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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez Portrait by Al Rendón

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Assistant Curator of Photographs for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Leslie Ureña shares some history about Selena Quintanilla-Pérez' background, music and style as well as her work with portrait photographer Al Rendón

Curator John Hasse "Rewirement" Speech

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On June 30, colleagues gathered to honor John Edward Hasse for his 32 years of service as Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. The speakers are: David J. Skorton, Secretary of the Smithsonian; John L. Gray, Director of the National Museum of American History; and Rep. John Conyers, Congress's leading champion of jazz. Secretary Skorton has named Hasse "Curator Emeritus," a lifetime honor. Rep. Conyers surprised Hasse by presenting him with a tribute he inserted into the Congressional Record

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 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 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

How is the Puerto Rican Bomba Drum Created?

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Marvette Perez (1961-2013), Curator of Latino History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, discusses the how a Puerto Rican bomba drum is constructed. This bomba drum is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s collections.

Letter from Jimmy Davis about Ray Charles' "You Are My Sunshine"

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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 letter from then Governor of Louisiana, Jimmy Davis discussing his enthusiasm for Ray Charles' recording of Davis', "You Are My Sunshine"

Kennith Slowik and the Smithsonian Chamber Players

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The Smithsonian Chamber Players, Vera Beths, Colin Jacobson, Nicholas Cords, Max Mendel and Kennith Slowik perform

Do You Have Anything From the Scarecrow in the "Wizard of Oz"?

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Dwight Block Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture & the Arts at the National Museum of American History presents the original costume of Ray Bolger (the scarecrow) wore in the movie, "The Wizard of Oz" while singing the song, "We're off to see the Wizard".

Do You Have Anything From the Broadway Musical "Cats"?

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Dwight Blocker Bowers, a curator with the Division of Culture & Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume of Mr. Mistoffelees in the Broadway Musical "Cats".

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.

What Is Your Favorite Kind of Music?

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Richard Kurin, Acting Provost and Under Secretary for Museums and Research at the Smithsonian Institution, discusses the music he loves.

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.

Ella Fitzgerald's Grammys

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John Hasse tells us the National Museum of American History collection of Ella Fitzgerald's Grammys and other awards on view at the Ella at 100 exhibit in National Museum of American History

Tell Us About the Track Sheet From the Hit Record "Ladies First"

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Museum Specialist Timothy Burnside tells us about the track sheet for the hit record "Ladies First" by Queen Latifah and Monie Love. It is currently on display at the "Musical Crossroads" Exhibit in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture

Can You Tell Us About the Dress From the Musical "Hello, Dolly"?

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Dwight Bowers, Curator in the Division of Culture and Arts at the National Museum of American History, shows us a costume from the musical "Hello, Dolly!"
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