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Maya Beiser Returns The Cello To The Middle East

by NPR STAFF
May 28, 2010
The sound of the cello has been firmly entrenched in Western classical music for hundreds of years, but its roots trace back to the Byzantine lyra and the Arab rabab from the ninth and 10th centuries. Now, a new record called Provenance from Israeli cellist Maya Beiser… Read More >

Finding Entertainment in an Artist’s Obsessions

Toronto: November 3, 2005
by Suzanne Jaeger
It is not that Chouinard has run out of ideas. “bODY rEMIX” is a rich, wildly entertaining compilation of playful associations, sensual and erotic imagery and stunning virtuosic dancing enhanced by a cleverly woven mesh of percussive sounds, music,… Read More >

Review: A new and outrageous interpretation of Orpheus and Eurydice

By Michael Crabb
Special to the Star
Nov 01, 2011
4 stars (out of 4)
The ancient myth of the ill-fated Orpheus and his beloved Eurydice has been often retold in opera, dance, drama and film but never, one suspects, with quite the degree of outrageously inventive licence or theatrical boldness… Read More >

Cultural Olympiad: Marie Chouinard Breaks Boundaries in The Golden Mean

Culture Seen couldn’t stop laughing. Several dancers were lying on their backs on stage doing nothing. One started waving his (or her; Culture Seen couldn’t tell) feet back and forth at the ankle. Then the others mimicked the same simple motion and began moaning and crying. Then they stopped. One… Read More >

Yo-Yo Ma: Cellist in chief

By Anne Midgette
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 14, 2010
In 1961, Pablo Casals played for John F. Kennedy at the White House. The concert could be seen as a symbol of the importance of the arts to the Kennedy administration, or as a gesture of honor to a great cellist.
But there’s… Read More >