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Chainsmokers’ Collage Is a Sure Success

Chainsmokers’ Collage Is a Sure Success

By Sophie Liss, Social Media Editor

November 15, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

The Chainsmokers’ rise to fame began in 2014 when they released the catchy and upbeat song “#SELFIE,” a dance hit about the popular culture trend of taking self-portrait photographs. The musicians’ popularity increased when they released “Kanye,” an infectious track about famous Hip-Hop star...

Student Art Spotlight: Jenna Wang

Student Art Spotlight: Jenna Wang

By Sarah O'Brien and Balbina Yang, Arts Editors

November 1, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Recognized in the state and county for her exceptional cello skills for the CHS and Montgomery County Youth Orchestra (MCYO) orchestras, senior and cellist Jenna Wang has set the standard for musical performance at CHS. Some of Wang’s achievements include being the principal cellist of the MCYO and...

Art Speak! Brings Broadway Actors to CHS

Art Speak! Brings Broadway Actors to CHS

By Jake Herman, Public Relations Editor

November 1, 2016


Filed under Arts, Movies and Television, Music, Top Stories

Lights, camera, action! ArtSpeak! is coming to the CHS auditorium Nov.17. The event, which is organized and led by students enrolled in the CHS Advanced Acting and Directing class, is completely free and open to the community. It is geared towards students and parents in the community. ArtSpeak! brings...

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...

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