Calling All Music Lovers to Support Young Aspiring Musicians “Most everyone enjoys listening to music. Whether that be in the car, on our cell phones, at the local restaurant, at home, outdoor events, with friends, and yes, even while shopping. Music sets the mood and instantly changes the atmosphere. Behind...
By Lisa Cyr When congratulating our youngest son, Luke, on his 26th birthday, I mentioned to him a song entitled “Clair de Lune” (moonlight) by Claude Debussy which he performed on piano at around age 12. I recall him performing it beautifully. His response was: “I remember I took up learning...
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased to announce the full line up for its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A Cultural and Culinary extravaganza, slated for February 14-16, 2020. On Friday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. Crescendo! will begin with a series of carefully curated...
By Ray Cyr, Studio 237 Consider the times in your life when music affected you even when you might not have been aware. For instance, as a baby, can you imagine your parents singing a lullaby to help you fall asleep at night? Do you recall the silly songs they...
Every song should tell a story. At least, that’s what we, as listeners, are drawn to and that’s what becomes meaningful in our personal lives. And that’s what is so special about the 30A Songwriters Festival. On Jan. 17-20, South Walton will be transformed into a songwriter’s paradise and...
By Lisa Cyr My favorite life skill is, “Take what you do know, to figure out what you don’t know.” I have it posted on my piano room door just high enough for a student’s eyes to see it over the piano. As a student gazes wearily at the sheet...
By Lisa Cyr “I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music.” – Albert Einstein Albert Einstein loved to play violin. In the same way that each person is unique, each musical instrument has a unique attractiveness. Love at first sight becomes love at first sound. Like a relationship, one...
“When I teach, I love knowing that I get to share the gift of music with another person. Music has enriched my life so much and given me so much purpose, I hope that I can share that with my students and enrich their lives as well.” -Matt Miller Although...
Enjoy a night under the stars at the most beautiful outdoor music venue on the Emerald Coast. Join Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation on Thursday evenings in September for the MKAF Concerts in the Village! Bring a bottle of wine, your favorite craft beer, some delicious snacks and a blanket...

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