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Solange’s “A Seat at the Table” Successfully Comments on Society

Solange’s “A Seat at the Table” Successfully Comments on Society

By Dani Miller, Production Editor

October 25, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

Following in the footsteps of her über-famous sister Beyonce, Solange Knowles’ new album “A Seat at the Table” infuses neo-soul and poetry to sonically share the story of Black America in a way that demands to be heard. For most of her career, Solange Knowles has been stuck in the shadows of...

Junior Releases Original EP

Junior Releases Original EP

By Sarah O'Brien and Thomas Atkinson, Arts Editor and News Editor

September 22, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

On Sept. 15, junior Sam Nasar released his first Extended Preview (EP), “Self Signed.” Ever since Nasar’s mother introduced him to musical theater, he has always had a passion for the arts. Nasar has been in Showstoppers and Blast for the past three years as well as in the school musical for...

CHS Students Have Their Eyes on ‘Hamilton’

CHS Students Have Their Eyes on ‘Hamilton’

By Dani Miller, Production Editor

May 26, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Prepare to learn about our founding fathers as you never have before. Based off the novel Hamilton by Ron Chernow, composer and lead actor Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway play Hamilton humorously and poetically delves into the life of America’s often forgotten founding father, Alexander Hamilton....

Re-“Views” of Drake’s New Album

Re-“Views” of Drake’s New Album

By Ross Tanenbaum, Senior Writer

May 2, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives

After capturing the internet with his unique dance moves in “Hotline Bling,” Drake has finally released his new full album. On April 29, Drake released Views, a 20 song album which includes “Hotline Bling” and the more recent hit “One Dance.” This is Drake’s sixth album and has been highly antic...

‘Students Awaken’: Music Dept. Holds Concert

‘Students Awaken’: Music Dept. Holds Concert

By Matthew Sun, Fact Checker

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

The CHS Music Department will end the school year with a themed concert. The theme is “Awaken” and their goal is to make a unique impression on the audience. The Instrumental Music Gala will take place April 29 from 7 to 9 p.m., and will feature two chamber orchestras, a select group of...

CHS Alumni Continue in their Arts Exploration

CHS Alumni Continue in their Arts Exploration

By Sarah O’Brien, Arts Editor

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

All students take some form of art class at CHS, yet most do not continue once they graduate. The Observer has contacted a few recent graduates who have continued their passions in art after their life at CHS. Adam Settlage Adam Settlage graduated in 2014 and was a member of the show cho...

Student Art Spotlight: Anthony Ratinov

Student Art Spotlight: Anthony Ratinov

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Manager

April 29, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Senior Anthony Ratinov began playing piano at the age of 4, and his grandmother has been his teacher ever since. He started playing because his grandmother noticed he was singing along to the piano and decided to give him lessons. "My biggest inspiration, not only in music, has probably been my grandma," Ratinov s...

Kendrick Lamar drops new album

Kendrick Lamar drops new album

By Arjun Swaminathan, News Editor

March 20, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

9.5/10 In Untitled Unmastered, Kendrick Lamar reasserts his dominance of the hip hop genre through complex lyricism, captivating social commentary and euphonious instrumentals. The rapper released the compilation album by complete surprise March 4, nearly a year since the critically acclaimed To...

“The Life of Pablo” Album Review: 8.9/10

“The Life of Pablo” Album Review: 8.9/10

By Arjun Swaminathan, New Editor

February 28, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

8.9/10 With introspective lyrics and outstanding production, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo effectively captures and combines the full range of his musical ability, but the album is not without its flaws. Preceded by the release of his songs “Wolves,” “Real Friends” and “No More Parties...

Drake Versus Meek Mill: Who’s the Winner?

Drake Versus Meek Mill: Who’s the Winner?

By Dani Miller, Staff Writer

February 25, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Oh man, oh man. Not again. In typical rap beef fashion, the first single off of Drake’s upcoming album, Views from the 6, is a diss track against rapper Meek Mill, reviving a supposedly dead fight from this summer and once again asking the age old question: “Who’s better: Drake or Meek Mill?” In...

Must-see upcoming theater productions take the stage

Must-see upcoming theater productions take the stage

By Arielle Gordon, Arts Editor

December 23, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

The winter play You Can’t Take it With You will be performed Feb 19, 20, 26 and 27. You Can’t Take it With You is a comedy about two families whose son and daughter get engaged and all of the crazy events that ensue. The play will feature Areya Campbell-Rosen as Penny, Remington Steele as...

Senior singer-songwriter films music video

Senior singer-songwriter films music video

By Emiliana Cardinale, Production Editor

December 23, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Senior Stephanie Safdie wrote “Silhouettes” about nine months ago. The song is a metaphor for deeply falling in love with someone and then having that person disappear or “ghost” you. A music video for the song, filmed by senior Cameron Ozatalar, is set to come out on Safdie’s YouTube account,...

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