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This will make you smile...

This article and video have been roaming around Facebook and other social media platforms.  

And for good reason.  

I was so touched by the effort made by the New York City Ballet to fulfill a mother's request for her daughter with special needs.  If you want to smile and be reminded of how meaningful art can be, watch the video below (brought to you by Upworthy) and share it with everyone around you.  This is why I love New York and I couldn't be prouder to have grown up within the same walls!

When she reached out to the New York City Ballet about a dance program for children with special needs, she didn't expect a response. But what resulted is nothing short of sheer joy. For everyone. What they created became one of the few places these children were able to move freely without their usual braces and connect to their bodies outside of doctor's offices.

To read the full article by the San Francisco Globe, click here

New Video: Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 73

I am often asked 'who is your favorite composer or performer?' and the truth is:  I don't have a 'favorite'.  I go through phases where I am completely immersed or borderline obsessed by a particular artist; a single genre, musical period, region or country; a composer or host of composers from a similar tradition; or simply by one piece. 

Schumann's Fantasiestücke Op. 73 has been one of those pieces (I know, it's not Elliot Carter, but trust me, I went through a Carter-phase when I was playing his cello sonata a few years back!).  I've played the Schumann dozens of times but it was a great rediscovery for me when it made its way back into my repertoire last year.  I had the chance to record it last month with Romanian pianist Dana Protopopescu.  Here's the video, cheers!