happy birthday, yo-yo!

ma-yo-yo-eventSure, a child prodigy that attended the Juilliard School, Columbia, and Harvard, befriended Pablo Casals, and performed on 17 grammy-award-winning tracks – that is a person that should be celebrated. From the professional musician perspective, there isn’t much that Yo-Yo Ma hasn’t done.

yo-to-elmoWhat I enjoy about his career is how he has worked to make classical music accessible to everyone. Bach becomes less intimidating if you look at it through visual arts. Collaborations within many musical nationalities have changed how we view the soundtrack of our lives.

To the cellist that has helped to make our instrument more accessible to the world, happy 61st birthday! See below for an eclectic playlist of his discography…


upcoming concert (playlist #2)

Concert hallGOAL:

  1. Help my students to attend more concerts and
  2. Encourage students to listen to more orchestral music


I’m going to post some playlists to help get us pumped up to explore new musical events! Welcome to the first one.

Saturday, October 1: Conservatory Camerata and Orchestra Omaha present Coming to America.

This is a beautiful show of an introspective Bloch Concerto Grosso no. 2, the roiling Dvorak Symphony no 6, and featuring my lovely colleage Yulia Kalashnikova on Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no 1.

See you Saturday!


>> photos by @creativecoffee, filters by color story & afterlight


summer rains playlist

RecordsSomeday I will live in the Pacific Northwest where my enjoyment of drizzly days won’t seem so abnormal. On these rare days that occur in my current city of Omaha, I enjoy listening to a playlist like this:

Jetty Rae > Bad Apples
Punch Brothers > Don’t Get Married Without Me
Ingrid Michaelson > Over You
Amanda Shires > A Song for Leonard Cohen
Caro Emerald > Riviera Life
Rosie Golan > C’est L’amour
Civil Wars > Go
Regina Spektor > All the Rowboats
The Mike Block Band > So Far from Us
Mindy Gledhill > I Do AdoreHex coffee