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Nissim Black discusses Jewish faith, power of music at virtual event

Nissim Black performed and answered student questions at a Zoom event hosted by Pitt Program Council Thursday night.

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor

October 23, 2020

Black, a self-identified African American Hasidic Jew, delivered live renditions of his songs and discussed his early experiences in the music industry and his exploration of religion.

Review: ‘Glass Animals: Live In The Internet’ tries its best to replace in-person concerts

The Oxford quartet Glass Animals put on a live show through a custom-built livestreaming platform on Thursday.

By Lucas DiBlasi, Senior Staff Writer

October 19, 2020

The Oxford quartet Glass Animals attempted to create the experience of a live show through a custom-built livestreaming platform last Thursday.

Arts professionals, students reflect on changing industries

Noah Kotzin, a senior music composition major, faces uncertainty in the workforce after graduation due to the pandemic’s effect on the music industry.

By Anna Ligorio, Staff Writer

September 30, 2020

With many theater and venue doors closed to the public, students and professionals in the arts industry are having to open doors of their own during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Getting ‘Rico Nasty’ with Pitt Program Council

Rico Nasty was set to perform last spring at Pitt Program Council’s annual Bigelow Bash before the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

By Julianna Poljak, For The Pitt News

September 13, 2020

PPC knew how important it was for Pitt students to experience “Smack a B----” live and rescheduled Nasty to perform in the University’s first virtual concert and Q&A, which more than 100 Pitt students attended.

‘A waiting game’: Music groups navigate campus COVID-19 restrictions

The Pitt Symphony Orchestra gathered via Zoom on Wednesday for its first rehearsal.

By Maggie Young, Contributing Editor

September 1, 2020

Various music groups on campus face a challenging year in terms of access to spaces, equipment and each other’s company due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but many plan to utilize their living spaces and recording technologies to safely create pandemic-era virtual audio experiences for listeners.

Staff Picks: Albums for the commute

Staff writer Anna Ligorio recommends Mac Miller’s album “Circles” to accompany your morning coffee and commute.

By The Pitt News Staff

August 27, 2020

From bops to bangers, French pop to local rap, these are the best albums to listen to while on the move.

Review | Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’ is a quarantine masterpiece

Taylor Swift surprise-released her eighth studio album,

By Alison Sivitz, Staff Columnist

August 13, 2020

Since the beginning of lockdown, I’ve repeatedly expressed my desire to flee to the European countryside and raise sheep. Somehow, Taylor Swift heard my threats and decided to support my dreams by surprise-releasing her eighth studio album, "folklore," at midnight on July 24.

Artists to listen to during Pride Month and the rest of the year

When not onstage singing, Tegan and Sara Quin use their voices to advocate for LGBTQ+ equality, as well as other human rights movements.

By Kaitlyn Nuebel, For The Pitt News

June 23, 2020

Pride Month shines a light on the LGBTQ+ community and its members, although their music, art and stories shouldn’t only be recognized in June. Regardless of your sexual orientation or gender identity, here are a few artists in the LGBTQ+ community to listen to this month — and every month after.

Hitting pause: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra cancels upcoming concerts

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has canceled all upcoming concerts for the 2019-20 season.

By Ananya Pathapadu, Staff Writer

May 19, 2020

Audiences have gathered to hear the music of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1896. But in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic, the silence coming from Heinz Hall is deafening.

European staycation: Choral groups grappling after cancelled performance tours

The University of Pittsburgh Women’s Choral Ensemble performs at the Sounds of Pitt Homecoming Concert in Heinz Memorial Chapel in 2018.

By Charlie Taylor, Senior Staff Writer

April 1, 2020

Women’s Choral Ensemble is one of three Pitt choral groups that have cancelled plans to perform in Europe this spring and summer due to COVID-19

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