The Beat from Troy Music Hall #64, New Music, New Shows, All for You

Fridays at 7 PM, we’ve got plans for you!

We’ve announced two new free concert series this week, all scheduled on Friday nights at 7 PM. Check them out below!
Our featured videos this week don’t follow a theme, it’s simply a collection of things we hope will amuse you. Enjoy your Saturday, and we’ll meet up on Fridays for the next few months!

New Series Announced!

TSBMH & WEXT present The UpLift Commissioned Series
We are excited to bring you new music!

The UpLift Commissioned Series features musicians commissioned to create one new song that reflects their experiences during this time. Each song was performed and filmed on the Hall’s stage. The resulting videos will be premiered on YouTube and Facebook, followed by an online discussion with the artist.

The complete series:

Belle Skinner
Friday, April 23, 2021, 7 PM

Veena Chandra &Devesh Chandra
Friday, May 7, 2021, 7 PM

Taína Asili &Gaetano Vaccaro
Friday, May 21, 2021, 7 PM

These events are free, no ticket required!

Educational Series! Free to Teachers and Students

Educators, students & homeschoolers – register for these FREE virtual performances with the Hall’s Artists-In-Residence, Quintocracy!

The Hall and Quintocracy have created a series of three free, hour-long virtual programs that introduce local students, through performance, lecture-demonstration, and Q & A sessions, to a variety of woodwind instruments. They explore “endangered instruments” not commonly found in use today, and discover the importance of collaboration as a group. More info here.

The complete series:
What in the World is a Wind Quintet? – Friday, April 30, 7 PM
A Very Musical Journey – Friday, May 14, 7 PM
Endangered & Auxillary Instruments, May 28, 7 PM

Letters Live

The inimitable Alan Carr reads a letter to an insurance company from ‘Name Withheld’ describing a rather sticky situation…

Originally performed at Union Chapel, London.

Again, Dolly Parton is a National Treasure

Dolly Parton and the legendary Patti LaBelle play a most unusual duet, using their acrylic nails.

She’s been doing that for years! On The Graham Norton Show, she tells how she got a “nail playing credit” on one of her classic movies, 9 to 5.

Dapper Dan Got the Shot

Dapper Dan is an icon in the fashion industry. Clothing gave him a path to a different life, though not without controversy.

He originally altered high-end fashion, putting his own over-the-top embellishments that the “it” stars of hip-hop loved! The designers he embellished initially sued him, but eventually came to love him too.

Truth: A Whole Generation Learned
About Classical Music from Cartoons

This is brilliant and accurate! From Classical FM:
For those whose childhoods are inextricably linked with Bugs Bunny’s virtuoso pianism, take a trip down memory lane with this brilliant Twitter thread.

“Lots of us learned classical music from watching old cartoons, so I’m going to identify the pieces that frequently popped up,” cartoonist Vincent Alexander begins his Twitter thread. Read the full article here.

What Does it Take to be a Food Stylist?

Food stylist Zoe Hegedus shows us how she made food look fresh and deliciously edible in the 2019 horror film Midsommar. Enjoy this day in the life of a food stylist.

A Ruthless Ranking Of The 25 Best Muppets

Who is your favorite muppet?

Fozzie Bear and Animal rank pretty high with the office staff at the Hall. (Nipper’s favorite is Animal, too) NPR asked their listeners and then compiled the data – click here to find out where your favorite ranked on the list!

Upcoming Streaming Performance!

Music@Noon is back! Join us online for this free series!

Carol Daggs
Tuesday, April 13, Noon

Carol Daggs will offer some tastefully arranged Jazz standards and hip, groovy originals from Jazzage’s Brown Girl Blue Collection. This performance will stream for free on YouTube and Facebook starting noon on Tuesday, April 13. Learn more here.

Quintocracy Presents: The Music of Women Composers
Part 4: Music by Women Composers for Woodwind Quintet
Sunday, April 18, 3 PM

Featuring music by Hoover, Chaminade, Higdon, and Flutronix for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn. A portion of the proceeds will support the Music Hall! Click here for more information.

Jack Hannah

It was announced this week that Jack Hannah is retiring from public life due to dementia diagnosis. He’s been a guest on late night talk shows for over 40 years, including many classic appearances on Johnny Carson and David Letterman. This is one of his last segments on The Late, Late Show with James Cordon. James Cordon’s reaction to meeting a penguin is the sweetest! We wish Jack well and will miss his vast knowledge of animals and his gentle humor.

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