In the midst of an impressive performance schedule set for next year, the Washington Performing Arts Society has announced the the return of the world-famous Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, made up of the best of Venezuela’s influential music education program, El Sistema.In the midst of an impressive performance schedule set for next year, the Washington Performing Arts Society has announced the the return of the world-famous Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, made up of the best of Venezuela’s influential music education program, El Sistema.

The orchestra is led by the most famous alum of that program, Gustavo Dudamel (who is also music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic). He'll conduct Strauss' Alpine Symphony and works by Carlos Chaves and Julian Orbon.

Find a full calendar at www.wpas.org.

The Portland Cello Project has brought together a collective of local cellists to begin stretching the expectations of those classic instruments. The Portland Cello Project has brought together a collective of local cellists to begin stretching the expectations of those classic instruments. The group is on a US tour to promote their new album, Homage, which was released this past Tuesday. Formed six years ago, the crew of 10-20 rotating members includes members from all types of backgrounds, from hip-hop to jazz, folk, and indie rock. Their repertoire is made up of songs like Kanye West's "All of the Lights," Jay-Z and West's collaborative "H.A.M" and Lil Wayne's "Lollipop."

"Homage" mixes tracks from West, Talib Kweli, and Outkast with the work of contemporary classical composers.

For more info, go to www.portlandcelloproject.com.

The Afterschool Awards, a nationwide contest spotlighting and rewarding outstanding afterschool achievements for elementary, middle school and junior high school students, is now underway and set to conclude on June 25.The Afterschool Awards, a nationwide contest spotlighting and rewarding outstanding afterschool achievements for elementary, middle school and junior high school students, is now underway and set to conclude on June 25.  Students enter this free contest in up to four different categories: Science, Music and Arts, Sports and Community Service, and can earn up to $10,000 in cash toward their future education. 

The Afterschool Awards was created as a partnership initiative by industry leaders on behalf of IZOD, JCPenney, and NOW That’s What I Call Music, to encourage students to pursue extracurricular activities and stay safe afterschool. The winners are chosen by the American public when beginning, July 4, 2012 they go online and vote for their favorite entry in each category.The winners will be announced at an exciting live webcast on August 17, 2012.

Learn more at www.afterschoolawards.com

The Drum Corps International tour returns this month, kicking things off at movie theatres on June 18. The Drum Corps International tour returns this month, kicking things off at movie theatres on June 18. The DCI will offer early-season looks at the 2012 programs of top drum and bugle corps when Fathom Events and DCI present the second-annual "DCI Tour Premiere." The one-night-only event will be shown in hundreds of theatres across the United States on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 PM local time. 

The 2012 DCI Tour Premiere will be taped at this season's kickoff event on June 16 in Akron, Ohio with performances from defending World Champion Cadets, Bluecoats, Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Phantom Regiment and the Blue Stars. 

To learn more, visit www.DCI.org/cinema.

Verne Q. Powell Flutes has launched a new website with expanded features and functionality.Verne Q. Powell Flutes has launched a new website with expanded features and functionality. Visitors to www.powellflutes.com will now be able to find information and request services quickly and easily through the interactive format. The site is designed with several new sections that offer flutists multiple gateways into the Powell Community, including the Repair Doctor, Q Club, VQP Shop, and Powell Academy. With several social media channels, the website also provides links to the company's associated Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and You Tube channel. The Powell Academy is the educational section of the site, providing flutists with direct access to master teachers currently playing Powell. Through the Academy, flutists may schedule lessons with the master teachers, request to host a local event, read articles and view videos on flute and piccolo techniques. Recordings are available for download in the Recording Studio, which includes new releases and some discontinued recordings available only through powellflutes.com.

See the new site for yourself at www.powellflutes.com.

Carl Fischer Music is celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2012, looking back on its origins as an instrument repair shop on East 4th Street in Manhattan. Carl Fischer Music is celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2012, looking back on its origins as an instrument repair shop on East 4th Street in Manhattan. Well over a hundred years later, the company continues to publish new educational and concert music for every instrument and voicing, with a roster of composers and editors who give clinics and sessions all over the country.

For more on this historic milestone, visit www.carlfischer.com.

On May 15, 13- year-old Aubree Oliverson will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, accompanied by the Utah Symphony. On May 15, 13- year-old Aubree Oliverson will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, accompanied by the Utah Symphony. This performance is the culmination of an evening in which exceptional high school musicians have been invited to “perform side-by-side with their Utah Symphony mentors,” notes the ensembles web page. Oliverson has been playing the violin since she was six, and has already performed at Carnegie Hall, accompanied professional symphonies, and released several records under the name “Moon Light.”

For more on this remarkable story, visit www.utahsymphony.org.

Nearly six months after Robert Champion, a clarinetist and member of the famed Florida A&M University Marching 100, died following a hazing incident, 11 people were charged with felonies and two others with misdemeanors relating to the November incident.Nearly six months after Robert Champion, a clarinetist and member of the famed Florida A&M University Marching 100, died following a hazing incident, 11 people were charged with felonies and two others with misdemeanors relating to the November incident. An additional 20 other people may also face misdemeanor charges. Legal experts are saying that this is “one of the largest criminal cases ever built on a hazing death.”

Champion died after suffering a ritual beating by his fellow band members on a school bus following a band performance. News of the tragic event cast a pall on the marching world, bringing the national spotlight on to the unfortunate hazing practices that some say are particularly prevalent in the marching band culture at southern universities and historically black colleges. For more on the charges filed and fallout from this case, read this article from the N.Y. Times.

Renowned violinist and master teacher Roman Totenberg passed away on Tuesday, May 8th, at the age of 101.Renowned violinist and master teacher Roman Totenberg passed away on Tuesday, May 8th, at the age of 101. A professor emeritus at Boston University, where he taught for more than 50 years, Totenberg lead a prolific musical life. He performed for kings and presidents, literally, playing with the worlds top orchestras in the most acclaimed venues around the world and collaborating with such luminaries as Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland. Totenberg was called a “National Treasure,” by President Bill Clinton.

And yet, through it all, Totenberg was an educator first and foremost. In a 2010 interview with Boston University publication BU Today, he noted, “At age 11 I had a student who was 10. I always had the interest in teaching.” For more on the passing of this icon, click here.

Remo Inc. recently trained and sent out a team of drum circle facilitators to deliver a hybrid of the research-based drumming program, Beat the Odds, to sixth and seventh grade students in the Santa Clarita Valley School Districts near Los Angeles, California. Remo Inc. recently trained and sent out a team of drum circle facilitators to deliver a hybrid of the research-based drumming program, Beat the Odds, to sixth and seventh grade students in the Santa Clarita Valley School Districts near Los Angeles, California. The Beat the Odds program has proven to be a viable model for bringing about positive behavioral changes in students and more importantly, has succeeded in being a useful tool for helping kids stay in school. Remo’s trained facilitators will have visited 608 classrooms in 5 school districts training 7,200 students.

Rock the Rhythm, Beat the Odds has launched a web site (www.rocktherhythm.org) showcasing a countdown clock timed to zero out at 10:30 AM on the day of the event, along with links to the latest project news, information on participating organizations, and the “Video of the Day.”

 


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