July 9 (Thursday) – rehearsal canceled. July 13 (Monday) Music pickup at First Evangelical Church – No rehearsal.
The Staff and Board of Directors appreciate the cooperative spirit expressed by our members as we introduce and implement “Music for Life” a new design in our schedule.
Flexibility and rapid change are elements of success in the Twenty First Century. We are using those two elements, through technology, to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of each rehearsal, class, and lesson. “Musical Safe Zones” help us maintain a positive learning environment and are also supported by the climate of the physical plant or location of each learning experience.
The warm trend this summer is expected to continue through this week making rehearsal at the Maps Museum this Thursday July, 9th uncomfortable to the point of become non-productive. Therefore, we are canceling that rehearsal.
New Music Distribution for all members is now scheduled for Monday evening July 13th from 6:00 – 7:30 at the First Evangelical Church 369 Woodsdale Ave. in Akron.
We will use the Drive -By technique which was so successful in June. Please take advantage of picking this music up personally next Monday as your preparation will save huge amounts of time in the remaining schedule of unchanged July Live and Zoom meetings.You will not even have to get out of your car as you receive a new chorale and two musical selections. Looking forward to seeing you all next Monday and thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Cellist Aaron Fried will perform the Bach Cello Suite No. 1, and The Swan by Camile Saint Saens. His performance will be an online interactive Sunday worship through the Emanuel United Church of Christ Zoom meeting July 12 at 10:30 a.m. Here is the meeting information:
“Aaron Fried is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, arranger, and composer, with a career that spans across North America.
Aaron has performed with various ensembles such as FiveOne Experimental Orchestra, The Traverse Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Opera, Earth and Air String Orchestra, The Boston Philharmonic, Muziko Mondo, Chamber Music Silicon Valley, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Porthouse Theatre Orchestra.
In 2016, Aaron was a member of one of two ensembles selected to perform in the Juilliard Quartet seminar, where he performed alongside Juilliard faculty member Joseph Lin.” — from aaronfried.com —
Dylan – Thanks so much for posting about your experience; sharing your love of music with your family and neighbors. Music is a great gift that can bring us all together, and we so need that today!
I really enjoy the Zoom sessions with Jaime and the others in the String ensemble. It keeps me on task with my violin practice and it’s just good to “see” others in the group. Hope to actually assemble safely again soon – DAVE
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My Dad, Andy, and I play together a lot. He plays guitar, and I play violin or viola. With my electric Wood Viper 6 string violin I can play both by reaching into lower strings.
Last Saturday morning we took our garage band to the front porch for a concert. My long-time violin teacher, Michael, came and brought his young son and his violin, and joined us on a few numbers.
We played for about 45 minutes and performed many Americana pieces–everything from country swing to Cajun waltzes to traditional fiddle. Neighbors brought out chairs and blankets, people stopped their bikes and walks to sit on the grass, and a car even pulled into the driveway.
We met new neighbors. Everyone socially distanced, danced, and had a great time! People asked, “When’s the next concert?” So we are working on patriotic pieces and more for July. We weren’t expecting so many people (or anyone other than our immediate neighbors, really), but we’re all hungry to connect and be out safely. I was glad our music reached out to everyone. I am inspired to continue to put programs together, practice, and plan some performances for over the summer.
A note from Dylan’s Mom Jayne–
I helped Dylan write his post, as he wanted to share what he’s been doing. We really were amazed at the response that morning. The continued viola sectionals with Jaime and the Skype violin lessons with Michael have been a big help to encourage Dylan to purposely practice and have some things to plan for. Dylan’s day program closed at the beginning of the pandemic, and I haven’t heard of plans to reopen. So music is the center of daily activities for us. And our dog has never been walked so much! We hope everyone is healthy and safe, and enjoying music!
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PLAY ALONG MUSIC DISTRIBUTION: We are taking this opportunity to introduce you to a new friend and host for our New Horizons Program. The Board of Directors and Congregation of the “First Evangelical Church” located at 369 E. Woodsdale Ave. Akron, Ohio, have invited us to use their Church as HOME BASE!
We have organized two evenings, Monday June 1st and Thursday June 4th, from 5:30 until 7:00 during which you may drive into the church parking lot and be directed to a drive by music pick up stand.
Simply follow the directions of the parking lot staff who will form you into a line that will pull up to a table. Connie Stinnett will hand you the Play Along Music and Instruction Sheet through your window. She will be wearing her mask and we ask you to do the same.
If you would like a short tour of the building please pull into a parking space and Carrie Cunningham will be your escort through the facility.
We again ask that you follow the correct best practice safe mask and hand washing protocols suggested by our State and Federal authorities.
Please allow me to take a minute to thank Carrie, Connie , and Marilyn Katzmark for their help in making this introduction to our newest host possible.
Musician Frederic De Wulf decided to add to his repertoire an astonishing performance played in the skies above Ölüdeniz, in Turkey. The cellist, who lives in Seattle, Washington, performed Turkish folk music while paragliding with pilot Ferdi Toy.
Zoom was originally intended for speaking, so the default audio settings are optimized for normal speech and designed to filter out background noise and loud sounds. Unfortunately these settings do not work well with music.
Are you noticing the sound cutting in and out while you play your instrument during your online lessons? Does the instrument sound garbled on the other end when you try to play? Are you having trouble hearing dynamic contrast?
Since Jaime had already sent a text message to the strings with the sign-in link, Jaime will not be sending another text. Keep Jaime’s texted meeting sign-in link handy because it should be used for all future string ZOOM meetings.