Holy Week in Firenze

Detail of Galileo's tomb at the Basilica di Santa Croce

Florence, Italy, boasts a number of beautiful churches and basilicas, but none more magnificent than the Great Basilica di Santa Croce. We have been fortunate enough to arrange a special sacred music program in this ancient church in the middle of Holy Week this April. Led by conductor Peter Tiboris, the Vintage High School Choir […]

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Quiz: Which Famous Requiem is Your Favorite?

A handwritten excerpt from the Dies Irae section of Mozart's Requiem

Text Reads: The requiem mass has been a time-honored form for centuries. Many of the most celebrated composers have chosen to write a requiem that suits them stylistically. The question is… which one is your favorite? — Related: Celebrating Fauré’s Requiem on its 130th Anniversary — — Related: Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem — — […]

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10 Facts about Academy Award Winning Music

Photo outside the 26th annual Academy Awards

1. Dmitri Shostakovich and Duke Ellington were both nominated the same year but lost to the arrangers of West Side Story. Both musicians were nominated for Best Score of a Musical Picture in 1961, at the height of their careers, but their scores were beaten out by the enormously popular hit musical West Side Story. […]

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Music and the Presidents

Engravings of Lincoln and Washington

On Presidents Day, we celebrate the birthdays of two of the most significant American presidents – George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. What many people don’t know is that music, especially the music of their day, was a central passion of their lives. General Washington’s Army Band   Before serving our nation as its first president, […]

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Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs

Choir Singing, 1964

Robert Frost is undoubtedly one of the best known American poets. Although his work is memorable in and of itself, it has also found life outside of poetry as the source of lyrics for Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs. Frost’s simple vernacular style and depth of meaning make his poems uniquely suited for singing, […]

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