Music School – Tadasei Wed, 05 May 2021 05:21:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Music School – Tadasei 32 32 Hoff-Barthelson School of Music Students to Perform World Premiere at Annual Contemporary Music Festival Wed, 05 May 2021 03:50:52 +0000

The Hoff-Barthelson School of Music’s annual contemporary music festival takes place online via Zoom from Wednesday May 12, 2021 through Sunday May 16, 2021 and will include a world premiere commissioned by the school.

This year, due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, the festival will be held online and will consist of eight recitals by professors and students featuring works composed between 1920 and the present day. Teachers expected to perform include Louise Dubin, Michael Finckel and Peter Seidenberg, cello; April Johnson and Eriko Sato, violin; Jennifer Tibbetts, voice; Derek Cooper, brass; and Tomoko Uchino, piano.

HBMS Composer and Faculty Member Derek Cooper’s World Premiere “Fantasy on the Open Strings” for Viola Ensemble will be performed by the HBMS Viola Club at the Faculty and Student Recital on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. Mr. Cooper began to design “Fantasy” by considering a piece that could be both accessible for beginners and challenging for experienced violists. “Fantasy on Open Strings” accomplishes this by composing music around the open strings of the viola; C, G, D and A.

“This first led me to the construction of the harmonic series from an open C-string. From there, the piece explores different styles of music similar to Henry purcell“Fantasy Upon One Note” from “Fantasy Upon One Note,” the piece that inspired this new work, “says Cooper.” While more experienced performers are able to play fast lines, novice players never need to leave the C-chord open and explore. different ways of playing the chord. “

Several of the recitals will also feature works composed by HBMS students enrolled in the Compose Yourself! Project. This unique project offers students a rare opportunity to receive commentary from renowned and award-winning composers on the works they have written. The guest composers for 2021 were Andrea Clearfield and Saad Haddad.

“The school’s relationship with Andrea and Saad is made possible by Copland House, with which Hoff-Barthelson has a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” says Peter Seidenberg, artistic director of the Festival. “Both organizations are dedicated to introducing students and the public to contemporary music and nurturing and developing emerging composers.”

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Granada Hills Charter High School wins 8th National Academic Decathlon Championship Mon, 03 May 2021 01:57:02 +0000

GRANADA HILLS, Calif. (CNS) – Granada Hills Charter High School won its eighth National Academic Decathlon Championship this weekend, officials said on Saturday.

The team scored 52,656.7 points out of a possible 60,000. Granada Hills, which recently won the title in 2019, beat longtime rival El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills to win the state competition in late March.

This year’s winning student team are Dwaipayan Chanda, Eunice Choi, Joshua Choi, Rachel Heo (alternate), Chloe Hyun, Aroa Kim (alternate), Justin Kim, Hirusha Liyanage, Anthony Mercado (alternate), Jasdeep Sidhu and Zorex Villadelgado, Jr.

The coaches were Alina Lee, Linda Kang and Amy Contreras.

The competition took place virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Like last year, this competition was a big change for everyone involved,” said Lee. “It was important to focus on keeping our momentum going without our usual face-to-face interactions. Our program is based on teamwork and responsibility, so keeping a sense of connection between our students was a top priority. I am really impressed with the way everyone responded. , and I’m very excited for our team. “

The theme of this year’s competition was the Cold War.

Students competed in seven fields, including science, literature, art, music, social sciences, economics, and mathematics. Topics covered included the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, music from the era and a focus on “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut. The competition included multiple-choice exams in each subject, as well as essays, interviews and speeches.

Second place in Division 1 went to Highland Park High School in Texas, while Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Illinois took third place.

“I know that all of the team members have worked very hard under extremely difficult conditions to prepare for the competitions, so we are all delighted with their success,” said Brian Bauer, Executive Director of Granada Hills Charter. “In a normal year, the unexpected challenges of academic decathlon go beyond learning the topics and developing skills for the 10 different events. It’s hard to find time for all the preparations, to stay focused and determined. and to face obstacles that may seem daunting.. This year’s team once again demonstrated the perseverance it takes to compete at such a high level, and they deserve this victory. “

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Community calendar | News | Sun, 02 May 2021 02:37:00 +0000

Saturday, May 1 Hammond Farmer’s Market, 8 am to noon, 2 W. Thomas Street With a live concert this week by the Southeastern Community Music School String Orchestra, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Household Hazardous Recycling Collection, 8 am to noon, Zemurray Park, 406 S. Oak St., Hammond. No commercial material, only household.

PARD1 Youth Fishing Rodeo for ages 4-15 in Ponchatoula Area Recreation District # 1 Pete’s Lake Pond, 19030 Ponchatoula Park Drive, 8 a.m. to noon. Must be pre-registered by April 28.

Biscuits and Comics, 10 a.m. Amite Branch Library, in honor of rescue heroes. See an actual fire truck, participate in a firefighter themed story, enjoy a ‘make your own’ comic, and receive a free cookie and comic while supplies last. Guests are encouraged to enroll in the Summer Reading Program during their stay.

Cookies and Comics, noon, Hammond Branch Library, with Storywalk featuring “Wild Symphony” by Dan Brown. “Make Your Own Comic,” make crafts, get a free comic book and a free cookie, and sign up for this year’s summer reading program.

Registration for the summer reading program and free comic book day begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Ponchatoula branch library with an interactive walk outside featuring the book “Une maison pour l”. ‘hermit’ by Eric Carle. Create your own hermit crab and create your own comic book. Each child aged 0-17 will receive a free cookie and a free cartoon.

MC Moore Family Day in the Park, 3 p.m. at MLK Park, 600 Martin Luther King Ave, Hammond. Event presented by the MC Moore Foundation. Free food, drinks and prizes.

13 the Musical, 7 p.m., Swamplight Theater, Southwest Railroad Avenue, Ponchatoula

Hammond Farmers Market, 8 am to noon, 2 W. Thomas Street Featuring a live concert this week by the Southeastern Community Music School String Orchestra, 10:30 am to 11:30 am

13 the Musical, 2 p.m., Swamplight Theater, Southwest Railroad Avenue, Ponchatoula

The New Life Al Anon Family Group, 7 p.m. in the Resource Room at First United Methodist Church, 2200 Denise Street, Hammond. The Resource Room is located in the classroom building behind the church. Mask required.

Weekly Monday morning artisans’ meetings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the social room of the United Methodist Church of Loranger, 19403, rue Magnolia, Loranger.

Life Time Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 West Hickory Street in Ponchatoula. Wearing masks and social distancing due to COVID-19 are required. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Loranger High School Graduation Ceremony, 7 p.m. at Florida Parishes Arena

“Season Finale” concert by the University of Southeast Louisiana Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Pottle Music Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Face covers are required.

Independence High Magnet School, 6 p.m. at the IHMS football field

Life Time Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 West Hickory Street in Ponchatoula. Wearing masks and social distancing due to Covid-19 are necessary. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Summer Fun Guide deadline for submitting information on summer activities. Send an email to Summer Fun Guide will be released on May 20.

Friends of Manchac Greenway, 9:30 a.m., meeting in Joyce Wildlife Management Area parking lot for safety bags and vests. Bring hat, water, sunscreen / rain gear, gloves, favorite grip stick, and bag spreader stick. No sick people, keep your distance

Just for Today Al-Anon: noon at Anderson Hall, the building connected to the First Presbyterian Church). Please wear your mask.

and adhere to social distancing due to COVID.

Amite High Magnet School Graduation Ceremony, 10:00 a.m., AHMS Auditorium

Ponchatoula high school graduation ceremony, 9:30 a.m., PHS football field

Triumph’s Better2gether Tangi Gospel Jubilee, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 142 NW Railroad Ave., Ponchatoula

Celebration of Rotary Tangi clubs, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new pavilion on Ponchatoula beach located 11 km east of Ponchatoula on La 22

Life Time Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 West Hickory Street in Ponchatoula. Wearing masks and social distancing due to Covid-19 are necessary. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Jewel M. Sumner High School Graduation, 7 p.m., SHS Football Field

The New Life Al Anon Family Group, 7 p.m. in the Resource Room at First United Methodist Church, 2200 Denise Street, Hammond. The Resource Room is located in the classroom building behind the church. Mask required.

Weekly Monday morning artisans’ meetings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the social room of the United Methodist Church of Loranger, 19403, rue Magnolia, Loranger.

Life Time Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 West Hickory Street in Ponchatoula. Wearing masks and social distancing due to Covid-19 are necessary. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Hammond High Magnet School Graduation Ceremony, 7 p.m., HHMS Gym

Berries and Business Breakfast, 7:30 am, Le Fleur de Lis Banquet and Dining Room, 111 N. 6th Street, Ponchatoula, with Bryan Wong as speaker.

North Oaks Diabetes Education, 4 p.m., Free Group Meeting with Community Health Educator and Health Coach Grace Stiegler on Diabetes Goal Planning, at the North Oaks Diagnostic Center, located at 15837 Paul Vega, MD, Drive in Hammond in accordance with CDC security measures. Participant masking and temperature checks will be required. Supplier references are not required; places are limited and registration is compulsory.

Life Time Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 West Hickory Street in Ponchatoula. Wearing masks and social distancing due to Covid-19 are necessary. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Kentwood High Magnet School Graduation Ceremony, 7 p.m., KHMS Gym

Just for Today Al-Anon: noon at Anderson Hall, the building connected to the First Presbyterian Church). Please wear your mask and respect social distancing due to COVID.

Life Time Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 West Hickory Street in Ponchatoula. Wearing masks and social distancing due to Covid-19 are necessary. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Blessing of the fleet, 9:30 am, at the Manchac launch. Followed by a poker race. Check-in from 10:30 am to noon at Gators Den, 194 Old US 51, with stops that include the Beacon, Lakeside, Sun Buns and Middendorf’s. Meet at 4 p.m. at the Gators Den.

The New Life Al Anon Family Group, 7 p.m. in the Resource Room at First United Methodist Church, 2200 Denise Street, Hammond. The Resource Room is located in the classroom building behind the church. Mask required.

Weekly Monday morning artisans’ meetings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the social room of the United Methodist Church of Loranger, 19403, rue Magnolia, Loranger.

Life Time Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 West Hickory Street in Ponchatoula. Wearing masks and social distancing due to Covid-19 are necessary. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday

Trivia Night, 6 p.m., The Mezzanine, 308 Cate Street, Hammond. Must pre-register. Call 985-351-0710 or email for registration form and details.

Just for Today Al-Anon: noon at Anderson Hall, the building connected to the First Presbyterian Church). Please wear your mask and respect social distancing due to COVID.

Summer Fun Guide will be published in The Daily Star.

Keep Tangipahoa Beau Manchac Garbage Cleanup at 8 a.m., organized by Entergy.

Self-defense class, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the gymnasium of the Ponchatoula region leisure park, for women and girls aged 12 and over, with instructor Sensei Frank DiBenedetto. Call 985-662-5557.

Life Time Narcotics Anonymous: 7 p.m. at the Parish Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church, 250 West Hickory Street in Ponchatoula. Wearing masks and social distancing due to Covid-19 are necessary. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday

End of the Bash school 4 pm-6pm at Zemurray park, stand and / or passage by car. There will be games, music, snacks for the kids and summer information for parents. For more information, call 985-662-5557.

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Cows laugh at classical music as eight cellists play to ‘relax’ cattle Fri, 30 Apr 2021 12:10:31 +0000

April 30, 2021, 13:10

Eight cellists perform in recital for the Hereford cows.

Image: Carsten Snejbjerg / New York Times / Redux / eyevine

These udder-pampered cows enjoyed private locked cello recitals.

Dressed in full concert attire, seated on a hay stage, these musicians pick up their instruments every week and play beautiful music for a herd of cows.

Apparently everyone involved finds it deeply calming.

Farmer Mogens Haugaard told the New York Times: “Classical music is very good for humans. It helps us relax and the cows can tell if we are relaxed or not. It makes sense that they feel good too. “

Regular recitals are hosted by Jacob Shaw, a British cello soloist who conducts the Scandinavian Cello School in Denmark.

Read more: Classical music increases milk production in cows, study finds>

The cellist performs for a cattle audience in Denmark

The cellist plays for a bovine audience in Denmark.

Image: Carsten Snejbjerg / New York Times / Redux / eyevine

Shaw soon discovered that the school was next to a cattle farm where they raise Hereford cows.

And after getting to know his neighbors, the farming couple Mogens and Louise Haugaard, the cellist saw an opportunity for a unique stunt.

Since November 2020, the cows enjoy daily serenades with a speaker playing Mozart and other classical melodies.

And now, once a week, Shaw and the students from the school come to perform live for the bovine audience.

Farm recitals began as a way to raise the profile of a local music school and its young stars. But they quickly proved to be very popular with members of the public, the two-legged and four-legged type.

Moose cows listening to Hungarian rhapsodies by Liszt

Puffy cows listening to Hungarian Rhapsodies by Liszt.

Image: Carsten Snejbjerg / New York Times / Redux / eyevine

While the musicians played Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody and “Hymn of Love” by Edith Piaf, the musicians were greeted by the strange “bravo” of their public on all fours. (In cow’s tongue, of course.)

But after a few concerts, the cows began to develop quite demanding tastes.

A cellist told the US publication: “Did you see how they all left at one point? They are not really Dvořák fans.

Maybe a little Pacowbel will do the trick next time …

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Wood-Ridge Memorial Library features meditation, music, and more in May 2021 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 06:30:00 +0000

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ – The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library remains open to the public with modified hours of operation and at 25% capacity. Navigation and computer time are limited to forty minutes, no prior reservation is required. The Book Depot is open for item returns and all materials will be quarantined for three days prior to being checked in. Pickup from the porch is available upon request.

Special activities continue throughout May. Register in advance.

Music with Miss Nita
The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will be hosting free music and movement lessons with Miss Nita on our Facebook page. The pre-recorded sessions are published every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and can be viewed at any time. Come share the joys of music!
Story time with Mr. Paul
Who doesn’t like to be read? Join Mr. Paul for Story Time, posted on the library’s Facebook and Youtube pages every Monday and Friday at 4 p.m.

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Crafts to take away
Ready to get tricky? Every Tuesday a new DIY kit will include all the necessary materials. Video instructions will be posted on our Youtube and Facebook pages. To reserve your porch pickup kit, please call the library or email Mr. Paul at

English as a second language
Online ESL classes at the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library will begin on Tuesday, April 6. Classes will take place at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for this six-week course until May 13. Join ESL Instructor Donna Keith for her “Learn English by Exploring the Stories and Mysteries of New York” course. This course is free and registration is required. Please register on our website and click on “Calendar”. This course will use the WebEx platform, therefore a phone, tablet, or computer is required.

Meditation for beginners
Meditation has many proven benefits. Join wellness instructor Jasmine Bilali for this introduction to meditation via Zoom. This free one-hour course will take place on Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m. Registration is required, please register on our website and click on “Calendar”. This program is brought to you by the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library, the Carlstadt Public Library and the East Rutherford Memorial Library.

Data base:
The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library has many entertaining and educational databases including, but not limited to, Gale LegalForms, CultureGrams, Ancestry, and Biography in Context.
We also offer movie streaming service through Kanopy and access to comprehensive local, state, regional and national news coverage through major US daily newspapers.

Miss Humblebee Academy
Families in Wood-Ridge now have free access to Miss Humblebee’s Academy, an award-winning online education program that helps the library’s youngest learners develop foundational literacy skills and prepare for kindergarten. Designed for ages 3-6, Miss Humblebee’s Academy employs cool cartoon characters to guide learning activities, making it fun and easy to use, with lessons covering all major subjects. academic. Miss Humblebee’s Academy can be accessed either in the library or remotely with a Wood-Ridge Memorial Library card number through the library’s website at

Museum Pass
The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library lends free admission to 13 museums in New Jersey and New York. Museums include the American Museum of Natural History, the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Each pass offers free entry for multiple guests; some passes offer additional discounts at the museum gift shop. Passes can be borrowed by any Wood-Ridge resident, 18 years of age and over, with a valid library card. Passes are loaned for three days and can be booked online at the library’s website at For more information or to reserve a pass by phone, please call the library at (201) 438-2455.

School BookFlix
Wood-Ridge Memorial Library cardholders now have free access to BookFlix®, available on the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library website. BookFlix® is an online resource that combines classic animated story books from Weston Woods with non-fiction e-books from Scholastic to develop real-world knowledge and early literacy skills. BookFlix® encourages a love of reading and learning in young learners from Kindergarten to Grade 3. .org /

Literary Resource Center database courtesy of the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library
The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library now offers the Literary Resource Center, the online destination for book reviews, author biographies, reviews and more. It is the world’s newest, most comprehensive and trusted online documentary database, covering more than 150,000 writers in all disciplines, time periods and regions of the world. The Resource Center can be accessed either in the library or remotely with a Wood-Ridge Memorial Library card number through the library’s website at

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library Announces Electronic Library
The Wood-Ridge Memorial Library now offers eLibrary®, a user-friendly general reference tool that simplifies the research process, making it easier and more efficient for novice researchers to choose their research topic and find authoritative information to support their research . Organized by topic, eLibrary® offers one of the largest general reference collections of periodic and digital media content designed to support all users, including elementary students, high school and college researchers, and professional educators. . eLibrary® can be accessed in the library or remotely with a Wood-Ridge Memorial Library card number through the library website at

Wood-Ridge Memorial Library offers LearningExpress Library ™
Improving computer skills, preparing for college admission tests, and passing a career licensing exam just got easier with LearningExpress Library, now available on the Wood-Ridge Memorial Library website . This extensive collection of digital resources includes interactive tutorials, practice tests, and over 200 downloadable eBooks. Online practice tests are available for the GED, PSAT, SAT, AP, TOEFL iBT and US citizenship exams. Customers can also master their computer skills in popular software applications through tutorials ranging from basic to advanced level. LearningExpress library resources are available free to Wood-Ridge Memorial Library cardholders through the library’s website at

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A & M-Commerce Music Department Makes History as All-Steinway ‘Spirio’ School Wed, 28 Apr 2021 14:03:30 +0000

Commerce, Texas, April 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The public profile of the music department at Texas A&M University-Commerce takes on a new lease of life, giving students the opportunity to study the piano with some of the most advanced technology in the world. industry through TAMUC’s recent designation as an All-Steinway School.

In addition, the university has the unique distinction of receiving a Spirio Technology designation with it, thus becoming the first institution in the world to receive this particular distinction.

The Spirio system is touted as the world’s best high resolution piano capable of capturing and playing live performances. It allows the pianist to capture their performance on a Spirio instrument and play their performance on any other Spirio piano in the world, copying everything from the original performance including applied pressure, dynamic range , pedaling and more.

Dr Brian Zator, acting director of the music department at A&M-Commerce, said this kind of technology could revolutionize the learning environment.

“The technology is really amazing,” Zator said. “It can allow us to have more effective distance learning and distance learning. A singer or instrumentalist can play a recording made previously, and it is as if the accompanist is in the room with them.

“What an incredible opportunity we have in the piano division of A & M-Commerce to work with Steinway’s Spirio technology,” said Libby Vanatta, professor of piano and piano pedagogy. “I am particularly excited about the educational implications of having this technology on campus. Children and adults in the community who take lessons through our Piano Academy will also have the opportunity to experience Spirio.

The All-Steinway School designation is bestowed by the prestigious Steinway & Sons piano company on schools that demonstrate a commitment to excellence and an unparalleled educational experience by providing their students with the rich and unmatched sound, the unmatched sound and the pristine touch. Steinway pianos. Only about 200 educational institutions around the world are listed as All-Steinway Schools.

“I am very proud to be a part of this historic moment,” said Bryan Elmore, Institutional Director of Steinway Hall-Dallas. “We have worked with TAMUC for eleven years to help them achieve their goal of becoming an All-Steinway school through the work of the Piano Division, former department heads Dr David Scott and Dr David Davies, and the College of Humanities, Sciences. social and arts. The fact that TAMUC is the first in the world to receive the Spirio Technology title is further proof of the university’s commitment to its students.

To be named All-Steinway School, an institution must use the brand’s instruments in its performance halls and piano studios. In addition, at least 90% of all pianos in the department must be from the Steinway brand. To receive the additional Spirio designation, an institution must have at least three pianos in its inventory with Spirio technology.

“Becoming an All-Steinway school with Spirio technology is an incredible opportunity for A & M-Commerce,” said Cara Chrisman, A & M-Commerce graduate piano student. “This advancement will give prestige to our school while providing unique opportunities for students.”

Founded in 1853, Steinway & Sons has established itself at the forefront of the piano industry, creating a reputation for excellence in craftsmanship and quality. Its pianos are handcrafted, and the company is also known as an innovator in piano development; Steinway & Sons has obtained 139 patents in the manufacture of pianos throughout its rich history.

Zator says one of the most important benefits of getting the designation is that it dramatically improves the department’s recruiting efforts. In a 2018 survey of All-Steinway schools by the company, 97% of respondents said being an All-Steinway school helps recruit not only more music students, but better quality students as well. .

“It shows that we are a department committed to excellence,” said Zator. “It’s a rare tune that we enter.”

Four out of five new pianos have been ordered in Dallas and are expected to arrive at A & M-Commerce in early May. The department’s “showcase” piano for use in the Jack & Lou Finney concert hall was handpicked in the Steinway & Sons selection room at their New York factory.

Artist Steinway, piano teacher Dr Luis Sanchez, Vanatta, and A & M-Commerce piano students Chrisman and Momoko Hoffman made the trip and had the opportunity to “audition” several grand pianos. concert, allowing them to select the one that best suited the Finney concert hall.

“I am extremely grateful to have been able to be a part of the selection process,” said Hoffman, a second year major in piano performance. “I wanted to choose a piano that current students and future Lions would like to play on.”

Sanchez is grateful for the university’s support and vision to improve the learning experience for all music students.

“The unmatched quality of Steinway pianos combined with cutting-edge Spirio technology truly marks the start of a new era for the A&M-Commerce music department,” said Sanchez.

Learn more about All-Steinway Schools, Spirio Technology, and the A & M-Commerce Music Department.

(Photo Cutline: A piano teacher and Steinway artist at Texas A&M University, Dr. Luis Sanchez works out of the Steinway & Sons headquarters in New York.)



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When the cellos play, the cows come home Wed, 28 Apr 2021 14:00:13 +0000

LUND, Denmark – At a recent performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pezzo Capriccioso’, a handful of spectators leaned intently forward, eyes shining, a few encouraging sniffs escaping from the otherwise hushed floor. Although relatively new to classical music, they seemed to listen closely to the eight cellists on stage, raising their heads sharply as the languid tensions of the room gave way to swift bows.

When it was over, amidst fervent applause and shouts of “bravo”, a single grateful moo was heard.

On Sunday, in Lund, a village about 80 km south of Copenhagen, an elite group of cellists gave two concerts for both music-loving cows and their human counterparts. The culmination of a collaboration between two local cattle ranchers, Mogens and Louise Haugaard, and Jacob Shaw, founder of the nearby Scandinavian cello school, the concerts were intended to draw attention to the school and the young musicians who reside there. But judging by the response from the two-legged and four-legged participants, it also demonstrated how popular an initiative that brings cultural life to rural areas can be.

Until a few years ago, 32-year-old British-born Shaw had toured the world as a solo cellist, performing at sacred venues like Carnegie Hall and the Guangzhou Opera House. When he moved to Stevns (the largest municipality to which Lund belongs) and opened the Scandinavian Cello School, he soon discovered that his neighbors the Haugaards, who raise Hereford cows, were also fans of classical music. In fact, Mogens, who is also a former mayor of Stevns, sits on the board of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.

When the cellist, who had visited Japan, told the farmer how the Wagyu cows, renowned for being pampered in the country, were raised to produce tender beef, it didn’t take much persuasion for Mogens to adopt a part of their education for their own cattle.

Starting in November 2020, a boom box playing Mozart and other classical music in the Haugaard barn serenaded the cows daily. About once a week, Shaw and all of the resident students came to watch a live performance.

While it is not known whether their new listening habits affected the quality of the cows’ meat, the breeder noted that the animals run whenever the musicians show up and come as close as possible while they play.

“Classical music is very good for humans,” Haugaard said. “It helps us relax and the cows can tell whether we are relaxed or not. It makes sense that it makes them feel great too, but it’s not always good for the people who perform it. Shaw said he founded the Scandinavian Cello School to help young musicians prepare for the less glamorous demands of a professional career in an industry that can sometimes chew up young artists in the constant quest for the next big thing.

While touring internationally as a self-directed artist, he found himself exhausted from the work of negotiating contracts, promoting himself and incessant travel, he said in an interview. This experience – coupled with a stint as a teacher at a prestigious music academy in Barcelona – made him realize that there was a hole there that needed to be filled.

“I kept meeting some fantastic young talent who just didn’t have the tools to go out,” Shaw said. They might have great teachers to work with them on the music itself, but what was missing was “that little extra nudge,” he said, in areas like booking. concerts, competition preparation and social media management.

In its original incarnation, the Scandinavian Cello School was a traveling organization – more of a traveling training camp than an academy. But in 2018 Shaw and his girlfriend, violinist Karen Johanne Pedersen, bought a farm in Stevns and made it a permanent base for the school. Its students, who come from all over the world and are mostly between the ages of 17 and 25, stay in short-term residences during which they hone their musical and professional skills – including how to achieve a work-life balance. private.

The location helps with that. Located less than half a mile from the sea, the school also offers visiting musicians the opportunity to help out in a vegetable patch, dig in the nearby forest, fish for dinner, or just relax in a remote area of ​​the city.

This environment is part of what attracted Johannes Gray, a 23-year-old American cellist, currently living in Paris, who won the prestigious International Pablo Casals Prize in 2018. Gray first visited the Scandinavian Cello School in 2019 , then returned for the school’s first post-pandemic cohort, drawn to both career development opportunities and leisure pursuits.

“Jacob gave me advice on how to create a program and package it to make it more interesting,” Gray said. “But we’re also both extreme foodies, and we love to cook, so after a long day of practicing we can go out fishing or plan that huge feast. It’s not just about the music.

As much as the musicians benefit from the environment, this essentially agricultural region benefits from the small influx of international artists. The school receives financial support from local government and businesses. In return, the guest musicians – seven have come for the current residency – perform in schools and healthcare facilities across the region. And they play for the cows.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, Sunday’s two concerts were held outdoors, and human participation for each was limited to 35. (Both are sold out.) Among the attendees, who had the opportunity to snack burgers prepared by a local chef from the Haugaard. “Beef,” was Denmark’s Culture Minister Joy Mogensen, who noted it was the first live concert she had attended in six months.

“I have witnessed a lot of creativity in recent months,” she said in an interview. “But digital just isn’t the same. Hope this is one of the lessons we take from Corona, how much we – even the cows – regret being together for cultural events. The two species present seemed to be enjoying themselves. Before the concert, the cows were scattered across the field, munching on grass in the bright sun and suckling their newborn calves. But as the musicians, dressed in ceremonial clothes, took their places on the hay-strewn stage and began the dramatic opening bars of Danish composer Jacob Gade’s “Jalousie (Tango Tzigane”), the cows piled up towards the fence which them. separated. of the human public, and jostled for the position.

After a program comprising an arrangement of Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody” and a reminder of Edith Piaf’s “Hymn of Love”, the musicians were as charmed by their cattle listeners as their humans.

“It’s really nice to play for the cows,” said Gray. “We saw it in rehearsal – they really come to you. And they have preferences. Did you see how they all left at one point? They are not really Dvorak fans. “

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Musicians from Third Street Music School gather for live performances for the annual gala Wed, 28 Apr 2021 13:25:06 +0000

There are obstacles that can be overcome by the ever-present Zoom and there are some that cannot. Steven Rochen, a teacher and conductor for over 30 years at Third Street Music School, can attest that there is no substitute for an orchestra playing together in person.

“You’re looking for a feeling of blending, an overall sound,” he explains. Although some of its students – like foreigners – are still far away, more than 70 of its musicians gathered outside the school on a Saturday morning to perform together for the first time since the lockdown. He found the mix he was looking for as the group “came together within the first ten minutes of rehearsal!” They were so excited to play together.

They were also happy to be filmed, as the performance was taped to be featured as part of the school’s upcoming gala fundraiser, which will be presented virtually and hosted by actor Julianne Moore and her husband, director / film producer Bart Freundlich, who are the parents of Third Street Alumni. “The gala should have been held in a beautiful ballroom of a chic hotel,” laments Kristen Kentner, director of communications. “But,” she continues, “we hope to be in person next year. And we always try to capture the joy, the resilience, the celebration, the togetherness, and all the other things that music represents.

Viewers are encouraged to watch the gala (registration is free) on May 5 and contribute if they wish. The show will honor Rochen as well as Grammy-nominated musician Yola and Myra Nieves, the school’s deputy director of student services. According to Kentner, “The Third Street Music School Settlement provides high-quality music and dance education through on-site and virtual programs, public and community schools, as well as an arts-infused preschool for New Yorkers from across the country. all ages, whatever their age. background, artistic ability or economic circumstances. No student is ever turned away because of their ability to pay. “

Although some of the students, aged 7 to 15, are still stuck in their home countries – such as New Zealand, who gets up at 2 a.m. to attend classes through Zoom – local musicians can help. expect to know more. rehearsal together as well as another street performance in the near future.

And Rochen can presumably expect more from what he felt in the first performance. It was, he said, “a total joy.”

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Entertainment April 29-May 5 | The Concord Insider Wed, 28 Apr 2021 13:07:30 +0000

A dog walker walks through Rollins Park in the morning fog on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

April 29

Brian Booth at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6.30 p.m.

Caamp 5 Year Anniversary (live online) via the Capitol Center for the Arts at 9 p.m.

April 30

OBB at Penuche’s Ale House at 8 p.m.

Mr. Aaron at Kimball Jenkins Estate at 10 a.m.

May 1

Talent show to benefit the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness at the Bank of NH Stage at 7 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.)

Andrew North and the Rangers at Zone 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Aaron at Kimball Jenkins Estate at 10 a.m.

Songweaver’s Women’s Chorus (live online) via Concord Community Music School at 7 p.m.

May 2nd

David Cook (live online) via the Capitol Center for the Arts at 8 p.m.

May 5

Open Mic Night in zone 23 at 11 p.m.

Red Rivers Virtual Cinema

All available movies are listed on the website. When you have chosen a movie title that you want to watch, you then click on the “Watch now” button. This will take you to our specific page on the movie distributor’s website where you can purchase your “ticket”. Please note that some distributors will require you to create an account to rent movies or connect to your streaming device. Just follow the instructions to set up your account. You will receive a confirmation email with details on how to access your movie once you have completed your purchase. You will only have to register once for the distributor.

Current options include:

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts (NR, 2018) Jeffrey Wolf’s fiery documentary allows you to understand the vitality of artist Bill Traylor’s language and why it demands more visibility in the story.

Race to Save the World (NR, 2021) Emmy-winning filmmaker Joe Gantz presents an urgent and intimate portrait of the protests, arrests, courtroom drama and family turmoil these activists endured as they then endured that they push for change.

Hope (NR, 2021) The twenty-year relationship between modern dance choreographer Anja and director Tomas.

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Live theater is slowly making a comeback in Lake County | Young thespians | Lake County Wed, 28 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000

Now it’s more like that.

For the first time in forever, there is more than one production hoping for an audience, albeit hidden and limited. Read on:

Lake Catholic High School

“Prepare the Way” as live theater returns to the Catholic Lake Stage with a modern twist to the Matthew Gospel in “Godspell”. Scott Posey is directing this production which will offer both live and streaming options.

The live show will take place on April 29 and 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and May 2 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Lake Catholic High School.

Tickets will not be sold at the door and are only available in presale, and only through the online ticket office at Advance tickets cost $ 10 for adults, $ 8 for seniors / alumni, and $ 5 for high school students and under.

Streaming codes are available for pre-recorded performance for $ 25 and will air on April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and May 2 at 3 p.m. A “buy one, get one” option is available for a second device for $ 15. Use promotional code GODSPELLBOGO at checkout.

“Godspell” is a musical account of the Gospel of Matthew set in modern times, telling the story of young men and women who gave up their jobs and took up the mantle of Jesus Christ – becoming His disciples – in the request of John the Baptist.

The Lake Catholic Godspell Society.

Posey, with senior Rose Obergefell as assistant director and music director / accompanist Alex Ulle, will lead 27 cast members and 14 crew members in this year’s production at Lake Catholic.

After the heartbreaking cancellation of their production of “Chicago: High School Edition” last year, students and directors alike are eager to see this production come to life.

“The loss of ‘Chicago’ last year was heartbreaking for students and staff and we had a big financial hit with investments in the show and no opportunity to recoup those costs,” Posey says. “We are starting this year in a financial hole.”

An attempt to return to live productions in the fall had to be abandoned, compounding the difficulty.

“We started a fall production, but we weren’t able to complete it due to periodic peaks and shutdowns due to COVID-19,” Posey said. “We are predicting the best result, but we are ready for that to change in an instant.”

A host of COVID-19 precautions are in place to keep performers and participants as safe as possible. Seating for live shows is socially distanced and limited.

“We have provided the school administration with a COVID-19 protocol plan for approval and have followed all guidelines set out by the health regulations of the Ohio government and the Lake County Board of Health,” he said. said Posey. “Seats are socially distanced in family pods, no dealership sales, digital programs will be available and masks are mandatory at all times in the building.”

When it was determined that the show would continue, Posey gave a lot of thought to what type of show would work best in the current environment. He concluded that the “Godspell” community ensemble lends itself perfectly to showcasing the many horizons that can all come together for one cause.

“The whole process has been very trying but so rewarding,” Posey told me. “Children yearn for the opportunity to express themselves creatively, and seeing them come back on stage doing their jobs gives a sense of normalcy during this difficult time.

“We are all very grateful for the opportunity given to the children to be able to work together again,” he added. “With the main theme of ‘Godspell’ being building a caring community, we hope to demonstrate to our audience what is still possible for all of us today.”

Elder Armand Washington portrays John the Baptist and Judas and freshman Dominic Orlando will portray Jesus. The ensemble cast that completes the community, while not as large as a typical Lake Catholic production, still features the best of Lake.

Elise Dobbins is an 18 year old senior active in the Marching Band and LC Singers who has performed in productions of “Little Shop of Horrors”, “South Pacific” and “Chicago: High School Edition”. She is now one of the apostles of “Godspell”.

“I wanted to participate because I’ve been doing shows since my freshman year and I wanted to stick with that my senior year,” Elise said. “I’ve really enjoyed every show I’ve done but love ‘Godspell’ and couldn’t wait to audition.

“The past year has been interesting,” she added. With the constant schedule changes and uncertainty, it’s hard to have a big picture, but the musical has seriously helped with that. We have a set schedule and it gives me something to look forward to every day. “

Makenna Bretz is a 15-year-old freshman cheerleader who has had numerous acting credits with UpStage Players, the most recent being “Frozen, Jr” and “Lion King, Jr.” She has also been involved with Mt. Carmel Players in “Annie,” and is now making her delayed debut in Lake Catholic as a demon.

“I have been involved in musical theater since I was 4,” said Makenna. “It’s something I love to do and I really missed it last year. We were only able to organize one dress rehearsal for “Frozen, Jr.”. before everything is stopped.

“The last year has been quite difficult but I’m glad we can be at school in person,” she added. “The theater gave me something to look forward to and I made a lot of new friends.”

The hardest part of singing during a pandemic?

“Masks!” Said Makenna. “It’s so hard to sing and dance with them, but we know they are important. Making new friends who like what I like is a bonus. “

“I want to show the audience that I worked for the role I got,” agreed Elise. “I want to use to show how we won’t let some silly obstacles like masks keep us from realizing our full potential.”

Praise the Lord.

Willoughby-Eastlake Schools

The North and South Willoughby-Eastlake Theater Clubs are teaming up to present “Disney’s Little Mermaid” from April 29 to May 2 at the Performing Arts Center in Union Square (located at North High School).

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Ariel (Aalliyah Plass) and Eric (Luke Lanning) are working for the first time with Max (Albus Levine).

The public can purchase both virtual show tickets and in-person show tickets by visiting the North or South High websites at or In-person show tickets are $ 10, while family tickets for the virtual broadcast are $ 20.

“After almost two years away from the theater,” director Deb Isom tells me, “the Willoughby-Eastlake School District is happy to produce artwork for our community. We feel lucky to be able to play and hope to bring joy to the community through the arts, both virtually and in person.

Assistant director Mike Rajko combined the efforts of Eastlake North and Willoughby South High Schools with the help of vocal director Devra Levine, music director Michael Czubaj and choreographer Allison Brandon. The cast, crew and musicians of the Orchestra Pit are students from the North and South who work in conjunction with a team of directors from Willoughby-Eastlake.

Included in the cast is Aalliyah Plass, a 2021 Playhouse Square Dazzle Award nominee for Best Actress and fan favorites Kai Drew and Duane Gardner.

“This play is an exciting opportunity for our students and our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Steve Thompson. “I am proud of the combined efforts of our young thespians who are working together to produce ‘The Little Mermaid’. The people involved in this production went to great lengths to work within the parameters created by COVID-19 and should be applauded for their extraordinary work.

Isom is an interventionist and English teacher at Willowick Middle School who has led the district since 2001. This is her fifth season as director of the North High Drama Club with productions from “Grease,” “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, ”“ And then there was none, ”and many more to his name.

“I attended North and was a member of the Thespian 220 Troop,” Isom said. “Although our troupe has partnered with district colleges for mentorship and past performances, this is the first time the two high schools have collaborated on a show.

“Due to the pandemic, the program has remained inactive,” she continued. “We were able to carry out some activities virtually. We created a virtual production of Jonathan Dorf’s “4 AM Stay-At-Home Edition” as a fall production. The children worked hard and learned many new skills in order to record and distribute the virtual show.

“Due to the restrictions imposed on the theater program by the pandemic, like all schools, we have experienced a decrease in the number of participants,” she added. “The biggest impact on me has been to reformulate and rethink how to run a production in a way that keeps everyone safe, lets kids create art, and follows state and district guidelines. school. It would be impossible without the incredible team of principals and volunteers that we have from high schools in the North and South.

Despite the difficulties, Isom sees the obvious benefits of the attempt, seeing the stress, loneliness and isolation in his children.

“We think of our club as a dramatic family and are together about 140 nights a year,” Isom said. “All of a sudden it stopped. Getting together, with the addition of students and directors from the South as well, gave us all a sense of normalcy.

“The kids seem really happy to be back together, with students from the North and the South working together as one troupe and making art,” she added. “It was very moving. Fun, happy, stressful, tiring.”

It feels like theater finally coming back to normal for me.

Fairport Harding High School

The Fairport Harding High School musical theater program led by JJ Luster features past and present FHS theater students in a variety of acts, including song, dance, stand-up comedy, and musical instruments.

The “Skipper Spectacular Variety Show” will take place on April 30th and May 1st at 7:30 pm. The show will last about an hour.

Limited free tickets will be available by emailing or by contacting a member of the theater department. No tickets are available at the gate and seating is limited due to COVID restrictions. Social distancing and masks will be needed in the theater.

Donations will be accepted on the evening of the show for the benefit of the Alexis Myer family.

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