26. May 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: News

The glue of the operation may very well be Janice Martin. She prefers to play her violin from about 20 feet. in the air.

“I used to be afraid of heights,” Martin admits. “Tall buildings still make me crazy.”

The musician/slash aerialist will be on double duty as a soloist and a performer. “I was fascinated by combining movement with playing the violin,” Martin says. “I felt compelled to get up in the air.”

Martin brings dance training, sky diving and scuba diving to the aerial table as well. “All of those experiences opened my eyes to the third dimension.” And if you are not yet impressed with Martin, there’s more. She plays the guitar, trumpet and piano and can sing. (Although don’t expect her to play the piano from the air.)

Although Martin is trained in many forms of aerial work, the silks are her favorite. “It requires upper body and abdominal strength, flexibility, balance, grace and timing,” the Juilliard-trained musician says. “I love the beauty of fabric flowing in the air.”

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26. May 2010 · Comments Off on Read Online · Categories: Read Online

My son is 25 months old. He is not a big fan of rock, jazz, blues, children’s music. But he really likes classical. Recently he’s begun humming parts of Beethoven’s Fifth and Sixth symphonies. He also likes Chopin’s Waltz No. 1 and another favorite of his is Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, by Liszt.
I’m not sure if this is normal or not, but I think it’s great.
My question is what next? What is the best way to take is affinity to classical music to the next step. Please remember that he’s only 25 months old, and that he doesn’t have the coordination to learn an instrument yet. He does have access to a snare drum, a 3/4 size acoustic guitar and an upright piano, but those are just toys. I would like to take him to a symphony but there are two problems. First most programs happen in the evening around his bedtime. Second, I’m pretty sure that he would start singing really loudly during the program, which, although he doesn’t know it, is very very rude.
How do we progress?


26. May 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

The oboe is so lonely yet so beautiful. *sniff* … Unless this a flute or a melody passed around the woodwind section.