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Classical 101

Alison Balsom Tames Obnoxious "Instrument"

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[caption id="attachment_12865" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Vuvuzela in it's natural habitat"][/caption] [video dead] If you watched any of the World Cup matches, you may have thought the 17-year, 13- year, and every year cicadas were all soccer fans.  Such was not the case.  As you have probably also learned, that constant sound you heard was the Vuvuzela...an obnoxious "instrument" designed to show support for your team  while forcing your opponent to schedule a hearing test after the match. Obnoxious though it may be, music can be found in many places including, apparently, the soccer pitch.  (I will avoid the many obvious jokes here).  One musician who has managed to wrestle the Vuvuzela into submission is trumpeter Alison Balsom, who tries her hand here. [caption id="attachment_12867" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Alison Balsom"]

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[/caption] Below is an attempt to bring the vuvuzela into the concert hall.  The only way one of those gets into a concert is with a ticket!  While I am not advocating you get one for each of your kids or grandkids, (unless you have problem neighbors), enduring long hours of practice by a budding young musician seems less painful after hearing one of these. -- Boyce Lancaster [youtube wf2P8SnOwLo]