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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Mozart: Requiem for a Prodigy

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Few composers have had as lasting an impact on the world of classical music as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His talent for composition made him a celebrity in the courts and concert halls of late 18th-century Europe and gave his music a popular appeal that remains to this day. Despite this fact, Mozart’s life was marked […]

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The Return of John Rutter to Carnegie Hall: The Ultimate Rutter Retrospective

John Rutter, Conductor Laureate and Composer

Peter Tiboris General Music Director of MidAmerica Productions is pleased to announce the return of John Rutter on MidAmerica Production’s 35th Season Carnegie Hall concert on Monday Memorial Day May 28, 2018. He will conduct several talented choirs in performances of his Requiem, his Magnificat, and his Mass of the Children. His Magnificat and his […]

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Terre Johnson – Conductor, Composer, Educator

Dr. Terre Johnson celebrates the premiere of his work, Missa Femina, in Florence

Former MidAmerica Productions Conductor-in-Residence, Dr. Terre Johnson, has led performances all over the world. Although he has held several secular music director positions since earning his doctorate, he has always been involved in church music; he currently works as Minister of Music at the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has lived […]

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