Fox News reports that University of Arkansas student Mitchell Moore won a spot on the school’s Razorback Marching Band, despite requiring cochlear implants to sense any sound at all. Fox News reports that University of Arkansas student Mitchell Moore won a spot on the school’s Razorback Marching Band, despite requiring cochlear implants to sense any sound at all.  Moore, born deaf in the right ear with minimal hearing in the left, began playing drums when he was three but had lost all hearing by the time he was eight.  In addition to the implants, Moore has also worked for years at learning to sense beats and sounds through the drum shells he held.  Moore also plans to study Bio-Medical Engineering in hopes of advancing technology for people with disabilities.

Read more at MyFoxAtlanta [http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/18680251/deaf-drummer].

The Times traces a resurgence in music from the 1993 founding of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music through the establishment in 2010 of the Palestine National Orchestra. The New York Times recently checked in on the increasing importance of Western classical music in Palestine. The music has a rich history there, including the Palestine Symphony Orchestra, which was once Arturo Toscanini’s first conducting job and welcomed both Arab and Jewish musicians. Most performances throughout Palestine disappeared after the ‘60s, though.

The Times traces a resurgence in music from the 1993 founding of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music through the establishment in 2010 of the Palestine National Orchestra.  Read the article at the New York Times [http://latitude.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/classical-music-makes-a-comeback-in-palestine/]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvbSQMg414k

“Make Music” celebrations will fill the air with music worldwide in 460 cities across 116 countries on June 21, 2012. “Make Music” celebrations will fill the air with music worldwide in 460 cities across 116 countries on June 21, 2012. National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is now lending promotional support to the growing Make Music New York celebration. Free concerts and hands-on, recreational music making opportunities will be open to all throughout the longest day of the year. Major participating U.S. cities include New York City, Chicago, and Pasadena, with new events launching in Denver, Los Angeles and Santa Fe.

A collection of over 1000 outdoor concerts in New York City will offer a diverse and exciting array of music, from large-scale spectacles to street-corner concerts in 424 public spaces throughout all five boroughs. Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, can join thousands on the streets of NYC and in other cities across the country for Make Music. The event began as a nationwide celebration in 1982 as France’s Fête de la Musique.

www.makemusicny.org

Under the stewardship of Omigbade Escayg, the Latin Percussion artist also known as “Cascadu” takes students in third through fifth grade on a rich musical journey. New York’s Brooklyn Charter School (BCS) has developed an innovative after-school program that focuses on percussion studies based on musical styles from across the globe, a program designed to put students at BCS in a better position to succeed in secondary school and beyond. Under the stewardship of Omigbade Escayg, the Latin Percussion artist also known as “Cascadu” takes students in third through fifth grade on a rich musical journey.

The BCS after-school percussion curriculum has also offered instruction from other renowned LP artists like Grammy-nominated recording artist/percussionist Wilson “Chembo“ Corniel, as well as author and educator, Victor Rendón. The program is now in its fourth year. For more information on The Brooklyn Charter School, visit www.BrooklynCharter.org.

The New York prank collective Improv Everywhere recently organized what it called a Car Alarm Symphony, with a video cruising the internet now.The New York prank collective Improv Everywhere recently organized what it called a Car Alarm Symphony, with a video cruising the internet now. The group has become internet-famous for filling a Best Buy with employee clones and for stopping time in Grand Central Terminal with hundreds of strangers turning into frozen living statues. This time, the group gathered 100 volunteers to park their cars outside a shopping mall. Each driver then hid behind a wall and simultaneously pressed their panic buttons.  A blasting, dissonant chaos ensued…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FvfVMJZfojs

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.

 


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