Archive | May, 2014

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Joyce DiDonato’s Commencement Address

American mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato gave the 109th Commencement Address at the Juilliard School. The following speech is hopeful without being sentimental and is for anyone who is artistically inclined and fights against the despair, rejection, and exhaustion that comes with being an artist. “Chairman Kovner, President Polisi, most distinguished honorees, dedicated family, friends, faculty, and […]

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Esa-Pekka’s Verse

From, “Esa-Pekka releases “The Orchestra” for iPad today along with co-conspirators the Philharmonia, Rite Digital, Music Sales and Touch Press. The Orchestra is an interactive exploration of orchestral music and instruments gives users an unprecedented view of how classical music is made. The app features excerpts from Haydn’s Symphony No. 6, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, […]

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Bang On A Can & Arthur

Wandering through the internets, as I am prone to do during stretches of insomnia, I came across a video of  “Bang On A Can All Stars” on the tv-show Arthur.  Always on the forefront of classical music news, Deceptive Cadence from NPR, has posted the clip from the show. From, “the animated Arthur has downtown music doyens […]

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Steal Away

Every now and again we’ll dig into the Refinersfire “vault” and pull out a classic recording to feature as a free download via SoundCloud. Be sure to check out all of our Music Releases at your favorite digital music store. Last week I watched Steve McQueen’s brilliant and heart-wrenching adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir “Twelve […]

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Ingrid Michaelson at The Ryman

The best part of the Ingrid Michaelson show last night at The Ryman Auditorium was Ingrid Michaelson. Her singing was better than what is on her albums. Her band added an element of energy via their harmonies and dance moves that expanded the songs.  Michaelson’s singing elevated the performance of all the guest singers she […]

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