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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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’…

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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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