The Northerner

Keyboard Plus Festival draws in musicians young and old

Keyboard Plus Festival draws in musicians young and old

Megan Bechtold, Reporter

November 3, 2019

NKU’s Keyboard Plus Festival brought pianists from ages five to 50 to the stage in Greaves Concert Hall on Saturday.

SOTA Showcase brings the arts outdoors

SOTA Showcase brings the arts outdoors

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

October 21, 2019

The air is warm and the sun is shining—perfect weather for an outdoor concert at Loch Norse that draws students and community members alike to campus on a Saturday afternoon. Black, yellow and white balloons line the sidewalk, along with chalk art, leading visitors from a do-it-yourself screen printing station to the live performances of Broadway songs, musical theatre previews, jazz ensembles and rhythm and blues groups.

Japanese musical troupe performs in Otto Budig Theater

Japanese musical troupe performs in Otto Budig Theater

Emily Broyles, Contributor

October 11, 2019

“The good old chindonya, changing the world from dark to light, people both young and old clap their hands, chinchira dondon chin dondon ….”  This simple line from a chindonya troupe in Kumayama, Japan brings to mind a packed square filled with people crowded around a small group of performers d...

NKU faculty brass trio takes the stage in Greaves Concert Hall

NKU faculty brass trio takes the stage in Greaves Concert Hall

Megan Bechtold, Reporter

October 7, 2019

The faculty brass trio took the stage last night in Greaves Concert Hall for their inaugural first performance as a collective. In addition to the trio performances, they took turns at solo performances as well.  The performances included first-year assistant professor and lecturer of low brass and ...

BLINK festival encourages collaboration between students, faculty, alumni

BLINK festival encourages collaboration between students, faculty, alumni

Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor

October 2, 2019

BLINK, a free, light-based art festival, is easily the biggest event in Cincinnati. The inaugural BLINK in 2017 drew more than a million people to the Queen City—almost 400,000 more than Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. After the roaring success of the festival’s first year, Brad McCombs, associate professor of art and music program head, knew that NKU’s School of the Arts had to get involved somehow.

Two professors release collaborative poetry book

Two professors release collaborative poetry book

Haley Millay, Reporter

September 30, 2019

Students, faculty, staff and personal friends gathered on Friday to celebrate the release of NKU professors Megan D. Henson and J. Michael Skaggs’s new book entitled “What Pain Does.”

Student’s goal shifts from Broadway to local band

Student’s goal shifts from Broadway to local band

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

September 27, 2019

Senior musical theatre major Kali Marsh had everything figured out for post-graduation life. She had plans for the Disney College Program, moving to New York City and pursuing a career on Broadway. But after finding a home in Cincinnati-based pop rock band Rosewood Coast, Marsh’s goals have shifted. 

Disney classic ‘Freaky Friday’ graces SOTA stage

Disney classic ‘Freaky Friday’ graces SOTA stage

Raven McNeal, Reporter

September 26, 2019

“Freaky Friday,” a 2003 film starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan about a mother and daughter whose bodies are magically switched, is a memorable Disney live-action film of the current generation’s earlier years. Now, NKU’s School of the Arts will be one of the first programs in the region to perform the new musical adaptation.

‘Children’s Hour’ to debut in Henry Konstantinow Theatre

‘Children’s Hour’ to debut in Henry Konstantinow Theatre

Kane Mitten, Arts & Life Editor

September 25, 2019

For acting BFA senior and stage director Mikinley Grace, being a part of the Henry Konstantinow Theatre’s latest production, “Children’s Hour,” is a passion project. “It’s an enjoyable experience because there are people who want to make art, just to make art,” Grace said. “We’re not ge...

Newest SOTA play details first African-American theatre company

Newest SOTA play details first African-American theatre company

Corinne Byrne, Assistant Arts & Life Editor

September 25, 2019

Forty years before the Civil War in New York City, William Henry Brown made the controversial decision to have his African-American theatre company put on a performance of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” at the same time as the rival Park Theatre. Opening on Sept. 26, the School of the Arts’ theatre department will be performing “The African Company Presents Richard III,” a dramatization of this historical event.

‘Equus’ looks to shock, scare audiences

‘Equus’ looks to shock, scare audiences

Haley Millay, Writer

September 25, 2019

NKU’s Henry Konstantinow Theatre in the School of the Arts has put on a number of outrageous and shocking student-directed productions, and “Equus” is no exception. 

“Homecoming” sees NKU alum return to her roots

“Homecoming” sees NKU alum return to her roots

Emily Broyles, Contributor

September 20, 2019

In the School of the Arts’ newest gallery, “Homecoming”, Hollis Hammonds imbues her past in her art, telling the story of her upbringing in Independence, KY. Hammonds, a 1998 NKU graduate and current Chair of Visual Studies at St. Edward’s University, wanted to highlight the shared American experience to hold onto objects and how the things we keep resonates meaning in others. 

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