Sunday, September 30, 2012

New York Phil Opening Gala: PBS on Demand

The full video of Thursday's concert can be seen below. Enjoy!

Watch New York Philharmonic Opening Gala with Itzhak Perlman on PBS. See more from pbs.

Pines of Rome: Anthony McGill performs with the New York Philharmonic

Watch the New York Philharmonic perform Pines of Rome from Thursday's concert. Anthony McGill, as always, sounds INCREDIBLE. Skip to around 9:00 to hear some of the most masterful clarinet playing you can imagine.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Masterclass with Robert Marcellus: an audio recording

Below is a recording made in 1982 of a masterclass with Robert Marcellus from the beginning of his summer sessions at Northwestern University. It is incredible to hear the voice and teachings of such a renowned performer and pedagogue. Enjoy!

The Reed Workshop: Reed Making Overview

Joseph LeBlanc, clarinetist in the DC area and creator of the incredible Metronome Plus app, has a new website dedicated to reed making. The Reed Workshop is a great resource for prospective/beginning reed makers as well as those with years of experience. You will find a full range of reed-making equipment as well as tips and tutorial videos to aid you along the way.

Below is a video with an overview of at-home reed making:

The Reed Workshop website can be found HERE.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hearing music for the first time: a deaf man's story

Austin Chapman was born almost entirely deaf. Through the use of hearings aids he was able to discern some sounds, but nothing that made music special to him: 

"My whole life I’ve seen hearing people make a fool of themselves singing their favorite song or gyrating on the dance floor. I’ve also seen hearing people moved to tears by a single song. That was the hardest thing for me to wrap my head around.”

Through the help of an upgraded hearing aid (Phonak’s NaĆ­da S Premium) he was able to experience music for the first time. Below is his reaction to first hearing Mozart's Lacrimosa:
"Being able to hear the music for the first time ever was unreal.
When Mozart’s Lacrimosa came on, I was blown away by the beauty of it. At one point of the song, it sounded like angels singing and I suddenly realized that this was the first time I was able to appreciate music. Tears rolled down my face and I tried to hide it. But when I looked over I saw that there wasn’t a dry eye in the car."

The full story can be found HERE. (via The Atlantic)