Music and the Presidents

Music and the Presidents

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, George Washington, one of the great revolutionary generals, had already developed a keen interest in music. During the Revolution, he sent orders to his troops…

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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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Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs

Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs

Robert Frost is undoubtedly one of the best known American poets. Although his work is memorable in and of itself, it has also found life outside of poetry as the source of lyrics for Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs. Frost’s simple vernacular style and depth of meaning make his poems uniquely suited for singing, a fact that did not escape Thompson in his composition. The piece was commissioned in 1959 by the town of Amherst, Massachusetts, where Frost taught…

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Zoe Zeniodi to Conduct Beethoven in Carnegie Hall this April

Zoe Zeniodi to Conduct Beethoven in Carnegie Hall this April

Rising star Zoe Zeniodi is due to appear this April in Carnegie Hall where she will be conducting the overture to Beethoven’s Fidelio as well as his Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93. Despite her young age, she has already proven herself a talent-to-watch and made a name for herself as a skilled leader and artistic director. Zoe Zeniodi, Award-winning Pianist and Conductor Zeniodi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance and Accompaniment from the Royal College of…

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Award-Winning Pianist Asiya Korepanova to Perform in Carnegie Hall This February

Award-Winning Pianist Asiya Korepanova to Perform in Carnegie Hall This February

We’re pleased to announce that pianist and multidisciplinary artist Asiya Korepanova will be joining us in Carnegie Hall on February 18 to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble under the baton of Giuseppe Lanzetta on the first concert of our 34th season. Get tickets to her February 18, 2017 Carnegie Hall Concert! Young and Talented Korepanova was born in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia to a family of professional musicians. Like any child entering the family…

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The Origin of Musical Clefs

The Origin of Musical Clefs

Music is often called the universal language; it can be understood and enjoyed by anyone who cares to listen. In fact it is so much a part of the human experience that even without musical training most people can recognize one of Western music’s most prevalent symbols – the treble clef. Aside from being on nearly every piece of sheet music, the treble clef can be found on tote bags, baseball hats, t-shirts, and even on the bodies of music-lovers…

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Mozart: Requiem for a Prodigy

Mozart: Requiem for a Prodigy

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 by periods of financial instability and depression – factors which may have contributed to his untimely death at the young age of 35. Details of…

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How to Direct Children’s Choirs

How to Direct Children’s Choirs

There is no instrument as complex or peculiar as the human voice. Each person’s singing voice has a specific range and timbre that, like a fingerprint, is unique only to them. Not only do our voices differ from person to person, but also across time; as we grow out of our childhood, our voices change and settle into the register with which we will speak and sing for the rest of our lives.  Given that our voices are so distinctly…

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MidAm International Announces 2017 Season of Concerts in Florence, Vienna, and Syros, Greece

MidAm International Announces 2017 Season of Concerts in Florence, Vienna, and Syros, Greece

MidAm International’s 2017 season of concerts will take place between April 11 and July 31 in Florence, Italy; Vienna, Austria; and Syros, Greece; according to the General Director and Music Director, Peter Tiboris. Florence The opening concert, in Florence, Italy, on April 11 during Holy Week, will be led by Peter Tiboris who will conduct sacred music with the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina, soloists, and choruses from California and Florence, Italy, at the Great Basilica di Santa Croce. An additional…

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Peter Tiboris Announces 13th Annual International Festival of the Aegean, July 16 – 31, 2017, in Syros, Greece at the Historic Apollo Theater (1864)

Peter Tiboris Announces 13th Annual International Festival of the Aegean, July 16 – 31, 2017, in Syros, Greece at the Historic Apollo Theater (1864)

January 9, 2016 Peter Tiboris, the Founder and General Music Director of MidAm International in New York City and the International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, is pleased to announce that the 13th Annual Festival will begin on Sunday, July 16, and end on Sunday, July 31, 2017. For the fifth consecutive year, the Pan-European Philharmonia from Warsaw, Poland, will be the resident orchestra at the Festival. The Pan-European Philharmonia was founded by Peter Tiboris, who is its music…

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