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Celebrate African American History Month with Jazz Available from Medici.tv

2 Feb
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Medici.tv has expanded its offerings to include jazz which our patrons now can enjoy streaming along with classical music, ballet, and opera performances.  They have gathered the greatest jazz programs available: a mix of triumphant concerts and touching documentaries, and of course an unrivaled roster of performers, ranging from legendary, genre-defining artists of decades past like Nina Simone, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis, to stars who continue to light up the stage today like China Moses, Christian Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chucho Valdés, and many more.  With over 300 programs to choose from, it is a jazz aficionado’s dream and also a great starting point if you are a neophyte to the genre like I am.  In honor of African American History Month, I sampled two amazing performances by Jazz Greats and proud African American Musicians Ray Charles and Ella Fitzgerald.

Ray Charles Live in Paris
I still remember the first time I saw the incomparable Ray Charles performance being broadcast, I was in awe of him as a kid when he participated in 1985 in the video for “We Are the World”. I was interested to see some of his earlier performances of which Medici.tv has several including when he performed live at the Salle Pleyel in 1970 in Paris.  I was particularly moved by his captivating cover of the Beatles song “Yesterday.” 

Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels
You will understand why Ella Fitzgerald is considered the queen of jazz when you enjoy her magnificent performance recorded live at the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels in 1957.  She performs “Angel Eyes”, “April In Paris”, and one of my favorites “It Don’t mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”  I felt like cheering along with the crowd in awe at her amazing vocal skills.  Her band-mates include Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Jo Jones, and Roy Eldridge.

Have you checked out Medici.tv’s jazz offerings?  What are some of your favorites?

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Manager

Our Newest Streaming Resource Medici.TV is an Absolute Dream for Classical Music, Opera, and Ballet Fans!

29 Jan

This month, we just debuted our newest streaming resource Medici.TV for our Hoboken resident card holders.  Medici.TV is the world’s leading classical music channel, which includes over 1,800 programs (3,000 original works), including: concerts and archived historical concerts; operas; ballets; documentaries, artist portraits and educational programs; and master classes.  The New York Times has said Medici.TV is “The closest thing to a classical Netflix.”

As a working mom it feels impossible sometimes to get out to see the multitude of ballets, concerts and operas that are going on just across the river so I am particularly excited by the fact that Medici. TV has more than 100 live events are broadcast each year, in partnership with the world’s most prestigious venues, opera houses, festivals and competitions.  So if like me life is keeping you from getting into the city to see live performances, you don’t have to miss out, just tune in to Medici.TV.  If you can’t go to Carnegie Hall, have Carnegie Hall come to you!

I’ve just started exploring all the amazing things that Medici.TV has to offer.  I’m a huge Alice in Wonderland fan so one of the first things I chose to stream was the world premiere of Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland.  The opera composed by Unsuk Chin and commissioned by conductor Kent Nagano, features a libretto by David Henry Hwang and Chin.

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The opera is just as unique as Lewis Carroll’s original work and puts a fresh spin on the source material.  Despite musically referencing classical composers like Handel, Puccini, and Stravinsky it also includes unusual instruments like musical saws, accordions, and a harmonica.  This was Korean born Chin’s first opera.

Also available for Wonderland fans is Being Alice, a documentary which records Lauren Cuthbertson, who performed Alice in the Royal Ballet’s production of Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation.  Being Alice follows her as she rehearses and then performs through the season’s final performance.  I really enjoy that with Medici.TV we don’t just get to see performances, but also get insight into what goes on behind them.  If you liked the book Mozart in the Jungle, here’s your chance to get more behind the scene peaks at the actual world of classical music and dance.

Have you streamed anything on Medici.TV?  Let us know what you have enjoyed in the comments!

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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