Preservation Hall Jazz Band And Jon Batiste Team Up For Joyful New Orleans Performance [Photos]

first_imgOn Friday night on the eve of Jazz Fest, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band teamed up with Jon Batiste for an energized performance at the band’s legendary namesake, Preservation Hall, in New Orleans. The collaboration between Jon Batiste and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been ongoing for awhile now, with the Jon Batiste & Stay Human and the PHJB teaming up last week for a performance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert along with drummer David Grohl, who was on the show promoting his mother’s new book, From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars. You can check out photos from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Jon Batiste’s joint Friday performance below, courtesy of Adam McCullough. You can also check out the Late Show performance below, which aired late-night on April 26th. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Handbell Choir to host reunion concert

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Edit Varga Students in the Notre Dame Handbell Choir pose for a photo in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.Today, the choir features over five octaves of handbells and two groups of performers, the higher-level Bronze ensemble and the beginners’ Copper ensemble, she said.Karen Schneider-Kirner, director of the handbell choir, said the group primarily performs liturgical music for on-campus religious services, including at the 11:45 a.m. Basilica mass, the Sunday night Vespers and the vigil masses.The group also goes on tour once a semester, she said.In addition to celebrating the choir’s 30th anniversary, Fugate said the concert will also commemorate Schneider-Kirner’s 20th year directing the ensembles. She said several alumni will be returning to perform.“People who have rang with us within the last 30 years are also going to be able to get to ring some favorites for the concert,” she said.Schneider-Kirner said the concert will include mainly sacred music but also a piece of her own composition entitled “Ring Out Your Joy.”“Another, more proper church piece that we’re playing is an arrangement of a Palestrina song, who was an early Catholic composer,” Fugate said.Freshman Brittany Cahill, who plays in the Coppers ensemble, said she enjoys performing in the choir because of the unique tone of handbell music.“I love the way it sounds,” she said.Schneider-Kirner said handbell performance employs several techniques that go beyond traditional bell-ringing.“A lot of the pieces sort of highlight the percussive nature of handbells,” Schneider-Kirner said. “Often you play them with mallets [or] by thumping them into the table.”She said that many of the more advanced pieces to be featured demand considerable coordination, some even requiring four bells in-hand.“It shows how talented [the performers] are, to be able to keep all the bells straight,” she said.Schneider-Kirner said the concert will include several guest performers for additional vocal and instrumental accompaniment.“We have some vocalists from the folk choir, [and] organist Patrick Kronner will be joining us,” she said. “We’ll also have a group of singers who’ll highlight some of the hymn tunes that our other pieces are based on.”The handbells, vocalists and instrumentalists blend well together, she said, and work to complement one another musically.“The diversity of handbells can be combined beautifully with all different types of instruments,” she said.Schneider-Kirner said she hopes the concert helps acquaint students with the handbell choir and the musical opportunities the group offers.“We want to let students know that we’re out there,” she said.Cahill said she looks forward to hearing the efforts of the ensembles, vocalists and instrumentalists come together.“I hope that people just have a very peaceful experience,” she said. “It’s just this unexpected joy when you hear [the bells].”Schneider-Kirner said playing handbells is “very uplifting.”“We always want to use our music to draw people closer to God, but also just to offer a really beautiful, spirited evening of song,” she said.Tags: Handbell Choir To commemorate its 30th anniversary, the Notre Dame Handbell Choir will host an ensemble concert Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The concert is free and open to all.Sophomore Katherine Fugate, vice president of the handbell choir, said the group was first founded in 1988 when Campus Ministry purchased a small set of handbells.“Over the years, we’ve really tried to expand,” she said.last_img read more

DOE comments show little support for FirstEnergy bailout request

first_imgDOE comments show little support for FirstEnergy bailout request FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Most stakeholders weighing in on FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.’s plea in March for federal intervention to support its financially struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants in the PJM Interconnection were opposed to the request, according to documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Energy.Out of 152 responses on the request the DOE received through May 24, the vast majority urged the department not to grant FirstEnergy Solutions’, or FES’s, application, according to documents S&P Global Market Intelligence received through a Freedom of Information Act request. The DOE has yet to announce a decision on the company’s petition or other agency efforts to prop up vulnerable coal and nuclear units.The DOE did not open a formal comment period on the request but said in April that it would accept stakeholder input on the agency’s ability to declare an emergency under FPA 202(c), including in response to the FES application. The DOE has invoked its 202(c) authority sparingly in the past, mostly in response to temporary energy shortfalls following hurricanes and other emergency events.As a result, several gas and power industry groups said the statute should not be used to provide the market relief FES sought in its 202(c) application. More fundamentally, most stakeholders backed PJM’s assertion that no grid emergency existed in the region to justify subsidizing FES’s at-risk plants.“The proposed actions would tilt the table and not only undermine, but potentially destroy, new private competitive investment, and perhaps more importantly, substantially add to the cost of power to consumers in the region,” independent power producer Calpine Corp. said in comments to the DOE.More ($): DOE heard mostly criticism of FirstEnergy Solutions’ coal, nuclear relief planlast_img read more

Roger Federer could win numbers game at US Open

first_imgRoger Federer achieved tennis greatness with an intoxicating blend of athleticism, artistry and unflinching nerve. Yet for all his fluid genius, the measure of a career often boils down to cold numbers.Seventeen grand slam singles titles, three more than any man who has played the game, have been won by the Swiss maestro.But it is eight grand slam events and counting since the graceful sportsman, who ticked off major accomplishments like clockwork during his years of dominance, has won a grand slam.At age 33, with the clock ticking down on an extraordinary career, Federer faces a golden opportunity to add to his majestic legacy at the US Open starting on Monday. (Reuters)At age 33, with the clock ticking down on an extraordinary career, the father of two sets of twins faces a golden opportunity to add to his majestic legacy at the US Open starting on Monday at the US National Tennis Center.Federer is in form and his primary nemesis, 2013 US Open winner Rafa Nadal, has withdrawn due to a wrist injury, elevating the Swiss to second seed and ensuring he can only meet top seed Novak Djokovic should they both reach the final.World number two Nadal, the Spaniard with 14 major titles of his own, has beaten Federer 23 times in 33 career meetings, and taken nine of their 11 career collisions in grand slams. The other member of the ‘Big Four’ who have dominated men’s tennis the past decade, 2012 US Open winner and 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain, is still struggling to regain top form after having back surgery, further suggesting a possible storybook run by Federer.SWISS MARVELAfter a disappointing 2013 season in which Federer was affected by a bad back, skeptics wondered whether he might be heading down a slippery slope toward retirement.Federer believed otherwise, proclaiming his continuing love for the game, even down to the long hours of practice, and insisted he would remain a grand slam threat.The Swiss marvel has proved there is plenty left in the tank. Federer has been the best player over these summer months, battling Djokovic in an epic five-set Wimbledon final before falling just short, and reaching four successive finals during the lead-in to the US Open including a victory at the Masters 1000 Western & Southern in Cincinnati.He scoffed at the notion of an imminent changing of the guard after impressive results from some young, big hitters at Wimbledon, including semi-finalists Milos Raonic of Canada and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, and Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, who was ranked 144th when he ousted Nadal in the fourth round.”If I’m playing well I feel like I can control the field to a degree,” said Federer.”I do believe the top guys are the ones we know and who are still going to be deciding outcomes of the bigger tournaments, like the Masters 1000s and the grand slams and the World Tour Finals.”He may well have more to add beyond his record streak of reaching 23 successive grand slam semi-finals through the 2010 Australian Open. Beyond his record 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals through the 2013 French Open.Beyond the 10 successive grand slam finals he appeared in through the 2007 US Open.A victory at Flushing Meadows would make him the oldest grand slam winner since Andrew Gimeno won the 1972 French Open at 34, and oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall’s triumph as a 35 year old in 1970.Victory for Federer would bring him a sixth US crown, snapping his tie with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras once again allowing him to hoist a gleaming grand slam trophy – a sensation he has enjoyed more than any man in tennis.last_img read more

Lakers see Brook Lopez providing more than just salary cap relief

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers acquired Lopez and the No. 27 pick in last week’s draft from Brooklyn, while also ridding themselves of an expensive contract (Timofey Mozgov’s three-year, $48 million deal) and parting ways with a young player who received mixed reviews about his potential and maturity (third-year guard D’Angelo Russell).“A lot of those emotions turned into general excitement with this opportunity to come back home and chance to lead the franchise back to success,” said Lopez, citing the team’s young roster and Coach Luke Walton. “I want to be out there teaching the young guys and being a guy that Luke can rely on and do whatever he asks.”Though the Lakers primarily made the move to create more salary-cap flexibility to pursue some of the league’s biggest stars when they become free agents next summer, Pelinka stressed the Lakers also made the move because of Lopez.“It’s about this phenomenal human being and player that we’re so excited to have join the Lakers,” Pelinka said. “Brook Lopez is exactly the type of individual and NBA player that we targeted to be a core part about what we’re trying to build here.”So even if Lopez’s expiring $21 million contract gives the Lakers flexibility in cap space and a possible trade prospect, Pelinka stressed this goes beyond dollars and cents. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We feel very strongly he’s worth every dollar he’s negotiated to play this season,” Pelinka said. “He backs it with his actions.”Lopez has done that several ways.He remained one of the NBA’s most productive centers last season in points (20.5), shooting percentage (47.4) and rebounds (5.4), but he also shot 34.6 percent from 3-point range (seventh best among NBA starting centers) on a league-leading 387 attempts among starting centers. Pelinka reported that Lopez is the “third player in NBA history to make 100 3-pointers and have 120 blocked shots (in a season).”Lopez contended “it was something I felt like I could always do,” saying that he spent his childhood hoisting 3-pointers as a way to counteract his two older brothers playing physical inside. Brooks estimated working more on his outside shooting in the past five or six seasons, but he did not always feel comfortable taking more on a franchise that made several coaching changes. He attributed his breakout to the system of Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson.“I’m glad he had the confidence in me,” Lopez said of Atkinson. “I’ve always felt I can do it. That’s something I’m going to be doing to help the team.”Lopez should get opportunities. He represents the kind of stretch-five Walton wants in a system he has tried to model after Golden State’s offense, which relies on ball movement, floor spacing and outside shooting.“It’s a perfect fit,” Pelinka said. “I think he’s a perfect road map to our next generation of centers here, too.”Pelinka added that Lopez could “become the North Star” for second-year center Ivica Zubac and rookie center Thomas Bryant.“I was impressed, honestly. I saw a lot of potential,” Lopez said of Zubac before praising his footwork, shooting and touch. “Being in here the past three days, seeing his work ethic and work regimen, I’ve been pretty blown away. I think the sky is the limit for him as long as he keeps that same mentality and ethic.”Pelinka already has seen that. He noted that few max-contract players, such as Lopez, immediately report to the practice facility. As the Lakers researched his injury history, Pelinka became impressed with how Lopez adjusted his training regimen to compensate for foot injuries that derailed him in previous seasons.“I wouldn’t say I need a minutes restriction or anything like that. But it’s also about understanding playing loads,” Lopez said. “I’m happy to play however much Luke wants me to play. If Luke wants to play me 48 minutes, thank you Luke. I’m down for that.”Lopez offered more self-deprecating humor. Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. had a memorable dunk over Lopez last season, and Lopez argued Nance was snubbed when the NBA Awards show did not select his play for “Dunk of the Year.”“I thought it was impressive. I think I got a better view of it than anyone,” Lopez said. “When he introduced himself, I told him, there obviously was no introduction necessary. I would vote that for dunk of the year. At least I get to be a part of it then.”Now, Lopez is a part of the Lakers, eager to help his team with more than cap flexibility.“Brook is going to be a key leader for us to help these young men grow to be great NBA players,” Pelinka said. “We don’t see next year at all as a rebuilding year. We see next year as a Lakers year. A lot of that is going to be centered around him and what he stands for and what we know he’ll give to the organization.”AlsoThe Lakers exercised a $1.3 million team option that will keep second-year guard David Nwaba for the 2017-18 season. … Lakers assistant Jud Buechler will be the team’s summer league coach, according to league sources.center_img EL SEGUNDO – As he clutched the Lakers jersey in front of him, Brook Lopez conveyed the kind of enthusiasm usually reserved for rookies instead of nine-year NBA veterans.Lopez remarked to Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka that it was a “dream” to wear a purple and gold uniform. He had grown up in North Hollywood. He is well-versed in the 1980s “Showtime” era that included five NBA titles and the Shaq-Kobe tandem that won three from 2000-2002. Robin Lopez, Brook’s twin brother who plays for Chicago, has Byron as his middle name, a nod to former “Showtime” guard and Lakers coach Byron Scott.“We’re a Lakers family,” Lopez said.So before his introductory news conference on Wednesday at the Lakers’ practice facility, Lopez told Pelinka that this moment “was draft night all over again.” The reasons went beyond childhood nostalgia. After being the subject of trade rumors throughout his nine-year NBA career with the Brooklyn Nets, Lopez finally became part of an actual trade.last_img read more