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Gallery Talk: “Rohming Around”

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by Mackenzie T. Nichols Biography Thank you all for coming here today to “Rohm” around these beautiful sculptures, I know that the Norton Center Staff and I really appreciate it. What did you come to see today during your common hour on the last day of classes? Well, you came to see five modern abstract sculptures […]

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The Origins of Country Music

March 2017

On August 21, 1938, Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Rogers was born in Houston, Texas. He arrived at a fortuitous time in the history of country music. In the 1920s, a curious genre that combined Appalachian folk and blues began to gain national attention. It consisted mostly of soulful ballads and up-tempo tunes played at barn dances. […]

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Unexpected Mathematics

March 2017

One of my favorite aspects of Odd Squad is that the show demonstrates ways mathematical skills and reasoning can be used to solve problems. The show’s mathematical component is embedded in humorous “odd” scenarios, illuminating that math is integrated in our lives away from the Odd Squad screen. When most people think about daily uses […]

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Portraits of the Blues

February 2017

Uniting African-American spirituals, folk songs, work songs, simple ballads, and call-and-response, the blues burst onto the musical scene in the United States in the first decades of the twentieth century. The popular success of W.C. Handy’s hit Memphis Blues (1914) soon earned him the title of “Father of the Blues,” and inspired many African-American musicians […]

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The Baroque Delight in Virtuosity

February 2017

Winter is my favorite season. Though undoubtedly each of the four seasons has its highlights, the frosty snow and icy north winds of winter are the most captivating to my ears. I am referring, of course, to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, one of the most perfect examples of program music, or music that is composed […]

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