Monday, March 25, 2019

15 Things, You Know You’re a String Player, When …

Yup! You know you're a string player, when ….   1.  Your instrument costs way more than your car ...   2.  You've got a hickey, but no...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | VC ‘Artist’ Charles Yang – ‘Stand By Me’ Violin/Vocal Encore! [VIDEO]

VC 'Artist' Charles Yang performing his own unique arrangement of Ben E. King's classic 'Stand by Me' for Violin and Vocals - as an...

VC BUZZ | Katy Perry ‘Roar’ Cover – Cellist, Kevin Fox & Tobby the Tiger [VIDEO]

Canadian cellist Kevin Fox performing a cover of Katy Perry's smash hit single 'Roar' - featuring guest artist, Tobby the Tiger. "I don't think there's anything...

VC BUZZ | Rival Violinists of the US National Youth Orchestra Settle the Score [VIDEO]

The rival violin sections of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, settle the score, once and for all - in...

VC BUZZ | Filip Pogady – Violin Fugue on Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” [WOW]

Slovakian violin virtuoso and male model Filip Pogady performing an original solo violin Fugue based on pop singer Adele’s smash hit “Rolling in the...

VC BUZZ | “The Concertmaster Changes Bowings … Again” [ROFL]

Violist Nicolo Eugelmi’s satirical reworking of the 2004 movie “Downfall” - where we find out the real reason for Hitler’s rage … THE CONCERTMASTER CHANGES BOWINGS …....

VC BUZZ | Kanneh-Mason Family Orchestra – ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ [MUST SEE]

Meet the Kanneh-Mason Family Orchestra – finalists in this year's television talent quest 'Britain's Got Talent.' “I can see this act going all over the...

MANIC MONDAY | Making a Clarinet From a Carrot in Under 5 Minutes [VIDEO]

Australian woodwind instrument maker Linsey Pollak's amazing TEDx Sydney presentation last month – on how in a mere 5 minutes one can use a carrot,...

VC BUZZ | 3D Varius – World’s First Stereolithographic 3D Printed Violin [MUST SEE]

Unveiled this week by French violinist and instrument maker Laurent Bernadac – meet the world's first fully playable 3D printed stereolithographic electric violin. LAURENT BERNADAC...

VC BUZZ | ‘What is the Impact of Classical Music on a Cow’s Milk Production?’ [VIDEO]

A project, conceived by Andreas Kern and Roberto Prosseda at the Cremona Mondomusica, puts the age old question to test: 'Does classical music have...

VC BUZZ | Kent Nagano Conducts Berlin 1000 Musician Flash Mob

More than 1000s musicians, including 50 members of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and conductor Kent Nagano converged yesterday on a Berlin Shopping Mall, in...

VC BUZZ | Pianist & Vocalist Lorelai Mosnegutu – ‘True Talent Knows No Boundaries’ [INSPIRATIONAL]

Romanian pianist and vocalist Lorelai Mosnegutu leaves the judges and audience in total disbelief - after last months’ live audition for TV talent-quest ‘Romania’s...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | American Vaudeville Violinist, Wilbur Francis Hall [VIDEO]

American vaudeville violinist Wilbur Francis Hall's frantically athletic rendition of “Pop Goes the Weasel” - in the 1930 classic film 'The King of Jazz'. Get...

VC BUZZ | ‘Super Mario Bros’ Themes on Nintendo Shaped Piano [NERD HEAVEN]

In what can only be described as 'a nerdy dream come true', pianist Sonya Belousova performs a selection of medley tunes from Nintendo's 'Super...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Vivaldi, Concerto in A Minor – World’s Smallest Violin [VIDEO]

Venezuelan violinist Baltazar Monaca performing Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A Minor - on what has been described as 'the world's smallest violin.' WORLD'S SMALLEST VIOLIN...

VC BUZZ | Fox Reporter Accidentally Drops Mic in Tuba [LOL]

While reporting on a high school marching band segment, enthusiastic Fox 10 reporter Cory McCloskey accidentally drops his microphone down the horn a sousaphone...

MANIC MONDAY | Lara St John – ‘Girl Sugarlumps’ from ‘Flight of the Conchords’ [MUST SEE]

Canadian violin virtuoso Lara St John and friend Andrea Distefano performing 'Girl Sugarlumps' - as a tribute to Bret and Jermaine from New Zealand...

MANIC MONDAY | The ViolinCopter – The World’s First Flying Violin [MUST SEE VIDEO]

Introducing …. the Violincopter - the world's first flying violin! American aerial photographer, Alejo Pesce's presents his latest creation - a violin modified for flight. VIOLINCOPTER |...

VC BUZZ | 7 Year Old Leukemia Patient Fulfills Dream to Conduct a Symphony [MUST SEE]

7 year old Stage 4 leukemia-patient Jordan Cartwright fulfilled a lifelong dream this week, in Canada ... to conduct a symphony orchestra. The elementary school student,...

VC BUZZ | Meet the 3Dvarius – 3D-Printed Heavy Metal Violin [VIDEO]

Introducing the 3D-printed 3Dvarius violin … built to produce the grunt a heavy metal guitar solo. Designed by inventor and violinist Laurent Dernadac, the project is...

VC BUZZ | World’s First Life-Sized Playable LEGO Grand Piano [WOW]

Introducing the world's first 29,000-piece life-sized fully-playable LEGO grand piano ... Assembled by self-described Dutch 'LEGO freak' Jeroen van Veen, the plastic brick pile with...

VC BUZZ | 300 Android Phones Performing Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’ [VIDEO]

300 Android phones and tablets performing Beethoven's 9th Symphony's 'Ode To Joy'. Arranged by Google Japan using Android's Androidify app. 300 ANDROID PHONES & TABLETS |...

VC BUZZ | Wells Cunningham, Passacaglia, Impossible Duet

Wonderful creativity and skill by cellist Wells Cunningham performing Handel-Halvorsen's 'Passacaglia' duet for violin and cello ... with himself Wells Cunningham | Handel-Halvorsen | Passacaglia...

VC BUZZ | Beyonce and Her ‘Single Ladies’ Put a Ring on Shostakovich 10 [VIDEO]

Who would have ever thought the choreography to Beyonce's 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)' fits so seamlessly to Shostakovich's 10th Symphony? Well, heck...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Turning Your Unwanted Viola into a Tennis Racquet [VIDEO]

British violist Graham Oppenheimer steps us through the simple and easy process of turning your unwanted viola into a tennis racquet. GRAHAM OPPENHEIMER | TURNING YOUR...

MANIC MONDAY | WT?!?! Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto – For Heifetz & Goat [VIDEO]

Introducing the latest in the recent epidemic of violin viral buzz sweeping social media: 'Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto  - performed by Maestro Jascha Heifetz and...

VC BUZZ | Nicola Benedetti, Shostakovich Violin Concerto – Flying Bow [VIDEO]

Fly-on-the-wall concert hall youtube footage of Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti losing control of her bow during Friday's rehearsal of Shostakovich's Violin Concerto - with...

VC BUZZ | SouthWest Airlines Inflight Cello & Beat-Boxing Air Steward Duet

Southwest Airlines beat-boxing flight attendant, Maximilian with cellist, passenger Francisco Vila – performing Bach's 'Bouree' from the Solo Cello Suite No. 3. Filmed mid-flight, earlier...

25 Things Musicians Need to Do Today to Feel Better About Themselves …

Unfortunately, we don’t come with a manual. So here’s 25 things every classical musician needs to do today to feel better about themselves ...   1....

VC BUZZ | WT?!? Dvorak New World Twerking Gangnam Style #LOLz [VIDEO]

This really needs to be seen to be believed! A new project created by Belgian-based B-Classic, entitled: 'The Classical Comeback'. The first in a series of music...

VC BUZZ | Arielle Baril – ‘America’s Got Talent’ 11 Year Old Operatic Prodigy [VIDEO]

11 year old middle school student, operatic prodigy Arielle Baril performing Puccini's 'O mio babbino caro' during last Tuesday evening's auditions of 'America's Got...

VC BUZZ | Meet Inspirational One-Handed Cellist, Michael Spencer

Inspirational footage of one-handed American cellist Michael Spencer – performing François-Joseph Gossec's 'Gavotte' at a private recital in Utah, USA last month. One-Handed Cellist | Michael...

VC BUZZ | 8 Year Old Joyous String Quartet – Michael Jackson ‘Smooth Criminal’ [VIDEO]

The Joyous String Quartet, comprising four uber-talented 8 year olds performing Michael Jackson's 'Smooth Criminal' - arranged for solo cello, 2 violins and bass. New...

VC BUZZ | The Piano Guys – World’s Largest Christmas Nativity Scene [VIDEO]

Youtube viral sensations, The Piano Guys have this week released a new Christmas video – featuring what's believed to be the world's largest nativity...

VC BUZZ | Best Way for an Orchestra to Kill Time During a Flight Delay [VIDEO]

When the musicians of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra were recently caught in a flight delay at New York's JFK airport ... what better way...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Bach ‘Fugue’ – On Beer Bottles [VIDEO]

Seattle-based street musician, Mitso Floor performing Bach's 'Fugue' – on beer bottles. MITSO FLOOR | BACH | FUGUE | PLAYED ON BEER BOTTLES

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Shostakovich 5th Symphony – Heavy Metal Version [VIDEO]

Composer and musician Connor Gallagher performing the final movement of Shostakovich's 5th Symphony – on heavy metal electric guitar. Get a load of this ... SHOSTAKOVICH...

VC BUZZ | Bach ‘Prelude’ No. 1 in C – Performed on Broomwhackers [VIDEO]

Bach's 'Prelude' No.1 in C Major performed on elementary classroom pentatonic boomwackers. BACH | PRELUDE NO. 1 IN C MAJOR (ARR. FOR 5 BROOMWHACKERS)

VC BUZZ | Meet the Dancing (And Singing) Conductor [MUST SEE]

Meet the dancing (and singing) conductor, Maestro Joseph Olefirowicz - leading the Volksoper Vienna Orchestra and Chorus in a joyous rendition of Bob Wright and Chet...

WACKY WEDNESDAY | Aerial Acrobatic Violinist – Janice Martin [VIDEO]

Self described as 'The World's Only Aerial Violinist', Juilliard School-graduate, Janice Martin performing Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir', Copland's 'Rodeo' and Vivaldi's 'Summer' upside down, inside...

MANIC MONDAY | 2Cellos’ Stjepan Hauser – ‘Imitating the Great Cellists’ [VIDEO]

2Cellos' Stjepan Hauser performing uncanny impersonations of his cello colleagues. Includes imitations of the great Mischa Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo Yo Ma, Pablo Casals and...

VC BUZZ | Man’s Duet With Himself – As a Baby [WTF]

Spanish guitarist Publio Delgado’s new duet with himself - singing in the bathtub 30 years earlier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTHQNhKNI5c&showinfo=0&autohide=1 PUBLIO DELGADO & PUBLIO DELGADO | MYSELF - HARMONIZATOR

MANIC MONDAY | Swedish 1-Man-Band Takes on ‘Star Wars’ Soundtrack [VIDEO]

Swedish street performer, 1-man-band Anders Flanderz performing John Williams' iconic ‘Star Wars’ soundtrack - cymbals, hooters, glockenspiel, according, kick drum and all. ANDERS FLANDERZ |...

NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Composer, David Ludwig – ‘Pale Blue Dot’ for String Quartet [VIDEO]

The Philadelphia-based Dover Quartet performing the world premiere performance of acclaimed American composer David Ludwig's 'Pale Blue Dot' for String Quartet. Commissioned by Caramoor - and recorded...

VC BUZZ | Bernie Sanders Conducting Classical Music? [LOL]

Senator Bernie Sanders conducting Classical Music? BERNIE SANDERS CONDUCTING CLASSICAL MUSIC | FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE | TBS

VC BUZZ | ‘Mad Fingers Pizzicato’ via GoPro Cam [VIDEO]

Russian violinist Dmitry Rotkin performing his original composition, the spirited, fast fingered 'Mad Fingers Pizzicato' - as captured on Go Pro camera. DMITRY ROTKIN | MAD FINGERS...

VC BUZZ | Bach, Double Violin Concerto – for Dancing Elephants [VIDEO]

Watch what happens when Eleanor Bartsch, a violinist performing with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra at the Circus World Museum, in Wisconsin approaches the elephant enclosure. Not...

VC BUZZ | Air Canada, Musical Instrument Transportation Policy – Spoof LOLz [VIDEO]

In light of this week's social media furor surrounding Air Canada's controversial instrument transportation policy, Toronto's Opera Five have put together a little something...

VC BUZZ | Lara St John, Vivaldi ‘Spring’ for Violin, Orchestra and GoPro Camera [VIDEO]

Ever wondered what life looked and sounded-like for a soloist? Canadian violin virtuoso Lara St John performing Vivaldi's 'Spring' from 'The Four Seasons' with the...

VC BUZZ | Debussy Sonata – Page-Turning Catastrophe [ROFL]

A recital in Poland by violinist Patrycja Piekutowska and pianist Maria Szwajger-Kulakowska last month went slight awry … PATRYCIA PIEKUTOWSKA & MARIA SZWAIGER-KULAKOWSKA | DEBUSSY...

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