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Month: May 2017

What’s the Difference Between Singing Opera and Musical Theater?

What’s the Difference Between Singing Opera and Musical Theater?

It’s a known fact that Opera and Musical Theater are very different (think Wagner’s ring cycle on the one hand and Guys and Dolls on the other), but what are the differences in singing style between the two? We did a little research — here’s what we found: It Ain’t Over Until the Virtuosic Lady Sings The first thing that sets operatic singing apart from musical theater is the actual composition of the music itself. Typically, operas have longer phrases…

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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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