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Escape to Veracruz Through Márquez’s Sultry “Danzon No. 2”

Let’s travel to Alamos, Mexico, birthplace of composer Arturo Márquez. Márquez was born in 1950 in Alamos, living there until 1962, when his family moved to Los Angeles County, California. He was exposed to...

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Music Appreciation: Discussion by Yves Gourhand

I don’t know how it is where you live, but here in the Chicago suburbs the weather has been glorious for February! We’ve been able to take walks outside, open the windows a bit,...

Heather. Picture by Snufkin on Pixabay (CC0 Public Domain license)

How to Improve Your Ear With the Delightful Tune “Praeludium”

It’s January. It’s cold, snowy, and downright dreary. You’re tired of all the layers of clothing and being cooped up inside. Spring seems so far away! So what’s a winter-sport-averse person to do to...

String of festive lights

Ring In the New Year With This Classic Tune

As with any year, 2016 had its ups and downs. I feel I’ve grown musically thanks to opportunities I’ve had, and look forward to continuing on that journey in 2017. I’m happy with the...

Mstislav "Slava" Rostropovich playing cello.

Music Appreciation: Slava! by Leonard Bernstein

With the appearance of “Slava!” on our music stands this semester in community band, I decided now was as good a time as any to chat about this fun piece by Leonard Bernstein. For...

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