While many students spent last Sunday watching the Grammy’s on TV, Saint Mary’s senior Briana Coyne experienced the red carpet, celebrities and awards up close as her father was nominated for his work on Adele’s album “21.” “After going to the Grammy’s two years ago for his work on Beyonce’s ‘I am Shasha Fierce’ album, he promised my mom that if he was ever honored with another Grammy opportunity, he would make it a family affair,” Coyne said. Coyne said she would never forget walking down the red carpet and sitting with nominees. “I just had to pinch myself to see if it was real,” she said. “I was within touching distance of bands like Foster the People and Kings of Leon, and I accidentally bumped into Paul Schaffer from ‘The Tonight Show.’” Her father, Tom Coyne is partner of Sterling Sound Mastering Studios in New York City. He said the event was even more enjoyable because he was able to experience it with his family. “It’s always fun to share experiences with others and having my children attending the parties and all the hoopla surrounding the Grammys was great,” he said. “[I wanted] to start filling up their memory bank.” Coyne said the most memorable part of the weekend was seeing her dad receive his award. “My dad booked it up to stage. He would have won the 100-meter dash,” she said. “He even got up there before Adele.” Tom Coyne said he tried to wait long enough for Adele to reach the steps. “I walked a little too quickly and reached the steps of the stage before Adele. I stopped cold and … that was just enough time to see Adele start up the steps,” he said. “So after another second I walked up and LL Cool J came over and congratulated me.” Coyne said if he were lucky enough to be on the Grammy stage again, he’d take a back row position. “I [initially] put my cement shoes on and stood just to the left of Adele,” he said. “If I were lucky enough to win again, I’ll go right to the back row and give someone else their chance. The pressure is just too great.” But Briana Coyne said her dad deserved the front-row recognition. “No one deserved [this recognition] more than my dad,” she said. “I know that’s being biased, but seriously, I saw him work so hard. I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Brian Raab Glee Club director Daniel Stowe conducts the group in a rehearsal.Glee Club is a selective 75-person men’s chorus, Raab said. The group rehearses four days a week and has two regular-season performances per semester, he said. He said it also performs before home games during the football season.Though it is only a few weeks into the season, Raab said he is confident the new Glee Club “rookies” will perform well.“They’ll be surrounded by guys who know their part,” he said. “They sit between two Glee Club guys who know what they’re doing.”Recent alumnus Christianos Burlotos, who graduated in 2018, said he would tell new members to “embrace the community of [Glee Club].” He said he believes it is one of the tightest communities at Notre Dame and new members should appreciate that.Junior Tim Jacklich, another member of Glee Club, said the club is a big time commitment, but also a wonderful opportunity.“Buy into the club,” he said.Raab said some of the alumni traveling in for the weekend graduated as early as the 1960s.Sophomore Zach Pearson, also in Glee Club, said he has been busy preparing for several months in his role as the 2018 reunion commissioner.“It started fairly relaxed, and then things obviously picked up,” he said.Current Glee Club members will open the concert, then be joined by alumni for the second part of the performance, Jacklich said. Burlotos said the alumni have very little time to prepare for the event.“You come back, they throw you a binder and after an hour-and-a-half rehearsal you have a concert,” he said.Jacklich said there are a number of pieces Glee Club has been singing for decades.“The cool thing for all of us current clubers is getting to see which pieces are really well-known in the club,” he said.Burlotos said some retired pieces the club has performed in the past will be featured in Friday’s concert.“Some of the classics we’re singing, I’ve never even sang,” he said.The concert will also feature some current Glee members’ favorites. Raab said his favorite piece out of the concert’s selection is “The Water is Wide,” arranged by Glee Club alumnus Patrick Dupre Quigley.“I’m a sucker for ballads,” Raab said.Pearson said the Glee Club alumnus singing the solo for the concert gave its premiere performance in the early 2000s.For Glee Club alumni returning to campus, Burlotos said, their experience will be far different from other alumni simply returning for a football game.“The community will continue to last in that way,” he said.Pearson said singing the Alma Mater and Victory March on his first day in the club is one of his favorite memories.“It was my dream to join the Glee Club since when I first wanted to apply to Notre Dame,” he said.Looking ahead towards his own graduation, Jacklich said he will never forget his time in Glee Club.“It’ll certainly be a hard goodbye, but I’m taking a lot with me,” he said.Burlotos said he is sure that although the club will change with time, it will never stray far from its roots.“There are always those few songs we come back to,” he said.Pearson said he also believes the club will keep many of its traditions and repertoire for years to come.“I don’t think it’ll change that much at all,” he said. “We’re over 100 years old. The stuff that’s really good has stuck, and it’s not going to go anywhere.”Tags: Alumni, Concert, Glee Club, Reunion Senior Brian Raab, president of Glee Club, said joining the Glee Club became the cornerstone of his college life.“Without Glee Club, I don’t even know what my college experience would have been like,” he said.This weekend, club alumni of all ages have a chance to relive that experience. Over 200 Glee Club alumni will be visiting Notre Dame’s campus this Friday to join in the Glee Club Reunion Concert under director Daniel Stowe. The concert will be in Leighton Concert Hall at 8 p.m. and is celebrating the club’s 103rd year. Tickets can be purchased at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center website.
Notre Dame is rife with tradition, with so much that connects current students to those of the past. They walk many of the same paths across campus, study in the same spots and attend the same dorm events. But there is one Notre Dame staple so universal that it would be impossible to graduate without experiencing it — winter in South Bend.Students on campus this semester were faced with some of the coldest temperatures in the region’s history. With temperatures falling below minus 20 degrees, classes were cancelled and students hunkered down in their dorms.Students were in good company though, as they were not the first in Notre Dame’s history to experience these sorts of temperatures.In January 1985, Notre Dame experienced extreme cold and sub-zero temperatures, similar to the 2019 cold front referred to as the “Polar Vortex.”Cheryl Ann Blain, Notre Dame class of 1987, recalled being unprepared for her first encounter with winter in South Bend.“I was coming from Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C.,” she said “We had some snow and winter weather, but nothing like at Notre Dame. My first year I had a down coat, a scarf, hat, gloves and all the stuff you would wear. I remember stepping outside when it was about twenty below, and even though I had all these clothes on, I remember feeling like I was naked.”Blain was surprised to hear that Notre Dame had cancelled classes due to the weather.“I saw that classes were going to be cancelled, and I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding. The University never closes.’”The alumni also shared a few tips for staying warm during winter at Notre Dame. Class of 1987 alumna Laura Trauth said that she returned to her dorm room one day and found a quarter-inch of ice had formed on the inside of her window.“If it got really bad, we would pull our sheets over the radiator to make a sort of tent,” Trauth said.Ted Gradel, also from the class of 1987, had a very straightforward solution for making it through the harsh winters.“I stayed inside,” Gradel, who resided in Morrissey Manor, said. “We had a nice game room in the basement with a foosball table. A lot of us got very good at foosball every winter. We practiced our craft pretty regularly.”Gradel also described a tactic that some students used to keep warm on the cold walks to class.“I got pretty good at knowing my shortcuts through the dorms on the way to class or to work out,” Gradel said. “You knew which ones you could duck into and make the most use of hallway time. I grew an appreciation for art, since it was always climate controlled in the Snite [Museum of Art]. We’d always take a walk through the Snite to warm up on our way to class.”Tags: 1987 alumni, Polar Vortex, tradition
WNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has received a record number of applications for absentee ballots.Democratic Election Commissioner Norman Green said nearly 7,000 absentee ballot requests have been received with Election Day still eight weeks from this coming Tuesday.No past presidential cycle has found much more than 4,000 absentee ballot applications for the county, out of its current 77,758 registered active voter total. Commissioners expect that 70 percent of county voters (55,000) will turnout this year.The board, which is one of just five of sixty-two counties statewide that prints its ballots in-house, will be mailing absentee ballots starting Friday Sept. 18t, and every business day thereafter when a timely application is received before Election Day. “It is an extremely complicated process to send out absentee ballots and that is why the board ordered 60,000 printed envelopes, since each ballot needs three envelopes when it goes out: a labeled envelope for the mailing of the ballot, an envelope to return the voted ballot and the actual security envelope holding the ballot,” Green said in a released statement.With the record number of absentee requests already received and the totals expected to increase, Republican Election Commissioner Brian C. Abram are expecting workers will be at the board six days a week processing returned absentee ballots.“We have brought on extra staff and our regular workers are kicking it up a notch to ensure that the absentee ballots get out the door on time,” said Abram.“No voter will be denied the opportunity to vote by mail, as long as they apply now and return their ballots as soon as they are received,” concluded Green.Voters can apply in a one stop on-line request portal that can be located at votechautauqua.com Also voter can call the elections office at 716-753-4580 daily 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The elector could also send via mail or fax a hard copy absentee application.This year voters will find a Chautauqua County unique tracking tool that will allow county citizens to determine their personal voting status and track the application, mailing and receipt of their voted absentee ballot.“Chris Burt in our office developed the ballot tracking software,” said Green. “The tracking application was developed by Chris during his workday and at no additional cost to the taxpayers.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY – Juneteenth is now an official holiday in New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo first made it a holiday by executive order earlier this year and now made the act permanent after signing legislation on Wednesday.Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Texas first learned they had been freed years earlier by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.It also celebrates achievements in the Black community. “I am incredibly proud to sign into law this legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York State, a day which commemorates the end to slavery in the United States,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new public holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the Black community, while also providing an important opportunity for self-reflection on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today.”The new holiday makes 13 paid holidays for state employees.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayWARREN — The City of Warren has been awarded a $5,000 WalkWorks Program grant to help increase physical activity options for residents.The grant, from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, will assist with the development of plans and policies to increase physical activity options in their communities through the WalkWorks Program“During these most trying times our state and local parks are seeing an unprecedented crush of visitors, most intent on walking, hiking or biking,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “Now more than ever people need that access to healthy physical activity, which is exactly what this partnership embraces.”With this funding, the grant recipients can now execute the plans they submitted which emphasize new or improved pedestrian, bicycle and/or transit systems establishing activity-friendly routes that connect residents and visitors to everyday destinations. The grants will help assist in community planning and design to incorporate more opportunities for walking, cycling and public transit while providing more healthy options for exercise in these communities. This shift in planning requires a coordinated effort to link transportation policy and public health, which these grants support.The grant recipients were selected from a competitive pool of applicants by a multidisciplinary review team that included representatives from DOH, University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Public Health Practice, PennDOT, DCNR, the Department of Community & Economic Development and the Pennsylvania Local Technical Assistance Program.
The Great Immensity Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2014 Ready for a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: how can we solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us? Tickets are now available for The Civilians’ The Great Immensity. Written and directed by Steven Cosson, the off-Broadway show will begin previews April 11 and run through May 1 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater. The Great Immensity is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. As the days count down to the Auckland Summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time. The show features projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs by Michael Friedman. View Comments
Was it difficult gaining confidence in yourself in a singer? It was. At first I didn’t want anybody to see my singing, and it took a very long time for me to overcome that. For a long time in rehearsals if anyone beside the musical director came in, I completely froze and turned my back on them again. It was quite a journey to go from singing in a cupboard to singing in front of 1,400 people [laughs]. It certainly feels like luxury casting to have you in this role. [Laughs.] I don’t know that [my colleagues] think that at the moment! But what’s been most extraordinary has been the love and support our ensemble has given me. There are moments where I have been literally shaking with terror and the young dancers have put their arms around me and held me and championed me and picked me up; I’ve literally been blown away by their support. Here you are in your first musical. Had you been angling to sing and dance on stage? No, it came completely the other way around! My agent rang and said, “They’re doing a new musical and I’ve suggested you for the part of Muriel,” and I said, “I don’t do musicals; Alex [Bond’s husband, Stephen Ward alum Alexander Hanson] does musicals,” and my agent said, “But I’m sure you can.” So I went away and thought about it and listened to [Muriel’s] big number and thought, well, if I was going to have this experience, it couldn’t be more phenomenal than to have it in this company. Tell us your thoughts on Muriel—she’s British in this version, which of course she was not on Broadway. Very British—she comes from Surrey! What was useful for me was that I never saw the show on Broadway or the film, so I was able to approach the whole thing totally fresh. I think of Muriel as someone incredibly wealthy who’s recently divorced and is looking for love, and her one drive in life is to be useful and helpful. She’s smitten very early on by Robert Lindsay, who beguiles her by pretending to be a prince. She’s an innocent, an absolute innocent. Samantha Bond was a Tony nominee for Amy’s View, played Moneypenny in the Bond (no relation) films, and appeared in Downton Abbey as Lady Rosamund—but only now is the 52-year-old actress tackling her first-ever musical. The new production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre features Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound as two con artists let loose on various unsuspecting Riviera culprits, with Bond as an Anglicized version of Muriel Eubanks, the glamorous divorcee originated on Broadway by Joanna Gleason. The protean actress spoke to Broadway.com about her fears of singing and dancing in public, and taking a vocal cue from her former Broadway and West End co-star, Judi Dench. With your two children, Tom and Molly, now entering the profession as actors, might we at some point see an all-Bond/Hanson project? [Laughs.] Only if someone writes a rather extraordinary play! Leaving the vocals aside, how does it feel to be part of a big West End musical, with all the expectations that entails? You become really aware with something like this of the scale of it and the fact that it’s a huge undertaking quite unlike being in a straight play. And I think when there’s so much riding on a project, then all the pressures are greater: musicals are such expensive machines. Did you take a leaf from your friend and former co-star Judi Dench (Amy’s View), who always says that she sings the way she speaks? I think that is the way to approach it. Even Alex, who sings properly, always says that the reason you break into song in a musical is because speech is no longer enough and, following that logic, that you should be singing as you speak, as it were. What Judi says about singing is all I can do. What’s been the most exhausting aspect of the job? The stairs at the Savoy! There are 55 stairs down to the stage and back up again to my dressing room and then there are 13 to the exit, and I’m forever going up and down. I added it up about a week ago and it was something like 976 steps that I have to climb every night. What was your audition like? There were ten people there, including [book writer] Jeffrey Lane, [composer] David Yazbek and [director/choreographer] Jerry Mitchell, and I sang the song with my back to the entire room—which is precisely what you’re taught not to do—and then read for them. Jerry put his arms up and twirled me around in a waltz and I left the room feeling the whole thing had been a total disaster, but thank heavens I wouldn’t have to do it again. Then before I knew it, I had the job. Good heavens! That’s a far cry from the demands of playing Lady Rosamund in Downton Abbey. How has that been? What’s been interesting is that my character only arrived in the last episode of the first series, so by the time I got there, I knew something extraordinary was happening. I think the older members of the cast in particular were aware that the show was being done so carefully and with such style—such attention to detail—that by the time I got there, it was as if a delicate perfume was hanging around the entire project. I’ve been filming again this week, mostly with Laura Carmichael [who plays Lady Edith], and I’ll be filming again over the summer. Had you really never sung in a show before? The last time I sang in public was in pantomime at the Bristol Old Vic some 30 years ago when I was a year or two out of drama school. I certainly didn’t think I’d ever be doing it again. View Comments
Star Files Ben Platt Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Transatlantic Mormon UpdateA plethora of hellos for The Book of Mormon on both sides of the Pond. As previously reported, Gavin Creel is taking over as Elder Price on Broadway from Nic Rouleau, who is heading to London. Rouleau will begin performances in the West End on February 2, 2015, which we now know is the same day Brian Sears (who also appeared on the Great White Way in the musical) joins the London company as Elder Cunningham. There’s also a goodbye—Ben Platt, who is currently playing Elder Cunningham in New York, will depart the production on January 4, 2015 (the same day as Rouleau). A production spokesperson had no word yet on who is replacing Platt. We believe in you all!John Rando Turns Down King KongThere’s possibly some chest-beating going on with the team behind the Broadway-aimed King Kong. Tony winner John Rando, who had been in talks to helm the stage adaptation of the thriller, has dropped out because of timing issues, The New York Times reports. Rando’s current projects include The Honeymooners. Hopefully a new director will tie the knot with the monster musical soon.ICYMI: Peter Pan Live!If for some strange reason you missed the telecast of Peter Pan Live! on December 4, we are coming to your rescue. You can either get your fill of Christopher Walken’s dancing, Allison Williams’ flying and Christian Borle’s biceps at anytime online here or actually watch the show on TV—NBC will be re-airing it on December 13.See Woods’ Anna Kendrick Sing ‘On the Steps…’So yesterday we brought you a first listen of Anna Kendrick singing “On the Steps of the Palace” from Disney’s upcoming Into the Woods. Today, below, we bring you a first look at it, although it’s not the whole scene. For that, you will have to wait until the classic tuner hits movie theaters on Christmas Day. Not long now! View Comments
View Comments Star Files Josh Groban Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Josh Groban Sing ‘All I Ask of You’ With Lena HallJosh Groban is busy promoting his new album of musical theater covers, Stages, and at a recent event he teamed up with Tony winner Lena Hall to sing “All I Ask of You” live. As previously reported, Kelly Clarkson duets with him on the Phantom track on the record. Stages also includes tunes from Chess, Sunday in the Park with George and Les Miserables, and a special Carousel duet with Audra McDonald. Check out Groban and Hall’s performance below. Seriously, Mr. Groban—it’s about time for you to make your Broadway debut! Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto & More Team UpSix-time Tony-winning theater designer Bob Crowley will be honored at the New York Theatre Workshop’s 2015 Spring Gala on May 11 at the Edison Ballroom. The evening will feature special tributes from The Audience Tony nominee Helen Mirren, Zachary Quinto, It’s Only a Play’s Stockard Channing and more, as well as a dance number performed by An American In Paris Tony nominees Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope. Crowley has been nominated for a total of four creative Tony Awards this year, for his work on Skylight, An American in Paris and The Audience.Tony Nominee Patricia Clarkson’s Busy Summer2015 Tony nominee Patricia Clarkson’s new film Learning to Drive will be released on August 21. She stars opposite Oscar winner Ben Kingsley in the coming of (middle) age comedy and you can check out the trailer here. That’s not all she’s got in the calendar! Clarkson will soon begin performances in the West End transfer of the Bradley Cooper-led The Elephant Man and then there’s a certain ceremony on June 7 she’ll want to attend…