The Joy of Destroying Violins and Playing them Anyway
At what point does a broken violin become unplayable? Also in this roundup: Shostakovich's soccer obsession, a Tchaikovsky/Sinatra mashup, and more!
1. Self-taught "Paul Harvey, flute guy" sings and plays music from the Lord of the Rings movies, on a huge flute:
2. Local orchestra Phoenix found an unusual and enthusiastic audience on Twitch, a streaming site that is most frequently used by video gamers. Also, bonus — CRB's Chris Voss was involved with this project!
3. A surprising fact about Shostakovich: he loved soccer! A look at his writings and letters reveals how much he knew and cared about the sport.
4. Tchaikovsky, meet Sinatra. Italian violinist Aldo Cicchini mashes up a classic concerto with a classic crooner:
5. A wonderful interview with comedian Kieran Hodgson reveals his deep love for Mahler, his newfound obsession with Brahms, and the joy of being an "amateur" musician.
7. Interested in owning a bit of Vienna State Opera history? They're auctioning off costumes from past productions like Carmen and Lucia di Lammermoor — you can check out what's available here.
8. "'Can you still play a violin after cutting it up?' Instagram account @violintorture's creator, Tyler Thackray, asked before sawing an instrument into thirds, to celebrate his ten thousandth follower. (The answer, somehow, is yes.)" Read a profile on Thackray and his work in The New Yorker.