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Frances Densmore and Mountain Chief

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses a photograph of Frances Densmore and Mountain Chief sitting in front of the Smithsonian Castle.

Can You Tell Us About the Harpsichord?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us about the harpsichord

Keyboard owned by Ray Charles

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John Hasse, PhD, Curator of American Music at the National Museum of American History, presents a Yamaha KX88 keyboard used by Ray Charles and discusses Ray's comments on playing the piano.

The History of Ella Fitzgerald's A-Tisket-A-Tasket

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John Hasse tells us a little about Ella Fitzgerald's popular hit A-Tisket-A-Tasket in celebration of the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

What Can You Tell Us About the Early History of the Piano?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of the Musical Instrument Collection at the National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us a little about the early history of the piano.

What Does a Harpsichord Sound Like?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, shows us how he plays the harpsichord.

What are the origins of stringed instruments?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the evolution of stringed instruments from the ektar to the dutar, sitar, qatar and finally to the guitar.

What are Some Fun Things You Can Do With a Piano?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us some fun facts about the piano.

Tell Us About Jimi Hendrix

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Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture tells us aboutJimi Hendrix' style musically and fashion-wise while highlighting his vest and speaker that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Ray Charles Recording Session Receipt

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Dwan Reece, PhD, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture discusses a receipt from Swing Time records for a Ray Charles recording session.

Tell us about Marian Anderson

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Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, tells us about Marian Anderson's pivotal concert at the Lincoln Memorial while highlighting the outfit she wore that will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

David Skorton introduces Smithsonian Music

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Dr. David J. Skorton, the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian, introduces Smithsonian Music.

Do You Have Anything in the Collections From Selena?

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Dwight Bowers, Curator with the Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows an outfit in the Smithsonian Collections worn by Selena Quintanilla-Pérez.

Oral History Interview with Juan Gutiérrez

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Ranald Woodaman, of the Smithsonian Latino Center, interviews Juan "Juango" Gutiérrez, founder of Los Pleneros de la 21, and his daughter, Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera.

What is the Chamber Music Society?

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Kenneth Slowik, curator of the Musical Instrument Collection at National Museum of American History and artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, tells us about the purpose and creation of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. For more information on the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, visit their website: http://smithsonianchambermusic.org/

Can You Show Us Some of the Pop Culture Collection?

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Dwight Bowers, Curator, Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History shows us a costume worn by American country singer Patsy Cline.

Don Loper's Dress for Ella Fitzgerald

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John Hasse tells us about the Don Loper dress Ella Fitzgerald donned in the iconic American Express ad in view in the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

Tell Us About Hommage Á Bessie Smith

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Collections Curator Bryna Freyer tells us about the jazzy workings in this Senegalese artists painting of Bessie Smith in the African Art Museum Collections.

John Hasse on Ella Fitzgerald's beginnings

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John Hasse tells us a little about Ella Fitzgerald's early life in celebration of the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History
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