By Lisa Cyr “I love violin because it is technically blissful. My mind is engaged, my heart is engaged. It is a total mind, body and spiritual experience.” Tara Bohlen began studying violin at age 8. Her desire and curiosity for music/violin has taken her on a life-long journey. In 2001,...
Mattie Kelly Arts Center, May 1, 2021, 2 – 6 p.m. “Savor the Sound,” a family friendly Saturday afternoon event at the Niceville Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) outdoor amphitheater will be held May 1 from 2 – 6 p.m. to benefit the Taylor Haugen Foundation. An annual fundraiser, the...
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, welcomes you to join its annual fundraiser Crescendo! A Cultural and Culinary Extravaganza, April 30-May 2. This year’s main event, themed “Moulin {vin} Rouge,” is set for Sunday, May 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort...
By Will Estell It’s often said that our current members of Generation Z, colloquially known as “zoomers,” tend to be more indecisive, less driven and lack the focus that generations preceding them exhibited. While I’m one to really steer away from the use of such broad generalizations, I do understand...
Moon Crush is teaming up with Alaqua Animal Refuge to invite local residents and community members to attend the upcoming, unique music festival to be held April 26 – May 1, 2021 at Seascape Resort Golf Course. Moon Crush will be donating a portion of the sales from local,...
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”...

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