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Spanish Suite

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Listen as Grammy award-winning virtuoso pianist Chick Corea, Metropolitan opera star and YoungArts alumnus Eric Owens, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and Frost School of Music‘s acclaimed Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, conducted by Scott Flavin, perform Spanish Suite, during Jazz and the Philharmonic, a one-of-a-kind concert project conceived by music producer Larry Rosen that merges jazz and classical music.

Golden Snake Wild Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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In this video, a student percussion ensemble performs a popular Chinese song "Golden Snake Wild Dance." This song is popular throughout China and in Chinese communities in the United States. It is often performed as part of a Chinese New Years parade when enormous dragons made of paper or fabric are carried through the streets on long poles. Golden Snake is another name for golden dragon. In Chinese folklore, the dragon is a symbol of power, strength, and good fortune. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

Choral Performance | Beauty of Jasmine

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In this choral performance video students perform, "Ocean Is My Hometown" and "Jasmine Flower," in Chinese and two students perform a ribbon dance during part of the performance. "Ocean is My Hometown" was written for the 1983 Chinese film, "The Calling of the Sea." When the film became a big hit, the song gained popularity. The second song performed by the choir, "Jasmine Flowers," also provokes a strong emotional response and is very popular. It was performed at the Olympics in 2008. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

Musical Concepts - Drum Set

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Percussionist Tom Christianson demonstrates the styles of music that can be played on a drum set and explains the components that make up the set, including the different drums and cymbals.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

Musical Concepts - Mallet Percussion

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Chris Mahan of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra introduces the various members of the percussion family that are played with mallets: xylophone, glockenspiel or orchestral bells, vibraphone, and chimes. Mr. Mahan explains what each instrument is made of and demonstrates how those materials affect each instrument’s sound.

Musical Concepts - French Horn

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French horn player Karin Wakefield explains the evolution of the modern French horn, the qualities of the sounds the instrument makes, and how the sound is produced.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

Musical Concepts - Conductor

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Jane Linde Capistran, associate conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, explains the duties of the orchestra’s conductor, including choosing musical selections and leading the orchestra in the style and tempo she desires. She uses a baton in her right hand and gestures with her left hand to communicate messages to individual musicians, sections, or the entire orchestra.

Musical Concepts - Trombone

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Edward Huttlin has been playing the trombone for almost fifty years, more than thirty of those years with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. He demonstrates the variety of sounds the instrument can make, including his favorite, the glissando, and he also demonstrates how the musician makes sound come from a brass instrument.

Musical Concepts - Drums

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Principal percussionist for the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Kenyon Williams introduces the traditionally known members of the drum, or percussion, family. Mr. Williams explains the snare drum, the tambourine, the tom toms, and the bass drum and explains that the larger the drum, the deeper the sound.

Musical Concepts - Cello

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Elise Buffat Nelson demonstrates the versatility of the cello, from the dramatic low notes of the “Jaws” theme music to the calm and melodic piece “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens. Ms. Buffat Nelson also presents a short history of the instrument and a demonstration of an invention that changed the way the cello was played.

Musical Concepts - Cymbals

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Percussionist Brian Kirchhoff demonstrates the simplicity of the triangle, the versatility of different cymbals, and the resonance of different gongs.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

Shady Grove and Bandyrowe | Music Arts Toolkit

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Kentucky folk singer Jean Ritchie performs her family’s version of the traditional song “Shady Grove,” and “Bandyrowe,” a song she sang as a lullaby for her sons.

Keep On Movin' On | Music Arts Toolkit

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Folk singer Odetta sings a song she wrote about the importance of voting.

Hunting For Tardigrades! | Songs for Unusual Creatures

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Guess which animal can survive temperatures of 300 Fahrenheit, -400 degrees, and withstand 1000x more radiation than any other animal on the planet? The Honey Badger? Wrong! It's the tardigrade (aka water bear). In this episode, host Michael Hearst hunts for this microscopic creature in Virginia.

Spain: Flamenco Guitar | Music Arts Toolkit

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Doug Jones and Roberto Elliott perform a traditional flamenco tune that incorporates rhythmic finger tapping.

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