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Hallelujah Rhapsody (this is the short and simplified sample on piano) is based on the song Hallelujah by legendary singer, songwriter, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen, presented by Marrina. The song Hallelujah was recently performed at the Glastonbury Festival 2008 , 2007, and on American Idol by Jason Castro ( other finalists: David Cook, David Archuleta, Syesha Mercado, Michael Johns, Brooke White, Carly Smithson, Kristy Lee Cook ). He also performed Memory ( Cats, by Andrew Lloyd Webber ), I Don't Wanna Cry ( Mariah Carey), Somewhere Over the Rainbow ( Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version w/ What a Wonderful World ), Forever In Blue Jeans and September Morn by Neil Diamond, Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan and I Shot the Sheriff. In addition to Jason Castro's performance on American Idol, Hallelujah was performed by Jeff Buckley, Sheryl Crow, Bono & The Edge ( U2 ), Sting, Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, Rufus Wainwright, K.D. Lang, Fall Out Boy (sample) and others. It was featured in the film Shrek and television series such as Ugly Betty, ER, Crossing Jordan, Nip/Tuck, Dateline , the X Factor ( Diane Vickers ) and others. Among his other songs: Tower of Song and Suzanne. Leonard Cohen was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Hallelujah Rhapsody is a part of a NEW CONCEPT:
"Immortalizing" selected songs (hip-hop, R&B, pop, alternative, rock, dance) by presenting them in classical forms of music. This concept was created in appreciation of contemporary artists' music. Among the songs are With You / Kiss Kiss Overture (Chris Brown, T-Pain), No One Concerto (Alicia Keys), What goes Around Rhapsody, My Love Concerto (Justin Timberlake, TI, Timbaland), Apologize (Timbaland, One Republic), Sweet Escape Suite (Gwen Stefani, Akon), Umbrella (Rihanna, Jay-Z, Chris Brown), What I've Done (Linkin Park, ft. in "The Transformers"), Makes Me Wonder (Maroon 5), What I Are (Timbaland, Keri Hilson), Big Girls Don't Cry (Fergie), How Far We've Come (Matchbox 20), Runaway Love (Ludacris, Mary J. Blige, Keri Hilson), Gimme More Sonata (Britney Spears) and others.
This version is not intended to sound as a copy of the original song. The music might be A MIXTURE OF GENRES, WITH INTENTIONAL CONSTANT CHANGES IN TEMPO AND RHYTHM (personal interpretation).
This original concept is presented, arranged and performed by Marrina.
Award-winning concert pianist/composer/conductor Marrina has performed in concerts since she was 8 years old. Her styles of music are ranging from classical, to pop, to dance, to R&B, to hip-hop. Her high school musical compositions were featured in films, studio recordings and theater.
After her performance in the Superbowl Halftime Show Marrina continued to perform in concerts, in films and on television. She has appeared in the film "Face/Off" with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage and on television shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Entertainment Tonight, Extra and others. She conducted and performed with the group she founded in front of presidents (President Clinton, President Meri of Estonia) and royalty, appearing in major events, from the Olympic games events to the Grammy Fest. She has appeared with and in front of well-known artists and personalities such as Sting, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole, Jessica Simpson, John Travolta, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Robert Downey Jr., Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Kate Winslet, Will Smith. Jamie Lee Curtis, Larry King, Bruce Springsteen and more.
In appreciation of their artistic and humanitarian contributions, Marrina has written special compositions in honor of Steven Spielberg, Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Sir Paul Mccartney.
The purpose of the videos of this channel are :
1. To present selected songs in classical forms of music, in hopes to "immortalize" them. This concept was created in appreciation of the artists' music.
2. To encourage acceptance and combining various styles of music.
3. To inspire and encourage playing a musical instrument and being creative.
Per the request of some of the viewers to make it easier, some of the songs are transposed to easier keys.