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Composer Joaquin Rodrigo wrote his music in braille - but what is braille music?

Joaquin Rodrigo was one composer who was blind, but wrote his music in braille, which was later transcribed into printed notation. But what exactly is braille, and specifically braille music ?

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  Before I begin this post, I want to introduce myself, as you most likely have not seen my name on this website before! My name is Ellen Robertson, and I am the Eastman School of Music Arts Leadership Program Spring Intern at Classical 91.5; I am originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and now a senior majoring in vocal performance.

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When Rachel Flowers was born 15 weeks premature in 1993, she weighed just one and a half pounds. She lost her vision three months later due to a condition called retinopathy of prematurity. 

But when you talk to Rachel today, there's no sense of loss, disability, or limitations. The 25-year old music prodigy's world is vast and full of potential. By the time she was 4 years old, Rachel was playing Bach fugues on the piano seemingly with little effort. 

Now, with a flourishing music career, she composes her own songs and has befriended and sometimes performs with artists who have inspired her: Arturo Sandoval, Carl Palmer and Dweezil Zappa. 

The globalization of pop music has been under way for a while now, with the sounds and sensibilities of K-pop, reggaeton and myriad other Latinx styles serving as major sources of fuel.

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Jill Rorem, like many Americans, had made some special plans for the holidays. The Chicago native, whose legal work often brings her to Washington, D.C., was finally going to get to see the nation's capital with her arts-obsessed kids.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra has named 82-year-old Indian-born Maestro Zubin Mehta as the orchestra's new Conductor Emeritus.

Current LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has referred to Mehta as a "trusted mentor and friend..."  "To follow in his a true honor...this city and this orchestra would not be the same without him."

What do Joshua Bell, Jennifer Koh, Rachel Barton Pine and Matthew Lipman have in common?  They are all former winners of the Stulberg International String Competition, and YOU could be too.  The application period for the 44th Stulberg International String Competition (2019) to be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan are now OPEN.  Applications must be received by February 1, 2019.

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