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Did You Miss Beatlemore? Watch It Here!

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Poster designed by Jackie Avellar '15.

Poster designed by Jackie Avellar ’15.

If you (like me) committed the Skidmore cardinal sin of missing out on Beatlemore this weekend, absolution is readily available. You can (re)live the magic in this recording of Saturday night’s Skidmore-only performance below.

[On another note: check out the music department’s livestream page for a whole slew of archived events that you probably missed as well. Shit, what with everything being thrown on the Internet, why go out anymore? Stay inside. Live your life from your computer desk. It’s safe there.]

Obviously, you should watch the entire performance, but we’ve done you the service of writing out the setlist below the video. You know, just in case you’re only watching so you can see your friend–the one you totally promised you would go, but you waited until the last minute and couldn’t get a ticket or just decided that your Northwoods apartment was too warm and toasty to schleck all the way to Zankel.

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TEDxSkidmoreCollege Returns with New Faculty & Student Speakers (12/3)

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

12/3. 7pm. Zankel. Be there.

December 3rd will mark the return of TEDxSkidmoreCollege, as students and faculty will collaborate to present the second annual installment in the lecture series.

For those of you who are unfamiliar TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a set of global lecture conferences formed under the mantra “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Speakers have ranged from presidents, authors, scientists, and a slew of other occupations. There’s no end to the topics you could be discussing that could spur a friend to say “Oh my gosh, I have to send you an AWESOME Ted Talk on this!” If this has never happened to you, you probably need smarter friends.

Developed in 2013, TEDxSkidmoreCollege is part of the TEDx series, a program designed “to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences.” This year, under the organization of Sarah Green ’16, the event will feature Skidmore professors Gordon Thompson (Music), Reba Howard (Chemistry), and Sheldon Solomon (Psychology) as the speakers on the faculty side of things, and Gavin Burger ’15 and Marcella Jewell ’15 have just been announced as Skidmore’s inaugural student speakers.

Read more info on this year’s event page. Tickets can be purchased (very easily) through the school’s Vendini page. If you missed last year’s very successful debut of TEDxSkidmoreCollege, you can watch the videos and read info about the speakers here.

Beatlemore Skidmania Tickets ON SALE NOW!!!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Single handedly ruining Srgt. Peppers iconic album cover so that I can procrastinate with Paintbrush, again.

Skidmore’s annual Beatles tribute concert for charity, Beatlemore Skidmania, is right around the corner.  For the uninitiated, Beatlemore is the brain child of music professor and “Beatles scholar” Gordon Thompson.  It’s three nights of Beatles music reinvented by Skidmore musicians who audition for slots in the show.  Here’s what they have to say:

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Beatlemore Auditions

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Skidmore’s favorite tradition of listening to Beatles covers and Gordon Thompson talking is just around the corner, and the organizers will be accepting video auditions from any and all student bands starting next week, from October 1-10. All you have to do is email beatlemore@skidmore.edu for more info.

Beatlemore is a good excuse to “put yourself out there” and impress your peers with your free jazz interpretation of “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” For example, indie-folk darlings Bailiwick made their worldwide debut at Beatlemore 2009 and went on to conquer the hearts of the greater Saratoga region. Could be you!

Beatles Mondays

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Gordon Thompson, fresh from a radio appearance, sends a little message via this week’s Student Announcement Digest email. Thompson, who is teaching two classes on The Beatles this smester invites us to join his students for screenings of films from The Beatles’ visual oeuvre—The Beatles Anthology, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and The Rutles’: All You Need Is Cash.

Showings will be in the ELM (Zankel 117) “most Monday nights” from 7:00 until around 9:30. Thompson, who is incredibly intelligent and an undeniable Beatles expert will introduce each film and lead a discussion afterward.

Gordon Thompson Talks Lennon’s Death on WAMC

Thursday, September 9th, 2010
I've read this book like 50 times and never killed anyone!!!

John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, has been denied parole for the sixth time and Skidmore Music Professor and Beatlephile Gordon Thompson talked to the news about it.

Make sure to listen to the brief interview all the way through to hear Thompson say something about Papua New Guinea and then claim to buy Playboy for the articles!