Five Classical Works for Memorial Day

Five Classical Works for Memorial Day

The Memorial Day holiday is a time for quiet reflection in remembrance  of those who have given their lives to protect American ideals of freedom and justice. This Memorial Day we invite you to listen to these five classical works, each of which is inspired by the sacrifices made by Americans throughout history: 1. Charles Ives – Variations on “America” Using the theme from the early American anthem, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” Ives composed Variations on “America” in 1891…

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Modern Classics: Michael Trotta’s Seven Last Words

Modern Classics: Michael Trotta’s Seven Last Words

Michael John Trotta is an award-winning composer of choral music whose latest work, Seven Last Words, will be given its NY premiere in Carnegie Hall on May 27, 2017 as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 34th concert season. This will be the first time that Trotta will conduct his own composition in a MidAmerica Productions Carnegie Hall concert. We spoke with him to learn more about the piece and how he approaches his compositions. Trotta was interviewed by MidAmerica Productions’ Social…

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5 Classical Works Perfect for Mother’s Day

5 Classical Works Perfect for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the time of year when we celebrate the women who gave each of us the gift of life. For most of us, that means picking up her favorite flowers or another thoughtful gift; however, composers can do one better. That’s why we’ve gathered five works of classical music written for or inspired by the composers’ mothers: 1. Dvořák – “Songs My Mother Taught Me” Written in 1880, “Songs My Mother Taught Me” is the fourth of seven…

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How to Get the Most Out of Fundraising Events

How to Get the Most Out of Fundraising Events

Last week we shared our top five fundraising ideas for traveling with your orchestra, band, or choir. This week, we’re digging a little deeper into one of the ideas we mentioned: fundraising events. For first time fundraisers, hosting an event can be intimidating, but even fundraising veterans can struggle with large-scale functions. With that in mind, read on for our guide to getting the most out of your fundraising events: Step 1: Planning and Promotion The best way to set…

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How Orff’s Carmina Burana Became Classical Music’s Greatest Hit

How Orff’s Carmina Burana Became Classical Music’s Greatest Hit

Orff’s Carmina Burana will be performed in Carnegie Hall on May 27 – Purchase Tickets – – Learn More – Even if you don’t know it by name, you’ve probably heard Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at least once in your life. Although it achieved significant renown as a concert work during the composer’s lifetime, the piece gained a second life through its use in film, television, and advertisements. Despite its continuing popularity, Orff’s seminal work had humble beginnings. Orff’s Carmina…

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5 Fundraising Ideas to Travel with your Choir, Orchestra, or Band

5 Fundraising Ideas to Travel with your Choir, Orchestra, or Band

Traveling with your choir, orchestra, or band can be incredibly rewarding. Visiting new places is both exciting and educational, and when you get to perform in one of the world’s famous concert halls, you end up with experiences that can inspire young musicians, and memories that last a lifetime. Although traveling with a group can be expensive, the cost of the trip shouldn’t be what stands in the way of giving your students or ensemble the opportunity to perform in…

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Quiz: Which Beethoven Symphony is Your Favorite?

Quiz: Which Beethoven Symphony is Your Favorite?

His compositions are some of the most famous works in the classical canon. All nine of Beethoven’s symphonies have stood the test of time, and continue to receive regular performances. Some are more well-known than others, but each musician has their personal favorite — which is yours?

How Perfect Pitch Works

How Perfect Pitch Works

Perfect pitch is the ability to identify or produce a given pitch without a prompt from an instrument. For a musician, the benefits of perfect pitch are clear: it can help with intonation, memorization, and in a number of other ways which can augment your musical ability. Although many people have met someone with perfect pitch, it is extremely rare — affecting only one in 10,000 people. Finding out if a person has perfect pitch is as easy as playing…

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5 Tips for Memorizing Music

5 Tips for Memorizing Music

It has long been a practice for soloists and singers to perform their music from memory. Today, some orchestras are going so far as to have the ensemble perform their concerts entirely from memory. Musicologists and performers often have debated whether or not memorization enhances performance, but the fact remains that as musicians, we are often called upon to memorize our music. Here are five tips from the pros to help you memorize your parts faster and better: #1. Memorize…

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The Music of Spring

The Music of Spring

The changing of the seasons is a constant in our lives, it is a common human experience marked by celebrations or rituals which date back thousands of years. Generations of composers and musicians have looked to the start of spring for inspiration, and have commemorated the onset of new life in songs, sonatas, and symphonies. One of the most well-known springtime works is Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Paris’ Pagan Ballet In 1913, Paris’ Ballet Russes performed Stravinsky’s seminal work…

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