Music of the Streets: New York City’s Public Pianos

June 4, 2018

Spring is in full bloom, and in New York there’s something else in the air: In parks and gardens, on boardwalks and street-corners, pianos are popping up like wildflowers. They’re the work of a group called Sing For Hope, which has placed hundreds of pianos all over the city.

Zamora and Monica Yunus, the organization’s founders, say it’s about more than music. “What we are trying to do at Sing For Hope is give people opportunities to connect with people,” said Yunus.

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2018 ACM Awards List of Winners

April 16, 2018

At last night’s 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, artists gathered at the Garden Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to celebrate their industry and each other’s achievements. The show marked an emotional time for country music as artists returned to the city six months after a gunman killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Oct. 2017 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. But country musicians vowed to look forward and celebrate the healing power of music at the show.

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Orchestras experiment with innovative ways to reach audiences

January 9, 2017

They’re in for a very different kind of experience: SoundBox – an annual 10-concert series that runs from December through April at the San Francisco Symphony, one of the most respected in the country. Led by world-renown conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the orchestra started a bold experiment two years ago.

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Source: CBS News

Philadelphia Orchestra trumpeter helping Afghan teen build his chops

October 7, 2016

The Philadelphia Orchestra boasts one the best classical trumpet players in the country. And although David Bilger has played on stage for thousands, his most impressive performance happens his own basement, for an audience of one. For more than a year, Bilger has been mentoring 17-year-old Baset Azizi. Baset lives 7,000 miles away in Kabul, Afghanistan. The kid found Bilger on Facebook, and got his attention by tooting his own horn.

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