The Nile Project: Musical group advocates for ecological sustainability

The Nile Project is a group of musicians from Egypt, Uganda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia and other countries.  They are coming to Somerville Theatre in Massachusetts tonight at 8PM. From their website, they “inspire, inform, and connect Nile citizens to help them collaborate on cultivating the sustainability of their river.” Hope to see you there. Continue reading The Nile Project: Musical group advocates for ecological sustainability

Through music, Berklee students help foreign-language speakers

During his Wednesday Berklee School of Music class, 24-year-old grad student Kevin Leong helped teach students the song “Jingle Bells” — not how to play the musical notes, but how to sing the English words. The students were guests at Rosie’s Place, a shelter for poor and homeless women and the first women’s shelter in the U.S. Many women who come to Rosie’s Place are … Continue reading Through music, Berklee students help foreign-language speakers

Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, the “Spanish Mozart”

Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga was a Basque composer who died in 1826 at the age of 19. He was nicknamed “the Spanish Mozart” after he died, because, like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, he was both a child prodigy and an accomplished composer who died young. He died in Paris of a “galloping consumption,” likely, tuberculosis. Like Mozart, he was buried in a public burial ground. Arriaga’s Symphony in D Major is one … Continue reading Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, the “Spanish Mozart”

Horace Parlan and Svend Asmussen

Horace Parlan, a jazz pianist who suffered from polio as a child, and overcame the limited use of his right hand to develop a distinctive style, recently died at the age of 86. In Pittsburgh at the age of 5, Parlan acquired polio and was partially paralyzed on his right side. As therapy, he began studying piano. He eventually recovered partial use of three fingers on his right hand … Continue reading Horace Parlan and Svend Asmussen

Black History Month Event: Miss Marian Anderson and Friends Project

Tomorrow night at 6 PM: Miss Marian Anderson and Friends Project Bunker Hill Community College Celebrates Black History Month with the Oscar Micheaux Family Theater Company of Boston Experience this original theater piece, Miss Marian Anderson and Friends, about how renowned African American singer Marian Anderson (1897-1993) overcame obstacles to become one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Sponsored by the Office of … Continue reading Black History Month Event: Miss Marian Anderson and Friends Project