instrument petting zoo

As part of our partnership with different communities each year, our education department includes what is called the instrument petting zoo.  No, it’s not a bunch of instruments in a fenced in area, with children walking around them petting them with timid hands.  

What it is in actuality is a chance for kids to get their hands on an instrument and be taught or guided in how to make some sort of elementary sound on it.  The theory is, if they get a small taste of creating new sounds on an instrument they’ve never seen or heard, they’ll want more, and might even want to take up an instrument in school or at home.

Here’s a YouTube movie I found of a youngster named Soren getting his first taste of the violin, with OSO violist Stephen Price giving him a hand with fingering the notes:

Here’s another video of OSO music director Carlos Kalmar giving the Portland Metropolitan Youth Symphony a workout in Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.

carrie dennis plays paganini and schumann

Carrie Dennis, the phenomenal violist who has (by the anything but grizzled age of 30!) already been Assistant principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Principal violist of the Berlin Philharmonic, and was just named as Principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has a couple videos up on youtube. See and hear her for yourself – viola ain’t second fiddle no more! Continue reading “carrie dennis plays paganini and schumann”

super flute

His name is Greg Patillo – he’s a classically trained flutist from Seattle who studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and who developed some, shall we say, novel playing techniques while busking in the subways of New York City. He’s now better known as The Beatboxing Flutist. After the jump, some YouTube videos for your viewing and listening pleasure: Continue reading “super flute”