A String Player’s Celebration of 2019 – Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti is a 32-year-old Scottish violinist and rising star who plays with unparalleled virtuosic energy.  Wynton Marsalis is a 58-year-old jazz trumpeter from New Orleans noted as an advocate for preserving and helping others appreciate the profundity in traditional styles of jazz as a way of grounding the richness of American music. The cover…

Learning truth from two artists…

Recently, I was privileged to attend two lectures by two creative artists, deep thinkers, and people of color who have struggled to expand the white-centric art world’s definitions of who is worth listening to. Favianna Rodriguez spoke at UCLA’s Visual and Performing Arts Program on February 6, 2019.  She grew up in Oakland as the…

Lessons from “Itzhak”

The world-renowned violin soloist Itzhak Perlman needs no introduction for many people who love the violin or classical music.  I grew up with his name spoken with a reverent tone; among my teachers it went undisputed that he was one of the best living violinists. Very early in my violin studies,  I was privileged to see…