Classical Contemporary Composer Nico Muhly talks about his Juilliard Composition Teachers Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano

Classical Contemporary Composer Nico Muhly talks about his Juilliard Composition Teachers Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano
Posted by on Dec 15, 2014

Nico Muhly, classical contemporary composer has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the Metropolitan Opera, English National Opera, American Ballet Theater, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, percussionist Colin Currie, countertenor Iestyn Davies, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, violinist Hilary Hahn, Gotham Chamber Opera, designer-illustrator Maira Kalman, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Music-Theatre Group, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, The Royal Ballet, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Seattle Symphony, and artist Conrad Shawcross. http://nicomuhly.com/








“Vision” a portrait of Hildegard von Bingen

“Vision” a portrait of  Hildegard von Bingen
Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

“Vision” a portrait of Hildegard von Bingen is lushly shot in original medieval cloisters of the fairytale-like German countryside, Vision is the profoundly inspirational portrait of Hildegard von Bingen, a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlightenment. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. Reuniting with recurrent star Barbara Sukowa, New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta brings the story of this extraordinary figure to cinematic life. In a staggering performance, Sukowa portrays Hildegard’s fierce determination to expand the responsibilities of nuns within the order, even as she fends off outrage from some in the Church over the visions she claims to receive from God. She was truly a woman ahead of her time.

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Great pianist Martha Argerich Shares

Great pianist Martha Argerich  Shares
Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

Great pianist Martha Argerich is the last remaining pianist of legend. A wild child and a rebel at heart, this legendary Argentinean musician is surrounded by an aura of mystery: some find her too uncompromising, others generous and beautiful, yet to all she is without doubt incredibly talented. For the very first time on camera Martha Argerich shares with us her memories, confides in us her doubts, and transmits to us her incredible appetite for music making. Images of Argentina, rehearsals in the concert hall or at home, excerpts of recent concerts and archival clips complete this unique film on one of the most secretive and endearing artists of our time.

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“Gustavo Dudamel in El Sistema: Music to Change Life”

“Gustavo Dudamel in El Sistema:  Music to Change Life”
Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

A film by Paul Smaczny and Maria Stodtmeier. Venezuela’s unique system of music education takes children from violent slums and turns some of them into world-class musicians. El Sistema shows how Venezuelan visionary Jose Antonio Abreu has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children over the past three decades. This lyrical and moving documentary takes us from the rubbish dumps and barrios of Caracas to the world’s finest concert halls. Children from streets dominated by the gun battles of gang warfare are taken into music schools, given access to music, and taught through the model of the symphony orchestra how to build a better society. Paul Smaczny and Maria Stodtmeier’s film finds hope and joy in unlikely places.

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“Creativity for Life”; Eric Maisel

“Creativity for Life”;  Eric Maisel
Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

“Creativity for Life” written by Eric Maisel. The author explores the challenges confronting an artist: deciding if you have talent (or if that’s even important); determining your level of commitment; pursuing stardom; honing your craft; overcoming blocks; taking care of the business end of your artistic life; finding your place in culture; coming out as an artist; finding love and friendship inside and out of your artistic community; and using your art to explore your inner life. A comprehensive approach to the much-misunderstood artist’s life, this book, contains both nuts-and-bolts ideas and exercises and inspiration to nurture growth as an artist and a person.








“From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers”

“From the Stage to the Studio:  How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers”
Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

“From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers.” Drawing on over sixty years of combined experience, authors Cornelia Watkins and Laurie Scott provide the guidance and information necessary for any musician to translate his or her individual approach into productive and rewarding teacher-student interactions. Premised on the synergistic relationship between teaching and performing, this book provides a structure for clarifying the essential elements of musical artistry, and connects them to such tangible situations as setting up a studio, teaching a master class, interviewing for a job, judging competitions, and recruiting students. From the Stage to the Studio serves as an essential resource for university studio faculty, music pedagogy teachers, college music majors, and professionals looking to add effective teaching to their artistic repertoire.
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