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All Around Classical is a conversation series born out of our unique experience during the pandemic in 2020. I have absolutely fascinating and incredibly talented friends. As we feel isolated and disconnected, it was a treat to have conversations with these friends and share these good times with the world.

The series started as an Instagram Live, then it moved to Facebook (it still is on Facebook. Please see the information at the end). My guest list has expanded from my friends and colleagues to other established artists to share their journey and feature their work. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/shirley-wang6/support

All Around Classical: A Classical Music Podcast with World-Class Artists Over Coffee Shirley Wang

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All Around Classical is a conversation series born out of our unique experience during the pandemic in 2020. I have absolutely fascinating and incredibly talented friends. As we feel isolated and disconnected, it was a treat to have conversations with these friends and share these good times with the world.

The series started as an Instagram Live, then it moved to Facebook (it still is on Facebook. Please see the information at the end). My guest list has expanded from my friends and colleagues to other established artists to share their journey and feature their work. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/shirley-wang6/support

    Ep. 11 Rami Bar-Niv: Pianist, Composer, Pedagogue and Bestselling Author. "How Do You Create An International Concert Career"?

    Ep. 11 Rami Bar-Niv: Pianist, Composer, Pedagogue and Bestselling Author. "How Do You Create An International Concert Career"?

    .Thank you for watching. Please subscribe, hit that like button, and get notifications for new episodes! If you're new to Tuesday Conversation with Friends, it is an interview series featuring world-class musicians with their work and a glimpse into who they are as people. You can watch the video version of this interview on YouTube or listen to it on the go on Apple Podcast. (scroll down for links) Joining me here is Israeli concert pianist, composer, pedagogue, and bestselling author Rami Bar-Niv. 

    As usual, we have included some of Rami's incredible piano solos in this episode. And we will learn about how he created an international solo concert career! Rami came from a musical family with a composer father and a piano-teacher mother. He started writing music as early as age 6! But the dedication required for his piano playing superseded his composition days until later in life.  There are some fun stories and anecdotes from this musical family you will find during our chat.    

    So.... what does a concert pianist think about practicing? The answer may surprise you! The preparation of a concert pianist and how to create a self-managed international concert career!    

    What is Rami's teaching philosophy, especially given that he's written a book on piano teaching? You might find it surprising as well!   

    "Art imitates life, and life imitates art."  Rami's musical life is closely tied to his personal life through travels, joy, and tragedies. The stories are recorded in his compositions.   

    You won't want to miss the stories behind each of the stunning performances/compositions featured in this piece!  

    0:00 Opening, Introduction, and Libertango (arranged by Rami Bar-Niv)  

    3:10 Early childhood, a musical family, and the Jascha Heifetz story   

    7:45 The preparation of a concert pianist and what it takes to create a self-managed international concert career.   

    12:26 "The Ritual Fire Dance" by M. de Falla performed by Rami Bar-Niv  

    15:37 Daily Practice? Maybe.....  

    17:30 Pedagogy and Adult Piano Camps  

    20:10 Pain, Tragedy and Music: The creation of the Vocalise on Bach's Prelude #1 in C Major (Book 1)  

    22:50 Vocalise on Bach's Prelude #1 in C Major (Book 1), Composed and performed by Rami Bar-Niv  

    26:27 What goes in the compositions: life in America (jazz, blues, and rag), classical musical training, and the Jewish tradition.  

    29:09 Blue Rag: composed and performed by Rami Bar-Niv    

    #piano #pianist #pianosolo #pianocover #pianolessons #pianoteacher #classicalmusic #classicalmusicians #blues #rag #Strauss #Bach #deFalle #Piazzolla #libertango #concertpianist #beethoven #schuman #Schubert #Rachmoninoff #TheRitualFireDance #PreludeInCMajor #BlueRag


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    • 34 min
    Ep. 10 Eugene Friesen, Cellist: Classical Musicians Can Improvise (Classical Improvisation)

    Ep. 10 Eugene Friesen, Cellist: Classical Musicians Can Improvise (Classical Improvisation)

    Classical musicians CAN improvise. But why should classical musicians learn to improvise? 4-Time Grammy Award Winner Eugene Friesen shares with us his why and how he made the cello cool!  If you enjoy the content, please leave a comment, click on like, and subscribe to the channel get notified for future episodes!  Follow us on Instagram & Facebook for performances, famous musician quotes and podcast updates. (@all.around.classical)  

    Featuring Eugene Friesen, Cellist/Composer/Educator. Four-time Grammy Award-winner Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a concert and recording artist, composer, conductor and teacher. Eugene has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Martin Sexton, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Dar Williams, Will Ackerman, and Dream Theater.  

    Eugene's passion for improvised music has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort and with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez). He appeared on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" playing with Keillor and superstar soprano Renée Fleming and has performed as a soloist at the International Cello Festival in Manchester, England; Rencontres d'Ensembles de Violoncelles in Beauvais, France; the World Cello Congress in Baltimore, Maryland; and the Rio International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro.  

    This is an inspiring conversation that touched upon important issues for classical musicians today re: visibilities, accessibilities, and why we make music.   

    You can learn more about Eugene and find information on his music on his website: 

    https://eugenefriesenmusic.com 

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    • 33 min
    Ep. 2 Cory Lee Violinist, The Liberated Performer

    Ep. 2 Cory Lee Violinist, The Liberated Performer

    Continuing to celebrate the AAPI Heritage Month, joining me today for a new episode of Tuesday Conversation with Friends is violinist, Cory (Corin) Lee, not your regular violinist. Juilliard trained, founder of The Liberated Performer (an organization to work with performers to overcome performance and audition anxiety), and a member of the string quartet ETHEL which is acclaimed as “unfailingly vital” (The New York Times), “brilliant,” “downtown’s reigning string quartet” (The New Yorker), and “one of the most exciting quartets around” (Strad Magazine).   



    In this interview we will start with an incredible work of ETHEL: CIRCUS WANDERING CITY, Cory’s beginning (you won’t want to miss this story!), managing performance anxiety, shifting from a skill centric conservatory mindset to be audience-focused. You get to watch him perform a humorous edition of Paganini’s Caprice No. 5 and finish with his arrangement of Steve Reich’s Violin Phase.     



    Featured Guest Cory (Corin) Lee: 

    Corin’s collaborations include performances with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Native American flute player Robert Mirabal, jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood, Latin jazz pianist Pablo Ziegler, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, MacArthur Genius composer Julia Wolfe, and DJ Mako.   

    Corin has performed on, FOX, NBC, From The Top, TED, TEDx, SiriusXM, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition to concert work, he is the founder of Liberated Performer®, a program that guides and trains musicians to defeat performance anxiety, prepare for auditions and concerts, and achieve peak performance.   

    He has taught at National YoungArts Foundation (New York and Miami), directs the audition preparation programs at the New York Youth Symphony, and has given lectures at conservatories like The Juilliard School and San Francisco Conservatory. Corin studied with Ani Kavafian, Hyo Kang, Naoko Tanaka, Wei He, Camilla Wicks, Robert Mealy, and Cathryn Lee. He received degrees from Juilliard (BM), Yale (MM), and an honorary doctorate from Denison University.  

    Your Hostess: Shirley Wang, Operatic Soprano, Pianist, Educator, International Best Selling Author, and Content Creator.

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    To watch this episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ENg4TNP9Ark



    To stay in touch with the featured guest:

    Ethel: www.EthelCentral.org 

    "A Wondrous Space" by Dorothy Lawson (ETHEL's Circus: Wandering City): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCuBK68DTZA

    Mini Paganini Caprice No. 5 by Corin Lee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_BIGkX_azQ

    Violin Phase by Steve Reich, Arr. by Corin Lee for Electronic Violin, Cello & Bass: https://youtu.be/Pxg1tuQiBF8


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    • 45 min
    Ep.9 Will LaDuke: How To Become A Radio Show Host

    Ep.9 Will LaDuke: How To Become A Radio Show Host

    Will LaDuke is the Executive Producer/Host - ACTIVE CULTURE at Riverwest Radio 104.1 WXRW. ACTIVE CULTURE is a weekly half-hour program highlighting various aspects of local culture from the artists' perspective. From actors to authors, musicians to artists, we'll bring you the lowdown on what's new in Milwaukee and Chicago. 

    Will has had an extended and captivating career in and out of broadcasting. In this conversation, we learn about how he got into broadcasting, why he got out, and how the love of broadcasting lured him back in. 

    The landscape of audio programming has changed with the rising of podcasting. It brings us back to the era where we appreciate listening to storytelling and using our imagination to fill in the blanks. So, instead of a visual podcast, this episode is released audio-only. 

    Will LaDuke's Radio Program: http://www.riverwestradio.com/show/active-culture/?fbclid=IwAR0WAXVSyiIR9bWL2DHqGjPi6JSaGsD6KdHmohnz0JBU0kMqyjGq0IycR-Q



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    • 30 min
    Ep.8 Dr. Donald Brinegar, "Let The Voices Sing": The Art of Choral Conducting. (Choral Conductor, Tenor Soloist, Vocal Instructor, Master Class Clinician and Author)

    Ep.8 Dr. Donald Brinegar, "Let The Voices Sing": The Art of Choral Conducting. (Choral Conductor, Tenor Soloist, Vocal Instructor, Master Class Clinician and Author)

    Thank you for watching. Please subscribe, hit that like button, and get notifications for new episodes! If you're new to Tuesday Conversation with Friends, it is an interview series featuring world-class musicians with their work and a glimpse into who they are as people. 

    You can watch the video version of this interview on YouTube or listen to it on the go on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or Google Podcast.  

    I am excited to release this interview with Dr. Donald Brinegar, Choral Conductor, Tenor Soloist, Voice Instructor, Master Class Clinician, and Author of multiple books, including "Pitch Perfect: A Theory and Practice of Choral Intonation."   

    With an extensive background as a performer both as a soloist and a conductor internationally, he is genuinely a "Singer's Conductor." I sang at the Carnegie Hall with Dr. Brinegar's Chamber Singers when I was only 18 years old. It was an extraordinary experience for a young person.   

    In 1997, he founded The Brinegar Singers, a choral ensemble, later became the resident chorus for Pasadena Symphony and POPS. The Singers have given premiere performances of the music of Bruce Babcock, Neely Bruce, David Childs, Emma Lou Diemer, Morten Lauridsen, Z.Randall Stroope, and Eric Whitacre among many others.    



    Chapter List: 0:00 Opening (Cloudburst by Eric Whitacre, Performed by The Brinegar Singers, Conducted by Dr. Donald Brinegar) 

    8:20 The Career: Started by teaching in secondary schools, then moved into. college/university teaching. The advancement demanded more education and degrees. Burning out and getting out of it. The key to success is to go where the success is, and never stop learning. Be the best musician you can be and the rest will follow. 

    24:26 The Next Chapter: Becoming a writer during retirement.  

    27:53 Approaching repertoire and styles.  

    31:03 O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen. Performed by The Brinegar Singers, Conducted by Dr. Donald Brinegar.  



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    Dr. Brinegar's Website: 

    https://www.pitchperfectmusictheory.com



    #choire #chorus #choral #choralmusic #choralsinging #chorale #choralspeaking #soprano #sopranos #Alto #alto #tenor #bass #singer #sing #singersongwriter #singingchallenge #singing🎤 #singinglessons #SingingParty #beethoven #schubert #schumann #mozart #brahms #faure #soloist #soloists #voice #conductor


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    • 37 min
    Ep. 7 Mingmei Yip Best Selling Author, Traditional Chinese Music (Qin/古琴) Expert

    Ep. 7 Mingmei Yip Best Selling Author, Traditional Chinese Music (Qin/古琴) Expert

    This episode was originally released on May 7th 2021 via Facebook and YouTube.



    May is the celebration of AAPI Heritage Month. We will introduce Mingmei, Yip: Best Selling Author with publications in multiple languages sold in 10 countries, Champion of Traditional Chinese Music (Qin), Buddhist Studies, and traditional art.  This is a true immigrant success story. In Hong Kong, Mingmei had an enviable life as a professor, published author, Buddhist studies scholar, and TV expert. Then as fate would have it, she met the love of her life, and next thing you know, she’s in a strange land where for her brilliance to shine, she would have to start from the ground up, including learning how to write in a new language. Yet, she never wavered from the identity of who she was. If hard work and risk-taking were required, she simple stepped up and said, “Here I am!” Her appearance may be delicate and beautiful, but there’s a strength inside that was not to be contempt with.   Fast-forwarding to today, she’s a bestselling author with multiple novels, children’s books, scholarly publications on the ancient Chinese instrument “qin” (古琴), a published artist, and a well-known educator.

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    #Mingmeiyip #bestsellingauthor #ChineseTraditionalMusic #worldmusic #qin #古琴#ChineseInstrumentalMusic #WorldMusicArtist #EastAsianMusic


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    • 41 min

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