This is from a TedX talk I gave recently at Cincinnati’s Masonic Temple – it’s the essence of Bach and Boombox in 6 minutes.

This video was produced by Mayberry Media for Communities First, Inc., a non-profit organization in Flint, MI. As part of a mini-residency I did there, Communities First presented Bach and Boombox in a series of short pop-up concerts around downtown Flint, from the Farmers Market to a homeless shelter. It was a fast-moving day – we hit six locations in about 5 hours – but it was wonderful. Being able to reach so many people who otherwise might not get to hear live classical music was really gratifying!

This is from a 2014 performance I gave at the beautiful Carnegie Theater in Covington, KY. Clips from pop songs are a big part of Bach and Boombox – all good music works the same way. Those songs aren’t in the video (copyright issues), but you can listen to them here:

This video is a great introduction to the ideas behind Bach and Boombox: great music belongs everywhere, and, as Duke Ellington put it, “If it sounds good, it is good.”

It shows me taking great music out of the concert hall and performing for and interacting with varied audiences in more casual settings.

My favorite thing about being a member of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is our partnership with MYCincinnati, an El Sistema youth orchestra in Price Hill run by the amazing Laura Jekel.

This video is about the teaching we’ve been doing there and its impact on these great kids!