A study from 1987 sampled 2,212 musicians and found that 76% reported medical conditions and performance related injuries affecting their performance. Specific to university students, a similar study conducted at the University of Rochester revealed period prevalence to be at 8.3 per 100 instrumentalists. As demands for musical execution at elite levels have increased over the last 28 years, these numbers are expected to be modest by modern standards.
In the past couple weeks I’ve done so many exciting things. I traveled to Scotland for a long weekend, saw three West End musicals, saw the Magna Carta and other treasures at the British Library, and finally got to enjoy Hyde Park in the springtime.
How can classical music reach a wider audience? How can classical music be an agent for social change?
These are two of the questions which led to the formation of Fused Muse Ensemble back in 2009 when Sophie Webber, founder, was completing her doctoral dissertation at Indiana University. She was drawn to the idea of giving voice to the marginalized and the underrepresented, at the same time as bringing the beauty and tradition of classical music to a broader audience.
What will be your legacy? It is hard to know that one thing or those few things that will leave a lasting positive impact on our world. For instance, few would ever guess that a woman making Johnny cakes for her neighbors in the middle of the 20th century on the West Indian island of Nevis would later spark and inspire a world-class youth orchestra in Roxbury. This modest woman’s selfless act would have a powerful domino effect showing me the potent fruit of living generously.
Brian Wilson, the roundly acknowledged genius leader of the Beach Boys, is the ultimate rock and roll survivor. From physical and verbal abuse perpetrated against him by his father (which reportedly left him deaf in one ear), to crippling mental illness exacerbated by longtime drug addiction, to the Svengali-like therapist who robbed him of his freedom and money, to repeated litigation against him by his first cousin (and Beach Boy singer) Mike Love, to the many waves of changing musical trends and tastes over the course of his 55-year professional career, Wilson remains active, creative, and productive while many of his contemporaries are long since dead or dormant.
In America, we have an abundance of music. In truth, we have an abundance of just about everything, but have you ever really realized just how much music we have all around us? Over 100 million people stream music online for an average of 13 hours a week. Buying music is so easy, in any medium--online, CD, or Vinyl--and it surrounds us in so many venues. It's in our cars, our restaurants and stores, our movies, and it's quite likely you're hearing some right now.
A couple weeks ago I went to a performance in the world’s oldest surviving grand music hall, Wilton’s, in London. The hall itself was tucked away in a side-street alley that not even a mini car could get through.
Witness the profound impact of this El Sistema-inspired youth orchestra in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
Experience the infectious energy of this versatile trio.
Flutist & musicovation co-founder Elizabeth Erenberg introduces her newly released album "ASCEND" with composer commentary and sneak peaks of the release concert on April 26th.
It's the last day of Amy's internship. Today she'll either get hired for a paid, full-time job so she can stay in NYC to pursue her dream. Or she won't and it'll be time to go home. How will Amy's 59 day adventure end?
After her roommate up and left her, Amy is scrambling to find a replacement and figure out how to stay afloat in the Big City. So when BOSS WOMAN assigns a hardcore new internship task, Amy knows this is her last chance to impress and hopefully win the coveted paid position.
With her budget falling to pieces and her personal relationships heading the same direction, Amy's New York adventure is taking a turn for the worse! As our heroine wonders how she'll make through the mess, she receives a visit from a much-needed voice of inspiration -- Dolly Parton herself.
A cutting-edge concert series combines contemporary music and contemporary art.
Ensembles and individuals of varying genres take over Boston on the summer solstice.
A new Boston-based orchestra seeks fresh ways to engage audiences in classical music and the orchestra scene. Learn more about them at phoenixorch.org.
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