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The Intersection of Classical and Jazz

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Three virtuosos—Shelly Berg, Eric Owens, Terence Blanchard—who have spent their entire careers dabbling in all forms of music discuss the uniqueness and the essence of the Jazz and the Philharmonic concert. By merging the institutions of classical and jazz, this one-of-a-kind concert is connecting the historical dots of the past to the present, highlighting the similarities between jazz improvisation and the improvisational intentions within classical music and showing that art is a living and breathing concept that constantly evolves.

A Song for the Sea Pig with The Kronos Quartet | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Who loves the Kronos Quartet? Who loves a sea pig? Now's your chance to see them BOTH in one video. It's a dream come true! But, wait, what in the world is a sea pig? Linda Kuhnz at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute can tell you all about it.

Paper Store Field Trip

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Come with Penny and the KidVision VPK Kids to visit the colorful Paper Niche store. Watch the kids choose papers they like and create a paper project that demonstrates each child’s creative self.  Get excited about art!

 

Young At Art Field Trip

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At Young At Art, a hands-on art museum for all ages, Penny and the KidVision VPK kids learn about artists by doing their art.  They draw with chalk, play inside a decorated closet, learn a traditional African game, and make marionettes out of trash. 

Behind The Scenes: How an Animation is Made

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Writer Adam Peltzman, animator Alan Foreman, and voice over actress Leslie Carrara-Rudolph--the principle creative team behind the Haunted House phonological series--describe the creative process behind the creation of a cartoon.

Ali Akbar Khan: Music

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In his native India, Ali Akbar Khan is considered a national living treasure. This revered figure has passed down his musical mastery to more than 10,000 students worldwide. With a teaching style very distinct from Western classical musicians, Khan composes new "ragas" (melodies) on the spot as his students listen and try to play by ear. Even in the last years of his life, he considered himself a beginner in his art form. He went to class to teach the ragas that he learned from his father in dreams. In this Spark video sit in on a class at the Ali Akbar College of Music and watch Khan in concert to experience his unique melody-making.

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Andy Goldsworthy: Visual Arts (Earthworks)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet British sculptor Andy Goldsworthy as he installs "Faultline" in the entrance courtyard of the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Goldsworthy creates artworks in the natural landscape using nature's materials to form sculptural work of deceptive simplicity, often while achieving amazing feats of balance and timing in the process. Whether ephemeral, permanent or designed to age with time, Goldsworthy's works inspire quiet introspection about the beauty of the world as a living organism in a state of continuous change. He hopes that his art serves as a gentle reminder of the threats that nature holds over us and how comparatively fragile we are. Original air date: June 2005.

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Anna Von Mertens: Visual Arts (Quilting)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore the method and meaning behind Anna Von Mertens's quilts that are covered with as many as 100000 hand-sewn stitches. Anna Von Mertens's quilts are works of extraordinary depth and complexity. Composed of bold colors in broad geometric patterns, Von Mertens's quilts at first glance resemble color field paintings or minimalist sculptures. Up close, however, it becomes apparent that Von Mertens has superimposed multiple systems and layers of meaning in a single piece, merging the psychological with the geographic, the aesthetic with the scientific.

Kitka: Female Vocal Ensemble: Music

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, preserve and celebrate the rich vocal traditions of Eastern Europe with the women of Kitka.

Keith Knight: Visual Arts and Music (Comic Art and Rap)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet artist and rapper Keith Knight who draws on his own life for his comic strip, the K Chronicles.

Enrique Chagoya: Visual Arts (Print Making)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore the methods and history of print and political satire as vehicles for creative expression and social change though the art of Enrique Chagoya. In his prints, drawings and other works on paper, Mexican-American artist Chagoya appropriates and reorganizes images taken from the American mass media, Mexican folk art and religious sources, using them to create biting and often very humorous political and social satire. 

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Dance of the Swans

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Dance of the Swans from Swan Lake, a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, performed by FM Symphony Orchestra. The ballet Swan Lake, composed between 1875 and 1876, is based on Russian folk tales. It tells the story of a princess who was turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse; this selection appears in Act II as the swan-princess meets her hero.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Lullaby

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This lullaby’s melody is one of the most recognized around the world and is used by millions of parents to sing their children to sleep. The FM Symphony Orchestra, directed by Jane Linde Capistran, plays this famous tune for an audience of grade school students.

Am I Big Enough? | Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

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Daniel helps Dad fix up the playhouse and make believes that he can paint with his hands and feet. Help children understand that they can help no matter their size.

Dream Catcher

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Susan Mullins Kwaronhia:wi is a Mohawk from the Kahnawake reserve in Canada. She now lives in Berea, Kentucky. She learned the traditional songs, stories, dances, and crafts of her people from the Elders and works to keep her heritage alive and share it with others. The dreamcatcher originated with the Ojibwe, but has been adopted by other nations. In this video segment, Mullins shows her grandchildren how to create a dreamcatcher. This video was produced with a primary-age audience in mind.

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