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Yo-Yo Ma Did a Tiny Desk Concert and Now Its Raining on My Face

From NPR Cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his great inspiration, and in turn part of his own life story, to an enthusiastic audience packed around the NPR Tiny Desk on a hot summer day. Ma is returning, yet again, to the Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, a Mount Everest for any cellist. He has just released his third studio recording of the complete set and is taking the music on a two-year, six-continent tour. Ma’s first recording of the Suites, released in 1983, earned him his first…

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The Last Great Moment of Elvis Career was this Chilling Performance of Unchained Melody

In one of his final performances before his tragic death, Elvis Presley delivered an incredible rendition of ‘Unchained Melody’ during a concert in Rapid City, South Dakota on June 21, 1977. The performance, described as “the last great moment of his career”, was recorded for his last television special two months before his death in August 1977. An article in Rolling Stone adds: He had an enlarged heart, an enlarged intestine, hypertension and incredibly painful bowel problems. He was barely sleeping and should have probably been in the hospital, but…

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The Time a 73 Year Old Aretha Franklin Brought Down the House at the Kennedy Center

On December 6th, 2015, the Queen of Soul performed an iconic rendition of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,†in tribute to the song’s co-writer, Carole King, who was receiving the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement alongside Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson and other luminaries. King, who is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US—having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999—is the one standing in awe and jubilation beside Michelle…

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This Little Kid Playing Classical Gas on Ukulele Is What You Need Right Now

On the streets of Taipei, a young phenom is seen playing a stirring rendition of Mason Williams’ Classical Gas on ukulele. This amazing performance is a rendition of Classical Gas as played by Tommy Emmanuel (also worth a watch). Apparently the young child, named Feng E, is continuing to blossom into a gifted musician and you can follow his progression on Facebook and Youtube. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/little-kid-playing-classical-gas-on-ukulele/

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Watch Parkland students’ emotional Tonys performance and cry

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the site of a brutal February shooting, performed “Seasons of Love” from Rent at Sunday’s Tony Awards.  Their theatre teacher Melody Herzfeld was named the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Theatre Education Award. SEE ALSO: Here are the 2 words that got Robert De Niro bleeped out at the Tonys Survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Fl. galvanized many Americans to fight actively for gun control, including with March For Our Lives. In April, several students were included in the Time…

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When Someone Says Show Me Some Impressive Piano Playing

Valentina Lisitsa plays Beethoven’s famous “Moonlight” Sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 3rd Movement). This was recorded in Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany, December 2009. I can’t even fathom playing something like this, let alone composing it back in 1801! Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/valentina-lisitsa-plays-beethovens-moonlight-sonata/

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The Killers Brought a Fan on Stage and He Killed It In Front of 65,000 People

In front of a sold out crowd of 65,000 fans in Mexico City, The Killers brought one lucky fan (two actually), José Luis, to play the drums for their hit song ‘Reasons Unknown’. After a failed first attempt, the band quickly scanned the crowd and found Luis with a sign and promise that he actually knew how to play. Not only did José live out a fan dream, but he crushed it! What an amazing memory he’ll cherish for the rest of his life. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/fan-plays-drums-for-the-killers-in-mexico-city/

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75 Years Ago, One of the Best Dance Routines Ever Was Filmed, Unrehearsed on the First Take

Fred Astaire said it was ‘the greatest dancing he had ever seen on film’. In a dance performance for the ages, the Nicholas Brothers, Fayard (1914–2006) and Harold (1921–2000), dazzled audiences with their acrobatic routine to Cab Calloway’s hit song, Jumpin’ Jive. Not only that, but the routine was unrehearsed and what you see was the first take! [source] The performance was from the 1943 musical film, Stormy Weather. In 2001, Stormy Weather was selected for the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally,…

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Choir Perfectly Mimics Rainstorm Before a Stirring Rendition of Africa by Toto

Title: Africa Melody and lyrics by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro Performed by Angel City Chorale Soloists Rich Kennedy, Tommy Lamb, Tina Mitro, and Duff Watrous Artistic Director, Sue Fink Video edited by, Alex Chaloff, Annika Benitz Performance inspired by Eric Whitacre, https://youtu.be/0Zqp0OpzMAI, and Perpetuum Jazzile, https://youtu.be/yjbpwlqp5Qw Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/choir-mimics-rainstorm-before-singing-africa-by-toto/

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90-Year-Old Couple Play Impromptu Piano Duet in Mayo Clinic Lobby

Filmed in 2008, this serendipitous moment was filmed by Jodi Hume who was at the Mayo Clinic visiting her mom. On the piano are Fran and Marlo Cowan, a 90-year-old couple that have been married for 62 years at the time. The song is ‘Old Grey Bonnet’ and Jodi describes the day she happened across the piano playing couple: “From the balcony we could see an older couple sitting side by side at the piano playing together and entertaining a host of people. Some were in wheelchairs, others were sitting…

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Jordan Smith Launches Christian Song into #1 Spot on iTunes with Voice Finale Performance

Once again, Jordan Smith steals the show, and it’s breathtakingly beautiful! Jordan Smith has made history on The Voice with his slew of #1 iTune hits. In last night’s finale, he stole the stage again with this breathtaking performance of “Mary, Did You Know?” Once again, Smith put Christ on display on national TV, and it’s a spine-chilling kind of spectacular… Though the votes aren’t tallied yet, Smith is a sure shoo-in for the win. Listen to his performance that first knocked Adele’s “Hello” out of the topspot on iTunes…

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