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Did you know that the director of the new documentary film about Mr. Rogers, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? – Morgan Neville – also directed The Music of Strangers, the 2016 documentary about Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project? And that Yo-Yo Ma’s son Nicholas is one of the producers of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
In a clip of his appearance on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Nicholas Ma is a six-year-old pianist, with his father playing cello and the delighted host of the show watching them closely. Continue Reading Won’t You Share My Cello, Neighbor?
There’s an episode of The Johnny Cash Show from 1969 where the man himself makes a little speech with a pretty big error. “Here’s a song that was reportedly sung by both sides in the Civil War,” Cash says, guitar in hand, to kick off a performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The real history is clear: Julia Ward Howe wrote the song as a pro-Union, anti-slavery anthem. But then Cash goes on to say, ” …. which proves to me that a song can belong to all of us.” And about that, he’s right. Continue Reading How ‘The Battle Hymn Of The Republic’ Became An Anthem For Every Cause
The owner of the revered Village Vanguard in New York City — and a champion of generations of jazz musicians, including Thelonious Monk — died Saturday at age 95. Continue Reading Lorraine Gordon, Guardian Of Legendary Jazz Club, Dies At 95
Dolly Parton, one of Renea’s favorite singers, says you have to stay quiet to make it in show business. But Renea refuses to downplay her experiences as a black woman in country music. Continue Reading Priscilla Renea Refuses To Be Quiet About Racism In Country Music
Britain’s prestigious Gramophone Classical Music Awards have created a new award for 2018, called Orchestra of the Year. The shortlist includes a familiar name to Northwest listeners: the Seattle Symphony. For the first time in the history of these awards, public voting will decide an outcome. The 2018 Orchestra of the Year Award will go to the nominee receiving the most votes online. Continue Reading Seattle Symphony Nominated For Gramophone’s ‘Orchestra Of The Year’
You usually go to the library to check out a book, read a magazine or rent a movie. Now you can check out a … ukulele? Continue Reading Checking Out A … Ukulele (!) From Your Local Library