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FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Introduction to the String Family

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Jane Linde Capistran explains the various instruments in the string family. She has the orchestra demonstrate how the size of the instrument determines the instrument’s pitch.

Painting Concepts with Buck Paulson: Creative Discovery

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Artist Buck Paulson guides you on how to start a painting through creative discoveries.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Boyd Sharp: Osage, MN

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Boyd Sharp from Osage, Minnesota, grew up among a family of artists in the late 1930s. In the days of no television or video games, he let his artistic spirit guide his head, his heart, and his hand. Whether he's moved to paint contemporary or floral art, Southwest landscapes or stunning portraits, Sharp has the ability to capture the moment and make it memorable.

Indian Pride, Education: Part 4

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JuniKae Randall introduces Ivan Makil, former president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa of Arizona, talks about traditional song as a basis for rhythm in modern music. He sings a traditional song while playing guitar, and plays "Summertime" on trumpet. 

Indian Pride, Health: Part 4

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 The Turtle Mountain Metis Fiddlers perform. The fiddlers are from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota.

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | The Apprenticeship in Japan

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Richard Bresnahan, Master Potter, talks about his pottery apprenticeship in Japan. He explains "tsuchi-aji," which means "the taste of the clay." It is metaphor for a spiritual element of Japanese pottery making.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Skinnfeller

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Learn about skinnfell, ancient Scandinavian art, from Karen Aakre, artist from Fergus Falls, Minnesota. As far back as Viking times, Scandinavians relied on sheep skins to survive freezing Nordic winters. Over time, women began to beautify the furry blankets with symbols that conveyed personal and family history.

Indian Pride | Historical Overview | Part 4

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Kevin Locke of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota demonstrates a traditional hoop dance, accompanied by drummers and singers, that celebrates spring. He also explains what the hoops represent and follows the dance with a song played on a traditional wooden flute.

Musical Concepts - Flute

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Debora Harris chose the flute as her instrument when she was in the fifth grade and counts herself lucky every day to be able to play as her job. In this clip, she explains why the flute is part of the woodwind family when it’s actually made out of metal. She also demonstrates the range of notes the flute can play and discusses the types of music available for flute players.

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.

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.

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