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MUSIC: One-man band has gone surf-rockin' - Arkansas Online MUSIC: One-man band has gone surf-rockin' - Arkansas Online Don't let the pandemic stop you from enjoying music - LancasterOnline Best Classical Music of 2020 - The New York Times MUSIC: One-man band has gone surf-rockin' - Arkansas Online Posted: 03 Dec 2020 12:08 AM PST Geoff Curran loves surf music and The Ventures. A lot. He is so besotted with this rock 'n' roll sub-genre that he formed The Supraphonics — "Pulaski County's No. 1 surf combo" — in which he is the only member. Three years ago Curran, the drummer for Little Rock alt-country champs Mulehead and a frequent collaborator with fellow Mulehead Kevin Kerby — released "Christmas with the Supraphonics," a Yuletide record of seasonal chestnuts like "Silver Bells," "Winter Wonderland" and others done up in full-on, ha

Friends of Chamber Music to present online concert - Bryan-College Station Eagle

Friends of Chamber Music to present online concert - Bryan-College Station Eagle

Friends of Chamber Music to present online concert - Bryan-College Station Eagle

Posted: 11 Nov 2020 10:00 PM PST

Juho Pohjonen

Acclaimed Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen will kick-off the 25th season of the Friends of Chamber Music with a free online performance of Johnan Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations at 7 p.m. Saturday. Patrons must go to to register for the performance and receive the code needed to watch the performance online. The concert will be available for two weeks.

The Friends of Chamber Music will begin its 25th anniversary of magnificent music Saturday night by entering the brave new world of presenting entertainment in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The season opens with J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, performed by acclaimed young Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen. The thing is, Pohjonen won't be in College Station-Bryan on Saturday. Rather, he is sheltering at home in Finland and has spent this week videotaping his performance to be shown for the first time at 7 p.m. Saturday and for two weeks afterward.

As always, the Friends of Chamber Music concert is free, but patrons wishing to watch the concert must make a reservation at Once the reservation is made, the patron will receive an email with information on the concert, as well as the link needed to watch.

Pohjonen's concert will be available at that link for two weeks, so patrons may watch it at their convenience, as many times as they wish through Nov. 28.

A media release from the Friends of Chamber Music said, "It will be a very special event: a discovery of an international star pianist, and also, a very rare program that he has chosen to perform for us, the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, one of the seminal major compositions by the German Baroque master."

Pohjonen has performed throughout the world in both orchestral and individual settings, often promoting works of Finnish composers such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho and Jean Sibelius.

He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras,

Pohjonen began his formal piano studies in 1989 at the Junior Academy of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and subsequently earned a master's degree from Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna at the Sibelius Academy in 2008. Pohjonen was selected by Sir Andras Schiff as the winner of the 2009 Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship. He also has won prizes at international and Finnish competitions.

EOU online enrollment numbers are up | Coronavirus - La Grande Observer

Posted: 11 Nov 2020 01:00 PM PST

LA GRANDE — Eastern Oregon University's fall enrollment showcases a rise in the number of students learning online and in its masters of arts teaching program.

EOU released the data Tuesday, Nov. 10. University Vice President Tim Seydel said in a press release the online enrollment increase was expected due to the coronavirus pandemic. The university saw a 6.6% increase in online students from the 2019 enrollment numbers, with 48% of undergraduate students taking courses online.

"If you look at the numbers here, that's where you see a shift: fewer on-campus students, more online students — and that helps us balance out our enrollment portfolio," Seydel said in the press release. "The other big thing we work on a lot is retention. It's not just about getting them in the door, it's about how we take care of those students when they get here."

Kevin Walker teaches online business courses for EOU and said students often choose to study and learn online because of the flexibility it allows when scheduling for classes.

"Ordinarily, students tend to be interested in online education because of work or family commitments," Walker said. "It's not hard to see how rural students would fit this category but it's not at all unusual for EOU's online students to be working in urban areas and can't simply quit working to get a degree they need to be promoted or to change careers."

Walker said classes that were already online did not have to change much, but for classes that were more suited for in-person instruction, such as art, music, theater and lab-based courses, there was a scramble to find an online equivalency for teaching the classes online.

"Sometimes you can use technology to create workarounds," Walker said. "Not ideal but sufficient. Faculty have adapted to the pandemic restrictions and their own risk factors. I meet with my students via Zoom both as a class and via individual meetings pretty regularly to keep them on track. Most faculty do that to try to keep them engaged."

Eastern Oregon University enrolled 2,853 students for the 2020 school year. According to the report, 35% of these students are from Eastern Oregon. While this is a 0.4% dip in enrollment from 2019, the school anticipated a possible drop in overall enrollment due to the pandemic.

The university also saw a dip in retention overall, with 73% of students from the 2019-20 school year returning this fall.

More graduate students are enrolling at Eastern Oregon University. In 2019, the master of arts in teaching program enrolled 45 graduate students. The program now has 60 students. Graduate students make up about 8% of the total student population.

Popular undergraduate majors include business administration, health and human performance and psychology.

Diversity at the university remains steady, according to the press release. More than 65% of students identify as white, with 28% of students identifying as culturally or ethnically diverse.

Josh Peters grows two opposite music scenes | Online Features - Foothills Focus

Posted: 11 Nov 2020 12:00 AM PST

Josh Peters has always prided himself on being different. 

He dyed his dark black hair pink on top. He favors all-black, unconventional shoes. Peters looks fragile, vulnerable even. But when he was able to play shows, he looked invincible.

Peters, 20, relished every moment he had on stage—the blaring lights reflecting on his white Fender guitar, sweat dripping down his face and into his full beard. However, it was off stage that the Barry Goldwater High School graduate and Paradise Valley Community College student found his true musical passion.

He is a musician and producer from Phoenix who has helped build the local music scene in a new way. He plays guitar in the pop-punk band Divided Minds, which signed to We Are Triumphant in 2019, and has produced lots of beats for local rap artists.

Peters got his start playing music at the age of 9, but his love of music began before that. When Peters was just 13 months old, he was diagnosed with nerve cancer, a diagnosis that prevented him from partaking in normal kid activities.

Since he was a little boy, Peters was influenced by his parents' love of music. Over the first four years of life, he had to undergo several treatments and he wasn't able to kick a ball, run down a field, shoot a puck or play any sport. So he sat at home and listened to the classic rock bands his father loved, like Van Halen, which exposed him to the high-pitch notes a guitar could make and the extreme pace in which a guitar could be played.

However, it was one artist who would impact Peters more than any rocker ever could—Skrillex.

While Peters was in elementary school, he remembers randomly looking on YouTube and discovering a genre of electronic dance music called dubstep. He fell in love with the genre's eclectic technological sounds, with its elements of heavy beating bass and keyboards. It was unlike anything he had ever heard. 

Right there, Peters knew he wanted to make music in an untraditional way. 

He remembers downloading a bootleg program and experimenting with new sounds and rhythms.

When he entered high school, he met drummer Deven Pile and vocalist Sean Collins and started a pop-punk band that would later become Divided Minds. Pile and Collins attend ASU.

He was still listening to unconventional music, though. 

Peters had always been a fan of aggressive and loud music, but he began to stray from the stylings of '90s punk rock artists and grow more connected to a new genre: trap music. 

It combines the emotions and angst that can be felt while listening to punk music with the beats and musicality that are often heard in rap music. 

Peters cited his favorite trap music artists—Chief Keef, Juice WRLD, Lil Peep and Young Dolph—and said he loves "making the weirdest possible music I can make that still sounds cool."

Peters began to work with new artists as a producer. And one of these artists, the rapper 3lliot, gave him an opportunity he couldn't pass up. 

Arizona, home to rock icons Bret Michaels of Poison and Alice Cooper, also has a robust local music scene, with bands like punkers Doll Skin, alternative rockers the Maine and metal's Blessthefall and Job for a Cowboy. Peters is looking to add a whole roster of trap artists into the history of local music.

3lliott gave Peters his first chance to produce beats and grow a new scene of music in Arizona. He also introduced Anthem to the trap movement, and they began to organize a new scene of underground rappers who were just gaining momentum before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Peters grew excited to see how dedicated and passionate these new artists were about creating and performing new music. 

"These artists all reminded me of me when I was first starting out," Peters said. 

Though performances have halted, Peters still has continued to produce and create new music, most notably for his own band. 

Divided Minds released a new album in August titled "Guilty Pleasure" and hopes to give fans new music in the coming months. 

The album, however, gave fans a different sound than what they had become accustomed to hearing from the band, as it had a more melodic and pop sound than a blaring and emotional punk sound. 

The band, however, has teased that it does plan to give an even more different sound on its next set of releases. 

Peters also produced 3lliot's latest single, titled "Pain," which released in September.

As the pandemic continues to wage on, Peters does hope that when normalcy resumes and he is able to perform again, fans will be more precautious. 

"I hope that people will stay home if they're feeling sick and not go out and risk it for the scene," Peters said.


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