Megan Szostak

Megan Szostak is the Executive Arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a junior studying Sociology and Music. Megan can be reached at [email protected]


Weekender: Hallowed tunes for All Hallow’s month

Studies have shown that listening to classical music spurs the brain to release dopamine, putting the listener into a heightened emotional state, and thus able to better absorb information. So, why sacrifice getting into the spirit of October when you can “feed two birds with one scone” and do so while you study? Here’s a playlist of some of the spookiest classical tunes to help you get started.


Genre-busting andPlay duo transcends contemporary music norms

On October 5, the Tufts Department of Music invited the genre-busting violin-viola duo “andPlay” to perform a live-streamed concert of contemporary string works by four female composers.


Kiniwe: ‘Are you ready?’

Kiniwe is an integral part of the music department, and is a large (and growing) community. The ensemble has even traveled to other locations in Massachusetts such as Worcester to perform at special events, in addition to holding regular concerts on-campus. 


Weekender: Handel and Haydn Society opts to hold virtual concerts

The Handel and Haydn Society (H+H), Boston’s premier historically informed performing ensemble, has been forced to reinvent their season of live concerts in accordance with new public health guidelines. 


Arts-related departments adapt to COVID-19 restrictions

Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Through careful planning alongside university administrators, department faculty and student leaders, the Tufts Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies has based its fall 2020 policies largely off those recommended by national theater and dance organizations. Heather Nathans, the department chair of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Alice […]


Senior Profile: Podniesinski reflects on time as musician at Tufts

Graduating senior Matt Podniesinski is the epitome of a student of arts and sciences. As a double major in biology and biochemistry, Podniesinski certainly has a demonstrated passion for the sciences; but with his heavy involvement in Tufts Music, his musical passions and talents cannot be overlooked. Since his first year at Tufts, Podniesinski has […]


Amernet Quartet to perform Roustom’s ‘String Quartet No. 1’ in its Boston premiere

Prolific composer and Tufts Professor of the Practice of Music Kareem Roustom will have his “String Quartet No. 1, ‘Shades of Night’” (2018) performed in its Boston premiere by the Amernet String Quartet tonight in the Granoff Music Center. Roustom’s nine-movement work follows the changes in the night sky on a journey from dusk to […]


Rising star Sheku Kanneh-Mason releases heartfelt recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto

A century after the premiere of Sir Edward Elgar’s monumental Cello Concerto in E minor, British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason released a performance of the work under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in his second full-length album. Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), the 20-year-old cellist recorded his album at Abbey Road Studios under […]


Debunking ‘National Treasure’ through the eyes of an archivist

Rumors have recently been circulating surrounding the release of a third film in Disney’s “National Treasure” (2004–2007) series after The Hollywood Reporter wrote that writer Chris Bremner had begun work on a script for “National Treasure 3.” The prospective new release traces its roots back to Disney’s 2004 film “National Treasure” starring Nicolas Cage, in […]


Fulkerson presents novel system in Granoff Colloquium series

Although only here for a short time while Tufts Musicology Professor Melinda Latour-O’Brien is on sabbatical, Dr. Jessica Fulkerson is making good use of her time at Tufts. After teaching Intro to Western Music last semester, Dr. Fulkerson currently teaches Sound and Structure II and a seminar on medieval harmony. Fulkerson is an expert in […]


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