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Edye Evans Hyde has been singing jazz, blues and pop music for over 30 years in West Michigan, Los Angeles, Europe, and Asia. The 2011 West Michigan Jazz Society Musician of the Year has shared the stage with acclaimed vocalists Michael Bolton, Maria Muldaur, and the late Ray Charles. We are pleased to welcome Edye back as the featured vocalist for the 2014 Blue Lake Monster Big Band Jazz concert. Here’s a clip of Edye performing “Since I Fell for You” during last year’s concert!

All the Web’s
a Stage

Some Cultural Selections from the Internet by Foley Schuler…

We begin by marking two great recent passings from the world of the arts—that of legendary conductor Lorin Maazel and of the Nobel Prize-winning writer Nadine Gorimer, both of whom died on Sunday, July 13—with their respective tributes from the New York Times:

Lorin Maazel, an Intense and Enigmatic Conductor, Dies at 84

Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90

With the heat of summer finally upon us, here’s an exploration of…cool—which, as a word, emotional style, and “that whole flavor of cultural cachet” remains ascendant after more than half a century. David Skinner, editor of Humanities, the magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers some fascinating insights into the American notion of “cool” and the role it plays in our cultural consciousness: How Did Cool Become Such a Big Deal?

To judge from its number of views on Youtube, I am somewhat late to this—but belated or not, it’s nonetheless a marvelous discovery. Check out this video: 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art.

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright was recently named the U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress. In this encore piece from the PBS News Hour, Wright, filmed at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2011, reads from his work and share some of his sources of inspiration: Meet New U.S. Poet Laureate, Charles Wright.

And, as a final remembrance of Lorin Maazel upon his passing last week, here is footage that gives a chance to see the great maestro in action, conducting the Galicia Symphony Orchestra in a complete performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1:

Movement I
Movement II
Movement III
Movement IV

“Art is the daughter of freedom.”  —Friedrich Schiller

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