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Sound of Music

I go to the hills
When my heart is lonely
I know I will hear
What I’ve heard before
My heart will be blessed,
With the sound of music
And I’ll sing once more.

– “The Sound of Music” by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II;
made famous by Julie Andrews, who was born today in 1935

In the singing spirit now? Learn more about the great orchestras and musical nonprofits in Catalogue’s network this morning.

That Swing

It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing
It don’t mean a thing all you got to do is sing
It makes no difference
If it’s sweet or hot
Just give that rhythm
Every little thing you’ve got …

music by Duke Ellington, born this past Sunday in 1899 in Washington, DC

You can learn about the Ellington Fund, which ensures a dynamic arts and academic experience for students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, right here.

Quote for Monday

From “Looking for the good news about orchestras” on the Post’s Classical Beat blog:

Alan is taking just the kind of approach more and more orchestras are looking to these days. He represents a particular new-music, Gen-X sensibility, something even the Chicago Symphony is reaching for [...]

However, the bottom line is that the success of any new initiative — and the definition of “success” is fodder for a blog post of its own — depends in no small part on the organization’s motivation for launching the initiative in the first place. Too often, such attempts seem born of a vague sense that New is good, or, more cynically, of an idea that New gets funding, or, more desperately, of a realization that if something doesn’t change, the organization is sunk. But if New doesn’t fit in with your organization’s mandate, it’s not going to get you very far [...]

So which orchestras appear to be doing the best? The ones that seem to have sound artistic vision and energy: the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for instance. The ones who have established a genuine relationship to their communities [...] Then there are the ones that genuinely represent different models [...]

All of which invites a few simple questions: what qualifies as a genuinely “different model?” Not just for orchestras and performing arts organizations, but anyone? And how “different” can you get without disassociating from your mission? It seems like a tough — albeit, beneficial, thought-provoking — line to walk.

Quote for the Day

Young people can learn from my example that something can come from nothing. What I have become is the result of my hard efforts.”

– Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Music is a higher relevation than all wisdom and philosophy.”

– Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

– Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Pictures for the Day

Today, catch a glimpse into … Community Help In Music Education (CHIME), which reaches students in 80 DC public schools, teaching them about the music of different cultures and inviting them to experience new instruments for the first time.

In the spring, CHIME brings twenty-two Music Around the World programs to five schools. In the first two photos, kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade take part in world musician Bill Jenkins “Latin Percussion” program and form a cha-cha rhythm band! In the third, Tom Teasley teaches 3rd through 5th graders all about digital music.

(photo by Beki Radovinovic)

(photo by Beki Radovinovic)

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