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Theater department under new management as Ratz takes the stage

Theater department under new management as Ratz takes the stage

By Sara Heimlich, Social Media Editor

September 30, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Naomi Ratz, former English teacher and current Yearbook advisor, has big plans and high expectations for the theater department as she takes over as theater director this year. Ratz has graduate degrees in both English Education and Theater Education, and has always dreamed about becoming a theater te...

Drumline is Bangin’

Drumline is Bangin’

By Fiona Asbury, Editor-in-chief

September 29, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Despite its hard-to-miss presence, the drumline is perhaps one of the most underappreciated aspects of the CHS community. Led by senior captains Leo Simon, Zach Eisner and Shayan Sadegh, the drumline consists of 18 percussionists who gather to rally student support at CHS events. The drumline is not...

Junior Performs at Luncheon for Chinese President

Junior Performs at Luncheon for Chinese President

By Madison Hurr, Features Editor

September 28, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music, Observations, Online Exclusives, Top Stories

On Sept. 25, junior trombonist Ethan Shrier performed at a luncheon co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to welcome China’s president Xi Jinping on his visit to the U.S. Shrier, as part of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO), was invited...

Ed Sheeran ignites crowd at Verizon Center

Ed Sheeran ignites crowd at Verizon Center

By Maya Rosenberg, Social Media Editor

September 25, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Eighteen thousand people filled the Verizon Center Sept. 22 to watch flame haired singer – songwriter Ed Sheeran perform the first of his two shows in DC. Christina Perri, the opening act, warmed up the crowd with her well known love ballad, “A Thousand Years”. The entire arena lit up from the...

Sweetlife festival offers bigger lineup, better food

Sweetlife festival offers bigger lineup, better food

By Thomas Atkinson and Isabel Dibble

May 26, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Sweetlife, the annual music festival hosted by the salad company Sweetgreen, is back on May 30 and 31 at Merriweather Post Pavilion and is going to be bigger than ever, featuring many big names such as Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris. The event started in 2010 with the opening of Sweetgreen’s...

Big Sean’s ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ surpasses expectations

Big Sean’s ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ surpasses expectations

By Arjun Swmaminathan, Online Arts Editor

March 20, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

Featuring brilliant introspective lyrics and outstanding production, Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise is a standout record that surpasses expectations and leaves listeners wanting more. Sean’s third studio record was released Feb. 24 and sold 173,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week. Artists...

Surprise albums entertain fans, attract listeners

Surprise albums entertain fans, attract listeners

By Zach Silver, Staff Writer

March 20, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

If you’re reading this... it’s too late. Drake’s mixtape, which was released Feb. 12, is just one of the several instances in which an artist has released music for his fans without giving notice. The phenomenon of artists releasing surprise albums has taken the world by storm over the course...

CHS students in MCYO and YAA perform in concert at Strathmore

CHS students in MCYO and YAA perform in concert at Strathmore

By Emily Wang, Circulation Manager

March 13, 2015


Filed under Arts, Music

MCYO, All State, All County and YAA; it can be a little confusing for CHS students who do not play an instrument when their musician friends start using their own lingo. Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) Philharmonic and Young Artists of America (YAA) partnered together to perform Bernstein's...

‘Concert for Valor’ celebrates Veterans Day

‘Concert for Valor’ celebrates Veterans Day

By Julia McDermott, Sports Editor

November 14, 2014


Filed under Arts, Music, Online Exclusives

One by one, Rihanna fans intermingled with Metallica groupies and mixed in with veterans in uniform as they filed through security and onto the National Mall Tuesday night, making up the massive crowd that attended the Concert for Valor in celebration of Veterans Day. Free tickets, combined with a p...

Singer Jason Derulo wows crowd at Fillmore

Singer Jason Derulo wows crowd at Fillmore

By Thomas Atkinson and Alissa Li

November 11, 2014


Filed under Arts, Music

International pop star Jason Derulo performed Oct. 28 at the Fillmore alongside Becky G and Wallpaper. Derulo started his music career back in 2009 by writing songs for other musicians, and then released his debut single “Whatcha Say”, shooting him into the limelight. The concert was held at...

Body positivity songs argue that size doesn’t matter

Body positivity songs argue that size doesn’t matter

By Danielle Kiefer and Hannah Yasharoff

October 24, 2014


Filed under Arts, Music

Media outlets constantly bombard teenagers with images and ideas about how their bodies should look, often portraying thin women as society’s idea of perfection. However, many recent popular songs have gone against that trend, focusing instead on body positivity. Songs such as Meghan Trainor’s...

Fans follow Maggie Rose

By Hannah Yasharoff, Staff Writer

May 28, 2014


Filed under Arts, Music

“Looking back now, I probably should’ve let him run” is the opening line to country singer, Potomac native and Georgetown Visitation alumna Maggie Rose’s new hit single “Looking Back Now,” a song that deals with toxic relationships, a tragic ending and ultimately, regret. In real life, Rose, bo...

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