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The debut of a new PT series: "Music That Matters." Every day, Performance Today showcases the world's great musicians in concert, and we learn how music matters to musicians. We got to wondering about people, places and communities where music is not just important...it's life-changing. "Music That Matters" will be an ongoing monthly series on PT. In this month's feature, we'll go to the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center where a group of volunteers are teaching the women inmates how to hold a bow, how to play in an orchestra, and how to reconnect to their loved ones.

Jul 2010: Playing Incarcerated

Music can be made in some unusual places—on boats, in subway stations, even in the shower—but this place is special. Across the country, music programs for inmates are popping up in prisons and correctional centers, often supported entirely by volunteers. On PT, we'll go to the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center where a group of volunteers are teaching the women inmates how to hold a bow, how to play in an orchestra, and how to reconnect to their loved ones.
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Apr 2010: Composing a String Quartet on the Reservation

Classical music is dominated by styles developed centuries ago in Europe, but that's rapidly changing. On Performance Today we'll meet Native American composers who are training students attending high school on the Navajo and Hopi Nations in the southwest to compose in their own style as part of the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP). The result is a mix of traditional melodies, lyrical musical descriptions of the land and percussive rhythms of heavy metal, all performed by a classical string quartet.
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Mar 2010: Music at the Checkpoint

When he was a boy Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian, was the subject of an iconic photograph, shown throwing a rock at an Israeli tank. Aburedwan's teenage years were marked by violence in Ramallah, but when he was 17 a neighbor gave him a viola that changed his life. Performance Today talks with Aburedwan about how music shielded him from the violence in the Middle East, and about Al Kamandjati, the program he has started to teach music to kids as an alternative to violence.
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Feb 2010: Harp that Heals and Comforts

The Reverie Harp is a light-weight, egg-shaped stringed box designed to be both a musical instrument and therapy tool. On Performance Today we examine the symbolism of a harp in life and death and the power music can have to ease suffering. Our series observes a music therapist as she helps a stroke patient use the harp to regain the use of her left arm and a hospice patient who uses the harp to find joy and solace in the time she has remaining.
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