The Sounds of Sunrise

Sunrise. It's beautiful. Or so I'm told. I am *not* a morning person and can count the number of sunrises I've actually seen on my two hands and still have a finger left over to tap the snooze button on my alarm clock. Many composers have also been inspired by sunrises. In fact, some of … Continue reading The Sounds of Sunrise

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GUEST POST: Vijay Gupta on the True Power of Music to Change Lives

The following is the Commencement Address to the Class of 2015 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, given recently by LA Philharmonic violinist and Street Symphony founder Vijay Gupta. My thanks to Vijay for allowing me to share this inspiring speech here in this forum. -Brian ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Earlier this week, I was on the 10 … Continue reading GUEST POST: Vijay Gupta on the True Power of Music to Change Lives

After the Tsunami: They Left and They’re Not Coming Back

No one lives in Odaka City. More than 13,000 people used to. But after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and subsequent meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2011, everyone was forced to leave. After the earthquake, residents were given two hours to collect their most precious belongings and head for … Continue reading After the Tsunami: They Left and They’re Not Coming Back

YOLA in (Little) Tokyo

Today, 15 talented young musicians—ages 13 to 17—from the LA Phil’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) program will arrive in Tokyo, Japan. The students are traveling in conjunction with the LA Phil’s own Asian tour…and will be meeting up with their youth orchestra counterparts in El Sistema Japan to rehearse and perform together before playing … Continue reading YOLA in (Little) Tokyo

An “Independence Referendum Day” Scotify Playlist

As voters in Scotland decide whether or not to remain a part of the United Kingdom today, here is a playlist of some of the best classical music to come out of Scotland. (I especially like the bagpipe cameo in Davies' "An Orkney Wedding With Sunrise.") And despite her Italian name, violinist Nicola Benedetti--who just … Continue reading An “Independence Referendum Day” Scotify Playlist

Here Are The Best Beatles Covers On Spotify

You're welcome.There are nearly 250 Beatles covers here. That adds up to more than 14 hours of music. So, you could hop in your car and drive from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon without hearing the same song twice.I've put it in alphabetical order, so it's easy to find a specific song. (At least I … Continue reading Here Are The Best Beatles Covers On Spotify