Peabody cellist among musicians chosen for YouTube
Peabody graduate student Rachel Hsieh is one of 90
musicians from around the world chosen by
video audition to perform at Carnegie Hall on April 15.
For Hsieh to join what is billed as the YouTube
Symphony Orchestra, her video had to be
plucked by top orchestral players from a pool of 3,000.
Then a tally of online votes by YouTube
visitors produced the final roster, which was announced
Hsieh, a cellist from Michigan, is a master of music
candidate studying with Alan Stepansky. "I
had lobbied my parents for a new laptop, and I figured this
was one way I could show them I was using
it," she told Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun.
Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San
Francisco Symphony, will conduct the
Carnegie Hall concert, including the world premiere of
Internet Symphony No. 1, Eroica. Would-be
YouTube Symphony members downloaded and recorded their
parts of this four-minute piece by
Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun. YouTube will post a
mash-up video of the winning audition
performances on April 16.
To view all the audition videos, go to:
On TV this week: A cameo appearance with a JHU
This Friday night's episode of CBS's Numb3rs offers a
bit of business for Johns Hopkins trivia experts.
In the episode, Charlie (a mathematician) and Larry (a
physicist) are going to be coaching a
basketball game at the fictional CalSci. Charlie holds up a
copy of a book called The Physics of
Basketball and tells Larry, "All aspects of the game
are controlled by forces." The book is a Johns
Hopkins University Press title, published in 2006.
(An interesting fact from the John J. Fonatella book:
"The NCAA collegiate career record for
free-throw shooting percentage is held by Andy Enfield of
Division III Johns Hopkins University who
compiled an astounding career free-throw shooting
percentage of 92.5 percent having made 431 out of
466 over 108 games.")
Laure Drogoul brings 'The 14Karat Cabaret' to
Baltimore-based interdisciplinary artist and
self-described "cultural crackpot and cabaretist"
Laure Drogoul brings her performance, music, dance, film
and video series, The 14Karat Cabaret, to
the Bakst Theatre at Johns
Hopkins' Evergreen Museum & Library at 8 p.m. on
Friday, March 13.
The night features the world premiere of Nancy
Andrews' On a Phantom Limb, a film that
explores the postmodern condition through the metaphor of a
bird-woman cyborg, and composer Dick
Turner giving a theatrical performance of unique songs,
self-accompanied on trombone. Drogoul, in her
signature role of "La Hostess," will serve as mistress of
ceremonies, along with Paul Baroody on
keyboards. Doors open at 7 p.m., and a cash bar will be
open prior to the concert and during
Co-sponsored by Evergreen and the Maryland Institute
College of Art, the cabaret is an
accompanying program to the retrospective exhibition
Follies, Predicaments and Other Conundrums:
The Works of Laure Drogoul, on view through Sunday, March
15, in MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff
Tickets are $10, $5 for Evergreen members, with
limited free student tickets. Reservations
are required; call 410-516-0341.
Robert Kagan to speak at Foreign Affairs
Robert Kagan, senior associate at the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace and author
of the award-winning Dangerous Nation: America's Place in
the World From Its Earliest Days to the
Dawn of the 20th Century, is the next speaker in the 2009
Foreign Affairs Symposium.
His talk is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March
11, in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood
From 1984 to 1988, Kagan worked at the State
Department as a member of the policy planning
staff. He served as the principal speechwriter for
Secretary of State George P. Schultz and as a
deputy for policy in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.
He specializes in U.S. national security and
foreign policy, the European Union and NATO expansion.
A graduate of Yale and of Harvard's Kennedy School of
Government, Kagan received his
doctorate in American history from American University. In
1997, he founded with William Kristol the
nonprofit Project for a New American Century, where he is
now project director. He also writes a
column on foreign affairs for The Washington Post
and is a contributing editor for The Weekly
Standard and The New Republic.
Barnes & Noble Johns Hopkins hosts James Mann of
James Mann, author in residence at SAIS and a former
Washington reporter, columnist and
foreign correspondent for The Los Angles Times, will
discuss and sign his latest book at Barnes &
Noble Johns Hopkins at 7 p.m. today, March 9.
In The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the
End of the Cold War, Mann — drawing on
new interviews and previously unavailable documents —
assesses what Reagan did, and did not, do to
help bring America's four-decade conflict with the Soviet
Union to a close.
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