Just got back from a 90th birthday party for the mother of a friend of ours. I had never met the “birthday girl” before, but was immediately charmed and then, increasingly, amazed and inspired, so I wanted to share this story.

Marjorie, an incredibly positive and physically fit individual (she looks about 60!), had travelled an hour or more on public transport to get to the dinner in her honor, and told us that she had used that time to rehearse a speech and a “pitch” she wanted to make to her daughter and assembled guests. We were all ears. She said:

 “Most people my age, if asked to make a speech, will do so looking back over their lives and reminiscing. I don’t want to do that, I want to look forward. I still have lots of life and energy in me, and I want this speech to be about what I still want to accomplish -  even though I will admit that I am very excited and eager to “cross that boundary” to the other side. But as long as I am still here, there are three things I want to do - 

I really miss camping and would like to go again one more time.

I am GOING to take a trip across the country – not flying, but using any other mode of transport- bus, train, cars….and I WILL do it.

But the most important thing to me, is a project that has become dear to my heart, and I want to try and get you all to help this project in some way.  Mark B, the founder of Salesforce, has put lots of personal money into helping establish a non-denominational home in San Francisco for homeless mothers and their babies – the mothers can stay there and be safe off the street for up to two years, be given training and a better chance for themselves and their child, and when they are ready to go out into the world they are given kitchen utensils, towels, bedding and other gently used items to set up their first home.  The project has had great success in its first 2-3 years but is now scrambling for grants and donations to stay afloat and keep open for the steady stream of new potential residents they wish to help. If you could all just come there with me to this home, you would see how the atmosphere there is so positive and why I feel this is such a great thing for me to be working on in my final years. But all my close personal friends are gone, and I can’t convince my neighbors (in the senior community) to get involved and come to San Francisco with me, to see this great place and project – they say it is too long of a journey for them on transport and buses and they’re all too old to drive now (sic) so I am asking all of you if you would help me – talk to your friends, get them to donate gently used household items if they have no available cash to share, and help me think of other ways we could raise some funds and show support to these homeless young women who have babies to care for, besides. Maybe some of you could offer your homes as collection spots for donated goods and then help me bring the items to San Francisco in your cars? I don’t want to see this home and project close down for lack of funds or donated items! …………..So, that’s my 90th birthday speech. Hope it was OK”.

Sigh….all delivered with a twinkle in the eye …it was, of course, so much more than “OK”, and as good a “pitch” as any of the hundreds I have heard delivered in bus dev or fundraising conferences.

I see this “speech”  - and Marjorie herself - as both amazing and inspiring in a myriad of ways, but I would really love to hear your feedback and thoughts, on how we can all learn from it for our own lives, or what we might also be motivated to go out and do, while we still have half her physical youth and vitality!

Meanwhile, though, on a Listen for Life aspect- we have our Notes for Nourishment projects that assist musicians of all genres in organizing/giving benefit concerts, using their musical gifts to raise funds for the cause of their choice (see www.listenforlife.org/notesfornourishment).  I am hoping that there might be some musicians out there (ANYwhere) reading this, who feel moved to maybe do a concert or two in honor of Marjorie, to raise money for this home and project in San Francisco!  And maybe if there are musicians living in or near the SF Bay Area, you might like to organize regular music performances at the home? It has a big community room space which would make a great concert hall, and we all know from personal experience (as well as current scientific research!) that positive, nourishing music of all genres has a tremendously important role to play in healing, soothing and inspiring all individuals – something that both moms AND their babies no doubt definitely need! 

So…how about it? Get those creative ideas flowing, contact other great musicians you know, visit and perform at the home (if you are near) or maybe create a benefit concert (if you’re not)  - and if our Notes for Nourishment project leaders or templates can help you make it happen, let us know too.  THANK YOU from Marjorie….and from me.

Donna Stoering

 
 
Concert review of The Choral Project and the Canadian Brass: or, “How to make classical music sound amazing, beautiful, joyful, and FUN, all at the same time” Once in a very great while, one attends a concert that immediately jumps to some imaginary, personal list of “Top Ten all-time best concert programs”, and for many audience members of the packed, sold-out house in downtown San Jose’s gorgeous Basilica of St Joseph on January 28, this was definitely one of those programs- and performances! The ever-popular Canadian Brass were absolutely amazing in terms of musicality, inventiveness, technical prowess, choreography, charisma, programming, tone quality, ensemble precision, dynamics, tone colors, personality, and complete command of their artistry and audience -    but another, equally amazing thing about Tuesday night’s concert was that in each of those categories, they in no way eclipsed or outshone their hosts and partner performers, The Choral Project of San Jose. (If you haven’t yet heard of this incredible group, check out their international tours and accolades at www.sjcp.org).

The Choral Project of San Jose was founded in 1996 by a multi-talented young musician and SJSU graduate, Daniel D. Hughes. They have gone from strength to strength, winning international choral competitions, numerous awards, grants, development funding, and constantly stellar reviews for their recordings, performances, and inventive programming – all completely deserved. At Tuesday night’s concert I happened to sit next to a retired SJSU music theory/composition professor who told me that already as a freshman and sophomore, young student Daniel (who began studying both piano and composition at age four) was naturally way ahead of his classmates, so the professor tried to keep him challenged with full orchestral-score sight-reading tasks instead of the normal class assignments. Daniel discovered his career aspiration under yet another SJSU professor-emeritus who became his mentor, the famed choral conductor Dr. Charlene Archibeque. Fittingly, one of the major works on Tuesday’s program was the world premiere of a piece composed by Daniel Hughes in her honor – called “Legacy”, it was a moving, hauntingly beautiful work combining The Choral Project with the Canadian Brass.

Mr Hughes composed both the text and music of “Legacy” after seeing a television documentary about the life cycle of stars and “super-novas” that burn their brightest just before disintegrating into particles which in turn produce future generations of matter and life. Mr Hughes likened this to great mentors, artists and inspirational figures who share, teach and give of their gifts intensely, using their life energy and work to inspire the next generations. The quiet choral opening was gorgeous and kind of “spooky”, seeming to evoke the birth of the cosmos in sound. The climax of the piece featured three sopranos singing in very high tones with full volume, depicting the burning intensity and explosion...followed by eerie floating "space" when all of the instrumental accompaniment suddenly dropped away and the perfectly balanced choral parts were left quietly suspended, floating upwards in mid-air like a glider over a mountain’s edge….. creating, for the listeners, the unmistakable sensation that we were soaring in space like a slow-motion Star Trek on a particle of sound. All done with actual voices and acoustic instruments - no digital dials, or synthesized sounds so commonly used today to create similar (but not as soul-touching) results - it was rather amazing! (As was the huge standing ovation that the piece received, in the middle of the concert program). Kudos to Daniel Hughes for creating an audience-accessible modern composition for brass and choral ensemble with inspiring lyrics and evocative harmonies. But Mr Hughes also employs many other remarkable gifts in the service of The Choral Project concerts, and three of those gifts, especially, come to mind each time I think of Tuesday’s program:      

1.  He has an ear for the sound quality and blend of singers that is truly exceptional. Before attending this concert I had read numerous reviews of Mr Hughes that all commented on his uncanny ability to draw a highly professional vocal production and gorgeous blend of tones from even the most amateur and untrained singers. Having now heard this performance, all I can do is add my complete agreement to those comments. I would love to sit in on a rehearsal when they are learning new repertoire, to see if I can figure out what his secret is for inspiring such love, dedicated work, and – most importantly, I suspect – habits of refined listening (to each other), amongst his large and constantly growing ‘family’ of singers in The Choral Project.

2.  It is also saying something that his musical inspiration and quality results do attract many professional musicians who want to come sing with the group as well, in their spare time. But for the most part the 50+ singers are amateurs, although you would never have known it when hearing this concert. The blend of sopranos and altos sounded gentle and effortless, and the men, particularly in their close-harmony singing in several pieces, could honestly rival the Chanticleers or other male groups in their tone quality, pitch and seamlessness. In particular, all four vocal sections of The Choral Project gave the most beautiful performance of Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria that one could ever imagine. 

3.   In addition to the tonal blend, beauty and unity of attack that Mr Hughes obviously delights in producing from his singers, he must also enjoy using his highly creative mind to invent unique combinations of pieces that result in truly unusual and entertaining concert programs. Any concert producer should check out The Choral Project’s archive of past seasons and read the titles/themes of previous concerts over the years, or even just peruse the future ones for this current season, to get a feel for his creativity and insight – but also for his commitment to engaging and entertaining as diverse an audience as possible. 

The Choral Project has also developed many successful collaborations with other artists and organizations, and I suspect that Tuesday evening’s first concert with the Canadian Brass ensemble will not be their last together. Each of the two groups had a chance to shine in ‘solo’ sections of the program, alternating with an unexpected variety of pieces that they performed together, including the “Legacy” work that Mr Hughes composed for the occasion. 

The concert also opened in a surprise fashion, with the Canadian Brass members (Christopher Coletti, trumpet, Caleb Hudson, trumpet, Bernhard Scully, horn, Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone, and Chuck Daellenbach, the only remaining founder of the group, on tuba but also acting as a wonderfully hilarious MC) all playing in slow Gospel/Dixie style as they marched in, single file, from the back of the audience, wearing white sneakers and an immediate charisma. They performed, throughout the evening, in a range of pieces and styles that almost gave the audience a mini-history of brass quintet repertoire as it progressed from 1500s through 2014. Their combined technical skills, articulation, ensemble, excellent arrangements, and tone quality all brought out the absolute best in each piece, but even more than that, their charming personalities, interaction with the audience, and clever choreography, using every inch of their ‘stage’ space, made the concert incredibly FUN.

Throughout their combined works with The Choral Project, The Canadian Brass beautifully provided all of the harmony and instrumental accompaniment needed, and the program also featured locally-based professionals providing well-balanced, subtly nuanced percussion and piano...But shame on the venue organizers for providing a horribly out of tune grand piano for any concert, let alone one involving such international performers – this concert was scheduled months in advance and there is no excuse for not automatically having the piano tuned before such an important event – this should be an assumed step for all churches or venues that want to host concerts, especially when/if they are receiving some of the ticket revenue. 

As a venue itself, the Basilica of St Joseph in downtown San Jose is an architectural and acoustic marvel with a round dome area in the center that offers heaven-sent potential for singers or brass players, in particular. Each of the Canadian Brass members had spectacular solos, of course, but part of the added enjoyment for the audience was watching each performer "bathe", and revel in, the sound quality and luxurious “reverb time” that standing under this dome area could produce.

The performers (both The Choral Project and the Canadian Brass) all had a ball, and it showed. Six standing ovations at the concert, countless shouts of audience approval after each piece – but none of that even adequately reflects the fun and the sheer joy that they shared and created with classical music. I suddenly recalled a quote that one of my piano performance mentors had scribbled to me on a slip of paper before my first concerto performance: “Play for the joy of playing, and touch heaven with your gift”. I am sure that they did.

Reviewer Donna Stoering (donnastoering.com) is a Marshall Scholar, concert pianist, solo vocalist, composer, choral conductor, music-television producer and international music festival director who has been Artistic Ambassador for both the UK and USA, an Artist in Residence at Oxford University, and guest performance/pedagogy coach at numerous music conservatories worldwide. She is also the founder of the global Listen for Life movement (listenforlife.org) which is reviving the power of music worldwide through a growing international family of music listeners, performers, educators and producers.


To our LFL Blog followers: this blog entry and concert review was written in late January 2014, but it has recently come to our attention that due to technical problems, the post was never actually published for public viewing.  We apologize to The Choral Project, the Canadian Brass, and our readers for this unintended delay.
 
 
See coverage of Travels With Music at EdNET Insight:

Listen for Life Launches 'Travels With Music' Listen for Life
Multimedia Program for K12 Uses Music To Explore World Cultures

 
Oakland, California - April 3, 2014 - Listen for Life™, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, created Travels With Music™ to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores the richness and diversity of 15 world cultures - Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, the Philippines, Trinidad, and the USA - through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction. 
 
The unique and engaging content in Travels With Music is ideal for instruction in history, geography, ESL/EFL/TESOL, cultural diversity, cultural literacy, music and tolerance. Available as both an online subscription and on DVD, Travels With Music introduces each culture by providing perspective on its origins and history, its surrounding geography, and what makes that culture unique in terms of its customs, traditions, language(s), and music.
 
"Listen for Life has amassed the largest and most unique collection of broadcast-quality video and audio assets from music cultures around the globe, including performance footage of Master Musicians playing native instruments, and in-depth interviews with them about their culture, their inspiration, their way of life and their music," said Mark Mallardi, CEO of Listen for Life. "We have shaped this rich video and audio content into a highly engaging instructional program that helps teachers immerse students in world cultures, whether that teacher is in a traditional classroom or homeschool setting." 
 
Travels With Music introduces the musical instruments native to each culture, and enables students to see and hear Master Musicians showcasing their instruments through instruction and performance footage. A comprehensive downloadable Teacher's Guide provides background information for each culture and musician, a Glossary of Music Terms, and a series of multiple choice questions for assessment of each unit. Individual subscriptions, as well as DVDs or DVD-ROMs, are sold for $69.95 each. Teachers with online subscriptions may purchase student accounts for $10 per student.

 
To learn more or purchase Travels With Music, visit
www.travelswithmusic.com. 
 
About Listen for Life™ and Travels With Music ™
Listen for Life is a global non-profit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Listen for Life has affiliate studios/production facilities in 45 countries worldwide, and owns over 400 hours of proprietary, fully rights-cleared video content of Master Musicians from around the globe performing original music compositions on instruments native to their cultures, and being interviewed in their native languages about their culture, their customs, their inspiration and their way of life.

 
Travels With Music, a production of Listen for Life, leads K12 classrooms and homeschoolers on an interactive exploration of 15 world cultures, with Master Musicians as their guides. Students will experience the richness and diversity of our world's cultures through 300 video and audio segments, arranged in 30 Units (two Units per culture), comprising a total of six hours of course content. For more information about Travels With Music, visit www.travelswithmusic.com. You can also connect with Travels With Music on Facebook and BuzcastTV.
 
 
See coverage of Travels With Music at Education Talk Radio News:

Listen for Life Launches ‘Travels With Music’
Multimedia program for K12 uses music to explore world cultures


Oakland, California – April 3, 2014 – Listen for Life™, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, created Travels With Music™ to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores the richness and diversity of 15 world cultures – Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, the Philippines, Trinidad, and the USA – through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction.

The unique and engaging content in Travels With Music is ideal for instruction in history, geography, ESL/EFL/TESOL, cultural diversity, cultural literacy, music and tolerance. Available as both an online subscription and on DVD, Travels With Music introduces each culture by providing perspective on its origins and history, its surrounding geography, and what makes that culture unique in terms of its customs, traditions, language(s), and music.

“Listen for Life has amassed the largest and most unique collection of broadcast-quality video and audio assets from music cultures around the globe, including performance footage of Master Musicians playing native instruments, and in-depth interviews with them about their culture, their inspiration, their way of life and their music,” said Mark Mallardi, CEO of Listen for Life. “We have shaped this rich video and audio content into a highly engaging instructional program that helps teachers immerse students in world cultures, whether that teacher is in a traditional classroom or homeschool setting.”

Travels With Music introduces the musical instruments native to each culture, and enables students to see and hear Master Musicians showcasing their instruments through instruction and performance footage. A comprehensive downloadable Teacher’s Guide provides background information for each culture and musician, a Glossary of Music Terms, and a series of multiple choice questions for assessment of each unit. Individual subscriptions, as well as DVDs or DVD-ROMs, are sold for $69.95 each. Teachers with online subscriptions may purchase student accounts for $10 per student.


To learn more or purchase Travels With Music, visit www.travelswithmusic.com.

About Listen for Life™ and Travels With Music ™

Listen for Life is a global non-profit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Listen for Life has affiliate studios/production facilities in 45 countries worldwide, and owns over 400 hours of proprietary, fully rights-cleared video content of Master Musicians from around the globe performing original music compositions on instruments native to their cultures, and being interviewed in their native languages about their culture, their customs, their inspiration and their way of life.


Travels With Music, a production of Listen for Life, leads K12 classrooms and homeschoolers on an interactive exploration of 15 world cultures, with Master Musicians as their guides. Students will experience the richness and diversity of our world’s cultures through 300 video and audio segments, arranged in 30 Units (two Units per culture), comprising a total of six hours of course content. For more information about Travels With Music, visit www.travelswithmusic.com. You can also connect with Travels With Music on Facebook and BuzcastTV.
 
 
See coverage of Travels With Music at eSchool News:

Listen for Life Launches ‘Travels With Music’
Multimedia program for K12 uses music to explore world cultures


Oakland, California – April 3, 2014 – Listen for Life™, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, created Travels With Music™ to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores the richness and diversity of 15 world cultures – Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, the Philippines, Trinidad, and the USA – through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction.

The unique and engaging content in Travels With Music is ideal for instruction in history, geography, ESL/EFL/TESOL, cultural diversity, cultural literacy, music and tolerance. Available as both an online subscription and on DVD, Travels With Music introduces each culture by providing perspective on its origins and history, its surrounding geography, and what makes that culture unique in terms of its customs, traditions, language(s), and music.

“Listen for Life has amassed the largest and most unique collection of broadcast-quality video and audio assets from music cultures around the globe, including performance footage of Master Musicians playing native instruments, and in-depth interviews with them about their culture, their inspiration, their way of life and their music,” said Mark Mallardi, CEO of Listen for Life. “We have shaped this rich video and audio content into a highly engaging instructional program that helps teachers immerse students in world cultures, whether that teacher is in a traditional classroom or homeschool setting.”

Travels With Music introduces the musical instruments native to each culture, and enables students to see and hear Master Musicians showcasing their instruments through instruction and performance footage. A comprehensive downloadable Teacher’s Guide provides background information for each culture and musician, a Glossary of Music Terms, and a series of multiple choice questions for assessment of each unit. Individual subscriptions, as well as DVDs or DVD-ROMs, are sold for $69.95 each. Teachers with online subscriptions may purchase student accounts for $10 per student.


To learn more or purchase Travels With Music, visit www.travelswithmusic.com.

About Listen for Life™ and Travels With Music ™
Listen for Life is a global non-profit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Listen for Life has affiliate studios/production facilities in 45 countries worldwide, and owns over 400 hours of proprietary, fully rights-cleared video content of Master Musicians from around the globe performing original music compositions on instruments native to their cultures, and being interviewed in their native languages about their culture, their customs, their inspiration and their way of life.

Travels With Music, a production of Listen for Life, leads K12 classrooms and homeschoolers on an interactive exploration of 15 world cultures, with Master Musicians as their guides. Students will experience the richness and diversity of our world’s cultures through 300 video and audio segments, arranged in 30 Units (two Units per culture), comprising a total of six hours of course content. For more information about Travels With Music, visit
www.travelswithmusic.com. You can also connect with Travels With Music on Facebook and BuzcastTV.

Contact:

Mark Mallardi
Travels With Music
424-241-8204
[email protected]

Lauren Burke
KEH Communications
410-975-9638
[email protected]
 
 
See coverage of Travels With Music at District Administration:

Listen for Life launches "Travels With Music" for K12
Friday, April 4, 2014

Listen for Life, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, created Travels With Music™ to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores the richness and diversity of 15 world cultures – Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, the Philippines, Trinidad, and the USA – through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction.

The unique and engaging content in Travels With Music is ideal for instruction in history, geography, ESL/EFL/TESOL, cultural diversity, cultural literacy, music and tolerance. Available as both an online subscription and on DVD, Travels With Music introduces each culture by providing perspective on its origins and history, its surrounding geography, and what makes that culture unique in terms of its customs, traditions, language(s), and music.

“Listen for Life has amassed the largest and most unique collection of broadcast-quality video and audio assets from music cultures around the globe, including performance footage of Master Musicians playing native instruments, and in-depth interviews with them about their culture, their inspiration, their way of life and their music,” said Mark Mallardi, CEO of Listen for Life. “We have shaped this rich video and audio content into a highly engaging instructional program that helps teachers immerse students in world cultures, whether that teacher is in a traditional classroom or homeschool setting.”

Travels With Music introduces the musical instruments native to each culture, and enables students to see and hear Master Musicians showcasing their instruments through instruction and performance footage. A comprehensive downloadable Teacher’s Guide provides background information for each culture and musician, a Glossary of Music Terms, and a series of multiple choice questions for assessment of each unit. Individual subscriptions, as well as DVDs or DVD-ROMs, are sold for $69.95 each. Teachers with online subscriptions may purchase student accounts for $10 per student.


To learn more or purchase Travels With Music, visit www.travelswithmusic.com.

About Listen for Life and Travels With Music

Listen for Life is a global non-profit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Listen for Life has affiliate studios/production facilities in 45 countries worldwide, and owns over 400 hours of proprietary, fully rights-cleared video content of Master Musicians from around the globe performing original music compositions on instruments native to their cultures, and being interviewed in their native languages about their culture, their customs, their inspiration and their way of life.

Travels With Music, a production of Listen for Life, leads K12 classrooms and homeschoolers on an interactive exploration of 15 world cultures, with Master Musicians as their guides. Students will experience the richness and diversity of our world's cultures through 300 video and audio segments, arranged in 30 Units (two Units per culture), comprising a total of six hours of course content. For more information about Travels With Music, visit
www.travelswithmusic.com. You can also connect with Travels With Music on Facebook and BuzcastTV.
 
 
See coverage of Travels With Music at The Ed Tech Round Up:

Listen for Life Launches "Travels With Music"
Use Music to Explore World Cultures


Oakland, California – April 3, 2014 – Listen for Life™, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, created Travels With Music™ to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. 

The multimedia program explores the richness and diversity of 15 world cultures – Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, the Philippines, Trinidad, and the USA – through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction.  The unique and engaging content in Travels With Music is ideal for instruction in history, geography, ESL/EFL/TESOL, cultural diversity, cultural literacy, music and tolerance. Available as both an online subscription and on DVD, Travels With Music introduces each culture by providing perspective on its origins and history, its surrounding geography, and what makes that culture unique in terms of its customs, traditions, language(s), and music.

“Listen for Life has amassed the largest and most unique collection of broadcast-quality video and audio assets from music cultures around the globe, including performance footage of Master Musicians playing native instruments, and in-depth interviews with them about their culture, their inspiration, their way of life and their music,” said Mark Mallardi, CEO of Listen for Life. “We have shaped this rich video and audio content into a highly engaging instructional program that helps teachers immerse students in world cultures, whether that teacher is in a traditional classroom or homeschool setting.” 

Travels With Music introduces the musical instruments native to each culture, and enables students to see and hear Master Musicians showcasing their instruments through instruction and performance footage. A comprehensive downloadable Teacher’s Guide provides background information for each culture and musician, a Glossary of Music Terms, and a series of multiple choice questions for assessment of each unit. Individual subscriptions, as well as DVDs or DVD-ROMs, are sold for $69.95 each. Teachers with online subscriptions may purchase student accounts for $10 per student.


To learn more or purchase Travels With Music, visit www.travelswithmusic.com

About Listen for Life™ and Travels With Music ™

Listen for Life is a global non-profit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Listen for Life has affiliate studios/production facilities in 45 countries worldwide, and owns over 400 hours of proprietary, fully rights-cleared video content of Master Musicians from around the globe performing original music compositions on instruments native to their cultures, and being interviewed in their native languages about their culture, their customs, their inspiration and their way of life.

Travels With Music, a production of Listen for Life, leads K12 classrooms and homeschoolers on an interactive exploration of 15 world cultures, with Master Musicians as their guides. Students will experience the richness and diversity of our world's cultures through 300 video and audio segments, arranged in 30 Units (two Units per culture), comprising a total of six hours of course content. For more information about Travels With Music, visit
 www.travelswithmusic.com. You can also connect with Travels With Music on Facebook and BuzcastTV.
 
 
Listen for Life recommends for this weekend  (Friday May 31st, Saturday June 1st, Sunday June 2nd):
Slavyanka Celebrates 34th Anniversary with special “Roots and Branches” concert series!
Slavyanka’s exciting new Artistic Director Irina Shachneva has created an fascinating program titled “Roots and Branches” that will feature a wide range of new choral pieces for Slavyanka,-- from ancient chants to modern works by Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky and including the American premier of “Death and Life” by contemporary Moscow composer Valery Kalistratov.

Concert Dates and Locations:
  • Friday, May 31, 8 PM, St. Marks Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Street, PALO ALTO
  • Saturday, June 1, 7:30 PM, Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, LAFAYETTE
  • Sunday, June 2, 4 PM, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd, TIBURON
Tickets available online, and at the door. Advance price $5 less!
 
 
On this date - May 30th - in 1431, a young girl named Joan of Arc (or Jeanne d'Arc) was burned at the stake for being a heretic and revolutionary of sorts, after devoting her energy and passion in a courageous commitment to defend her people and culture against British invaders who were robbing her countrymen of their livestock and livelihoods. She was a very unlikely leader because she was poor, female and powerless in the eyes of the world that she knew - and yet, her own passion inspired all people to realize the oppression they were living under, and "armies" of people followed her lead and changed the culture for future generations in France.
I have always felt that Jeanne d'Arc is a great "role model" or "mascot" for all of our Listen for Life team members who share a passionate commitment to 1) defending the equal opportunity and presence of all nourishing music genres and styles on our global media channels/formats and 2) preserving music cultures by helping the music masters who have given their lives to a study of their traditions/instruments, but now struggle to support their families and villages.

Listen for Life is not a powerful media corporation and we are simply a global family of music listeners, performers, educators, and producers, working together to encourage people in all countries to be aware of the present situation in global music production, vs the inspiring music choices they could be making to enrich their lives......We are a global non-profit supported by donors and the work of volunteers - yet, we have so far managed to impact over 10 million individual lives of music listeners in 55 countries through our outreach projects, educational products, live cross-cultural programs, and unique music-media productions (400 hours of them and counting, to be exact.....)...

We hope Joan of Arc would be proud. And we invite all of you to join our "Global Band of Musicians"  - to inspire musicians to give of their highest potential and encourage listeners to change the channel - wherever they are.

 
 
Listen for Life Executive Director Andy Anderson and I are currently in Los Angeles for a series of tightly scheduled meetings, but yesterday we had the tremendous honor of being invited to attend a special Disney Concert Hall rehearsal of Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, excellent vocal soloists, and some unbelievably strong dancers, as they developed together (under the brilliant creative direction of the renowned Peter Sellars) a new "theatrically enhanced" version of composer John Adam's latest opera work, "The Gospel According to the Other Mary".

We were attending with the very creative Houston-based arts impressario Arpad Lamell, whose brother, violinist and conductor Guido Lamell, plays in the orchestra. All of us were completely overwhelmed by the power, beauty, creativity, and deeply moving impression that the trio of John Adams, Peter Sellars and Gustavo Dudamel were able to bring to life as an artistic and spiritual gift for all peoples, now or in the future. At one point Arpad turned to me and said "I feel like I am personally witnessing the creation of the world" and indeed that is what it felt like and what I believe it will feel like, for audiences experiencing the completed performance as well, whether in California or New York or London or Europe - all locations that the tremendous and innovative LA Philharmonic players will be generously bringing this incredible piece and production to in the coming weeks. 
If you are going to be (or can get yourself) to ANY of those listed locations this month, and you can manage to somehow beg, borrow or steal a ticket (I know that many locations are already sold out) PLEASE please do all in your power to get there and experience this powerfully moving, inspiring and ground breaking production. 

I want to share more about this unforgettable experience -  but for now, I will simply link to a page on the LA Philharmonic website and quote a bit from their own ticket page.


"When the LA Phil premiered The Gospel According to the Other Mary in concert form last season, “it got a masterpiece that will be part of its legacy,” according to Mark Swed in his Los Angeles Times review. Just as the extraordinary El Niño was John Adams’ take on a Nativity oratorio, so The Gospel According to the Other Mary(now presented in a theatrical setting) is his dramatically robust vision of a Passion, with its text drawn by Peter Sellars from Biblical stories of Lazarus and Jesus, contextualized with excerpts from the memoir of social activist Dorothy Day and poetry by Louise Erdrich, Rosario Castellanos, Primo Levi, Hildegard von Bingen, and Rubén Dario. Come for: Fiercely free-thinking director Peter Sellars’ world-premiere staging of this important new work, which Dudamel and the LA Phil take on tour to New York and Europe." http://www.laphil.com/tickets/dudamel-conducts-adams/2013-03-08