Archives for November 2014

Bowdoin Chorus Performs Mozart’s ‘Requiem’

Bowdoin Chorus Performs Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

The Oratorio Chorale and the Bowdoin Chorus performed Mozart’s Requiem in Studzinski Recital Hall Nov. 22 and 23 in three sold-out performances. Director Emily Isaacson conducted a chorus of nearly 100 singers and 45 orchestra players ranging in age and experience from high school and college to longtime members of both choruses and professional musicians. Soloists included soprano Estelí Gomez, alto Virginia Warnken, tenor Eric Dudley and bass Dashon Burton, all members of the GRAMMY-winning Roomful of Teeth. Instrumentalists for the Requiem included players from the Bowdoin Orchestra, the Maine Chamber Ensemble, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart Mentors Orchestra. Read more about the performance.

How Cars Took Over the City Streets (Smithsonian)

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With Google’s self-driving cars in testing, it’s worth asking how autonomous cars will change the way we work, travel, and plan city streets. But to predict the future we have to look back at the past.

Clive Thompson explains how the rise of the original (human-driven!) automobiles changed the cityscape—with some disastrous setbacks along the way. Read the article here.

Laughing Through Tears and Other Seemingly Unwarranted Emotions (The Atlantic)


Ever laughed when you were nervous — or smiled when you were sad?  The Atlantic article, “The Science of Laughing Through the Tears,” follows Oriana Aragón and the psychological reasonings for these emotional oxymorons.

Frodo Lives: How The Lord of the Rings Fueled the Counterculture (BBC)

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The Lord of the Rings was not written with rock music, civil rights, and the rise of feminism in mind, yet the novels became a symbol of the booming counterculture of the 1960s.

Jane Ciabattari explores how “Frodo Lives” became the slogan of movements concerned with a world much realer and more confusing than Middle Earth. Read the article here.