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Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble opens SCMS

McCray Hall is used to hearing the sounds of trumpets and trombones, but students there are not accustomed to hearing the sounds created for the opening of the Solo & Chamber Music Series.  The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble gave a concert as part of the Solo Chamber Music Series (SCMS) on …

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PSU department of music hosts String Madness workshop and concert

The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts is a typical venue for performances, especially by string instruments. However, the string orchestra worked all day on the Bicknell stage for String Madness.  The PSU department of music held the String Madness workshop all day on Friday, Sept. 20 at the Bicknell. The workshop featured string players …

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‘Joker:’ a prerelease first glance

The release date of “Joker” is upon us but let’s take a look at what got us to this point: the point where a supervillain solo film can win the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.  The film, directed by Todd Phillips, is to be released on Friday, Oct. 4 and is the origin …

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‘Castle Rock’ sends chills for King fans on Hulu

“Castle Rock” is a foray into the demented universe of Stephen King’s numerous books and it sells quite well.  The series, created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, stars Andre Holland as Henry Matthew Deaver, a criminal attorney and native of the town of Castle Rock, who returns to the …

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Sigma Alpha Iota supports sister with pancake feed

The ladies of Sigma Alpha Iota are known for supporting local musicians, but they have come together in a time of need for one of their own.  Women’s music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) hosted a pancake feed fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. The …

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University remembers and honors professor emeritus Carolann Martin

For 24 years, the Southeast Kansas (SEK) Symphony at Pittsburg State was conducted under a single baton, the baton and conducting prowess of Carolann Martin.  On the morning of Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, professor emeritus of cello and bass, and former conductor of the SEK Symphony Carolann Martin died at Via Christi Village. Martin was the conductor and artistic …

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Little Balkans’ Days provides community with new opportunities

The “Little Balkans’ Days” festival comes around once a year and this year, there are some new avenues for Pittsburg denizens to partake.  The Little Balkans’s Days festival took place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at various locations around Pittsburg including Lincoln Park, the Pittsburg Meadowbrook Mall, and Pittsburg …

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‘Jawline’ presents a cautionary tale to Hulu viewers

“Jawline” is the story of how one young man’s wish can quickly spiral into a social media catastrophe of epic proportions.   The documentary, directed by Liza Mandelup, tells the story of Austyn Tester, a 16-year old from Tennessee with big dreams of becoming a “social media influencer.” The film also features …

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