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COFFEE BREAK | A Sneak Peak At Meryl Streep As Opera Singer Florence Foster Jenkins

By Ludwig Van on February 19, 2016

The official trailer for the much-anticipated bio-pic about amateur opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins has landed on the web.
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COFFEE BREAK | Hitler's New Orchestra

By Michael Vincent on October 19, 2014

We couldn't resist sharing this one. Hitler insists on being the concertmaster... "All those who don't know the difference between violin and viola, leave the room."
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COFFEE BREAK | The Man Who Hears Colour

By Michael Vincent on January 9, 2015

Meet Neil Harbisson, a 31 year old colour blind artist from Camden, London who suffers from achromatopsia, a rare condition which means he can only see in black and white. He claims he can now 'hear' colours after having an 'eyeborg' antenna implanted into his skull. After wearing the "electronic eye" for over 10 years, the he uses it to picks up colour frequencies through a camera and transforms them into sound vibrations.
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COFFEE BREAK | Meet the World's Youngest Opera Critic

By Ludwig Van on September 27, 2015

Extraordinary 6-year-old, Iain Armitage considers opera his playground.
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COFFEE BREAK | Hilarious Twitter Banter Erupts Between Against The Grain and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

By Ludwig Van on January 20, 2016

Joel Ivany, Artistic Director of Against the Grain Theatre, and TSO CEO Jeff Melanson had a little fun via Twitter this week.
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COFFEE BREAK | Bärenreiter Urtext Campaign

By Ludwig Van on April 13, 2015

We've seen some pretty funny ad campaigns in the past, but this Urtext campaign for the Germain classical music publishing house Bärenreiter, tops them all.
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COFFEE BREAK | Violinist Lara St. John takes on 'Anaconda' by Nicki Minaj (Video)

By Michael Vincent on November 5, 2014

(via) Released just today, virtuoso violinist Lara St. John has taken up the challenge to rework Nicki Minaj’s latest hit “Anaconda”. Renaming it “Anachorda", St. John hired out a number of well-known Vancouver musicians to help her bridge the great style divide. Her approach was to focus on the rhythmic element, rather than the controversial lyrics, which have received some criticism. The original is inspired by Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back, which is all about celebrating a “big butts”...
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COFFEE BREAK | Chopin Boogie Woogie

By Michael Vincent on December 3, 2014

Filmed on location at Domaine Forget, Québec, Canada, pianist Matt Herskowitz plays his version of Chopin's most famous étude, all in one take.
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COFFEE BREAK | Viola Jokes: 10 Hours of Walking Through NYC As a Violist

By Ludwig Van on November 11, 2015

New viral video shows a woman walking around Manhattan and repeatedly harassed with viola jokes. #endviolajokes
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COFFEE BREAK | Earth Day: Songs of the Earth

By Ludwig Van on April 22, 2015

In celebration of Earth Day, we give you a few classical music pieces inspired by Planet Earth.
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