Harry Styles Enrages Fans After Changing ‘As It Was’ Lyrics: Pop Star Not Coming Back to the UK?

Harry Styles is still traveling around the world for his “Love On Tour” series of concerts and he recently made a big change in one of his songs that left fans enraged as they wanted to “humble” him to look back where he came from; what happened?

Last year, as the lead single of his record-breaking album “Harry’s House,” the former One Direction singer released “As It Was” and during the bridge part, the original lyrics read, “Leave America, two kids follow her.”

Since then, many fans from the United Kingdom have been using the line to remind the musician that he spends a lot of time in the United States compared to his home country.

BuzzFeed News reported that concertgoers during his tour in the UK screamed the lyrics hard to send him the message. During those moments, Styles can be seen smiling and laughing as his fans shout the line in unison.

More recently, the Grammy Award-winning artist resumed his scheduled concerts in Los Angeles, California, after spending a holiday break.

At his second Kia Forum show, fans are debating if they heard him quietly say “I’m staying” after the line, but the following day, Styles made it clear that he is indeed staying after changing the lyrics to “never leave America.”

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Following this, many fans jokingly shared their responses on Twitter, saying they felt “betrayed” over the singer’s decision.

“never leave america harry styles?? because you can stay there and we eat all the cheese bread stirring our tail without you ok. feeling betrayed,” one wrote, translated to English.

“i can’t tell if uk harry styles fans are actually mad that he changed “leave her America” to “never leave America” or if they’re just really good at pretending to be mad,” one joked.

“harry styles needs to be humbled after saying never during the leave america part last night,” one expressed.

As of this writing, Harry Styles has yet to confirm whether he’ll stay in the United States for good. Although he has several properties in the UK, as noted by Capital FM, he also reportedly owns an apartment in the Tribeca neighborhood in New York City.

His property features three bedrooms and three bathrooms which cost him a whopping $8.7 million.

READ MORE: Ashton Kutcher Wants To Apologize To Harry Styles For an Embarrassing Reason: ‘I Feel Like A Jerk’

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Pianist, guitarist to put on classical Christmas show this weekend | Music

Keith Urban invites NSW students to Brisbane concert in appreciation of COVID lockdown videos

It is proof that dreams do come true as students from the tiny country town of Urbenville in northern NSW were given celebrity treatment after inviting Keith Urban to perform in their end-of-year concert.

Urbenville Public School caught the attention of the country music superstar with their lockdown videos in 2021, singing songs of hope for other students during the pandemic.

And while he could not visit the school in person, Urban went one better, inviting the 16 students, aged between five and 12, their teacher Mel Sifko and principal Chris Sifko for a private audience during his Brisbane concert on Saturday night.

“It’s the most amazing experience I think I’ve ever had,” Mrs Sifko said.

“The generosity of Keith and his team was just amazing.”

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Urbenville students meet Keith Urban.(Supplied: Urbenville public school)

The students, from a town of about 300 people, were ushered through the VIP entrance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre into their own special room, where they spent more than half an hour chatting with their idol.

“The students had the opportunity to ask him questions and speak with him and chat with him, and he went around and gave them all a hug, and he knew them personally by name,” Mrs Sifko said.

“He gave each student a bag of all his merchandise that was personally named, with signed photos and tea towels.”

Keith Urban meeting the students.(Supplied)

This is your utopia

“Keith told them, whatever problems you feel outside, whatever might be getting you down, while you are in the concert, put it all behind you and dance and sing and just leave everything behind and just do whatever that makes you happy,” Mrs Sifko said.

One student asked if they could go on stage and sing with him during the concert.

Urbenville student Dolly Honan and principal Chris Sifko enjoying the Keith Urban concert.(Supplied)

“He said, unfortunately, no, but next time he does a tour, that we would come up in the afternoon and hang out with him and come up and play with him and go on stage with him then,” Mrs Sifko said.

“That gave them something more to look forward to.”

Students on their way to meet their idol Keith Urban.(Supplied)

And the surprises did not stop there.

When they sat down for the concert, they were seated next to Urban’s immediate family.

 Keith Urban meeting Urbenville principal Chris Sifko.(Supplied)

“They were getting photos with Keith’s brother,” she said.

“It was just the most amazing experience ever.”

From little things big things grow

Urbenville’s school’s rise to fame came through a simple act of bringing hope to students around NSW during COVID lockdowns, 

The school sang songs of hope and support to students around the state each Friday, sharing the videos on Facebook. 

They were so proud of the impact they were having they wrote to their idol Keith Urban, inviting him to join them at their end-of-year concert.

Students watch Keith Urban in concert.(Supplied)

And he was considering it.

But COVID forced the singer to postpone his 2021 tour.

Instead, he surprised the students with a live video call, as well as donating a guitar to each and every student at the school.

During the call, Urban said he was “moved” by their performances and wanted to share his passion for music with the school.

He invited them to be his special guests during his Australian tour in December 2022. 

“I’d love to properly meet you all, so that’s the best way to do it,” Urban said at the time. 

“I can’t come to your concert, so maybe you can come to mine.”

Urbenville Public School has incorporated Keith Urban in its logo for the special occasion.(ABC North Coast: Miranda Saunders)

Tuning In: Popular tunes even infiltrated ‘pure’ classical music | ETC

We received multiple complaints from listeners recently when we broadcast music performed by the Vitamin String Quartet. They’re a standard string quartet in terms of instrumentation, but they play their own arrangements of pop songs.

Interlochen Arts Academy’s popular music ensemble was giving a concert that week featuring arena rock songs, so we thought we’d help promote the event by playing classical versions of songs by Queen and Bon Jovi.

Another listener was very upset that IPR broadcast a story about Lizzo playing James Madison’s flute during a recent concert in Washington, D.C.

Lizzo is a pop artist, sure, but she’s also a classically trained flutist who had spent the day of the concert at the Library of Congress exploring a curated collection of historical flutes.

What these two strong, negative responses have in common is the sense of separation that people want to maintain between popular music and classical music.

The smarty pants in me wonders if that means classical music has to be unpopular.

The historian in me knows that the Vitamin String Quartet is just one example in a long line of classical musicians drawing on popular music favorites.

The distance between “popular” and “classical” music isn’t nearly as spacious as I think some people wish it was — that’s true now, and it’s true historically.

Beethoven composed more than 20 sets of piano variations (also called theme and variations), the vast majority of which used a popular song of the time as the theme. It’s akin to writing a set of variations on the latest trending Taylor Swift or, yes, Lizzo song.

Brahms jammed his Academic Festival Overture full of melodies from popular drinking songs of the era like “Gaudeamus Igitur,” or “Therefore, let us be merry.”

Renaissance composers frequently wrote masses whose melodies were based on popular songs of the day. Dozens of composers wrote masses — performed in churches — based on “L’homme armé,” a French secular tune that was a favorite of Charles the Bold.

There’s plenty of historical precedent for overlap between “popular” and classical (unpopular?) music.

So why do people find it so off-putting when Classical IPR has the occasional pop tune or artist on the air performed with classical instrumentation?

Someone asked me recently why Classical IPR had stopped playing “pure” classical music in recent years. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond.

The smarty pants in me wanted to say, “Puri? Like the choral composer Stefan Puri?”

The historian in me wanted to raise the alarm about the terrible things that have happened in American and global history in the name of keeping institutions, music, art and populations “pure.”

Instead, I said, “What do you mean by ‘pure’ classical?”

They responded, “You know, Beethoven and Brahms.”

The smarty pants in me wanted to say, “Oh, like, Beethoven’s variations on the song ‘Es war einmal ein alter Mann,’ or ‘Once upon a time there was an old man’?”

Instead, I said, “Thanks for your feedback.”

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Darius Rucker Reflects on His Jump to Country Music as He Celebrates Huge Milestones

Darius Rucker is set to launch the next era of his career as he prepares to release his next album, Carolyn’s Boy. However, he took a moment to look back before he kicked off this next album cycle. Rucker was the guest of honor at The Electric Jane in Nashville on Oct. 26 in celebration of his cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” reaching Diamond status — making it only the fourth country song to reach that milestone. The event, which was attended by Today’s Craig Melvin and music industry figures, was also meant to mark his 10 No. 1 songs (not counting his work with Hootie & the Blowfish).

In the spirit of this momentous occasion, we asked Rucker to reflect on the start of his solo career and the trepidation that came with entering the country genre. In the media roundtable before the bash, Rucker, 56, told PopCulture that his successful solo career was kickstarted by the hustling he did around the release of his debut solo single, 2008’s “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”

“I look back on that period as the example of hard work paid off,” Rucker said. “I came to Nashville and Duncan signed me at Capitol, and we really didn’t know what was going to happen. He promised me a shot, he told me if I gave him a country record, he’d give me a shot. And when we put out ‘Don’t Think’ and went around the radio stations, really the naysayers were the leaders. And I got it; there was really no reason for us to expect success. Even if we had written (Patsy Cline’s) ‘Crazy,’ there’s no reason to expect success. But going out to the radio stations and working hard and going around and doing all the things and being the baby band on Dierks (Bentley) and Brad (Paisley)’s tour and stuff like that, that hard work is what paid off. And so now I look back, and I’m glad that I have my work ethic, and I’m glad that I don’t mind taking chances. Because if I hadn’t had those two things, I wouldn’t be sitting there talking to you guys.”

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While Rucker’s worked hard to get to this point, he noted elsewhere in the conversation that he’s comfortable enough to slow down a bit. While he’s just as dedicated to music as ever, he’s learned to appreciate his time away from work more in recent years.

“I didn’t always give myself time to enjoy it (life),” Rucker said. “It was always work, work, work, work, work. And (if) you’re not working, concentrating on family. But now I’ve learned to say ‘no,’ which was really big for me, learning to say ‘no.’ And I love it. I love writing songs, I love all of it, but I’m at a really cool place in my career where I’m not chasing it anymore. It’s either going to be there or it’s not, now, for me. So I love it. I still love doing it more than anything in the world, but I also love my time off a lot now, too.”

Rucker will release Carolyn’s Boy at an undisclosed date in 2023. Rucker has released two singles ahead of the album, “Same Beer Different Problem” and the Chapel Hart collaboration “Ol’ Church Hymn.”

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Where to hear live music in the Lake Geneva area: Nov. 9-19, 2022

The following information is subject to changes, including cancellations. To list an upcoming gig, email us at newsroom@lakegenevanews.net.

Big gigs

Kathy MatteaNov. 12, 7 p.m., Big Foot High School Auditorium, 401 Devils Lane, Walworth. Tickets: $58.75. Visit bigfootfinearts.com to purchase tickets.

Back In Time — Tribute to 1980s music and Huey Lewis & the News. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 11 & 12, 7 p.m., Belfry Music Theatre, 3601 Highway 67, Delavan, belfrymusictheatre.com. Tickets: $58-76.

Unforgettable Fire — U2 tribute. Friday & Saturday, Nov. 18 & 19, 7 p.m., Belfry Music Theatre. Tickets: $58-76.


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Open Mic — 7-11 p.m., Broken Spoke Tavern & Eatery, 332 Fellows Road, Genoa City.

Glenn Davis blues jam — 9 p.m., Hogs & Kisses, 149 Broad St., Lake Geneva.

Mike VanDyke — 5:30-8:30 p.m., Pier 290, 1 Liechty Drive, Williams Bay.

Doug Sheen — 6:30-9 p.m., Flat Iron Tap, 150 Center St., Lake Geneva.

Jeff Trudell — 5-8 p.m., Topsy Turvy Brewery, 727 Geneva St., Lake Geneva.

Rick Venn — 5-9 p.m., Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling, 401 E. Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva.

D’Lite Duo — 6-10 p.m., Pier 290.

Andrew Tilander — 7-10 p.m., Crafted Italia at The Ridge, W4240 Highway 50, Town of Geneva.

LaMont — 5-8 p.m., Topsy Turvy Brewery.

Smooth Blues with John Gueher — 5-9 p.m., Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling.

Nathan & Brido — 6-9 p.m., Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company, N5543 County Road O, Elkhorn.

Karen Shook — 7-10 p.m., Crafted Italia at The Ridge.

Randy McCallister — 7-10 p.m., Pier 290.

A.T.O. — 7-9 p.m., Delavan Lake Store & Lounge, 2001 North Shore Drive, Delavan.

The Acoustix — 7-10 p.m., The Hive Taproom, W2463 County Road ES, East Troy.

Kevin Kennedy — 10 p.m.-1 a.m., The Lookout at Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan.

Matt Jaye — 5:30-8:30 p.m., Pier 290.

Open Mic — 7-11 p.m., Broken Spoke Tavern & Eatery.

Glenn Davis blues jam — 9 p.m., Hogs & Kisses.

Jon Rouse — 5:30-8:30 p.m., Pier 290.

Matt Jaye — 5-8 p.m., Topsy Turvy Brewery.

Tom Stanfield — 5-7 p.m., Niche, 715 Hunt Club Drive Unit C, Town of Geneva.

Matthew Adam — 5-9 p.m., Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling.

D’Lite Duo — 6-10 p.m., Pier 290.

Andrew Tilander — 7-10 p.m., Crafted Italia at The Ridge.

Matt Jaye — 5-8 p.m., Topsy Turvy Brewery.

Rebecca & the Grey Notes — 5-9 p.m., Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling.

Novy Spinners — 6-9 p.m., Duesterbeck’s Brewing Company.

Karen Shook — 7-10 p.m., Crafted Italia at The Ridge.

Glenn Davis — 7-10 p.m., Pier 290.

Marr’Lo Parada — 10 p.m.-1 a.m., The Lookout at Lake Lawn Resort.

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AROUND CAPE ANN: Love letters focus of Olson lecture | News

The work of the late Charles Olson, a 20th century American poet who made Gloucester his home, still makes ripples around the world.

In that spirit, the annual Charles Olson Lecture will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Cape Ann Museum auditorium at 27 Pleasant St., in downtown Gloucester. The talk is free to the public but reservations are required. The lecture also will be live-streamed on Facebook and Vimeo.

The featured speaker will be Sharon Thesen, a poet and scholar, who will give a talk titled “Olson & Love: The Transformative Correspondence of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff.” Thesen will talk about working with Ralph Maud on the pair’s correspondence for which there are two editions: “A Modern Correspondence,” published by Wesleyan in 1999, and “After Completion: The Later Letters,” published in 2014.

“In this lecture, Thesen will show how Olson’s love affair with Frances Boldereff set his compass intellectually in his move toward the recovery of what could be found in the archaic as a guide or inspiration for a new poetics,” according to the museum.

Thesen, who grew up in western Canada, attended Simon Fraser University in British Columbia where she studied poetry with Robin Blaser, George Bowering, and Maud. She later began teaching English and creative writing. This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Gloucester Writers Center.

Olson, a literary giant in the post-modern realm, created a personal library of massive proportions at his home at 28 Fort Square in Gloucester. That library is now housed at the University of Connecticut, along with other Olson papers. Maud created a near duplicate of Olson’s library, which was later given to the Gloucester Writers Center. Earlier this year, the Gloucester Writers Center donated the Maud/Olson Library to the Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives. This is a collection of 4,000 volumes owned, read, or referenced by Charles Olson. The library is now housed within the Janet & William Ellery James Center at the CAM Green.

To mark this new acquisition, the museum will offer a tour of the Maud/Olson Library at the CAM Green,13 Poplar St., on Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. The library is situated next to the Vincent Ferrini Library. Attendees registered for the 1 p.m. talk are welcome to join the tour at 11 a.m. To register and for more details, visit capeannmuseum.org.

Halloween party

The Knowles Halloween Bash, open to the public, takes place Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Gloucester Elks, at 101 Atlantic Road on Gloucester’s Back Shore. Costumes encouraged for those wanting to dress up but are not required. There will be food, cash bar and live music from Tregony Bow. Tickets are $20. For details and advance tickets, go to Kenneth J. Knowles’ Facebook page. Tickets also at the door.

Musicians Unleashed

Cape Ann Symphony announces the return of its popular Musicians Unleashed Concert Series with its next performance, “American Classical Music,” on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester.

“We wanted to put together a program of great music that reflects the vast and wide diversity of peoples and cultures that have made up and continue to make up our great country of America” said Cape Ann Symphony Conductor Yoichi Udagawa.

The concert program features an array of musical styles, from Dvorak to the Grateful Dead. Selections include works by Florence Price, Cape Ann Symphony Concertmaster and violinist Scott Moore, William Grant Still, and Rachel Grimes. The concert will be performed by Cape Ann Symphony violinist Erica Pisaturo, cellist Seth MacLeod and violist Brandon White as well as Moore.

Udagawa said he is thrilled that the audiences will get a chance to hear and meet the new concertmaster.

“Scott Moore is a fabulous violinist who plays at an incredibly high level in all kinds of styles from classical music to Kentucky Bluegrass,” he said.

For more information and tickets, visit www.capeannsymphony.org.

NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner

The 2022 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner, Alisa Amador, will perform on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Old Sloop Presents performing arts series, held at the handicap-accessible Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church of Rockport, 12 School St.

Amador’s music is known for its synthesis of many styles, including rock, jazz, funk and alternative folk, wrapped in the spirit of Latin music. NPR’s Cyrena Touros calls her “a pitch-perfect rendition of my wildest dreams.”

The opener will be Hayley Sabella, who was born in Massachusetts but raised in Nicaragua. She won the 2019 New England Songwriting Competition.

For tickets and information, visit oldslooppresents.org.

Classic films, live music

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents an afternoon of classic silent movies this Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 pm. at the Gloucester Meetinghouse at the corner of Church and Middle streets with live keyboard accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

This family-friendly afternoon will feature three works from the early era of cinematic history presented on a large screen with Rapsis infusing his interpretations of this lost technique. The films, with non-stop action and knee-slapping comedy routines, were selected for their wide appeal.

The films are:

“The Haunted House” (1921) with Buster Keaton. A gang of robbers, a crooked bank manager, and a bank teller converge on a booby-trapped house decorated to appear haunted in order to fool the authorities. A series of uproarious encounters between the antagonists leaves the audience wondering who the true villain really is.

“The Floorwalker” (1916) with Charlie Chaplin in his signature role as “The Tramp.” This early comedy features “gags galore” with an early version of an attempt to run down the up escalator and one character mirroring the movements of another.

“The Kid” (1921), which was written and directed by Chaplin. He plays the role of “The Tramp” who cares for a young boy whose mother left him for adoption. The three’s lives become intertwined in this heartwarming story of reconciliation.

Tickets are available online at www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org, or at the door. General seating $15; students with ID $5; children under 12 free.

Yellow Brick Road party

The Studio restaurant, at 51 Rocky Neck Ave. in Gloucester, will close out the season by presenting a Wizard of Oz-themed Halloween event on Sunday, Oct. 30, when the team will be decked out as their favorite characters. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

“At Smith Cove’s own Emerald City, country crooner Annie Brobst will serenade scarecrows from 6 to 9 p.m. while the bar mixes up some potent potions,” according to a press release. Some of those libations feature The Studio’s “Oz-twist” on a rum runner, or a “Brain Shot” made with peach schnapps, Bailey’s Irish Cream and grenadine.

In an added note, the restaurant team is rallying around a fund-raiser by Sal Valenti, the sous chef, whose 10-month old dog, Trager, needs an unexpected surgery on his leg estimated to cost $8,000. To help defray the costs, a baseball signed by recent Hall of Fame inductee David “Big Papi” Ortiz as well as a signed Patriots jersey by running back LeGarrette Blount will be auctioned off. Both items will be available for bidding onsite on Oct. 30. There is a fundraiser page also on Sal Valenti’s Facebook page.

Irish folk singer

Tommy Sands, an Irish troubadour and peace activist, is performing “Music of Peace and Healing” at First Church in Ipswich, at 1 Meetinghouse Green, on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. This is a free presentation of the House of Peace in Ipswich.

Gloucester’s Michael O’Leary, vocals, and Carol McIntyre, harp, will open the program; Pierce Woodward, fiddle, and Harry Wagg, guitar, will welcome concertgoers with a set of fiddle tunes in the foyer before the show. For more information, visit www.houseofpeaceinc.org.

Around Cape Ann is a column devoted to events happening on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann performing elsewhere. If you would like to submit an item, contact reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-675-2706 or gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com at least two weeks in advance.

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CCC-C welcomes new instrumental music instructor

Central Community College-Columbus has a new instrumental music instructor and concert band director, Dr. Krista Vazquez Connelly, whose first concert will be held this weekend.

The concert will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the Fine Arts Building auditorium, 4500 63rd St. in Columbus. On Thursday, Nov. 3, a choir concert will be held at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, 2710 14th St. The band and choir will have a combined concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building auditorium.

To welcome Vazquez Connelly to the community, The Columbus Telegram asked her some questions about her background and new role at the college.

Question: Where are you from?

Answer: I grew up in western Kansas. I’m from Nebraska, originally, but I spent most of my growing up in a tiny town in western Kansas. I have a lot of family in Nebraska, so this does feel like home at this point.

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Q: When did you start at the college?

A: I just started at the very end of July.

Q: Do you live in Columbus?

A: My husband and I moved, right before I started, a few days before I started that position. We moved over from Lincoln.

Q: Are you based on the Columbus campus?

A: Yes. Both of our music instructors here teach online courses, so we do serve the other campuses and communities for Central but the actual music program where you have ensembles, that’s here.

A: I’m the concert band director, (the concert band) meets once a week in the evening. A large part of that’s actually community members, as well as students here and high school students. It’s a really fun generational mix that we enjoy. I also teach a couple of online classes, gen ed music, we have a history of rock. We have an intro to music which basically looks at mainly Western classical music, the history of it …. And I also teach some of our core music curriculum, like ear training.

Q: What is your background? 

A: I’m a trumpet player, that’s how it started. I do teach trumpet lessons and other instruments here too. I also did music education in my earlier degrees. My advanced degrees are in music composition. So my specialty now is actually as a composer, but I kind of do everything here. I pull from that entire background to work here, which is good.

Q: When did you start playing trumpet? 

A: Fifth grade, so probably 10-years-old. I’ve been playing for a long time.

Q: How has it been going at CCC-C?

A: Great. I really like the community here. I like the students. They clearly have a passion for what they’re doing. They are working hard for me and I’ve enjoyed everybody I’ve met that I’m working with as well. We’re still getting to know Columbus, of course.

Q: What do you hope to bring to the college?

A: We’re hoping to grow the program, of course, especially post-COVID. COVID shut down so many things, and music and entertainment was one of the big ones. I’m definitely hoping to grow the program hoping to eventually expand offerings perhaps that the community might benefit from.

Q: Tell me about your first concert coming up. 

A: On Oct. 30, Sunday afternoon, at 3 p.m., we have our first concert of the whole year. It will be just the concert band with the second half being the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, which is a partnership that used to happen many times, we’re bringing that back again. Our half is titled “Tribute.” That title refers to two things. The pieces on the program, most of them are written by an American composer who has either recently passed away and so we’re giving them a pretty fresh tribute, or they passed away many years ago but they had a really big impact on American music or music globally. There’s one composer who’s not American, and I chose that work because it has a memorial quality to it. It’s slow, meditative a little bit and so I chose it for a slightly different tribute purpose.

Q: Do people need to buy tickets?

A: It is free. We do take donations but it’s very much a free event. And anybody can come.

Q: What do you think people can gain from attending the concert? 

A: I hope that especially post-COVID, people will see a revitalization of the arts. And that’s something that’s happening everywhere, just to finally feel like we’re getting back to normal. I hope that they will see a growing program. Something they can tell their friends about if they have friends who play an instrument, or maybe they play. We have a lot of community members in the ensemble and I’m always looking for more people.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: I’d love to add something about my husband (Oscar Vazquez Medrano). We met doing our doctorates at UNL. He is finishing his doctorate right now in piano performance, he’ll be done very soon. He teaches piano and is wanting to get into the community, more teaching and helping as well. We’re both thrilled to be here and hope to make an impact in Columbus and the surrounding area.

Hannah Schrodt can be reached via email at hannah.schrodt@lee.net.

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ISU to host music festival Wednesday through Friday | Local News

The Indiana State University School of Music will host the 56th Annual Contemporary Music Festival from Wednesday to Friday.

Featured festival guests include award-winning composer Stacy Garrop; guest artists Joe Lulloff, saxophone, and Yu-Lien The, piano; and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as orchestra-in-residence. Guests will also include Kyle Rivera, winner of the Orchestra Composition Contest, and winners of the Music Now Chamber Music Contest. In addition, the festival will feature students and faculty of the School of Music in both chamber music and large ensemble settings.

The festival includes six concerts and seven discussion sessions. Showcase concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, beginning with the opening festival concert Wednesday evening in Tilson Auditorium, then continuing with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra on Thursday in Tilson Auditorium and a full recital by Lulloff and The on Friday evening in the Boyce Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

All festival events are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, visit https://www.indstate.edu/cas/cmf.

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