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Beethoven’s anthem of unity

Beethoven’s anthem of unity

While staying at home, members of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra joined together (virtually) in the most creative rendition of the finale of Beethoven's Ninth we've seen in a long time.     We always need music, but we especially...

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An update from our music students

Now, more than ever, we need moments that make us smile and appreciate the power of community. Few things fit that bill more than music, and especially when it involves illuminating the joy of music with children. Earlier this month we were forced to postpone our...

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Streaming performing arts

Streaming performing arts

Live performances across the world are put on hold, but there are great new opportunities to enjoy classical music and other performing arts while we're at home! Take advantage of the many wonderful entertainment that orchestras, theaters and others are making...

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Health and safety update – March 18

Health and safety update – March 18

Violins of Hope postponed Earlier this week, we shared with you the disappointing news that we were forced to postpone both the Laby Harmony Luncheon and our Symphonic Adventures. Now, as the coronavirus continues to play havoc on our daily lives, we must sadly report...

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A stolen Strad is back on stage

A stolen Strad is back on stage

You may have heard Nina Totenberg. She's a legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio. You may also have heard Roman Totenberg.   https://youtu.be/sgVEHITy-9U?t=1204   He was Nina's father, and a world-renown violinist and educator. He enjoyed...

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Sing your heart like Sylvia

Sing your heart like Sylvia

After years of singing with world-famous orchestras and opera companies in the US and Europe, Sylvia McNair faced a turning point. Two stacks of music sat on the piano before her. One, a pile of towering opera roles she needed to master. Next to it, tunes from the...

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He brought the Gershwin family to tears

He brought the Gershwin family to tears

Kevin Cole garnered a reputation as a masterful Gershwin interpreter on the piano. So much so that he performed for the Gershwin family and George’s close friends. Kevin says, “About halfway through, I noticed that one by one, they were getting up and leaving the...

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