Marc Antony and his great love affair with Cleopatra, queen of Egypt. The play shows how their romance affected Antony and how it lead to his falling out with Rome and ultimately his downfall.

Throughout the story, we meet the young Octavius Caesar. Leader of the empire, Octavius has a short and childish temper that leads him to believe his only option for survival is to get rid of Antony, as he feels threatened by Antony’s influence over the people of Rome.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Antony is riding the roller coaster of love, paying no mind to Octavius. Antony sees Octavius’s issue with him as a childish game, but what he doesn’t realize is that his un- folding in the eyes of Rome has begun with Octavius at the helm. The whole play shows love as the strongest force in a person’s life and how it can also be the biggest weakness.

A well-known Shakespeare tragedy, “Antony and Cleopatra” is also known to be the hardest of Shakespeare’s plays to stage, but the Folger knew what they were doing. In the play, battles at land and on sea take place. These scenes are the main reason the play is hard to stage as there really isn’t a realistic way to stage a battle at sea.

In this scene, instead of portraying an entire battle on land and at sea, the cast performed certain rhythmic choreography that included jabs and parries with the sword, but look more like an ancient dance than a battle on land.

The cast did the same thing with the sea battle: they did a dance and the lighting reflected the idea that they were on a body of water.

During this scene, the cast also put together a montage like sequence to represent the death by heartbreak of Antony’s right-hand man, Enobarbus, played by actor Nigel Gore.

In the play, Enobarbus dies after leaving Antony’s side from a broken heart. Though his heart is broken from having to leave Antony and essentially betray him, his death can also be attributed to Octavius as he spearheaded the rise up against Antony.

For the performance, they combined Enobarbus’s death scene and the battle at sea so that each parry or thrust at the enemy was shown as a stab to Enobarbus. In the end of the scene, Antony delivers the last blow and calls out, “Antony,” as he dies.

Cleopatra, played by actress Shirine Babb, was well portrayed and really encompassed the drama and hilarity of the Egyptian queen. Her performance and vulnerability on stage really brought the character to life.

Antony, played by actor Cody Nickell, brought energy and passion to the character. Antony is known for his passion, which is why it literally causes his death.

Nickell’s voice added power to Antony and really brought him to life. A character once flat on a page was now dynamic and alive for the audience.

The Folger production of “Antony and Cleopatra” was well produced and performed.

Poet reads on Jamaican background, gives advice to students

By Sam Miller, Staff Writer 

Poet Ishion Hutchinson read works from his poetry collections “Far District” and “House of Lords and Commons” in Stretansky Concert Hall on Nov. 13.

Hutchinson’s collections were published in 2010 and 2016, respectively.

Both of his collections contain many works about Jamaica, which is where he was born and raised.

Hutchinson has received many awards for his poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle Award of Poetry, a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Academy of American Poets’ Larry Levis Prize and the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts. He is also a contributing author for “The Common and Tongue: Journal of Writing and Art.”

While on campus, Hutchinson attended multiple classes to talk with students.

Attendees noted the opportunity to hear Hutchinson per- form his work, rather than just reading it from the page.

First-year Daniel Sellers said, “Hutchinson’s unique voice was already incredible on paper, but to hear him speak his words aloud gave each poem new meaning.”

“The rhythm of his verses almost felt like they had a life of their own and not to men- tion, he was funny,” Sellers continued.

Senior Shannon Wilcox noted that the pieces Hutchinson chose were a good length for the reading and were accessible to the audience.

“Sometimes the people that come to read have very good pieces, but it can be a little exhausting to listen to, because you really have to immerse yourself in it,” Wilcox said.

“Which is not a bad thing,” Wilcox continued. “It can just be exhausting, but nothing was too heavy or too light, like you were interested, but you weren’t too emotional.”

Wilcox also emphasized the value of having visiting writers come to Susquehanna and what they could provide for current students.

“I think not even just specifically this writer, but I think that one of the things that the writing students can get out of these visiting writers is a chance to be able to see what you can do with a writing degree,” Wilcox said.

“How you can improve your writing, how people present their writing, especially hearing how writing is written is more immersive than just reading it yourself because you can hear the author’s inclination and how they want things to be read,” Wilcox continued.

Other attendees also commented on Hutchinson’s thoughts and advice on writing for the students.

“At both the Q&A and the reading, Hutchinson was so insightful about the way we think about writing and the ways we embrace poetic craft,” said junior Ashleigh Tomcics.

Hutchinson currently teaches in the graduate writing program at Cornell.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the West Indies, his master’s degree from New York University and his doctorate from the University of Utah.

According to Hutchinson’s biography on Poetry Foundation’s website, Hutchinson’s poems “interrogate landscape, measuring the elusive weight of colonial history.”

In a 2013 interview for American University’s Creative Writing Program’s blog “Cafe Americain,” Hutchinson said, “The landscapes in some of the newer poems are less autobiographical, less from the backhand of retrospect, I guess, and more a shifting concatenation of landscapes not yet arrived at.”

“i think this is a result of reading rather than actual travel,” Hutchinson continued. “I have been crisscrossing centuries, different existences, the rhythm and mode of other places and now it has woven a basket in my head. I am pulling the straws from that.” Hutchinson’s reading was the third this year as a part of the Seavey Reading Series. Previous participants included Joseph Scapellato in September and Claire Vaye Watkins and Derek Palacio in October. The next reading is scheduled for Susquehanna faculty Karla Kelsey and Silas Zobal on Nov. 27 in Isaacs Auditorium. Readings scheduled for later in the year are St. Martin’s Press executive editor Jennifer Weis on Feb. 6, author Aminatta Forna on Feb. 21, founder of the Writers Institute Gary Fincke on March 5, author Sayed Kashua on March 20 and Susquehanna alumnus Melissa Goodrich on April 16. Goodrich will be reading in conjunction with the launch of RiverCraft. Other magazine launches for the next year include Essay on Feb. 12 and Susquehanna Review on March 26.

Annual lecture tackles WWII era comic books

By Sam Miller, Staff Writer 

Mark Fertig, associate professor of art, presented the annual John C. Horn Lecture entitled “Take That Adolf! Comic Books During the Second World War” in Isaacs Auditorium on Nov. 9.

Fertig began his talk by covering comics prior to World War II and described how the first comic books were made of smaller comics that ran in news- papers around the East Coast.

Following the outbreak of the war in Europe, comics became more and more about war but never depicted Nazis or Nazi-related symbols, such as the swastika, until around 1940.

Fertig said that in comics, Hitler was often depicted as demonic or sub-human and the Japanese were often represented as rats.

Fertig explained that the reason behind this was to make it obvious to the public that the U.S. was on the correct side of the war.

Fertig also noted that comic book heroes rarely fought alongside the American soldiers overseas, other than Captain America, because they were promoting public support for the war effort.

In many comic books, the heroes would promote buying war bonds and collecting materials to ship overseas so as to not take away the heroism of the American soldiers fighting in Europe and the Pacific.

Fertig also said that many superheroes that are popular today almost died out after World War II.

For ten years after the end the war, heroes such as Captain America disappeared because Hitler was no longer the go-to enemy.

Attendees took away a more varied perspective of superheroes, rather than only what is popular in the media.

Senior Lauren Beaver said, “I think it’s very interesting to see how great [of] an influence the Second World War had on the creation and development of certain superheroes that are extremely popular today.”

Senior Gavin Cottrell agreed and said: “I have read comics when I was younger [and] many of them were brought up in tonight’s lecture. I found it very interesting to learn the origins.”

Fertig started working at Susquehanna in 2002 as a graphic design professor.

He teaches classes ranging from Visual Communications to Advanced Typography.

While at Susquehanna, Fertig has written two books, his latest covering comic books and the Second World War.

The John C. Horn Distin- guished Service Award is given annually to a faculty member as recognition for outstanding scholarship and service who then presents a public lecture.

The previous John C. Horn Lecture, “Self-Study and Storytelling: Tools for Personal Awareness, Disrupting Assumptions about the ‘Other’ and Informing Teacher Education,” was given by Valerie Allison, associate professor of education, in the spring.

Choral Festival to feature multiple music groups, ‘diverse repetoire’

By Darian Rahnis, Staff Writer

Susquehanna will kick off the 2017 Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival with a concert on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The festival will be held in conjunction with the Fall Choral Conference, which will be hosted by the American Choral Directors Association chapter of Pennsylvania.

The concert will feature three different musical ensembles: Chamber Singers, University Choir and University Chorale.

Christopher Hoster, an alumnus who graduated from Susquehanna in 2008, will conduct the Chamber Singers and University Choir and Jason Vodicka, associate professor of music, will conduct the University Chorale.

According to Hoster, this concert will be diverse and include a broad selection of music that will be performed.

The different ensembles will perform pieces in Latin, English and German. Some of the songs will have organ or piano accompaniment, while others will be unaccompanied.

While Hoster carefully chose his repertoire, he said one song in particular stood out to him.

“It is always special to premiere a newly composed work,” Hoster said. “On Friday, the Chamber Singers will sing Matthew Zimnoch’s ‘O me! O Life!’”

Hoster said, “This unaccompanied choral piece is set to a text by Walt Whitman, a towering 19th century American wordsmith.”

Hoster said that it has been a rewarding experience for students to work with a piece written by a living composer, as they do not have the same exposure to Zimnoch’s work as they would a musical giant like Beethoven.

Sophomore Vanessa Lloyd, a member of University Chorale, said her favorite song of the repertoire is a piece titled “Long Time Ago,” which Lloyd will be accompanying on piano.

Lloyd said all of the songs the group has practiced for the concert have their difficulties, specifically rhythms. However, Lloyd said that the student musicians are prepared for the concert.

“Vodicka is absolutely wonderful to work with and is full of knowledge,” Lloyd said. With being a future educator, I truly look up to him as a role model.”

According to Hoster, the music department’s schedule has been challenging this semester due to additional performances for events, such as President Jonathan Green’s inauguration and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

However, Hoster said that all of the students in the choral ensembles have exercised diligence in preparing for this concert and will make all of their performances special. Students also cited the multitude of music events on campus throughout the entire fall semester.

Junior Rebekka Rosen, a member of University Choir, said, “One of my favorite parts of being a music major is getting to be involved in so many campus events.”

Rosen explained how often the group practiced and said, “Choir rehearses three days a week to prepare for our various performance obligations.”

“We are also expected to put work in outside of class,” Rosen continued.

Lloyd said she hopes the audience recognizes the multiple styles of music that will be performed during the festival and how the department utilizes multiple talents.

“The audience should take away all of the different types of music that are being showcased,” Lloyd said.

“We are blessed to have a music department that is talented in so many ways,” Lloyd continued.

“Every ensemble is exploring a diverse repertoire that allows students and audience alike to experience the vast span of quality choral music throughout history and across cultures,” Hoster said.

The festival is not the only musical performance scheduled for the weekend: seniors Kevin Grzybek and Andrew Davis will perform a joint recital on Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m., which will also take place in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Creative writing seniors perform readings of personal work

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor 

Seniors in the creative writ- ing department presented work from their time at Susquehan- na on Nov. 8.

The readings serve as a chance for the students and faculty at Susquehanna to see how the Writers Institute af- fects each student personally.

Seniors who read included Sage Negron, Jenn Ghiorse, Jenna Danyew, Sydney Cur- ran, Lucia Garabo, Rebekah Smith and Jade Matusick.

Glen Retief, director of the Writers Institute and associate professor of English and cre- ative writing, said, “This is the largest turnout I’ve ever seen at a senior reading.”

Retief and creative writing fellow Monica Prince intro- duced the seniors by giving a personalized speech about each writer before they pre- sented their work.

Negron was described by Re- tief as an “intensive poetic writ- er and an intelligent writer” and Prince said Negron has “strong aspirations for writing in class.”

Negron read an excerpt from his short film screenplay about a man and his girlfriend

living in a post-apocalyptic world. Negron left the audi- ence on a cliffhanger and said, “If you want to find out how it ends, see me after the read- ing,” which earned a laugh from the audience.

On Ghiorse, Retief said, “I feel very lucky to have gotten to work with [Ghiorse] over her time here at Susquehanna.”

Ghiorse read a five-page ex- cerpt from her advanced non- fiction piece, which touched on personal experiences.

Danyew was introduced by Retief, who said she had a strong sensitivity to very fine emotions.

Prince added, “[Danyew] is the most honest student I’ve ever had.”

Danyew read a piece of liter- ary journalism, a genre of non- fiction which blends narrative writing style with investigative and immersive journalism.

When asked about where she got the inspiration for this piece, Danyew said, “I made calls to area funeral homes un- til I got a number for a grave digger named Brad Beaver.”

“I called to ask him for an interview, but instead he in- vited me to a burial and grave- side service the next morning,”

Danyew continued. “I spent the day with him watching his pro- cess, listening to his stories and gaining an understanding of him as a human and professional.”

Danyew’s piece, “Grave Encounters,” is an 11-page piece in total, but she had to slim it down to three and a half pages so that it could fit into her time slot for the reading.

On the process of editing her work, Danyew said, “For the past two months I have printed and hand-edited this piece at least twice a day.”

“I continue to make changes and corrections every single time I read it,” Danyew continued. “I practiced reading it orally to not only find a natural flow but the perfect timing, voices and physical movements to enrich the performance quality of the piece.”

Curran then read a piece that was inspired by a work of non- fiction that she wrote last year.

Curran’s piece, “Lie to Her,” made the crowd laugh multiple times. Retief prefaced her reading by saying that Curran had a wonderful sense of narrative.

Garabo was commended both for her work in the department and with her immense participation in the Susquehanna community.

Garabo read two short-short stories, “Forward Shootin” and “Glove Guy.” When asked what inspired “Glove Guy,” Garabo said, “It’s based off of an incident that happened to my mom, dad and I when we were on our way into the city.”

“Idea-wise, it was inspired by my experiences and my family’s experiences of being Italian-American, where people have asked us if we have mafia ties and such,” Garabo continued.

On “Forward Shootin,” Garabo said, “I wanted to challenge myself by writing about something completely different, with a real, compelling voice and an important story to tell.”

“I found this opportunity when, in my Thought and Social Diversity class, we were given a reading about the study on homeless heroin injectors living on the streets of San Francisco,” Garabo continued.

“I was drawn to the language and the strong sense of community that the addicts had and the story took off from there,” Garabo said.

When asked what she did to prepare, Garabo said, “Senior creative writing majors take a Senior Writing Portfolio [class] in the fall.”

“I currently take the class on Tuesday mornings with Prince, who has played a major role in preparing myself and others for our senior reading,” Garabo continued.

Smith read a piece entitled “Mammalia,” which was inspired by her experience as a science major at Susquehanna.

Matusick was the final senior and finished the night with an excerpt from a novel that she had been writing.

Senior recital to showcase variety of repertoire with strings and voice

By Kelsey Rogers, Asst. Living & Arts Editor

Seniors Kevin Grzybek and Andrew Davis will perform their senior recital on Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Grzybek, string bass, and Davis, baritone, will perform a variety of musical works. The repertoire for the recital features famous composers such as Mozart and Beethoven.

Grzybek and Davis participate in a number of activities together, from the intramural ultimate frisbee team to the Phi Mu Alpha fraternity.

Grzybek said that their friendship over the past three years has helped them with preparation for the recital.

“I think we both know each other pretty well,” Grzybek said. “We know each other’s ticks and what makes us irritated and what gets us motivated.”

Davis agrees that the two have been working well together under the pressure of performing a senior recital in the fall.

“This process has been kind of rushed because with a recital in the fall, you have to do things quicker,” Davis said. “If you do it in the spring, you have all of fall to prepare for it.”

Grzybek will perform “Sonatina in G Minor” by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, “Cello Sonata No. 2 in E minor” by

Italian composer Benedetto Marcello, “Vocalise” by Rus- sian composer Sergei Rach- maninoff and “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise” by Austro- Hungarian composer Sigmund Romberg.

“Sonatina” by Beethoven is translated as “little sonata” due to the piece being composed in a more condensed fashion than a normal sonata.

The piece will be performed in three sections, transitioning from a dark and gloomy sound to a faster tempo before reverting to the initially slower pace.

“Cello Sonata No. 2” was composed by Benedetto, an Italian who also served in the Venetian government in the 1700s while simultaneously composing music. Benedetto had composed numerous concertos and church music.

The cello sonata was originally written to be performed on cello and harpsichord, but is often adapted to be performed on double bass and piano, which is the adaptation that Grzybek will be using.

“Vocalise” by Rachmaninoff appears independently as the last of his “14 Romances.”

Rachmaninoff emigrated from Russia to the U.S. at the start of the Russian Revolution, performing, composing and conducting during the early 1900s in the U.S. and Europe.

The piece was originally written for a soprano voice and a piano accompaniment and has been rewritten for double bass and piano. Grzybek will be accompanied by pianists sophomore Ali Hordeski for “Sonatina in G Minor”, senior Anna Dunn for “Cello Sonata No. 2 in E Minor” and junior Benjamin Nylander for “Vocalise.”

“Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise” will be accompanied by sophomore Hayden Stacki on drum set and seniors Dylan Little on trumpet and Tyler Mariano on piano.

Davis will perform various songs by Hugo Wolf, an Austrian composer from the romantic era. Featured pieces include “Nimmersatte Liebe,” “Der Mond hat eine schwere Klag’ erhoben” and “Der Rattenfanger.”

Davis will also perform songs by the French composer Jacques Ibert, featuring “Chanson a Dulcinee” and “Chanson de la mort” and the early American modernist composer Charles Ives, performing “Down East,” “Things Our Fathers Loved” and “Circus Band.”

Joining Davis in “La ci darem la mano” by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is junior Heather Knox, soprano. Jaime Namminga, lecturer in music, will accompany on piano for all of Davis’ pieces.

Musical performances throughout the rest of the week include the Jazz Ensemble concert on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and the University Orchestra concert on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., both in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Zimbabwean ensemble to perform song, dance

By Sam Miller, Staff Writer 

Nobuntu, a Zimbabwean a capella vocal ensemble, will perform at Susquehanna on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theatre.

Nobuntu is the second group to visit Susquehanna this year as a part of the Artist Series, after Parsons Dance performed in September.

One of the goals of having Nobuntu perform at Susquehanna is to showcase talent that the community may be unfamiliar with.

Keelie Schock, the Artist Series manager, said, “Nobuntu brings a unique perspective and vocal experience to our community, one that we are not often fortunate to have.”

“The Artist Series committee works diligently to identify artists who represent a broad spectrum of talents and cultures, so that the three performances we offer annually are unique and engaging to our audiences,” Schock continued.

In addition to the group’s performance, Nobuntu will participate in the Center for Diversity & Inclusion’s “Let’s Talk” luncheon on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. in Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 3 through 5. The ensemble is expected to discuss their culture and demonstrate their performances.

For Susquehanna students the show will be free. Tickets will be $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for non-Susquehanna students.

The group is made up of five singers: Duduzile Sibanda, Zanele Manhenga, Heather Dube, Thandeka Moyo and

Joyline Sibanda, who have all been with Nobuntu since the founding of the group in 2011.

According to the group’s website, the name “Nobuntu” is an “African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family from a woman’s perspective.”

Nobuntu’s work is directly related to the members’ identities as African women and celebrates their identities through song and dance.

When performing, Nobuntu’s works are mixes of “traditional Zimbabwean rooted music, Afro Jazz, Gospel and Crossover in pure voices with mini- malistic percussion, traditional instruments such as Mbira and some dance movements,” according to the group’s website.

The group’s website also said, Nobuntu was founded based on a lack of an “all-female professional a cappella group” in both the town of Bulawayo and in the country of Zimbabwe as a whole.

According to Nobuntu’s website, the group believes that music incites change and helps a younger generation of women transcend “racial, tribal, religious, gender and economic boundaries.”

The group has released two albums, “Thina” in 2013 and “Ekhaya” in 2016.

Nobuntu has performed throughout Africa and Europe and is currently on an American tour to various colleges, which is the group’s first time performing in the U.S.

The group was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Woman Awards in 2015.

Concert highlights work of Susquehanna student composers

By Sarah McMillin, Staff Writer 

Eight students showcased their compositions at a concert on Nov. 7 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The eight students who performed were first-year Emily Hendershot, senior Shawn Khanna, junior Ben Nylander, sophomore Hayden Stacki, senior Luke Duceman, junior Daniel Woods, sophomore Aaron Fast and senior Brett Heffelfinger.

Hendershot’s piece was titled “Raindrops’ Sonata” and included two movements, “Dancing” and “Submergence.” The piece featured Hendershot on piano and sophomore Isaiah Harper on violin.

For her piece, Hendershot was inspired by both rain and the transition to college.

According to the program notes, Hendershot said, “Both rain and change are necessary, so I wanted this piece to represent the emotional struggle of embracing this new chapter in my life and the eventual acceptance of change.”

While the piece is not entirely completed, Hendershot said that the piece parallels her current emotional journey with the subject matter.

The next piece performed was a string quartet composed by Khanna, which was comprised of three movements. The piece featured sophomore Madeline Birk and junior Jennie Lien on violin, first-year John Bentz on viola, and Heffelfinger on cello.

Nylander performed his own piece, “Four Scenes for Piano, 2017.” In the program notes, Nylander explained where and how each movement came to be.

“Each movement of ‘Four Scenes for Piano’ was written using Arnold Schoenberg’s dodecaphonic system in different ways,” Nylander said.

Stacki’s “Second Night” was a saxophone quartet featuring Duceman on soprano saxophone, junior Emma Mooradian on alto saxophone, senior

Jess Portzline on tenor saxophone and junior Jon Deysher on baritone saxophone.

In the variety of compositions, attendees noted the opportunity to hear styles of music that are not often highlighted.

Sophomore Lena Costello said, “As someone who doesn’t have the opportunity to hear saxophone quartets very often, the uniqueness of the composi- tion added to the effect.”

Duceman’s piece, “Warmth,” featured many Susquehanna students, including junior Cathrina Kothman on flute, first- year Jonathan Lewis on English horn, first-year Rebecca Schell on clarinet, Portzline on tenor saxophone, Mooradian on bas- soon, first-year Sydney Smith on euphonium, Stacki and senior Carissa Sweet on percussion, Bentz on viola and sophomore Victoria Meneses on cello.

Woods also performed his own piece, “Three Preludes for Piano,” which was composed of three movements.

Fast’s piece, “Day,” also consisted of three movements: “Early Morning,” “Afternoon” and “Dusk.”

Fast performed his work himself on electric bass.

The last piece was Heffelfinger’s “Helix,” which featured Nylander on piano, junior Krista White on the flute, Sweet on the vibraphone and Heffelfinger on the cello.

The concert was a part of the 21st Century Tuesdays series, which previously hosted composer Samuel Adler in October. On Nov. 28, the series will feature the Byrne:Kozar:Duo.