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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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New International “Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition” to take place on July 29, 2018, in Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece: Grand/Gold Prize includes a concert in historic Carnegie Hall. Now accepting applications.

New International “Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition” to take place on July 29, 2018, in Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece: Grand/Gold Prize includes a concert in historic Carnegie Hall. Now accepting applications.

MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International of New York, and The Festival of the Aegean of Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece, announce the first-ever annual worldwide International Festival of the Aegean “Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition,” which will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Apollo Theater on the Island of Syros, Greece. The Festival of the Aegean is in cooperation with the Municipality of Syros, Mayor George Marangos, and Vice-Mayor Thomai Mendrinou. The competition is open to singers of…

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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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Dr. Karl Chang on Performing in Carnegie Hall: “Absolutely Unforgettable”

Dr. Karl Chang on Performing in Carnegie Hall: “Absolutely Unforgettable”

On April 16, 2017, Dr. Karl Chang of the Crystal Children’s Choir in San Francisco, California led the Crystal Children’s Choir in a performance of choral works by John Rutter, Mozart, Rollo Dilworth, Bob Chilcott, Zhang Yida, Giancarlo Aquilanti, and Donald Moore in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City. We asked Dr. Chang to share a little about his experience with MidAmerica Productions in Carnegie Hall: I enjoyed greatly the amazing, collaborative experience at Carnegie Hall with our 200…

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Announcing Dates for MidAmerica Productions’ 35th Concert Season in Carnegie Hall – Solo Opportunities for Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, and Bands

Announcing Dates for MidAmerica Productions’ 35th Concert Season in Carnegie Hall – Solo Opportunities for Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, and Bands

Dear Music Colleagues, After more than three decades, MidAmerica Productions is proud to announce our 35th season at Carnegie Hall including concerts from April to June 2018. We invite you and your youth symphonic orchestra, wind ensemble or band to join us for a solo appearance under your baton. Solo appearances are predicated on a minimum of 50 performers and are 40 minutes of stage time in length totaling 34 minutes of music. The available dates open to you and…

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Mike Allard on Conducting in Carnegie Hall: “There is No Higher Experience than Performing in the Grand Old Lady”

Mike Allard on Conducting in Carnegie Hall: “There is No Higher Experience than Performing in the Grand Old Lady”

Michael Allard is the Orchestra Director for the Harmony Magnet Academy in Strathmore, California. Allard holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin (1991), an M.M.Ed. from Florida State University, (1978) and a B.A. from Colgate University (1976). Allard taught in Reno, Nevada from 1976-78 and is credited with founding the modern Las Vegas school system orchestra program (1979-87). He taught in the UT String Project from 1987-89 and at Punahou School in Hawaii (1989-91). Allard was tenured…

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Best of Carnegie Hall 2017 – Backstage Photos

Best of Carnegie Hall 2017 – Backstage Photos

What you see when you attend a classical music concert is a couple of hours of live music. What you don’t see is the hundreds of hours of rehearsals, separately and together, or the years of musical training that go into it. You don’t see the community that cherishes and supports these musicians, or the friendships within the ensemble that bring the final performance a greater sense of harmony. This year, we at MidAmerica Productions attempted to shed a little light on the…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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