Megan Szostak is an assistant arts editor at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore who is majoring in Psychology and Music. Megan can be reached at

Vassar professor Motazedian presents in Granoff colloquium series

A decade and a half ago, Tahirih Motazedian watched HiRISE, the University of Arizona’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, hitch a ride to Mars with NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter from Cape Canaveral, Fla. — a mission of which she was an integral part. Before that, Motazedian was at NASA, where she had worked on mission support for the Genesis […]

Anything but ‘Tongue-Tied’: Susan Narucki, Donald Berman shine in Sunday Concert Series

This year’s Sunday Concert Series began on a high note with a performance by soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Donald Berman in a concert featuring modern and contemporary works. The concert, “Ill, Moody, and Tongue-Tied,” included emotional art pieces and vignettes by a variety of composers, both widely celebrated and on-the-rise. The concert began in […]

Lisztomania: Nostalgia

In wracking my brain for ideas on what to write for this column for commencement, memories of my high school graduation flooded into my mind, and I started to become nostalgic. Even after a year, it is still hard for me to fully grasp the fact that those four years of my life are over, […]

Lisztomania: Globalization

As an aggressively Eurocentric American, I am aware that I have neglected a great part of the world in my musical analyses over these past several weeks. Of course, I do try to focus on classical music, which has historically been produced by the Western world, but there has recently been an increasing output of […]

Tufts choirs deliver captivating performance of works by Sharon, Sacks, Brahms

On April 7, choir director Jamie Kirsch led the Tufts Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Alumni in captivating performances of a cappella arrangements by Deke Sharon, the premiere of “Songs for the Earth” by Rebecca Sacks (LA ’06) and Johannes Brahms’ “German Requiem” as a part of the Alumni Choral Weekend. Alum Deke Sharon (LA […]

Lisztomania: DSCH

Autobiography in music first became popular during the Romantic era but can be seen in instrumental music from the Modern and Contemporary eras as well. Writing music about one’s own life gave composers an outlet to process emotions and also acted as a source of powerful emotions that could be written into melodies. One of the […]

Gustavo Dudamel leads BSO in thrilling Schumann Symphony No. 1, Rite of Spring performances

Gustavo Dudamel, resident director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, guest-conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) on April 5 in a captivating performance of Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 and Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, nicknamed the “spring” symphony, was composed in under a month in 1841, and is a prime example of […]

Weekender: Composer, Tufts alum Rebecca Sacks shares her latest work, ‘Songs for the Earth’

Rebecca Sacks, a Tufts alum (LA ’06) and notable composer, was recently commissioned through the generous Daniels’ Family Gift to compose for the Tufts Chorale and Alumni Singers. Her piece, “Songs for the Earth,” will debut on Sunday, April 7, in the Granoff Music Center. Sacks has been a musician since the age of four, when she began […]

Lisztomania: The Butterfly Effect

When I was a first-year in high school, I created a chart listing all of the immediate and long-term effects of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. After several months of working, I eventually produced an extensive document regarding the assassination and its effects, and turned it in under the name “the Butterfly […]

Handel and Haydn Society triumphs in performance of Beethoven’s Fifth

Matthew Halls led the Handel and Haydn Society in their Sunday, March 10 concert, which included performances of Mozart’s “Overture to The Magic Flute,” Carl Maria von Weber’s “Clarinet Concerto No. 1” with soloist Eric Hoeprich and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” Handel’s “Coronation Anthem No. 1” was also performed with guest conductor Emily Isaacson as a part of […]