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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.

Scandinavian Traditions | Music and Tradition

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Traditional music and dance is one way that North Dakotans celebrate their Scandinavian heritage and find part of their own identity in their ethnic background. “No tree grows strong by cutting off its roots.” Understanding where we come from helps us know who we are. North Dakota’s largest demographic is people of Scandinavian descent. Many people in North Dakota are aware of their roots, know who they are, and take an active role in keeping those traditions alive.

Holtkamp Pipe Organ, Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead MN

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Organist Andrew Steinberg explains what it's like to play the pipe organ at Trinity Lutheran Church. The featured pipe organ is housed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead, Minnesota.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Aliza Novacek-Olson: Fiber Artist

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Aliza Novacek-Olson’s interest in fiber arts stems from her love of history, specifically the role of women throughout the years. She takes pride in creating a piece of clothing from the fiber that comes from the animals she raises on her ranch in Roseau, MN.

Indian Pride, Heroes: Part 4

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JuniKae Randall introduces Quintanya Claw of the Navajo Nation of Arizona who shares songs from a wooden flute.

 

 

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Sustainability and Community Involvement

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Learn how a sense of community emerges during a firing of the massive Johanna kiln.

Uganda: Sustainable Tourism | Women Craft Group

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Learn about Women Craft group in Uganda which consists of over 250 women. The next stage of this project is developing marketing opportunities outside of Uganda.

Herd About the Prairie: A Visual Art Stampede | Shattered Cloud

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Artist Ruth Severson talks about the process of creating the bison statue for Herd About the Prairie project. She named her piece "Shattered Cloud".

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