Note-able Music Therapy Services Soothes The Soul

Music is magnificent! It soothes the soul. It tames the savage beast. It unites people of different countries and different philosophies. I don’t need to speak German to be captivated by a Beethoven symphony. I can be the smartest person in the world or have a room temperature IQ. Either way, I can be put at peace with man and God listening to an old Ella Fitzgerald recording.

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Tyler Stafford stays grounded on his sophomore album

The veteran Reno indie-folkie has stayed true to his belief in humble, sincere, confessional songwriting throughout his 11-year career as a Reno-based troubadour and tunesmith. Putting a premium price on quality over quantity, he has taken his time releasing his second album since releasing his rookie output, On a String, in 2011. For fans, family and friends, the creative hiatus will officially end Sept. 14 at Wingfield Park Amphitheater, when he releases the new album at a concert under the last full moon of summer.

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The Future Voices of Opera in Concert

The Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) and the American Wagner Project held their gala Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 6 PM in the Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno, and what a gala it indeed was. It was the performance that capped 3 weeks of intensive vocal training in operatic voice technique. It was performed by 29 beautiful young rising opera stars to show off what they have learned. It was their chance to strut their stuff.

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‘Kyle Rae Orchestra’ At Bartley Ranch, Artown 2019

The Kyle Rae Orchestra played to a great crowd the other night. It was a pleasure to hear some of the Big Band Sound of Old. This was truly a family event since he had his Mother Misty singing with a couple of other singers. His whole family of 4 generations were in the audience enjoying the show.

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IYDV Master Class at UNR Listen to the Angels Sing

Every year world-famous Diva Dolora Zajick brings her Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) in conjunction with the Wagner Institute to UNR for an intensive 3-week training of those young dramatic voices. They gave us a peek at what they do Saturday, July 20th. Four instructors from the IYDV and the Wagner Institute spent 4 hours coaching young dramatic voices in the techniques that will bring their voices from incredibly spectacular to perfect. We interviewed teachers and students before the Master Class.

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‘Shelea’ Artown 2019

Shelea” performed to a full house last Thursday night at Hawkins Amphitheater. This is the second artist in the last couple of weeks that just blew me away with their songwriting and their incredible voices. It’s not too often that I can be amazed by the talent that we have out there in the world today. Especially in the traditional pop, jazz, R/B and soul area of music. When you have seen as many artists as I have over my lifetime. This woman will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck without a problem. I waited for her after the show so I could tell her what a beautiful singer she was and how her voice got under my skin. (In a Good Way). I didn’t want to wait till she got mobbed by all her fans waiting outside to meet her.

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The Reno Jazz Orchestra Presents A Loving Tribute to the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

On Monday nights during Artown they have a free event at Bartley Ranch Hawkins Amphitheater. This Monday, July 15 was a performance by The Reno Jazz Orchestra to a packed house of music lovers and to those who loved the music of Aretha Franklin. Including a group of well-seasoned vocalists.

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Artown Opening with ‘Paul Thorn’

The opening of this year’s Artown was non-other than the great songwriter Paul Thorn. He played to a packed Park at Wingfield Park. He started out with an apology for not being able to be here last year when he was to perform with The Blind Boys of Alabama do to the passing of his sister. He did not disappoint the crowd one bit with his performance.

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