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When music mixes with merit

When music mixes with merit

Sierra Randel, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019


Filed under A&E, Showcase

Playing a musical instrument is difficult enough. But the many Cal students who take the Certificate of Merit test go above and beyond to demonstrate their musical skills. Certificate of Merit, or CM, involves two main parts: live performance and a written test. It is offered for 13 different instruments,...

New production brings attention to the arts

Ceci Musgrove, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019


Filed under A&E

Remember kaleidoscopes, those fun cylinders given to us as kids, with colorful, geometric shapes inside?  Well, that’s the idea for this year’s performing arts concert.  Cal’s performing arts department will host Kaleidoscope on April 25-26. The show will feature 20-minute performances b...

Joey Zhu is taking his success to a whole new level

Joey Zhu is taking his success to a whole new level

Andrew Sousa and Ben Rettig

December 18, 2018


Filed under A&E

ze upon senior Joey Zhu as he performs his piano segment inside the Carnegie Hall in New York City.  Even with the clear and immense pressure to succeed, Zhu excels in this type of environment, as he does in many areas of life.  While Zhu’s academic achievements are notable and well respected, his piano skills are th...

International Collabs

International Collabs

Michelle Nguyen, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under A&E

Music has its unique way of spreading a message. By staying true to oneself, an artist can sincerely com- municate with the music they pour their hearts into. Language doesn’t matter. People will know when a song is good or not when they hear it. International artists are join- ing tog...

Cal graduate is singing her way to the top

Cal graduate is singing her way to the top

Mihika Gokarn, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018


Filed under A&E

Kavita Baliga is a profession- al singer. But that wouldn’t be giving her credit where it’s due. She’s a choir conductor, a TED Fellow, a CEO, and an activist. She also happens to be a former Grizzly. A 2000 Cal High graduate, Baliga has made a name for herself in the music worl...

Lana Del Rey’s first single enlightens

Lana Del Rey’s first single enlightens

Vidhima Shetty, Staff Writer

May 15, 2017


Filed under A&E

Prominent singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey is set to release her latest album, “Lust for Life,” in the near future. Del Rey is known to take on dark themes, such as tragic romance. But with the release of two singles, her upcoming album seems to be taking a more positive route. Although no exact...

Seniors should have a say in music for Ball

May 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Senior Ball is the last hooray for seniors and the culmination of all dances that have come before it. It should ideally be a night that has something for everyone so all seniors can have a night to remember. But 2017’s Senior Ball does not look like it’s going to be a night for the seniors as...

Music festivals rock the bay

Darrah Cooper and Emma von der Lieth

June 5, 2013


Filed under News

Students who love indie-alternative bands missed out on Coachella and are in complete music festival withdrawal need to get tickets to Vans Warped Tour and The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival as soon as possible. Warped Tour is a huge music festival that has been hosted by Vans Shoes for almost...

Mekaleya Tilahun, Cal’s rising star

Mekaleya Tilahun, Cal’s rising star

Brittany Wurnitsch, Staff Writer

March 19, 2013


Filed under A&E

Senior Mekaleya Tilahun strikes the first few chords on her guitar, a  prized possession, that sits perfectly on her knee. With a sparkle in her eye she glances out into the audience and begins to sing. Lyrics flow effortlessly from her heart and fill the arena with a beautiful melody. That performance...

Noises from the Newsroom

Joshua Gu, Arman Tafazzoli, Luke Finkel, and Austin Hille

March 15, 2013


Filed under A&E

This regular feature will be devoted to members of The Californian interested in the arts.  Everything from music to movies to books will be reviewed by our staff writers and editors. Here are this month’s panel of so-called experts: ...

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