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Music To Their Ears! Scores Of Instruments Donated To Three Bronx Schools

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Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 7 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs YouTube to stage its own music awards show Marco della Cava, USA TODAY 12:01 a.m. EDT October 1, 2013 Guests will range from Lady Gaga to YouTube violin phenom Lindsey Stirling. Lady Gaga chats with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on Sept. 11, 2013. (Photo: Bravo) Story Highlights The inaugural awards show will air live from New York on Nov. 3 – on YouTube, of course Jason Schwartzman will host Seven awards will be handed out based solely on online voting SHARE 495 CONNECT 194 TWEET 7 COMMENTEMAILMORE If YouTube has proven anything over the past eight years, it’s that humans are big-time voyeurs. And one of the things we like to watch most is music. From a pre-teen Justin Bieber starting a revolution from his bathroom to Psy making the world realize we all love Korean hip-hop, YouTube has launched artists that a few decades ago might never have broken out of their own backyards. To celebrate that power, the mother of all video platforms announced Tuesday that it would throw its first-ever YouTube Music Awards show on Nov. 3 on YouTube, of course. While there’s no immediate threat to the venerable Grammys and cheeky MTV Video Music Awards, the Google-owned company has brought out a few big guns for the inaugural 90-minute show, which will hand out seven awards to nominees who over the past year garnered the biggest slice of YouTube views, shares and other metrics of online love. Violinist Lindsey Stirling has a strong YouTube and gamer following.

Why Classical Music Is Imperiled—Sort of

Minnesota Orchestras management locked out its musicians a year ago and the musicians rejected managements latest offer this past weekend: a three-year contract with an annual average salary of $104,500, nearly 23 percent less than the expired contracta deal sweetened with a one-time signing bonus of $20,000 thats funded by wealthy benefactors. (As this column is being written, management and labor are meeting to resolve the bitter dispute.) The New York City Opera probably sang its last performance on Sept. 28, unless a sugar daddy with deep pockets shows up unexpectedly. The Minnesota Orchestra and New York City Opera are simply the latest victims in a long-running classical music recession. The long list of recent orchestral crises includes the San Francisco strike of 2013, the Philadelphia Orchestra bankruptcy filing of 2011 (it emerged from bankruptcy in the final days of summer 2013), and the Detroit Symphony players strike of 2010. The Great Recession exacerbated the already troubled finances of many symphony orchestras, opera houses, chamber groups and other institutions dedicated to playing the classical repertoire with highly-skilled, well-compensated musicians. Attendance is down, with 8.8 percent of adults going to at least one classic music event in 2012, compared to 11.6 percent in 2002, according to the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts by the National Endowment for the Arts. The classical music business seems locked in a state of terminal illness, staggering from crisis to crisisespecially symphony orchestras, the crown jewel of classical musics ecology. By other measures, the classical canon seems healthy, if not downright vibrant. The NEA survey notes that 18 percent of adults listened to classical music on TV, radio, and the Internetmore than heard Latin music, Spanish music, Salsa music, or jazz. While writing this column, I listened to Bachs Brandenburg concertos playing in the backgroundthe version by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marrinerone of more than 180 such albums available for download on iTunes ( AAPL ). (A Brandenburg Concerto search in the music section of ( AMZN ) came up with 1,510 possibilities.) Classical music lovers can get their Chopin, Sibelius, and Beethoven on public radio in most markets. Fact is, if the Minnesota Orchestra never plays another note, there will be no shortage of competitive offerings locally.

Seizures Turned Into Music With Help Of ‘Brain Stethoscope’ (AUDIO)

Scores of instruments donated to three Bronx schools After-school orchestra program saved at Bronx Green Middle School, Bronx Park Middle School and Pelham Academy. By Jennifer H. Cunningham / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 5:28 PM Christie M Farriella/for New York Daily News Students (from left) Ashley Morillo, Kailey Maria, Samantha Torres and Genesis Gonzalez show off the donated instruments. Strike up the band! Kind-hearted New Yorkers donated 126 musical instruments to three Bronx schools after the Daily News highlighted educators efforts to restore dormant music programs. That is just a wonderful number, said Charles Johnson, principal of Bronx Green Middle School, which will share the music makers with Bronx Park Middle School and Pelham Academy. We hope well get 126 kids interested. The equipment includes accordions, a keyboard, a tuba, clarinets, saxophones, trombones and French horns and theyll help revive the schools after-school music program, which were hurt by a massive cut in arts education during the Bloomberg administration. RELATED: BRONX SCHOOLS TO GET DONATED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Administrators at all three schools have set aside money to hire a music teacher for the after-school orchestra and students cant wait to tune up. Its very nice, said future drum player Kaylee Maria, 11, a sixth grader at Bronx Park Middle School. They are so generous with their instruments so kids can learn how to play music. All three schools still need string and percussion instruments. To donate, email or call (347) 654-7044. Watching on a mobile device? Click here to see the video.

Over the past 30 years, Anderson has made over 60 guitars and 140 mandolins. Gerald also plays old-time and bluegrass music with success and has won over 200 ribbons including 1st place guitar at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax in 2003. Scott Freeman grew up in a musical family in Mount Airy, North Carolina. He and his three brothers all learned to play bluegrass and gospel. Scott plays guitar and fiddle too but he has always favored the mandolin. Early on David Grisman was one of his influences along with traditional players so Scott is as comfortable with swing or jazz as he is with bluegrass. He plays in numerous bands. Scott is also one of the most popular teachers in the region with over sixty students who are keeping Blue Ridge music alive. Carl Jones is a Georgia-born mandolin player and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Galax, Virginia. He has played with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake and performed or taught across North America and Europe. The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell and Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice have recorded his original tunes and songs. Carl was also one of the main musicians featured in a recent article about old-time mandolin in Old-time Herald Magazine.

Chris Chafe used electrodes to record the brain waves of an individual in the throes of a seizure. Then they converted the spikes of rapidly firing brain cells into tones that mimic the human voice. “My initial interest was an artistic one at heart, but, surprisingly, we could instantly differentiate seizure activity from non-seizure states with just our ears,” Chafe, a professor of music research at the university, said in a written statement. “It was like turning a radio dial from a static-filled station to a clear one.” The researchers say their “brain stethoscope” could lead to the development of a biofeedback device that would make it possible for caregivers to detect seizures in people with epilepsy simply by listening to their brain wave activity. “Someone – perhaps a mother caring for a child — who hasn’t received training in interpreting visual EEGs [electroencephalograms] can hear the seizure rhythms and easily appreciate that there is a pathological brain phenomenon taking place,” Parvizi, associate professor of neurology at the university, said in the statement. Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow The Brain As Art Wellcome Trust employee Zoe Middleton poses for the media by a work entitled ‘My Soul’ by artist Katherine Dawson, that is a laser etched in lead crystal glass of the artist’s own MRI scan, at an exhibition call ‘Brains -The Mind as Matter’ at the Wellcome Collection in London, Tuesday, March, 27, 2012. The free exhibition is open to the public from March 29- June 17. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) French Phrenological Model A French Phrenological model, from the mid 19th century, of a head with brain exposed is seen on display at an exhibition call ‘Brains – The Mind as Matter’ at the Wellcome Collection in London, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The free exhibition is open to the public from March 29- June 17. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Pathologies In Brain Specimens A selection of brain specimens preserved in acrylic illustrating different pathologies on loan from the Mutter Museum -The College of Physicians of Philadelphia are seen on display at an exhibition call ‘Brains -The Mind as Matter’ at the Wellcome Collection in London, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Surgical Skull Holes A Bronze Age skull from Jericho in the West Bank that shows four holes made by the ancient surgical process of trephination carried out to treat a range of medical conditions, some of which were believed to have been caused by evil spirits, is on display at the exhibition ‘Brains -The Mind as Matter’ at the Wellcome Collection in London, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Diagrams of the Skull A member of the media takes an image of diagrams of the human skull at an exhibition call ‘Brains -The Mind as Matter’ at the Wellcome Collection in London, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The free exhibition is open to the public from March 29- June 17. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) ‘Brains – Mind as Matter’ A Wellcome Trust employee stands in front of a video that journeys through slices of the brain in a kaleidoscope of colour at an exhibition call ‘Brains -The Mind as Matter’ at the Wellcome Collection in London, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Bits of Brilliance: Einstein’s Brain Two slices of Albert Einstein’s brain are seen at an exhibition call ‘Brains -The Mind as Matter’ at the Wellcome Collection in London, Tuesday, March, 27, 2012.

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