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Gustavo Dudamel: The El Sistema Music Revolution Continued

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Aug 25, 2015 8:47:00 AM

Every Tuesday, the LIVS is highlighting another TED Talk About Music, The Arts & Creativity.

From TED2009 - In our continuing profile of El Sistema, the LIVS is proud to highlight this 2009 performance from The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. Playing Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement, and Arturo Márquez' Danzon No. 2, the youth orchestra displays a level of technique and musiciality that would rival the finest professional outfits.

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Topics: TED Tuesdays

Jose Antonio Abreu: The El Sistema Music Revolution

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Aug 18, 2015 3:59:00 PM

Every Tuesday, the LIVS is highlighting another TED Talk About Music, The Arts & Creativity.

From TED2009 - A little off the beaten path for our Ted Tuesday talk, this presentation is not of a performance, rather the acceptance speech by Jose Antonio Abreu for the 2009 Ted Prize. Abreu founded El Sistema (The System) in 1975 to help poor Venezuelan youth experience the joy of learning and instrument and playing in an orchestra. His commitment to this cause has paid huge dividends.

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Topics: TED Tuesdays

Score Spotlight: The Last Rose of Summer

Posted by Robert Salzar on Aug 12, 2015 11:49:00 AM

Score Spotlight:
"The Last Rose of Summer"

by Lessons @LIVS Teacher Robert Salzar

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812-1865) was a composer and virtuoso violinist of the mid-Romantic Period. His talent was so significant that, at the time, opinions were divided as to who was the better violinist: Paganini or Ernst!

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Sleepy Man Banjo Boys: Blazing Bluegrass From The Garden State

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Aug 11, 2015 9:09:00 AM

Every Tuesday, the LIVS is highlighting another TED Talk About Music, The Arts & Creativity.

From TED2013 - The YouTube generation is coming of age and discovering a wide world of musical options to suit their taste. In the case of New Jeresy brothers Jonny (Banjo), Robbie (Fiddle) and Tommy (Guitar) Mizzone, online exploration led to a love of the bluegrass sounds of Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley and Clarence White.

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Topics: TED Tuesdays

Caroline Lavelle: Casting A Spell On The Cello

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Aug 4, 2015 12:23:00 PM

Every Tuesday, the LIVS is highlighting another TED Talk About Music, The Arts & Creativity.

From Ted2005, Caroline Lavelle shares the stage with Thomas Dolby and unexpected guest performer Mark in this stunning performance of "Farther Than The Sun." Equally at home on the Cello or vocalizing with her striking voice, Lavelle is credited with creating a unique performance style that evokes the sweeping landscapes of the British Isles. This genre-bending cellist has collaborated with the like of The Cranberries, Massive Attack, William Orbit and Peter Gabriel. Her grasp of both classical and contemporary styles combine for a uniquely expressive performance...

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Topics: TED Tuesdays

Shelter Island Hosts A Different Kind of "Petting Zoo"

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Jul 30, 2015 2:06:00 PM

Home of the Perlman Music Program,
Shelter Island is bustling with high-caliber
musical activity from June 28th to August 16th

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Topics: Events & Happenings

José Bowen: Beethoven The Businessman

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Jul 28, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Every Tuesday, the LIVS is highlighting another TED Talk About Music, The Arts & Creativity.

Think pirated music began with Napster and P2P file sharing at the turn of the 21st Century? Think again... José Bowen tackles the music business from a very different perspective, focusing on the turn of the 19th Century and the revolutionary printing technologies and instruments that changed the game forever. He argues that the the modern music industry can trace it's roots to Beethoven...

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Topics: TED Tuesdays

2015 Winners Christine Suh and Alexandra Woroniecka To Be Featured At LIU Post Chamber Music Festival This Friday

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Jul 22, 2015 5:42:45 PM

Festival Chamber Orchestra Concert

LIU Post Chamber Music Festival
Friday, July 24 – Tilles Center 8pm
featuring the Festival’s 2015 Concerto Winners

The LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, which is celebrating its 34th Summer Season this July, will conclude on Friday, July 24 with the Festival Chamber Orchestra in a performance at Tilles Center.

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Bill T. Jones: The Dancer, The Singer, The Cellist... And a Moment of Creative Magic

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Jul 21, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Every Tuesday, the LIVS is highlighting another TED Talk About Music, The Arts & Creativity.

Bill T. Jones is a legendary choreographer. Together with Cellist Joshua Roman and vocalist Somi, they paint a beautiful picture of collaboration in art. The improvised piece they create in harmony is called "The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain." It combines music, spoken word and motion to impart a powerful story about the human experience with stregth, resolve and grace...

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Topics: TED Tuesdays

Ji-Hae Park: The Violin, and My Dark Night of the Soul

Posted by The Long Island Violin Shop on Jul 14, 2015 3:30:00 PM

Every Tuesday, the LIVS is highlighting another TED Talk About Music, The Arts & Creativity.

Ji-Hae Park's talent hid a deep, dark secret. Severe depression held her in it's grip, and paralyzed her pursit of the world stage. With large audiences came fear and uncertainty, but music was always there to center her. When she changed her perspective to pursue music for music's sake, instead of mass appeal, she found her true happiness and the light in the darkness...

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Topics: TED Tuesdays