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Month: February 2017

Ron Jones on Performing in Carnegie Hall

Ron Jones on Performing in Carnegie Hall

Being able to perform in Carnegie Hall is the dream of many young musicians all over the world, but actually taking the stage can be a nerve-wracking experience no matter your age. This feeling is well known to conductor Ron Jones of Port Angeles, Washington. On April 6, 2017, Jones conducted in Carnegie Hall as part of MidAmerica Production’s 34th concert season; this concert is just the latest of several previous appearances with MidAmerica Productions dating back to 1989. We…

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10 Facts about Academy Award Winning Music

10 Facts about Academy Award Winning Music

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.   2. John Williams has more Oscar nominations than just about anyone. So far Williams has won five Oscars, but, more impressively, he’s been nominated…

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Music and the Presidents

Music and the Presidents

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, George Washington, one of the great revolutionary generals, had already developed a keen interest in music. During the Revolution, he sent orders to his troops…

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Sing Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall this Thanksgiving

Sing Handel’s Messiah in Carnegie Hall this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving may be months away, but it’s never too early to plan a trip to New York City where you can see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and sing the world’s most famous choral piece in Carnegie Hall. This November 28, 2017, conductor Jonathan Willcocks will be leading the first Carnegie Hall performance of Handel’s Messiah of the 2017 Christmas season. Open to all choirs throughout the United States and Canada, this concert is an opportunity to perform in the…

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Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs

Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs

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, a fact that did not escape Thompson in his composition. The piece was commissioned in 1959 by the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, where Frost taught…

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Zoe Zeniodi to Conduct Beethoven in Carnegie Hall this April

Zoe Zeniodi to Conduct Beethoven in Carnegie Hall this April

Rising star Zoe Zeniodi is due to appear this April in Carnegie Hall where she will be conducting the overture to Beethoven’s Fidelio as well as his Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93. Despite her young age, she has already proven herself a talent-to-watch and made a name for herself as a skilled leader and artistic director. Zoe Zeniodi, Award-winning Pianist and Conductor Zeniodi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance and Accompaniment from the Royal College of…

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Award-Winning Pianist Asiya Korepanova to Perform in Carnegie Hall This February

Award-Winning Pianist Asiya Korepanova to Perform in Carnegie Hall This February

We’re pleased to announce that pianist and multidisciplinary artist Asiya Korepanova will be joining us in Carnegie Hall on February 18 to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble under the baton of Giuseppe Lanzetta on the first concert of our 34th season. Get tickets to her February 18, 2017 Carnegie Hall Concert! Young and Talented Korepanova was born in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia to a family of professional musicians. Like any child entering the family…

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