Author: diana

How do you know how to play tango?

“How do you know how to play tango?” was the question that a young violin student in Medellin Colombia asked me in masterclass. To be honest, I was expecting someone to ask that at some point but thought no one had the guts to ask. They had all been at my concert the night before, after all. I could tell that he didn’t ask me as a challenge, he was truly amazed at how this woman, me, in front of him, wearing cowboy boots, not from Argentina or any Latin American country near by, who lives in the US, could ever know how to play tango like a “real” tango player.

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Help PASO perform in the International Tango Festival of Medellin, Colombia

The Pan American Symphony Orchestra is honored to be the first American tango orchestra invited to perform at the International Tango Festival (known locally as Festitango) in Medellin, Colombia. We are proud to be a premiere tango orchestra based in Washington, DC, a gem in the Washington area arts community. We’ve been delighting audiences with the best of tango and Latin American music for over 25 years.
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We Play, You Dance.

We are classical and classically trained musicians. A Fulbright Scholar, a Berklee School of Music grad, a Master and a Doctor in Music. Each one of us has a story. A classical one. Interesting enough, what brings us together is Tango. Not Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart. Instead it’s Piazzolla, Moreno, Pugliese.

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Must Have Fun Too!

Had a great time skating with my students today. Thank you Yuriy Litvinov for hanging out with us. #violinists #skating

Posted by Diana the Violinist on Sunday, December 13, 2015

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Turn It Off

I went to see “The Book of Mormon” last night at the Kennedy Center. Box seats a little off to the right of center but still pretty centered. Great seats, lots of money, totally worth it. The lights dimmed and the voice at the beginning of the show said: “blah blah blah, please turn off all electronic devices.”

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Contest Time: The Soul of Tango

I’ll be playing with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra (PASO) at the Kennedy Center on October 11th.  Joining the orchestra for this special performance are Carolina Zokalski and Diego Di Falco from Broadway’s Forever Tango.
If you want to win two free tickets to this concert and a CD autographed by me, here is what you need to do:

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Patience Need Not Apply by Eloise Hellyer

Patience in the Oxford English Dictionary is defined as “the suffering or enduring (of pain, trouble or evil) with calmness and composure….forbearance under provocation of any kind.” The very word comes from the Latin word for suffering.

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Letter from my student

“Dear Mrs Diana,
It has been a long and enjoyable three years with you. You have taught me so much about my playing and about music itself that has helped me grow as a musician. I know that everything that you have taught me will stay with me forever

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My trip to Beirut

Where in the world is Diana? Why Beirut of course, Lebanon that is. To be more specific, in the middle of all the action. Go up and to the right you find Syria; go down and there’s Israel. You are probably wondering why I would go to Lebanon at such a tumultuous time (March 2012).

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My student recital

I want to write a few words (more like gush) about my students. I don’t do it often (ever) and it’s a long time coming. I never thought I would be the teacher who got all teary eyed after a student performance so I was caught off guard when things started stirring a little bit. For those of you who have studied with me and know me,

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