As a boy, Ramzi Aburedwan threw stones at Israeli soldiers. Then he learned to play the violin, and these days, he fights for peace -- with music. On Tuesday's Performance Today, journalist Sandy Tolan and Palestinian music teacher Ramzi Aburedwan join Fred to discuss the power of music and Tolan's new book, "Children of the Stone."
Coming up, music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by John Williams. Plus, an entertaining set of variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and a piece composed by the 16-year-old Mozart. It's music for the kid in all of us, on Monday's Performance Today.
When he was 8 years old, Ramzi Aburedwan became the poster child for the first Palestinian Intifada with a photo of him throwing a rock at an Israeli tank. Then, as he says, "music chose him.' He began to play the viola, removing him from violence and giving him another means of personal expression. A new book about Aburedwan and the music school he began has just been published. Fred Child interviews the author Sandy Tolan along with Aburedwan.
Pianist Joyce Yang and student musicians Emma Gerstein, Sofia Nikas and Katherine Siochi joined Fred onstage for PT's live event at Harris Hall in Aspen, Colo. for an evening of musical performances and conversation.
Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats. Guess the great and the song. Then listen to a piece by the composer in question. The Piano Puzzler® with Bruce Adolphe is available for download and as a podcast.
Performance Today is taking a cross-country road trip for your ears. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, come join us on our summer road trip, as we highlight distinctive American places and their connections to great American music. To get even more insight into the people and places we visit (or to backseat drive), follow along with our road trip map.
Each of the past three summers, Kebra-Seyoun Charles has been the youngest player in the school's double bass program. We caught up with Kebra earlier this summer in Aspen to find out how the bass came to be his instrument of choice.