On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) kicks-off the 2021 Spring Concerts in the Village series with a collaborative and creative event. Presented by MKAF and performed by Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the non-profit duo brings “The Music of Queen” with Conductor Brent Havens and Vocalist...
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...
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, May 1, 2021, 2 – 6 p.m. Introducing “Savor The Sound,” a family friendly Saturday afternoon event at the Niceville NWFSC outdoor amphitheater supporting the Taylor Haugen Foundation. For this first annual fundraiser, they will be showcasing several home-grown, well known musicians headlining with the Allman...
By Lisa Cyr During February, the stores stock up with Valentine’s Day items such as balloons, cards, candy, cake, and flowers. Love has been on people’s hearts for a long time. In biblical times, David wrote the Book of Psalms, a collection of songs and poetry often speaking of love...
By Lisa Cyr Music teachers create special sayings to motivate and lighten up a student’s lesson. Playing a piano is similar to driving a car. New students ask about the three pedals beneath my piano and what do they do? The pedal to the far right is called the “sustain/damper pedal”...
New Dates for CRESCENDO! 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. Festivities begin on Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant +...
By Deborah Carloni Ludwig Van Beethoven said, “Music can change the world!” And the Emerald Coast Music Alliance (ECMA) was formed to do just that locally—not for the entire world, but for our small piece of paradise. ECMA was founded in 2017 by Israeli-born classical pianist, Artistic Director Alon Goldstein...
By Lisa Cyr Music playing in the background elevates a room’s atmosphere and mood. Everyday, I choose instrumental music to play in our living space to match the moment, weather, or season. When the outdoor temperature drops, I locate a video of a fireplace with instrumental music playing in the...
A special holiday gospel brunch will be held in the Coastal Ballroom at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Sunday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $95.00 - $125.00 (all inclusive) and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/HolidayGospelDVIne20. The National Endowment for the Arts describes D’Vine as an...
Slow practice makes for fast play. I see it in my student’s eyes, their desire to play faster so that their fingers effortlessly glide over the keys. The answer is: Schedule a daily regular practice time that provides enough time to thoroughly and calmly practice. Students who set aside...

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