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Installations in Galleries Provoke Thought

Installations in Galleries Provoke Thought

Ben Calmas ‘18

October 26, 2017


Filed under Arts

With two galleries on campus, there is always much artwork to explore on the Circle. This fall, art faculty Beth Van Gelder and Monika Andersson worked to curate art that would encourage students to engage with our resident galleries. The Brodigan Gallery, located next to the Webb-Marshall Room, cu...

New Leader For Groton’s Gospel Choir

Fran Saldivar '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under Arts

Robert Pate, the new gospel choir director, brings a new set of vocals and unique experiences to the Circle. Hailing from Baltimore, Mr. Pate has distinguished himself from his classmates at public school for singing in adult choirs from a young age and for directing successful church and school choirs. M...

Artist of the Issue: Daisy Fey

Artist of the Issue: Daisy Fey

Cara Chang '20

October 26, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts, Showcase

Some artists only master one art form and boast perfect control over their execution and inspiration. Daisy Fey ‘18 is the exact opposite: a Renaissance girl. Daisy paints, draws, sings, tattoos, and writes. Rather than looking for inspiration, Daisy lets it find her, aiming only to “draw the ener...

It Fails to Fulfill Its Namesake

It Fails to Fulfill Its Namesake

Ani Gogineni ‘20

October 26, 2017


Filed under Arts

Nothing ever appears as terrifying on screen as it does in our minds when we are alone with a novel. Stephen King’s latest book-to-screen adaptation, It, directed by Andres Muschietti, is based on the unsettling 1,300-page epic published in 1986. But the movie fails to live up to the novel and, quite...

The Autumn Aux: Your Fall Playlist

The Autumn Aux: Your Fall Playlist

Fran Saldivar ‘19

October 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

Fall term is an endless list of possibilities – the season to reinvent yourself. New year, new me, right? The changing colors of the trees is the sign that another year of Groton has begun. With a blank slate in front of us, perhaps it’s time to also modify our playlist. The following list of new songs...

Artist of the Issue: Malik Gaye

Artist of the Issue: Malik Gaye

By Lilias Kim ‘19

October 3, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

While others chose baseball bats and paintbrushes, Malik Gaye ‘18 chose masks and microphones. He has a pronounced gift for theater—especially comedy—and enjoys making people laugh, especially his peers and younger Grotonians. The way he presents himself not only on stage as an actor, but also ...

Chronicling the Rise and Fall of Taylor Swift

Claire Lee ‘20 and Katie Reveno ‘20

October 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood / You know it used to be mad love / So take a look what you’ve done / ‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood. From Tennessee-native country singer to queen of pop, Taylor Swift is thought to have peaked at her album 1989, filled with instant chart toppers such as ...

An Interview with Melissa De Jesus, Groton’s Newest Art Teacher

An Interview with Melissa De Jesus, Groton’s Newest Art Teacher

Sophia Wu and Anya Hanitchak ‘21

October 3, 2017


Filed under Arts

Ms. De Jesus sits down with us in the early morning, willing to spend a few minutes of her day with third formers who have absolutely no idea how to hold a proper interview. As we mumble through our questions she answers thoroughly, and is genuinely pleased to be with us. She is excited and nervou...

Artist of the Issue: Candilla Park

Fran Saldivar '19

September 11, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

Candilla “Candy” Park ‘18 is what some might call a Renaissance girl. From writing and debating to playing instruments, dancing, and painting, Candy has explored many mediums of art.She has dipped her toes in some areas while taking a full dive into others. In her opinion, however, “the best t...

Summer Reading, Reviewed

Summer Reading, Reviewed

Leo McMahon '20

September 11, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

In the all-too-likely event that you skipped your summer reading, dear reader, I’ll relieve your suspense now: you did not miss any transformational experiences. That being said, you’ll find a pleasant few hours’ reading. Both the recommended community book (The Town that Food Saved) and the Diversity and...

Max Klein ’18 Makes Exquusite Music

Max Klein ’18 Makes Exquusite Music

Cara Chang '20

June 2, 2017


Filed under Arts, Theater

Haunting. Elegant. Intense. Playgoers were in awe of the music composed by Max Klein ‘18 that accompanied Groton’s production of Equus. Charlie Hawkings ‘17, who played psychiatrist Martin Dysart, said that Max’s music “truly captured the essence of the play.” Yet Max’s composition, despit...

Five Plays, Two Shows: One Acts Return

Five Plays, Two Shows: One Acts Return

Fran Saldivar '19

June 2, 2017


Filed under Arts, Theater

Spring term has flown by, with memorable events from Circle Fest and Events Dance to Spring Fling taking place throughout. Preeminent among these spring traditions, though, is the One Act Festival, in which students direct short one-act plays (often written by students). This year’s One Act Festival ...

Artist of the Issue: Michael Aduboffour ’17

Artist of the Issue: Michael Aduboffour ’17

Karla Sanford '19

June 2, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

While some Groton students blow the community away with their visual art, theatrical pursuits, or dance, Mike inspires with his words. He is an artistic force to be reckoned with in his own right. This year, Mike has truly blossomed as an artist, releasing his first professional single "Vapor" this winter and ...

13 Reasons Why Not

13 Reasons Why Not

May 11, 2017


Filed under Arts

Thirteen Reasons Why, a Netflix series based on the novel by Jay Asher, is considered controversial because of its portrayal of suicide. The show is about the reaction of various people to the thirteen tapes that 17-year-old Hannah Baker made before she committed suicide. Each of the tapes focuses on ...

Mohamad Hafez brings art to the Circle

Mohamad Hafez brings art to the Circle

Daisy Fey '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Arts, Visual Arts

This spring, Syrian artist Mohamad Hafez installed his powerful work around the Circle. Thanks to Beth Van Gelder, Mr. Hafez has been welcomed into our community to tell his story through his work.         Ms. Van Gelder first noticed Mohamad’s work in an ad in Artscope Magazine for an ...

DAMN.

DAMN.

Michael Senko '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

It has been over two years since Kendrick Lamar released To Pimp A Butterfly. The album, eclectic, masterful, and wildly successful, ushered in a new era of experimental rap-jazz that, at first listen, seems to continue in DAMN.. But Kendrick’s new album, released on April 14th, is notably more mat...

Artist of the Issue: Piper Higgins ’17

Artist of the Issue: Piper Higgins ’17

Becky Zhang '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

An Open Mic head, Choir Prefect, and Music Prefect, Piper Higgins does it all. And yet, she has never taken a music lesson in her life. In her five years at Groton, Piper has continually inspired others with her beautiful voice and guitar playing. You simply can’t miss her filling the Chapel and...

Embrace your angst with the best of the 2000s

Embrace your angst with the best of the 2000s

By BECKY ZHANG ‘18 AND ROSELLE LOVELL-SMITH ‘18

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts, Music, Reviews

Thought you’d seen the last of us? Don’t worry. DJs Beckybeckyhi and Rizzle Lizzle Smizzle heard your pleas and are back with another angsty playlist to get you through these chilly winter months. Get ready for our freshest playlist yet, throwing back with a few classics from your wildest middle school...

“La La Land” breaks records, Senko’s heart

“La La Land” breaks records, Senko’s heart

Michael Senko '18

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts, Reviews

“Cinemascope presents, in full color, a motion picture spectacular: an adventurous escapade of music, love, and dreams in a whimsical cityscape!” No, this is not a synopsis for a traditional movie-musical from the 20s, 60s, and 70s - it’s the promotional text for this year’s frontrunner for B...

Theater Department Thinks Outside the Boxes

Macy Lipkin '18

January 27, 2017


Filed under Arts, Theater

Sixteen voices echo off the walls of the black box theater. Just seconds before, sock-clad feet were finding their places for the opening number, and hearts were beating with anticipation as Matthew Higgins Iati ’17 played the song’s intro chords on the piano. It’s the first run-through of the beginn...

Artist of the Issue

Artist of the Issue

Ben Calmas '18

January 27, 2017


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

She does it all: singing, songwriting, guitar, and theater. At Groton, one would be hard-pressed to find a musical aspect of the school that Phoebe isn’t involved in. From two years of a songwriting FSA to co-leading Open Mic to her various other endeavors, Phoebe embodies music at Groton School. Whil...

Cozy on up with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Cozy on up with “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Becky Zhang '18, Assistant Arts Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Reviews

Christmas is the best time of year for celebrating the joys of family, friendship, and childhood. If you’re looking to get in the sentimental Christmas mood, it’s time for you to (re)watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It is “one of the best movies ever,” according to Dr. Reyes. Parents and f...

Artist of the Issue: Matthew Higgins Iati

Artist of the Issue: Matthew Higgins Iati

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

One February day in 2012, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany, was harboring three magnificent musical ensembles: The Staatskapelle Orchestra, the choir of St. Paul’s London, and the trebles of St. Thomas’ Choir School. The cathedral, rebuilt in 1994 after destruction during the 2nd World War, is...

This winter, students dive into art through FSAs

This winter, students dive into art through FSAs

Daisy Fey '18, Reporter

December 15, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Visual Arts

This winter, many students on campus have chosen to substitute a sport for an FSA as their afternoon activity. There are currently many FSAs focusing on art and music, with each student holding a strong passion for his or her project. On discussing his or her motives and an overview of winter projec...

Mudge Fellow Silas Finch brings talent to Groton

Mudge Fellow Silas Finch brings talent to Groton

Karla Sanford '19, Reporter

December 15, 2016


Filed under Arts, Visual Arts

As Ms. Van Gelder says, Groton’s annual  Mudge Fellow must be someone who “works well with teenagers” and with whom “kids can relate.” Silas Finch certainly embodies these traits through his friendly character and incredible work. Silas was introduced to Groton five years ago when his brother...

Learning how to groove: Faculty playlist

Learning how to groove: Faculty playlist

Fran Saldivar ‘19

October 20, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” If this is true, then what better way to get to know the Groton faculty than through music? If you can take your teachers’ advice on school work, why not do the same for music?   “Everybody Dance Now” by C+C Music Factory Clas...

Previewing Parents Weekend Concert

Previewing Parents Weekend Concert

Eunice Cho '19

October 20, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music

Every fall, many parents visit the lovely and colorful Groton campus for Parents’ Weekend. And each year, a music concert that features many talented student musicians is held. This annual event is thought of to be one of the most enjoyable events that happen during Parents Weekend. In just one pe...

Halloween Costumes at Groton: A Guide

Halloween Costumes at Groton: A Guide

Cara Cheng '20

October 20, 2016


Filed under Arts

As bats and skulls appear in the Schoolhouse Forum, students are turning their attention to the spookiest day of the year: Halloween. Although some teachers seem anxious about having a campus full of sugar-filled teenagers brandishing plastic swords and sporting facepaint, nothing can stop the student bo...

Artist of the Issue: Anson Jones

Artist of the Issue: Anson Jones

Becky Zhang '18

October 20, 2016


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

One of the most most angelic voices on campus belongs to the unforgettable Anson Jones ’17. There’s no doubt you’ve seen her perform, whether in chapel, on stage, at Open Mic, or in the music wing serenading the halls with various songs using her “voice that sounds like butter melting across a ho...

Clint Eastwood’s Sully: A Review

Clint Eastwood’s Sully: A Review

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

October 20, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Everyone has heard about it: the 2009 miracle on the Hudson. It was an uncanny feat of triumph, and 155 lives were saved. After an unheard of double-engine failure, a full-sized passenger plane landed on the Hudson. An American hero was born, an epitome of the will of human survival. The world was u...

Pumpkin spice playlist: Must-listens for Fall Term

Pumpkin spice playlist: Must-listens for Fall Term

Becky Zhang '18

October 7, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Reviews

Fall is here: the season of letting go and starting over. While it may seem that we have been at school forever, we remain in a time of transition, reflected both in nature and in the mind. The trees are turning bronze and shedding their leaves while we, too, are forced to leave the past behind and focus...

Accomplished vocalist to perform at Groton

Accomplished vocalist to perform at Groton

Lily Cratsley '19

October 7, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Showcase

On Thursday, October 27th, Groton welcomes Nedelka Prescod and her band to the Circle as part of the Gammons Concert Series. Every year this series presents four to six free concerts for members of the greater Groton community that are held in Gammons Recital Hall. The first concert of this school year...

Take a chance on Chance the Rapper

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

October 7, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Reviews

It has been around four months since Coloring Book, Chance the Rapper’s 3rd official mixtape, dropped exclusively on Apple Music. Announced a week before it was set to release, it attracted all sorts of interest: Chance made first became mainstream with his album Acid Rap in 2013, saturating his gospel-influenced,...

Artist of the Issue: Mac Galinson

Artist of the Issue: Mac Galinson

October 7, 2016


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

To some people, art means taking a piece of paper and drawing when inspiration strikes. To others it means photographing the natural world. To Mac Galinson, it means acting on stage or writing songs for guitar. Mac has been acting since he was nine. He recounts his beginning in theater as a fairly unremarkable...

An introduction to the arts at Groton

An introduction to the arts at Groton

Becky Zhang '18, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Arts, Music, Showcase, Theater, Visual Arts

GUAC GUAC, or the Groton Undiscovered Artist Club, is an Instagram account (@thisisguac) created in October 2015 featuring a range of artwork by students and faculty, from photography to white-board sketches, knitting, and body art. GUAC has now more than three hundred followers and this year’s Art...

Artist of the Issue: Langa Chinyoka

Artist of the Issue: Langa Chinyoka

Michael Senko '18, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

If you were to stop any returning student on the Circle and ask them, “Who is the coolest person at this school?” the answer, every time, would be Langa Chinyoka. She is, therefore, the Circle Voice’s obvious choice for the first Artist of the Issue for the 16-17 school year! Langa, of DAWG, Grotones...

Artist of the Issue: Candace Tong-Li ‘16

Artist of the Issue: Candace Tong-Li ‘16

Daisy Fey '18, Contributing Writer

June 5, 2016


Filed under Artist Of The Issue, Arts

You may have attended a concert she has lead or seen some of her paintings hanging up around the schoolhouse. You may have seen her recently published, illustrated book, samples of which are posted around the college office. At Groton, it seems that no matter which way you turn, the remarkable talent ...

Students Direct, Perform in Play Festival

Students Direct, Perform in Play Festival

June 5, 2016


Filed under Arts, Theater

Groton’s one act festival, arguably its most attended and enjoyable theatre production, continued its strong record this year with five new one-act shows. These shows were directed by six Groton students and used four original Grotonian works as their scripts. This year’s festival, rather unfortunate...

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle

Michael Senko '18, Staff Writer

May 13, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

Disney’s new movie “The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, is a cinematic spectacle. Baloo’s fur flows and shakes with shocking realism, the sound of Kaa’s scales squirming and sliding across branches is impeccably slimy, and the half-warehouse-in-LA, half-CGI jungle is packed to the brim...

When Life Gives You Beyoncé or Vice Versa

When Life Gives You Beyoncé or Vice Versa

Adia Fielder '17 and Langa Chinyoka '17

May 13, 2016


Filed under Arts, Reviews

The iconic new album from Beyoncé is an emotional journey. Primarily but not only about Beyoncé’s relationship with Jay-Z, “Lemonade” is about growth and healing. Pray You Catch Me The opening song of “Lemonade” is raw and stripped back – it introduces the themes of the album; th...