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& watch this new wedding music sample below.
Art (def): something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.
As a musician and as a person, I like to think of myself as an artist. We are all artists in a way. We create things, we use imagination, we love and crave for beauty. Art can be used to express emotion, to express needs, to showcase skill. It is so many things. It is a part of what it is to be human. I believe it has intrinsic value (we just NEED it, it's important) and extrinsic value (we USE it, we make it important). It helps us to see beauty, or sometimes it helps us to question important issues.
I get very excited when ArPrize rolls around here in Grand Rapids. This year it is ArPrize 8, 'a radically open international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury that takes place each fall in Grand Rapids -- and it's all free and open to the public."
The city comes alive with locals, visitors, and people of all ages and backgrounds. For a month, we all get to experience the imagination and skill of those that have used their time to create something.
The art ranges from 2D, 3D, installations, and time-based entries. All art forms are represented, including music. Yesterday, I was able to go to Frederik Meijer Gardens and take in some of the entries. Be sure to check out some of the venues if you live here.
Also, to students and parents: The Grand Rapids Symphony will be performing at the UICA next week with free concerts! More info at this link:
I know there are other music events as well, so be sure to check them out!
This Saturday I will be performing with The Holland Symphony for the first Classics concert of the 16/17 season at Hope College. Tickets are almost sold out! Head to the HSO website to purchase a ticket.
Saturday, September 24, 2016 7:30pm
Concert Hall at the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, Hope College
Bach: Overture No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Ralph Votapek, piano
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
DOUBLE STOP: Playing two notes at once on a stringed/bowed instrument.
*One of the first recorded printings of double stop notation is credited to Carlo Farina in his work Capriccio Stravagante from 1627. That's 389 years ago, or 15 generations ago. Maybe your great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents knew Carlo! (that's 13 greats). You can try to find out. He was born in Mantua Northern Italy.
Capriccio (italian): usually fairly free in form and of a lively character.
Stravagante (italian): eccentric or outlandish
Happy Theory Thursday!
This weekend I got a new camera and wanted to take some great pictures for my website. The below project is a result of this idea. If you want to get quizzical looks from passersby, I highly recommend walking around a city with an old two-stringed violin to take pictures of it by the streets...it will be an interesting endeavor for you and is sure to turn some heads. To view my project click on the link below. Let me know what you think!
P.S. Fall lessons are starting up THIS WEEK and I am very excited to meet new students and return to lessons with familiar faces. See you all soon.
As a violinist, I get to play at quite a few weddings. It is a lot of fun, and a lot of work. Not many people can say they have been to weddings of people they don't know. It is an honor to be asked to celebrate a couple and their commitment to one another.
This weekend, a friend and I performed for a wedding in Holland, Michigan. We also had the chance to do a small recording session of some of our wedding repertoire. I have linked the video below. Enjoy!
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