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Suzuki Violin, MacPhail Center for Music

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Menuhin Competition

Menuhin Competition Junior First Round, Day 2a

You can view the amazing performances of contestants in each division...very inspiring!!

Here's the performance that first caught my attention, thanks to a friend's FB post.

Previous winners are profiled here

Exploring Music: public radio Chicago

Exploring Music

Here is a great radio show; "Exploring Music" produced in Chicago by one of my dear friends and colleagues at the Colorado Suzuki Institute, Jesse McQuarters

This radio show provides amazing in-depth exploration of composers, works, performances, and collected perspectives into our classical music world.

Imagine research into a program taking you to St. Petersburg to interview Shostakovitch's wife!!

           The wfmt radio network

Jesse also produces another show on wfmt, focused on contemporary music. It's called RELEVANT TONES. You can explore it too, here!!

One show Jesse particularly recommends is Esa-Pekka Salonen's visit to the studio.

Esa-Pekka Salonen is on the front edge of merging classical music with everyday technology, and has a comprehensive and beautiful iPad app produced by TouchPress called Orchestra. Here's a demo of this amazing app.

 BTW, TouchPress has a wide array of absolutely amazing apps on a wide variety of subjects.

Minnesota Orchestra !!!

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Family-Friendly Concerts

Family-Friendly Concerts

2018 South Africa Tour

Did you see the TPT Special yet? Click above image!!
It's beautifully done!!  [

Sensory Friendly Concerts

Sensory-Friendly Concerts
Inclusive experiences for patrons of all ages and abilities. Details » 

Read stories from the orchestra here: Showcase: stories from and about the Minnesota Orchestra

altMinnesota Orchestra at Carnege 3.3.16

altOsmo conducting the MO @ Carnegie 3.3.16

altHilary Hahn playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto w/MO @ Carnegie 3.3.16

altMO Rehearsal at Carnegie 3.3.16

Symphony in 60 and Inside the Classics

Inside the Classics

Intrigued by classical music? Join violist-host Sam Bergman and conductor Sarah Hicks as they explore classical favorites during the first half of the concert. After intermission, experience a complete performance of the featured work.

Symphony in 60

Feel the electricity of a classical concert in only 60 minutes! Come early for happy hour, enjoy the performance and stay late for a post-concert onstage gathering with Minnesota Orchestra musicians.

Minnesota Orchestra's Family Concerts

Minnesota Orchestra Family Concerts encourage children and families to come explore the magical world of music at Orchestra Hall. Children’s tickets to these performances are FREE and adult prices are just $15!! All concerts feature the Minnesota Orchestra and are approximately one hour with no intermission.

Please note: there is a limit of two free children's tickets for each paid adult.


practice buddy app

Just for Fun!

Michael does studio gigs on the side, recording many commercials you've seen.

Here's one of the recent ones, for Wings Financial!

You'll love the little girl playing violin in the kitchen!! (You'll probably have posture pointers for her...)

Art That I Love!

Patrick Pryor

"I Could Be Prouder"

Original Patrick Kemal Pryor abstract acrylic oil painting inspired by mexico


 J. A. Geiger

“Windswept Oak”

Windswept Oak


Jim Dryden

"Song for Georg" (Georg Cantor)


Fiddling Around the Globe

A group class parent told me that their son was a finalist in this fiddling contest in Sligo, Ireland!!! How cool is that?! Check out the artists and details here!!

 I am excited to know of the event, as
I've visited Sligo and loved that part of Ireland...Yeats Country, the area is called.

The innkeeper we befriended in 2010
also told me about another event:

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  A former student let me know that this group Väsen played the Cedar Cultural Center here in Minneapolis!

One of the instruments being played is called "...a "nyckelharpa" (keyed harp). It was quite popular all over Europe in the later medieval period, but the tradition more or less died out apart from some places in eastern Sweden, especially the region of Uppland." --YouTube commenter


Osmo Vänskä



Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Osmo Vänskä,
Minnesota Orchestra
Label: BIS Records