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Guest Blogger Rick Kaller, Executive Director of The Discovery Orchestra, writes about his encounter with Billy Joel.

The Piano Man

This month’s guest blogger is Rick Kaller, Executive Director at The Discovery Orchestra. I didn’t really start listening to popular music until I was in middle school. Since my mother…

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Maestro's Monthly Blog: George Marriner Maull Meets Maestro Bernstein...A Recollection with an image of a young Leonard Bernstein.

George Marriner Maull Meets Maestro Bernstein…A Recollection

In light of the recent release of the film Maestro about Leonard Bernstein, I would like to share a few recollections of meeting him in 1976. While residing in Louisville…

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Guest Blogger from our Outreach Partner

Founded in 1946, The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation of 17,000 professional women of color who are committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the cultural and economic survival…

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Maestro's Monthly Blog: Gratefully Fulfilling Our Mission

Gratefully Fulfilling Our Mission

In 2006, when the Philharmonic Orchestra of New Jersey officially became The Discovery Orchestra, we adopted a new mission statement: We teach the listening skills that help you really connect with…

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Maestro's Monthly Blog. Life Can Be Very Challenging.

Life Can Be Very Challenging

Just before the final playthrough of the featured music in our latest televised Discovery Concert© Discover Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony, I said to the audience: “As we know, life can be…

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The Maestro's Monthly Blog entitled "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" about the conception of our new game app called AHA! Classical, now available for download in your app store.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Perhaps some of you, listening with your mind’s ear, can hear Judy Garland singing these lyrics: “Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue. And the dreams that you dare to…

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Your “listening guide” amazes me, in that it is a means of illustrating the role of various instrumental sections in communicating and “telling” a story. My background is science and technology so the 1 -1 ½ hours listening to a symphony with your presentation was an exciting learning experience I was not expecting.You are an exceptional talent and personality to be able to introduce someone like myself to the very complicated language of a symphony.

— Outreach Program Attendee