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Masterworks in Concert: Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

Masterworks in Concert: Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

Though separated by nearly a century, Tchaikovsky made no secret of his love for Mozart and his works. In fact, Tchaikovsky once claimed that “Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.” With his glowing admiration of the composer, it is no small wonder that Tchaikovsky’s music, despite its unique character, often follows in Mozart’s footsteps. One work that especially shows Tchaikovsky’s fascination with the classical composer is his Serenade for Strings…

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Masterworks in Concert: Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Masterworks in Concert: Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

For much of the 19th century, English classical music did not have its own distinct sound. Instead, English musicians wrote music that followed the Germanic tradition of composers like Beethoven and Wagner. Ralph Vaughan Williams set out to change that. Drawing on the cultural history of Tudor England, he helped create a uniquely English style that continues to inform English music to this day. Nowhere is this style more evident than in his well-known work, Fantasia on a Theme by…

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Masterworks In Concert: Mozart’s Solemn Vespers

Masterworks In Concert: Mozart’s Solemn Vespers

It is almost impossible to overstate the impact Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has had on the world. For musicians and non-musicians alike, hearing his name conjures up images of genius, fame, and artistic accomplishment. However, despite his current renown, Mozart was still a product of his time, and as a composer in the 1700s that meant creating works to suit the demands of his patron. Mozart’s Liturgical Masterpiece Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, commonly known as Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, is one…

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How Orff’s Carmina Burana Became Classical Music’s Greatest Hit

How Orff’s Carmina Burana Became Classical Music’s Greatest Hit

Orff’s Carmina Burana will be performed in Carnegie Hall on May 27 – Purchase Tickets – – Learn More – Even if you don’t know it by name, you’ve probably heard Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at least once in your life. Although it achieved significant renown as a concert work during the composer’s lifetime, the piece gained a second life through its use in film, television, and advertisements. Despite its continuing popularity, Orff’s seminal work had humble beginnings. Orff’s Carmina…

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Modern Classics: The Next Generation of Classical Composers

Modern Classics: The Next Generation of Classical Composers

In the classical music world, we often neglect the modern in favor of the past, not because of any inherent prejudice, it’s just human nature. For example, most people can recognize Beethoven or Mozart, but the nearer to the present, the lesser known the composer. In order for the art form to survive it’s in the best interests of the classical music community to listen to and support contemporary composers. That’s why we’re showcasing two major new works which have…

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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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Masterworks in Concert: 130th Anniversary of Fauré’s Requiem

Masterworks in Concert: 130th Anniversary of Fauré’s Requiem

The year 2017 marks the 130th anniversary of the composition of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 48, a choral masterpiece and one of the composer’s most well-known works. To commemorate this occasion, Fauré’s Requiem will be performed in Carnegie Hall on Saturday, May 27 at 8pm as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 34th concert season. The work will be conducted by Rodney H. Caldwell who will lead soloists Susanne Burgess (soprano), Kenneth Overton (baritone), and a combined choir in its performance. Click here…

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