Browsed by
Month: June 2017

Conductor J. Edmund Hughes on the Confidence-Boosting Power of Performing in Carnegie Hall

Conductor J. Edmund Hughes on the Confidence-Boosting Power of Performing in Carnegie Hall

Edmund Hughes, Adjunct Professor at the University of Puget Sound, retired from the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Music Faculty in 2011 after a 40-year teaching career. He has been awarded the Arizona Outstanding Choral Educator Award (ACDA), Arizona Music Educator of the Year (AMEA), Lifetime Achievement Award (AMEA) and the first Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the University of Arizona’s Choral Music Department. A part-time composer, Ed has several choral compositions in print, published by Santa Barbara Music, Colla Voce Music,…

Read More Read More

Conductor Scott Youngs Shares Thoughts on the “Fantastic Challenge” of Bringing Musicians Together in Carnegie Hall

Conductor Scott Youngs Shares Thoughts on the “Fantastic Challenge” of Bringing Musicians Together in Carnegie Hall

Scott Alan Youngs is the Artistic Director of the Arizona Bach Festival, the Director of Music for All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School, and adjunct faculty at Arizona State University. As Director of Music for All Saints’ Episcopal Church, he conducts the Chamber Choir, the Senior Choir, the Women’s Chant Choir, and the Boy and Girl Choristers of the Day School. He is also  the principal organist. As a pianist and organist, he has appeared in recital throughout Western…

Read More Read More

MidAmerica Productions to partner with the Continuo Arts Foundation to present Stephen James Edwards’ Requiem for My Mother in Carnegie Hall, May 19, 2018

MidAmerica Productions to partner with the Continuo Arts Foundation to present Stephen James Edwards’ Requiem for My Mother in Carnegie Hall, May 19, 2018

Stephen James Edwards’ iconic musical tribute to his mother, Requiem for My Mother, will be performed at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, May 19, 2018, as the result of a collaboration between MidAmerica Productions and The Continuo Arts Foundation. Requiem for My Mother is an 11-movement choral and orchestral work composed by Mr. Edwards to commemorate his mother’s influence on him, from his first music lessons as a child to his career as a professional film score…

Read More Read More

Peter Tiboris Conducts Mozart’s Requiem and Symphony No. 40 Tonight at Votivkirche in Vienna

Peter Tiboris Conducts Mozart’s Requiem and Symphony No. 40 Tonight at Votivkirche in Vienna

Tonight,  as part of MidAm International’s Great American Music Festival in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, Peter Tiboris will conduct Mozart’s Requiem and Symphony No. 40 at the Votivkirche. Maestro Tiboris will lead the Symphonisches Orchestra Wien; choirs from Phoenix, AZ; Omaha, NE; Las Cruces, NM; and Westfield, NJ; as well as soloists Eilana Lappalainen, soprano; Melody Wilson, mezzo-soprano; Walker J. Jackson, tenor: and Faldo Hönisch, bass-baritone; in Mozart’s Requiem. Admission is free. To learn more about the creation of Mozart’s…

Read More Read More

Conductor Anne Klus on the “Once-in-a-lifetime” Opportunity of Performing in Carnegie Hall

Conductor Anne Klus on the “Once-in-a-lifetime” Opportunity of Performing in Carnegie Hall

Anne Klus, Director of St. Paul Academy and Summit School (SPA) Choral Activities has performed with MidAmerica in Carnegie Hall four times since the company’s founding. This reflects not only the excellence of the choirs but also Ms. Klus’ success as a teacher who loves nothing more than “to see students connect with the spirit and intricate discipline of the musical arts.” Ms. Klus has brought both passion and talent to her leadership of the SPA Middle and Upper School…

Read More Read More

Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Mass of the Children

Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Mass of the Children

English composer John Rutter has been a mainstay of the choral music world for nearly four decades, and in that time he has explored the genre thoroughly. Rutter’s work continually challenges choral conventions while remaining joyous and accessible, and his Mass of the Children is no exception. Like many of his compositions, it evokes traditional forms and modern harmonies at once, creating a piece that is rich and compelling. A Choral Work for All Ages As a young boy, Rutter…

Read More Read More

MidAmerica Productions Presents its First American Choral Competition in Carnegie Hall

MidAmerica Productions Presents its First American Choral Competition in Carnegie Hall

MidAmerica Productions, Inc. The Most Prolific Independent Producer & Presenter of Choral Concerts in the History of Carnegie Hall since May 5, 1891 Presents The Debut of MidAmerica’s  First American Choral Adjudication & Competition  in Historic CARNEGIE HALL   Two Divisions: High School & Adult/University Announcing GRAND PRIZES OF $10,000  Second Prizes: $5,000 — Third Prizes: $3,000 June 2, 2017 Dear Music Colleagues: For the first time in our 35-year history MidAmerica Productions is announcing an adjudicated choral competition which will take place in…

Read More Read More

MidAm International Presents Great American Music Festival in Vienna and Salzburg, June 19-23, 2017

MidAm International Presents Great American Music Festival in Vienna and Salzburg, June 19-23, 2017

Instrumental musicians, choristers, conductors, and soloists from across the USA will come together in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria, for MidAm International’s Third Annual Great American Music Festival, to be held from June 19 to June 23, 2017. Concert Details — Vienna and Salzburg Opening the series on Monday, June 19, at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm at the Oberlaa Theater will be Po-Wei Lai conducting the Bay Area Youth Music Society Chamber Orchestra of California (BAYMS) in Bizet’s Carmen Overture,…

Read More Read More

Modern Classics: Éric Champagne’s Te Deum

Modern Classics: Éric Champagne’s Te Deum

In the classical music world, we often neglect the modern in favor of the past. For example, most people can recognize Beethoven or Mozart, but the nearer to the present, the lesser known the composer. In our blog series, Modern Classics, we highlight the best modern works from living composers — this week we are turning our attention to composer Éric Champagne, whose Te Deum, which will be performed in Carnegie Hall on June 5 as part of MidAmerica Productions’…

Read More Read More