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We Need a Violin Solo for the Next Super Bowl Halftime Show

Super Bowl 2012

This week I finally talk about the Super Bowl and Madonna's halftime show. I'm both fascinated by and suspicious of the spectacle we witnessed, and so I ask, What's the value of the solo performance? And what sort of armor do we put on when everything in our culture is grandiose and awe-inspiring? If you'd like to contribute to our blog -- as a parent, teacher, or player -- email me at

A Meditation on the Sibelius Violin Concerto

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             Cold, silent, still; just before dawn you stand, totally alone, at the shore of the cold northern sea. There is no wind. The clear ceiling of stars speaks not into the silence.

The Future of Classical Music: To Divulge the Beauty

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… you are the music while the music lasts…”

Local Guest Recital by Violinist, Chenyi Avsharian

Chenyi Avsharian

An afternoon of wonderful music!

Guest Recital:
Chen Yi, violin
with James Wilhelmsen, piano

Mark Wood "Electrify Your Strings" Event, May 25, 2011

Electrify Your Strings Event

Kudos to Mark Wood and the Tecumseh, MI orchestras for an exciting, eclectic, energetic concert at the Tecumseh High School gym last night.  Mark performed with 320 TSO students, featuring hits such as “Yellow Submarine,” “Live and Let Die,” and Ozzy Osborne’s “Crazy Train.”  Middle school teacher Amy Marr performed a rousing rendition of “Toss the Feathers” in collaboration with Mark before a finale of Aaron Copeland’s Hoedown.  Many of the students, sporting various hair color highlights and Electrify Your Strings t-shirts in celebration of the concert, were a respectful group who thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Mark’s fantastic performance.  I appreciated Mark’s congeniality to the families, friends, and students of the TSO orchestras and the dedication of his first solo not only to the sponsors of the event and those in the audience, but to his parents, who were instrumental in support of both Mark and the arts.  While my right eardrum may not recover for a few days, the line of students over 100 feet long waiting for autographs 20 minutes after the concert speaks to the impact Mark had on Tecumseh and the fabulous orchestra program there.  What a memorable and well-planned concert.  Congratulations to Mark, teachers Amy Marr and Michael Bough, and the talented students of TSO!

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