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When a cadenza goes bluegrass

When a cadenza goes bluegrass

In music, a cadenza is an "improvised or written out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist," and it's often where a soloist can really shine. Violinist Tessa Lark certainly improvised her cadenza at this rehearsal of Dvořák's Violin Concerto with the...

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Quality Time with Yo-Yo Ma

    NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts are such a delight. They're often such a casual and intimate look at an artist. Who better to spend time with one-on-one than the lovely cello legend Yo-Yo Ma? Spend some quality time with Ma, enjoying his sweet cello tone on selections...

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The Sackbut

The Sackbut

https://youtu.be/xnRXhiC5SMA?t=5s   The trombone is quite the instrument. It's a real favorite with the kids wherever the New West Symphony Music Van comes around. And it has a fascinating history, nearly falling into obscurity and once going by a name like "sackbut."...

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Fugue…on themes by Michael Jackson?

Fugue…on themes by Michael Jackson?

Everybody loves a good fugue. Well okay, maybe not everybody, but at the very least a fugue is a dazzling display of intertwining lines, harmonious counterpoint, and melodic invention. Which is why it's so interesting to hear familiar melodies from the King of Pop in...

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Elephants love piano and cows love brass

Elephants love piano and cows love brass

On the banks of the River Kwai in Northern Thailand live a small group of old injured and distressed elephants in a sanctuary called ElephantsWorld. English pianist Paul Barton treats the elephants, many of whom are blind, to classical piano performances, and they...

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