The Californian

Youth orchestras continue to rehearse over Zoom calls

The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra is pictured above during its 2019 concert tour of China after its performance in Beijing's Xi'an Concert Hall.

Annika Seo, Staff Writer

May 23, 2020

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions and changes.  During this lonely, isolated period of global quarantine and lockdown, people have found new ways to interact, connect, and feel less lonely. People have adjusted day-to-day lives so they can continue weekly activities at home in...

Music artists bounce back with virtual concerts

Many music celebrities like the K-pop group BTS live streamed concerts to compensate for the ones they had to cancel after the pandemic hit.

Michelle Nguyen, Graphics Editor

May 23, 2020

The year 2020 was truly the one where music events were basically lined up back to back. This was the year that the music industry was going to thrive. Unfortunately, Miss 'Rona decided to go on a world tour. When quarantine first started, we were already miserable. All of our fun and exciting...

The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ is another hit

Album Cover - After Hours, The Weeknd

Abhyudaya Srivastava, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

       Two new platinum certified hits, another hit single, and a new album and tour. What more could fans want?         Abel Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd, has been spoiling his fans recently, and released “After...

Ready, set, mosh!

Kristen Choi, Staff Writer

May 29, 2019

Summertime ushers in new opportunities for students to have fun and relax. Here’s a of a few of the hotly anticipated concerts swinging through the Bay Area this summer. 1. Billie Eilish –  May 29 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco The 17-year-old American singer and songwriter will p...

Banding together

Above, Cal Band director Kent Johnson instructs wind ensemble before their sight reading session.  Below, an alto sax soloist from Pittsburg High’s freshman Jazz Band performs. Schools throughout Northern California attended the festival.

Christine Oh, Co Editor-in-Chief

May 2, 2019

Cal High hosted schools from all over Northern California on April 13 for the NCBA spring festival.  The festival at Cal was one of three festivals that the Northern California Band Association (NCBA) hosts throughout the year. “It’s a great privilege to be able to host other schools on our ow...

Band director takes his final bow

Band director Kent Johnson has taught at Cal High for the past 15 years.

Siddhant Gupta, Managing Editor

May 2, 2019

 leading Cal High’s music program to regional dominance, marching band and music instructor Kent Johnson will be departing next month. Johnson said the move is the result of his spouse’s company relocating to Scottsdale, Ariz. “The company ended their lease early in San Francisco which f...

When music mixes with merit

Students are tested on music theory and musical ability during the Certificate of Merit test, which goes up to levels 10 or 11.

Sierra Randel, Staff Writer

March 26, 2019

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, Features Editor

March 26, 2019

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

The cello is one of the many instruments that senior Joey Zhu can play. He also plays the piano.

Andrew Sousa and Ben Rettig

December 18, 2018

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

British artist, Due Lipa, and South Korean girl group, Blackpink, went on trending after the release of their bilingual hit,

Michelle Nguyen, Graphics Editor

November 28, 2018

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...