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20 Questions with NUCLASSICA Electro-Pop Violinist Leia Rose

NUCLASSICA electro-pop violinist Leia Rose shares what it’s like playing for Detroit’s electro-pop violin band, how she got started in music and some of her favorite musicians. By Chelsie Dzbanski 1. Can you share a bit about yourself and your career path? My name is Leia Rose. I’m 17 years old, going into my senior year at Cranbrook Kingswood. I currently live in Bloomfield Hills with my mom, two brothers and two cats. I started playing classical violin at a young age. Early on, I really did not like playing or practicing, and definitely never thought of music as a possible career path (I w..

The Ballard Institute Presents THE DINOSAUR SHOW By Mesner Puppet Theater

As part of its popular, family-friendly Summertime Saturday Puppet Show Series hosting acclaimed puppeteers from around New England and beyond, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present The Dinosaur Show by Missouri's Mesner Puppet Theater on Saturday, July 21 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Ballard Institute Theater located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. Make no bones about it -The Dinosaur Show is sure to tickle your funny bone and stimulate your imagination! Mesner Puppet Theater reaches into the past using hand, rod, shadow, and bod..

Summer jazz fest celebrates US musicians, Czechoslovak anniversary, and more

The jubilee 10th edition offers a US-Czech-Slovak cooperation in the capital – moved indoors, a series of concerts outside Bratislava, and a grand gala of marking the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia, again in the capital. Font size:A-|A+0The One Day Jazz festival has been offering concerts for ten years already, in winter and summer editions. This year’s summer edition brings a host of events, starting on June 13 inBratislava. Moved from the planned venue of Bratislava Castle to the National Tennis Centre due to a bad weather forecast, it presents Czech singer Dan Bárta and his Illustratosphere project (Filip Jelínek-keyboard, trombone, percussion; Robert Balzar-bass, double bass; Martin Valihora-drums, and Miroslav Chyška-guitar). The star of the evening will be US singer Lizz Wright and the intriguing Slovak Philharmonics, conducted by jazzman Oskar Rósza. In the countryThree days later, the Slovak Ľubomír Gašpar Cimbal Project and the foreign Lionel Loueke Trio, featuring Daniel..

Famous Musicians Made in Memphis

Famous Musicians Made in Memphis | Getty Images FOTO Blues, Soul and good ol’ Rock ‘n’ Roll. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Published May 23, 2018 Published 20 days ago Some of the most influential musicians the world has ever known created their most memorable music in Memphis, Tennessee. From Beale Street and Graceland to Sun Studio and Soulsville, USA, Memphis’ legacy of blues, soul, jazz, and rock and roll is second to none. Here are 11 remarkable talents — and a few outright geniuses — who were, figuratively and literally, made in Memphis. Michael Ochs Archives Elvis Presley Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) forged his unique early sound at Sun Studio, where he recorded two dozen songs. In fact, he paid the studio four bucks to record his first two, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” when he was just 18. (His family moved to Memphis when he was 13.) The King’s 24 studio albums, six live albums, 20 soundtrack albums and scores of posthumous compilations have sol..

Iconic guitar maker Gibson files for bankruptcy

Slash owned custom Gibson Les Paul studio guitar is on display during the preview of the sale of exclusive property from legendary guitarist and musician Slash at Julien?s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on March 7, 2011. Included in the auction sale are some of the iconic, Grammy-winning, rock guitarist and songwriter?s famous guitars, memorabilia, vehicles and personal furniture and décor from his Hollywood Hills residence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) ×Iconic guitar maker Gibson files for bankruptcySlash owned custom Gibson Les Paul studio guitar is on display during the preview of the sale of exclusive property from legendary guitarist and musician Slash at Julien?s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on March 7, 2011. Included in the auction sale are some of the iconic, Grammy-winning, rock guitarist and songwriter?s famous guitars, memorabilia, vehicles and personal furniture and décor from his Hollywood Hills residen..

Musician-inspired fonts website forced to close after going viral

SongwriterFonts, a website that offered free-to-use typefaces based on the handwriting of famous musicians, has been closed down following legal issues over intellectual-property rights. Set up by French graphic designers Julien Sens and Nicolas Damiens, the SongwriterFonts website offered five typefaces based on the handwriting of David Bowie, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg. But after being featured on numerous online publications, including Dezeen, the designers were contacted by intellectual-property rights' owners and had to shut down the website just five days after its launch. The SongwriterFonts website has been closed down, and is currently displaying a holding pageA message on the website's holding page reads: "We launched the SongwritersFonts project, a series of typefaces created from famous songwriters' handwritings, as a design project. The unique purpose of this was to inspire musicians and the next generation of songwriters to..

Famous musicians visit with art students at Fort Lauderdale elementary school

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Art students in Fort Lauderdale got a special visit Monday from world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The visit was part of the Kennedy Center's "Arts Across America" tour. Students at Walker Elementary School gave Yo-Yo Ma and bagpiper Cristina Pato a warm welcome. "It was the most amazing warm welcome, really seeing things that we didn't know was happening here and it's been really affirming," Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said. Students in Walker Elementary's arts programs entertained their guests in the school’s auditorium and then performed with the professionals. The time they spent with the children moved the artists. "The most fascinating thing for us was to watch them perform, to see the energy of the school, how much life and, especially, how much love," Pato said. "There is so much love in this school. The kindergarten class that I visited and the love from the teacher, from the children, and they're genuinely c..

Listening Post: BPO’s recording of Wagner leads off new releases

ClassicalWagner, Orchestral Music from "Der Ring des Nibelungen" performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta (Naxos). If you take an historical overview of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra you have to conclude that no BPO conductor has achieved anything close on record with the orchestra to the recording presence that Falletta has. Foss' avant-garde influence on the BPO was profound on the orchestra and the city, but the recordings he produced weren't. Michael Tilson Thomas' decision to use the BPO to record the complete music of Carl Ruggles was the BPO's most consequential recorded moment, along with its recording of Terry Rley's "In C." But you could argue that the BPO's records for Naxos have been the fulfillment of the orchestra conducted years ago by Steinberg and Krips. It's Naxos' marvelous insistence on using the BPO for "big" works with a "big" orchestral sound are making every new disc a potential wonderme..

Encore Houston, Episode 57: Ars Lyrica Houston

Ars Lyrica and guest musicians Paul Avril and Loren Tayerle in concert on New Year’s Eve, 2017.On this week’s episode of Encore Houston, Ars Lyrica celebrates the New Year with music from eighteenth-century Berlin. The theme of the concert focused on the famous musician and patron Sara Itzig Levy, and the featured pieces were either works she helped premiere or had in her own catalog. Music in this episode: CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH, Concerto in E-flat major for harpsichord and fortepiano Mario Aschauer, fortepianoMatthew Dirst, harpsichordGEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN, Paris Quartet in G major Colin St. Martin, fluteElizabeth Blumenstock, violinBarrett Sills, celloMatthew Dirst, harpsichordWILHELM FRIEDMANN BACH, Flute Concerto in D major Colin St. Martin, fluteTELEMANN, Concerto in F major for two horns Paul Avril, hornLoren Tayerle, hornPerformance date: 12/31/2017Originally aired: 3/31/2018New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all..

Venezuela’s Famous Youth Orchestra Faces Tough Times

In 1975, Venezuelan musician Jose Antonio Abreu created a network of music education programs for children. It became known as El Sistema. As the director of El Sistema, Abreu was able to gain government support for the network, and turn it into one of Venezuela’s model programs. Abreu died March 24 at age 78. Now, El Sistema’s new director, Eduardo Mendez, promises to continue the program's tradition of musical excellence and social service. Mendez said the program must overcome Venezuela’s severe economic crisis. The crisis has forced hundreds of musicians to leave the country. El Sistema now includes about 300 community schools. The network has given children in poor neighborhoods a chance to study classical music. It has produced world-famous musicians, including the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel. But Mendez says leading the orchestra network through Venezuela's social and economic crisis will not be easy. He says that 8 percent of the program..

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