Great Classical Resource! Musaic Intro from Michael Tilson Thomas

Michael Tilson Thomas introduces a new service on Musaic for orchestral musicians and anyone interested in learning more, like what a concertmaster actually does, or videos on trumpet, cello, flute, violin, piano, but not so much on saxophone, as you might expect. You can find players, like Yo-Yo Ma, and some very cool videos of composers pieces like the one for Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. Below is a talk by Thomas that’s pretty entertaining, and might introduce you to a new way to relate to classical music. Check it out:

Yo-Yo Ma: “So whatever you practice for…that fails is all right, because we have a greater purpose.”

Yo-Yo Ma is a world treasure, and his perspective, playfulness, artistry, and educational inclinations make him one of my absolute favorite musicians. His Silk Road Project creates some of the most interesting musical collaborations I’ve ever heard. Check out the video below. I think you’ll agree. Below the video is a link to a wonderful interview with Yo-Yo Ma in which he talks about a wide range of topics, including–you guessed it–practice.