Posts Tagged ‘music’

Musical matters

IMG_8130Do you play an instrument? I grew up in South Korea so I really had no choice. If you’re familiar with Korean culture you know that learning the piano or a violin is pretty much a given. I chose piano and played through my adolescent years. I was competitive and very good. In the 4th grade I performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5  and the audience was blown away. It took a lot of practice and practice is what I did hard. Perhaps so hard I began to hate it. The minute my parents said I could quit.. I did faster than you could say crescendo. Til this day.. it’s one of my biggest regrets.

My daughter at 2 1/2 comes alive with music. People are surprised by how extroverted and coordinated she is. I have to admit.. she impresses me too. One day we were walking by a music shop and she insisted on going in. She told me she really wanted music. I told her we’d give it a try.

So we signed up for Bach 2 Rock’s Rock City class. It was $20 for a 45 minute session. The class is a drop-off class for 3-5 year olds but Adora fit in great. She got to play a violin, and did some rhythm and movement-based activities. In the end there’s musical story-time. The whole idea is to introduce them to the fundamentals of making music. B2R has all kind of classes for many age groups– they even have a Battle of the Bands in the summer! I think you can tell from the pics of her first class (and a lil video below) we’ll be back.

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Someone’s Got Moves Like Jagger

Why you want to be on “The List”

Littman with list members Jody Arlington and Tom Rosenstiel

As a city full of power players, Washington loves a good list. But there’s one you won’t find printed in the paper, on the cover of a magazine or posted on a popular media blog.

The List: 2012 Best Books, Films & Music

It’s one of the most exclusive lists inside the Beltway. Technology industry lobbyist Drew Littman is behind it.

For nearly 15 years, Littman has hand-picked a list of people  who react and respond via email over the top picks in film, books and music.

View more videos at: http://nbcwashington.com.

Wishin’ and Hopin’ with Dionne

Strathmore celebrates the hallmark diversity of its programming and community outreach with an equally diverse performer, the soulful diva Dionne Warwick, with her beguiling gospel, jazz, R&B, standards and pop influences at its Spring 2012 Gala Wishin’ and Hopin’ this past Saturday. It was held at the Music Center. The Annual Spring Gala is Strathmore’s signature fundraiser. Gala proceeds support Strathmore’s education and artistic programming, master classes, Artist in Residence program, free community events and festivals. Photos by Gedalia Vera

LIVE Chat Super Bowl Sunday: The Voice

Super Bowl Sunday will be jam packed with super fun, football, food and entertainment. After getting your halftime show fix with Madonna (cannot wait!) join us after the big game for the premiere of The Voice on NBC4. I’m going to be in studio hosting a LIVE CHAT with musicians in our community, DJ elite, music fans and hopefully YOU! Who’s got start power right off the bat, who should go… how does Christina look?? We’re gonna dish about it all.

See you Sunday night online starting at 10PM on NBCWashington.com!

 

Everybody’s Shufflin’ including this Halloween House

I’m predicting this Halloween light show is gonna BLOW UP!

 

Ask Chin: Do you Djay?

It’s been some time since we’ve asked Chin anything. This time we wanna know if she can spin the decks. She’s not internationally known but I assure you she’s “Big in Herndon.”

Chris4Life: Music makes a difference

Chris4Life kicked off Colon Cancer Awareness Month by using music to help spread the word.

CounterPoint a chamber music ensemble performed at the event that raises money to help find a cure for colon cancer.

See the story on wusa9


DJ Neekola 'Plays' hard at album release party

DC’s District nightclub was packed to capacity for DJ Neekola’s highly anticipated album release party for ’Playtime,’ her debut album. Fashion and music joined forces as models posed in the crowd wearing haute couture fashion by Cantoire and stunning shoes by Jezabelles – with DJ Neekola herself rocking 2 dresses and shoes from the collections. The star-studded event featured an opening set by J-Punch, special themed drinks by Ciroc, and an amazing ‘Playtime‘ performance by Neekola to close out the night. The party was sponsored by the GWFCC with fashions produced by Maggy Francois.

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Reporters Rock Journopalooza 2011

By Leigh Macdonald, WUSA9 Content Contributor. See more pics and full story at WUSA9.com

The National Press Club was rockin’ recently as reporters hit the stage armed with their instruments, musical talent, and rock star finery. At Journopalooza III, “journo-bands” competed to raise money for three charitable media organizations: The Committee to Protect Journalists/Journalist Assistance Program, The Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, and Reporters Without Borders.

The bands delivered fun and high-energy performances as an enthusiastic crowd—of more than 600 people—danced and cheered on the musicians. In all, seven bands performed, including: Dirty Bomb, Nobody’s Business, NRBK, Rebecca Christie & Peter Fields, Suspicious Package, The Charm Offensive, and The Stepping Stones.

All of the bands were impressive, but one band was ultimately named the evening’s winner, as determined by monetary votes from the crowd. That band, Suspicious Package, comprises Tom Toles (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoonist at The Washington Post), Dr. Christina Sevilla(Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison of the U.S. Trade Representative), Bryan Greene (General Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD), Tim Berger (Journalist), and Josh Meyer(Director of Education and Outreach, National Security Journalism Initiative at Medill Northwestern). Watch the video here

From Russia… with POP!

Pop artist SASHA stuns a crowd of more than 1,000 at A-list celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz’s birthday celebration! I’ve been a big fan of the artist since a mutual friend introduced us in February.

Not only is she talented and beautiful– she has a great heart and is so down to Earth.

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