By Josette Rhodes If you have gone out around town and listened to live music there is a good chance you have heard Ricky Stanfield play. Ricky is one of those exceptionally gifted musicians. The kind that has music pulsing in their soul. With a quick wit and a desert...
Sinfonia Gulf Coast, our region’s only fully professional symphony orchestra, is pleased to announce the full line up for its annual fundraiser Crescendo! a cultural and culinary extravaganza. Festivities begin on Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m., with a Crescendo! Kick Off Lunch at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits located at...
By Lisa Cyr Music teachers create special sayings to motivate and lighten up a student’s lesson. Playing a piano is similar to driving a car. New students ask about the three pedals beneath my piano and what do they do? The pedal to the far right is called the “sustain/damper pedal”...
By Deborah Carloni Ludwig Van Beethoven said, “Music can change the world!” And the Emerald Coast Music Alliance (ECMA) was formed to do just that locally—not for the entire world, but for our small piece of paradise. ECMA was founded in 2017 by Israeli-born classical pianist, Artistic Director Alon Goldstein...
By Lisa Cyr Music playing in the background elevates a room’s atmosphere and mood.  Everyday, I choose instrumental music to play in our living space to match the moment, weather, or season.  When the outdoor temperature drops, I locate a video of a fireplace with instrumental music playing in the...
By Josette Rhodes Just when you think you’ve heard it all, along comes something that makes you say wow! Allow me to introduce B-L’Attitude.South Walton locals Josh and Tara Bohlen bring together Hip Hop Rap and Artistic Violin creating an original sound steeped in positivity. The name B-L’Attitude is a combination...
  Slow practice makes for fast play. I see it in my student’s eyes, their desire to play faster so that their fingers effortlessly glide over the keys. The answer is: Schedule a daily regular practice time that provides enough time to thoroughly and calmly practice. Students who set aside...
Sinfonia is offering its "Fall Fresco," a series of intimate events featuring an amazing line-up of musicians, in its 2020 fall schedule: Moonlight Serenade: Classi-Palooza Join a Moonlight Serenade: Classi-Palooza featuring members of Sinfonia Gulf Coast, on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. Held on the lawn at Bijoux includes Bijoux bento...
By Scott Gilmore, Have you ever asked someone the question, “Do You Play the Guitar?”  If they answered “yes” then there are always the inevitable follow up questions of: “What style do you play?, What kind of guitar do you have?, and How long have you been playing?” The Guitar is...
By Josette Rhodes Nights at the shop have been pretty quiet for a while now. In the best interest of our customers, our musicians, and our staff, we have not been hosting any music or poetry nights. As things begin to assemble themselves in a safe order we will begin...

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