Jupiter from Holst’s “The Planets”

This suite movement is one of my favorite orchestral pieces. It is both out of this world sounding (hence the name “Jupiter”), but also takes on a wild-west mood that sounds almost like the soundtrack to a covered wagon excursion in the 1800’s (to my ears and imagination!). It has such familiar themes and includes the…

Leia Zhu: Young Violinist with an Amazing Imagination

I came across this violinist (as I’m sure, MANY people have) yesterday and have been amazed by the talent of such a young girl. The violinist’s name is Leia Zhu and she’s 10 years old. She’s playing the Paganini Violin Concerto and giving the context, practice advice, and interpretation in these two separate videos. I’m…

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“Without a doubt, she is the most complete, perfect, and intelligent interpreter of her instrument so far in the 21st century.” – El Mundo