The meaning of music

The meaning of music

Traveling to the mountain peak town of Verbier, Switzerland requires a flight into Geneva, a changeover of two trains and boarding a teardrop-shaped gondola that shoots straight up a dizzying incline. The streets are paved with cobblestone and lined with pricey shops, bistros and banners that point the way to the music festival. The panoramic […]

Tuning into Korean Culture: Exploring the Effect of K-Pop on Korean-Americans

Tuning into Korean Culture: Exploring the Effect of K-Pop on Korean-Americans

At the first ever school-wide multicultural fair last year, the Asian Students in Action club blasted Korean pop music, or K-Pop, through huge speakers on the quad. As the foreign music, characterized by catchy hooks and punctuated with random English lyrics, played on, students started to dance along. ASiA leader Lucy Kim ’19, a first […]

BUTI-ful Tones

BUTI-ful Tones

Students attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, a performing arts summer program for students from June 17 to Aug. 11 to sharpen their musical skills. Students could choose from a variety of classes, such as orchestra rehearsals, chamber rehearsals and music theory classes. The camp included three programs, as well as a concert and a […]

Keeping Her Composure: Composer Esther Ollivier ’18

Keeping Her Composure: Composer Esther Ollivier ’18

Walking through the Norton Simon Museum, Esther Ollivier ’18 stopped at a painting of a ballerina massaging her foot while sitting in a dimly lit room. Ollivier scanned the painting as ideas of how to transform the piece of art into her next musical composition raced through her mind. She began composing music in middle […]

We should not write off hip-hop

There is a part of our community that is apathetic or openly hostile to the genre of hip-hop. I hate hip-hop,” a student said. “Hip-hop is not real music,” a teacher said. I have been a hip-hop fan my entire life. I don’t remember a time in which it was not my favorite genre of […]

Student wins music competition

Ben Beckman ’19 won first place in the high school division of the Frost Composition Competition at the University of Miami for his original piece “Three Views” for Piano Quartet. Beckman plays French horn for the upper school symphony, and his compositions have been played by the symphony in previous concerts. A frequent participant of […]

Striking a Chord

Striking a Chord

Sitting at her desk, violinist Clara Ross ’19 read over her schedule for her next school year, realizing that she had to make an important decision that could define her Harvard-Westlake career: choosing between orchestra and debate. An eighth grader at the time, Ross sat in frustration as she weighed her two options. Ultimately, she […]

Genius Grant recipient Josh Kun ’89 speaks about music’s impact

Genius Grant recipient Josh Kun ’89 speaks about music’s impact

Kutler Center Scholar in Residence and MacArthur Fellowship recipient Josh Kun ’89 discussed interpreting music as social change in his meetings with students and faculty this week. Kun asked students to share the big problems that they have encountered in the world and then offered his perspective on the way to approach them. “Being ‘woke’ is a […]

Musicians perform in instrumental concert

Musicians perform in instrumental concert

Musicians from the Upper School Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Camerata Strings and String Quartet performed in the Fall Instrumental Music Concert in the Rugby Theater Nov. 18. Students performed piecessuch as Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances,” Antonin Dvorak’s “String Quartet in F” and other compositions. Performing Arts Teacher Shawn Costantino conducted the Wind Ensemble, and Mark […]

Upper school students perform at annual KAPA dinner, raise money for charities

Upper school students perform at annual KAPA dinner, raise money for charities

Upper school symphony students who are members of Soma, which aids the disabled through music, previewed their upcoming “Melody of Compassion” performance for the Korean American Parent Association’s annual dinner at the Oxford Hotel on Aug. 21. “We performed for them and showed them a little bit of what our symphony is and how Harvard-Westlake […]

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