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‘The Arts Connect’ on International Night at Tallahassee School of Math and Science

Ahmet Temel is the principal of Tallahassee School of Math and Science and he wants to learn to play the guitar.

By: Amanda Karioth Thompson, COCA | April 25, 2018

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Raa Band Students Feel Connections Watching Stoneman Douglas Performers

There was total silence from Raa Middle School’s advanced band students as they watched video footage of a concert at Carnegie Hall. Only the most accomplished musicians are invited to perform in the prestigious venue but it wasn’t a famous artist that entranced...

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COCA Spotlight: David Sebren “Director plays with hypocrisy in ‘Tartuffe’”

Over a lifetime, every person is certain to have encountered a greedy, miserly, old man. They have most likely met the witty and mostly aloof, always hungry, always tired, sidekick, too. And who could overlook the know-it-all “doctor” of everything from medicine to physics to...

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Latin band sparks excitement at Fort Braden

The acclaimed Latin band Orkesta Mendoza has performed in theaters and auditoriums all over the world but rarely in school cafeterias. More than 320 Fort Braden elementary and middle school students were treated to a live concert by the Tucson-based musicians as part of an educational...

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COCA Spotlight: Faith Harkey “Young voices speak loudly for writer”

Seated at her floor desk, author Faith Harkey listens intently. She enjoys feeling grounded with the earth while she creates, likening writing to living inside a dream.

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Pineview students learn violin basics and life lessons

“Keep your eye on your bow and trust your fingers.” Aubrey Iacobelli offers a reminder and encouragement to her new violin students. “One, two, three, here we go.” She counts them into their first attempt at performing a piece and can’t contain her pride...

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COCA Spotlight: Marie Donnelly “Musician fires up her fiddle for St. Patrick’s Day”

Listen closely to a track of old-time American music from the hills of Kentucky, and you might uncover traces of jigs, reels, and hornpipes from another world. Musician Marie Donnelly’s great-grandfather traveled from Ireland to Canada before settling in the state where many Irish...