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Henderson-based family band displays strong bond on stage in Firelight Barn Dinner Theater
The Jackson family grows each week. Performing at the Firelight Barn Dinner Theater, 133 S. Water St., Toni “Mama” Jackson and her four wrangler children — Tess Jackson Adaoag, 25; Grayden, 23; Mickinzie, 21; and Skyler, 15 — invite guests to sing along and interact with them.
135 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | The Jackson 5 Piano Michael Jackson Jackson family Rebbie Jackson
Music teacher's life cut short by alleged DUI driver

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Piano Music Ludwig van Beethoven Family Immaculata University AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament Chester County Pennsylvania Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Harold J. Stern, piano teacher, singer and actor
Harold J. Stern, a piano teacher, actor and chorister who had been associated with several Baltimore organizations and congregations through the years, died Jan. 25 from complications of prostate cancer at Brightview Senior Living in Towson. The former longtime Bolton Hill resident was 87. "He...
-2 points by Baltimore Sun | Piano Music education Opera Piano pedagogy Pedagogy Classical music Music Musical theatre
New Albany's jazz master brings music to his community
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) - In the basement of a ranch home in New Albany is the heart of an international operation. In this basement, shelves and shelves are stacked with music books that are shipped to eager students every day. You might find the mastermind behind it all in ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Jazz Saxophone Piano Jamey Aebersold Play Summer camp Record shop Spillers Records
Investigators seek cause of fire that destroyed piano store
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - Vermont fire investigators are planning to return to White River Junction to seek to determine the cause of a blaze that destroyed a piano store. The fire at Frederick Johnson Pianos was reported in the building's basement about 10 p.m. Thursday and it spread ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Vermont English-language films White River Junction Vermont Hartford Vermont The Washington Times 2004 Sale Piano
Cool Spaces: 1926 Cleveland Heights home on Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour (photos, video)
This Colonial Revival home will be featured during the 39th Annual Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18. A preview party, which includes an early peek inside the homes on the tour, is 6 p.m. to midnight at Ensemble Theatre on Sept. 17. Watch video CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- James Graham and husband David Dusek were content. They had just fixed up a 1903 summer house in Glenville and couldn't dream of taking on another complex and challenging renovation project. On a lark, they attended an open house for a house for sale in Cleveland Heights. They decided the house was nice, but nothing special. So Dusek went on a real estate website and found a 1926 Cleveland Heights home on Fairmount Boulevard with a grand staircase and wood-paneled foyer.  "As soon as I walked in, I said it could be a 'wow' house," Graham recalled. But were they ready to tackle yet another historic, yet problematic home, one that needed even more time and money than the Glenville house? The answer was yes. This Colonial Revival home will be featured during the 39th Annual Heights Heritage Home and Garden Tour in Cleveland Heights on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18. A preview party, which includes an early peek inside the homes on the tour, is from 6 p.m. to midnight at Ensemble Theatre on Sept. 17. The self-guided tour of seven homes and three gardens, sponsored by the Heights Community Congress, is from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 18. The couple, who got married this month, is eager to share the story of how they saved their crumbling house. Graham and Dusek consider themselves preservationists and wanted to update the home while staying true to its architectural roots. Graham, 50, is an executive vice president at Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Dusek, who declined to give his age, serves on the board of Verb Ballet and the boards of other nonprofit organizations. The three-story home -- 8,000 square feet with three bedrooms and 31/2 baths -- wasn't vacant but little maintenance had been done in recent years. Renovations took about four years to complete. The couple bought the home in 2011 and moved into the third-floor guest suite while work was completed in the rest of the house. When they ran a bath, water poured through the living room ceiling. "The plumbing was rotted through," Graham recalled. Plumbing, wiring and roofing had to be dealt with first. Two master craftsmen spent six months restoring the original green tile roof with replacement tiles found, after a long search, at a St. Louis salvage yard. IF YOU GO The 2016 Annual Heights Heritage Home & Garden Tour What: Preview party and tour of seven homes and three gardens. When: Preview Party, Saturday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m. to midnight. Home and Garden Tour, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Where: Preview Party is at Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Blvd. Cleveland Heights. You will receive a map when you purchase a tour ticket. Tickets: $125 for Preview Party (includes an early-bird tour of homes and admission to Sunday's home and garden tour.) Tickets for the home and garden tour are $20 through Sunday, Sept. 11 and $25 after Sept. 11. You will receive a map when you purchase your ticket. Heights Congress website: www.heightscongress.org. Once the roof was secure, the kitchen and other rooms could be updated. Workmen reconfigured the space in the cramped kitchen by tearing out a built-in refrigerator, laundry room and closet to let the kitchen flow into the former servants' eating area. Space-gobbling radiators were replaced by heated floors. The kitchen's new French doors lead to a tropical-themed garden where banana trees, the night-blooming sacred datura, philodendron, hosta and black-eyed Susans are surrounded by a winding stone walkway. "We wanted the garden to be informal and relaxed," Dusek said. The formal dining room is large enough to accommodate a custom 10-seat dining table. The room's large windows have wide, charmingly painted cornices that are original to the house. "They are an important architectural feature; we're glad they didn't get thrown out along the way," Dusek said about the cornices. Custom furniture covered with European fabrics, a baby grand piano and artwork purchased near and far are combined in the tasteful living room. The room includes a few visual surprises, such as chairs covered in faux crocodile skin and a ceiling painted to look like the sky. An arrangement of glass blown fruit, resting on a table between matching sofas, was a present from Graham to Dusek. "It feels elegant and gracious," Dusek said, in describing the living room. The dazzling entry hall is where this home delivers a "wow" experience. Rich mahogany paneling surrounds a grand staircase that leads to a landing, where the staircase splits into two and continues to the second floor. Crystal chandeliers are anchored by embellished ceiling medallions. Graham pointed out the organ keyboard in an entry hall alcove, and explained that the organ pipes on the landing are just decorative. The sound comes from hundreds of real organ pipes concealed in a separate room. The stairwell walls are decorated by hand-painted murals of flamingos and other tropical birds, palm trees and flowers, reflecting the couple's love for the tropics. On the second floor, the doors between the bedroom, bath, dressing room and sun porch originally didn't line up, making the space feel chopped up. Renovations realigned the doors so that when they are all open, you can see from one end of the house to the other. Stepping out on the third floor porch, Dusek surveyed his neighbors' immaculate lawns and a nearby home where an addition is going up. He's sure that investing in his soon-to-be century home was the right decision. "People are investing in Cleveland Heights and having a beautiful lifestyle," Dusek said. LIST OF KEY CONTRACTORS: Donald Bingham Schmitt, interior design Mike Caito, architect (formerly with City Architecture) Mark Pandy, general contractor and master carpenter Herb's Plumbing and Heating Inc. Dave Neuman's Electrical Matteo Gutter Systems Inc. http://brickfixer.com/ Brick Fixer (Formerly Hodgkinson Co. Restoration) Decorative Painting by Laura
167 points by The Plain Dealer | Rooms Kitchen Pipe organ Bedroom Piano Dining room Table Cleveland
11-year-old composer about to premiere first full opera
Alma Deutscher is a composer, virtuoso pianist and concert violinist who wrote her first sonata five years ago and whose first full opera will have its world premiere next month. Which is special only because she is 11.
9 points by The Denver Post | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Zubin Mehta Piano Harry Potter Violin Opera
Triumphant holiday table top settings

-2 points by The Detroit News | Furniture Table Oak Piano
Famed pianist, 92, to perform in Boston after heart surgery
BOSTON (AP) - World-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler is returning to Boston to play his heart out in the city that kept it beating. Pressler is performing next week with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, returning to the city where he underwent a rare, life-saving procedure to repair an aneurysm in his ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Beaux Arts Trio Blood vessel Symphony Boston Symphony Orchestra Menahem Pressler Ludwig van Beethoven
‘1 shot – 1 note’: Russian sharpshooter performs Beethoven using pistols (VIDEO)
A Russian sharpshooter has proven his skills are going way beyond just precisely hitting targets, as he performed various musical pieces, including by Beethoven, using two Glock pistols, a video has shown. Read Full Article at RT.com
449 points by Russia Today | Music Piano Orchestra International Practical Shooting Confederation Opera Musical notation Maestro Musical instrument