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Links We Like: Toy Piano Concerto

Send in the clowns: it’s a Concerto for Toy Piano. Keith Kirchoff is the soloist in this whimsical piece of music written by Matthew McConnell, which, as it turns out, was recorded right on From the Top‘s home turf: NEC’s Jordan Hall! Keith is a composer as well as a pianist, and has written several pieces of music that feature toy pianos. The real wonder is how he can sit down to play them!
From the well-tempered blog

Illustrations by Shepard Fairey.

Illustrations by Shepard Fairey.

O My: In mid-August, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston is hosting a “National Convening” of teens who are leaders in the arts and some of the best museums in the country. ICA Boston is calling the event “Generation O: A National Convening for Teens and their Arts Organizations.” “O” for “outstanding?” “O” for “zero?” No. “O” for “Obama.” I don’t really get the connection, but the guest list is pretty cool so far: ICA Boston, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Marwen Center in Chicago. Check out the ICA Teens website for more information about their Teen Arts programs. (In the forum, kids are already starting to talk about topics to address at Gen O).
From Art Daily.

Group Photo in Jordan!

Group Photo in Jordan!

Shoutout to the Boston Children’s Chorus, who is blogging their trip to Jordan! Before they left, members of the BCC had a session about leadership in the arts and communicating with their audience in Jordan with From the Top’s Program Managers in Education, Johana MacDonald and Jenny Meyburg. We know you’re doing a great job performing, and it certainly sounds like you’re having a lot of fun! Catch ’em while you can: the BCC is back in the States on Sunday.
From artsboston on Twitter.

So smooth.

So smooth.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… No, it’s a piano! Designing a sleek new piano isn’t what most centenarians are doing on their birthdays, but Audi isn’t every centenarian. The 100-year-old German car company just rolled out the “Bösendorfer Audi Design Grand Piano,” and for €100,000 (about $140,000), it can be yours. Apparently, making pianos helps young designers make cars? Check out this longer, cooler article here.
From the well-tempered blog.

Joyce DiDonato soldiers on (photo from her blog).

Joyce DiDonato soldiers on.

Watch out what you wish for: fans will think twice before telling Joyce DiDonato to break a leg before upcoming performances of the Barber of Seville – she only has one left to break. The American mezzo-soprano took a spill at the Royal Opera House two days ago, fracturing her fibula, but went on with the show. And, in true 21st-century fashion, went home and blogged about it. Good luck, Joyce – you’re doing us proud.
From ArtsBeat.