Benedetti, Bruch Top Bieber on UK Charts
Just when you think the last bit of musical taste has disappeared, something comes along to give us hope. In an article on billboard.biz...
Nicola Benedetti's recordingÂ The Silver Violin, released last month,Â shot to No. 32 in the Official Albums Chart (according to Official Chart Company stats), making it the highest chart position for a British solo instrumentalist since Nigel Kennedy in 1991 and ahead of Justin Bieber.The disc also hit #1 on the Amazon chart. Not bad for someone who has so vocally and determinedly shunned becoming a crossover artist.
This is not an album full of fluff. Â Benedetti plays the Korngold Violin Concerto, along with works by Mahler and Shostakovich and the theme from "Schindler's List" by John Williams. Read Nicola Benedetti, Classical Violinist, Hits The UK Album Charts (Ahead of Justin Bieber)Â (Billboard.biz)
Museum Flash Mob Spans Generations-Offers Diners Lunchtime Treat
There's something about an unexpected surprise that can elevate an afternoon from the simple to the sublime. Â Such was the case a while back in Vienna, when members of the Vienna Folk Opera Orchestra and Ballet took lunch to another level. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei6SICD3xKg
Arts-Heavy Preschool Helps Children Grow Emotionally
While many have said that "Mozart makes you smarter," what if music and the arts simply make you a better person...whether or not you gain a single point on your IQ?
The new report, published in the journal Early Childhood Research Quarterly, points to one likely catalyst for such academic success. It suggests children in the arts-heavy preschool program were better adjusted emotionally.
I don't know about you, but I'm for anything that helps us treat each other better, whether we get any smarter or not...though offering our youngsters more exposure to arts and culture sounds like a sign that there is intelligent life on Earth after all. Read Arts-Heavy Preschool Helps Children Grow Emotionally (PS Magazine)