Edinboro University to host free concert

- EDINBORO, Pa. — International virtuoso musicians will present a free concert on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center Recital Hall. These musicians will have participated in a week-long workshop to acquire cutting-edge techniques to connect with their audiences more fully.

The concert is the culminating event of the music workshop “Mindfulness, Confidence & Performance: A Transformative Program for Musicians,” which is being held Aug. 4-11 on the Edinboro University campus.

Musicians from across the United States as well as from England, Iceland and Israel plan to participate in the workshop. It is being led by pianist Madeline Bruser, a Juilliard School graduate who has trained in mindfulness disciplines for 30 years.

“Mindfulness means noticing what’s happening in the present moment – both within you and around you,” Bruser states on her website, artofpracticing.com. “It includes observing the details of how you use your body with your instrument, and focusing intently on how sounds affect you. It also includes tuning into your body before you practice, and tuning into your deep intentions before you walk onstage. As you practice such awareness, your instrumental technique, your musicality, your stage presence, and your communicative power all grow stronger.”

In addition to Bruser as program director and master teacher, the workshop faculty will include Tal Varon, jazz saxophonist on the faculty of Israel Conservatory in Tel Aviv; Stephen Burns, world-famous trumpet virtuoso and artistic director of the Fulcrum Point New Music Project; and Daniel Burdick, tuba soloist and Edinboro University associate professor.

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