How Thousands of Songs Composed in Concentration Camps Are Finding New Life

April 17, 2018

Jewish Italian musicologist and pianist Francesco Lotoro has devoted his life to unearthing thousands of songs and scores written during the Holocaust. On Sunday, Aviva Bar-On performed When I Was Lying Down from memory before an audience of thousands in Jerusalem, including Israel’s prime minister and dozens of fellow Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

It was among 11 songs performed at the concert, called Notes of Hope, representing a mere snapshot of Lotoro’s 30-year search for the music of the Holocaust. The concert, organized by the Jewish National Fund U.K. and conducted by Lotoro, marked Israel’s 70th birthday.

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While Undergoing Brain Surgery, Patient Plays Her Flute

April 5, 2018

The delicate notes of a flute filled the air of an operating room at a Houston hospital last Tuesday. While playing music during a surgery isn’t unusual, this song wasn’t being piped through a speaker system.

Anna Henry’s performance was part of a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, according to TMC News, Texas Medical Center’s news outlet. The surgery involves inserting tiny electrodes in the brain, which deliver a constant electric current that can significantly reduce symptoms of conditions such as essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease.

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Beats, Rhymes and Ice: Olympians Rely on Their Tunes, and Science Backs Them Up

February 20, 2018

Throughout the PyeongChang Olympics, snowboarders and skiers have provided personal soundtracks. The individual nature of their sports allow riders to listen to music in competition. But they do not do it just because they can. Music helps the athletes block out distractions, focus before a race and perform better during it. The sports require rhythm and artistry, and those who choose to roll with an iPod might see inherent benefit in those areas.

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Teachers travel abroad to bring lessons back home

September 25, 2016

Maya Cunningham wants her music students at J.C. Nalle Elementary School to experience sounds and culture not traditionally found in the school’s Marshall Heights neighborhood. So she is headed to Botswana. Cunningham will spend three months researching the music of the African country and plans to return to Washington and write a new curriculum for her music classes, aimed at expanding her students’ global perspectives.

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Source: The Washington Post