Minnesota Orchestra’s Litton scores with unlikely choices – Minneapolis Star Tribune

<img src=”–NS/0?pageName=Minnesota+Orchestra%27s+Litton+scores+with+unlikely+choices&amp;;channel=entertainment&amp;c1=;c2=HTML&amp;c3=story&amp;c4=MWC&amp;c5=noscript&amp;c6=&amp;c7=Music&amp;c24=article” height=”1″ width=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” /> Pianist Stephen Hough  The Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest has been gasping for air the past few summers, getting shorter and shorter, and, of course, there was no festival at all last year due to the lockout. Even so, the festival’s chieftain, Andrew Litton, has proved to be a clever programmer more often than not, and he demonstrated that skill in his subscription concerts last…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Teens Get Lessons From Pros at High School Guitar Day – NY1

Some lucky teenage guitarists got free lessons Saturday from the pros at the eighth annual High School Guitar Day at the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side. NY1’s Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report. Talk about being amped up for class. Dozens of teens arrived at the 92nd Street Y Sunday ready to jam for High School Guitar Day. “I mainly focus on playing the blues, and…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Harvey Reid The Liberty Guitar Album – Premier Guitar

Album Harvey Reid The Liberty Guitar Album Woodpecker Records Until you know the backstory, Harvey Reid’s new collection of solo guitar instrumentals sounds like the superb discs he has been releasing for 35 years. Featuring moving lines, bluesy riffs, and rich, colorful chords, the tunes are melodic, expertly arranged, and fingerpicked with soul and skill—classic Reid. But he performed the 14 pieces, which include both traditional music and such modern…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Stooges Guitarist James Williamson Digs Up Old Songs For New Album – Ultimate Classic Rock

Columbia/Legacy Records The life, death and rebirth of the Stooges stands as one of the more unlikely tales in rock and roll. Since reforming in 2003, the band have made two albums and toured regularly. When head Stooge Iggy Pop designated 2014 as time out for the band, guitarist James Williamson has decided to keep active during the downtime. Williamson was only in the band for one album, 1973′s ‘Raw Power,’…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Pipes and Drums of the Black Devils’ trip marks Eternal City’s liberation by … – Helena Independent Record

It sounds like a Hollywood movie: a secret special joint force of American and Canadian soldiers with a mission to invade Norway and destroy Nazi military and industrial sites. A force made up of cowboys, lumberjacks and mountaineers. Suddenly, their mission was revised. Instead, they faced the Nazis in Italy — often in hand-to-hand combat. In fact, scaling up icy mountains in the dark, they surprised the enemy and destroyed…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Possessed By Joy: A North American Drummer In Cuba – NPR (blog)

hide captionEleggua shrines in Matanzas, Cuba. Harris Eisenstadt for NPR Eleggua shrines in Matanzas, Cuba. Harris Eisenstadt for NPR In Afro-Cuban religious ceremonies, it’s common for participants to become possessed by spirits. All sorts of people are possessed: older ladies and teenage boys, lifelong adherents and new initiates. Most are handled expertly by other ceremony participants, who flank the person being “mounted,” make sure he or she doesn’t injure anyone,…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Review: Vienna Philharmonic plods through Mahler’s Fourth – San Jose Mercury News

BERKELEY — Maybe Lorin Maazel woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Or perhaps he is privy to new research showing that Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G major — the composer’s most accessible, sunlit and purely charming symphony — was actually intended as an excruciating death march. Whatever was going on Friday at Zellerbach Hall, conductor Maazel’s performance with the Vienna Philharmonic was one of the…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Soul Of The World’s Most Expensive Violin – NPR (blog)

hide captionAnne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR’s Studio 1. Jim Tuttle/NPR Anne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR’s Studio 1. Jim Tuttle/NPR The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A reason to party: Chamber orchestra gets jazzy with unbridled spirit of Mardi … – CultureMap Houston

It was a concert for the history books, a performance that River Oaks Chamber Orchestra associate artistic director Suzanne LeFevre would file away as one of the best she had ever attended. Yet it wasn’t chamber music in the traditional sense of the word; in fact, it wasn’t even classical music. Offering such high praise from the Yale University graduate isn’t something to be taken lightly. …

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Robotic arm turns man into a cyborg drummer – The Verge

When Jason Barnes was electrocuted two years ago, he lost the lower half of his right arm, seemingly ending his dreams of being a drummer — but thanks to a new prosthetic he’s able to finally achieve that goal. Barnes initially built his own makeshift device so that he could still drum, but eventually partnered with Georgia Institute of Technology professor Gil Weinberg to build a robotic version. He tried…

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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