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Beethoven’s 5th in virtual reality

Beethoven’s 5th in virtual reality

Today is National Video Game Day, a perfect day to share how video game tech is transforming performing arts.   You may have heard of Virtual Reality, which immerses you in a video experience. Now, all you need to experience an orchestra up close is a smartphone, an...

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Composer exploration: July birthdays

Composer exploration: July birthdays

There are 365 days in a year, and many, many more composers who've gone before us. That means there's always a composer birthday to celebrate, and there's always interesting music and stories to discover. Here are 3 noteworthy composers with July birthdays whose music...

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Going for Baroque: 307 year-old party music

Going for Baroque: 307 year-old party music

Some people find Baroque music hard to Handel. Bad puns aside, it's amazing to hear music that's over 300 years old in the English language, and why it was written in the first place. In July of 1713, Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate premiered at St. Paul's Cathedral in...

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Double bass: foundation AND solo instrument!

Double bass: foundation AND solo instrument!

New West Symphony double bass player and Team Strings member Mark Wallace presents his instrument, which tends not to get much attention. While you may not always think about it in the concert hall, you definitely feel it. And more recently, the double bass has become...

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As hard as can be: Bartók’s viola concerto

As hard as can be: Bartók’s viola concerto

All too often, the viola gets a bad rap, and for no good reason. In the right hands, it can sing just as beautifully as the other members of the string family. Philipp Triggs reminds us that it can have a powerful role in the orchestra that makes it indispensable.   ...

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