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Andante: Ruth Boden Climbs Mountain to Perform Bach's Cello Suite in Short Documentary >>

In a short documentary called Andante, viewers can now witness a cellist's puzzling excursion to her most out-of-the-way concert venue: a mountaintop. That's right, Ruth Boden, an instructor of cello, bass, and chamber music at Washington State University, recently embarked on a hike to the top of the Matterhorn (in Oregon state), while carrying a cello on her back. She traveled with a small "film crew of one" according to CMuse, with the ultimate goal of performing Bach's cello suite at the summit, in an environment she says feels superior to that of the recital hall.

Boozoo Chavis

Classicalite Reviews Robert Mugge's 'The Kingdom of Zydeco' >>

Robert Mugge seemingly doesn't believe in cutting, unless absolutely necessary. This is not a criticism, although it may sound like it. Starting out, his lingering camera, feels a tadbit awkward. You wait for the cutaway to something else. It does happen but it takes a little bit. Musical performances are similar. When someone in Mr. Mugge's films starts a performance of a song, you can guarantee that you are going to hear the whole song before his camera flees the scene. Mr. Mugge takes you there and you see the story, in this case The Kingdom of Zydeco, unfold as it did before his eyes.

Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling Featured in Ovation's Music Doc Series >>

Internet sensation and billboard topper Lindsey Stirling was the focus of "Song by Song," a documentary music series which premiered on Ovation TV Tuesday, Dec. 9. The first part of the two-part episode featured her song “Crystallize” while an episode on Dec. 16 will focus on another chart-topper: “Elements.” Known as an electronic violinist, dancer and composer, the Gilbert, Arizona, native first rose to popularity after her appearance on the incredibly popular "America’s Got Talent" in 2010. Though she did not win the competition, the exposure helped her to become a YouTube sensation in 2012, when her song “Crystallize” became one of the top 10 most-watched videos of the year, with more than 42 million views and more than 5.5 million subscribers. The series takes an in-depth look at two of Stirling's biggest hits, with behind-the-scenes insights from renowned choreographer Laurianne Gibson; the Grammy-winning lead singer of Halestrom, Lzzy Hale; and singer-songwriter Dia Frampton, as well as "Billboard's" Andrew Hampp, "Rolling Stone's" David Wild and YouTube's Margaret Hart. Viewers will also hear intimate, behind-the-scenes stories from Stirling and her sister Brooke, as well as her drummer Drew Steen, keyboardist Jason Gaviati and tour manager Erich Jackson.

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