Symphony of Brotherhood

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Better in 7/8 Time

Many things are better in 7/8 time. Here’s “Sleigh Ride”: And here’s “Good King Wenceslas”: The latter video I’ve shared before – the arrangement and fiddle playing are by Alex de Pue, brother of Zach de Pue, who is the concertmaster of the Indianapolist Symphony Orchestra, as well as a member of Time for Three. [Read more…]

What Child Is This?

Lindsey Sterling performs the classic melody. [Read more…]

Minor Swing

My son performed Stephane Grappelli’s “Minor Swing” again today at church as the music for the offertory. I accompanied on piano and John Arnold played drums. [Read more…]

Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Play-a-Thon

I am privileged not only to have my son benefit from the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, but also to get to play the role of accompanist myself sometimes, as I did in this year’s Play-a-Thon (as evidenced in the video above – sorry it starts a few seconds into the first piece, [Read More…]

Korngold’s Violin Concerto

In the process of moving my blog to Patheos, a number of embedded videos were lost. And so there is apparently now no post on this blog which features one of my favorite pieces of music, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s violin concerto. And so here it is, performed by Hilary Hahn, who will be coming to [Read More…]

Go Ahead and Play Again

I returned to the public piano in front of Indianapolis’ Central Library today, this time with my son, who plays the violin. We played “Berceuse” by Ottorino Respighi, one of our favorite pieces for violin and piano, and also did some improvisation together. I also played and sang “You Raise Me Up” and my son [Read More…]

Star Wars Medley

Check out this musically delightful and wonderfully entertaining arrangement of familiar themes from the music of Star Wars for violin and voice, performed by Lindsey Stirling and Peter Hollens! And on a related note, here is a book that might be a perfect gift for the stormtrooper in your life:   [Read more…]

Astruias (Albéniz)

Asturias (Leyenda), by Isaac Albéniz, performed by Eva León on the violin.   [Read more…]

Orawa (Wojciech Kilar)

On Friday evening, I had the privilege of attending a concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra string musicians, led by Zach de Pue. It was wonderful. My favorite pieces of the evening were an excerpt from the score for the film Solaris, and the piece in the video above, Orawa by Wojciech Kilar. [Read more…]