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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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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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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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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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Ron Jones on Performing in Carnegie Hall

Ron Jones on Performing in Carnegie Hall

Being able to perform in Carnegie Hall is the dream of many young musicians all over the world, but actually taking the stage can be a nerve-wracking experience no matter your age. This feeling is well known to conductor Ron Jones of Port Angeles, Washington. On April 6, 2017, Jones conducted in Carnegie Hall as part of MidAmerica Production’s 34th concert season; this concert is just the latest of several previous appearances with MidAmerica Productions dating back to 1989. We…

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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. Thompson’s Frostiana will be performed in Carnegie Hall in April, 2018. Click to learn more….

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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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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

Although children’s choirs are quite common, the varying skill levels of students in these choirs can lead to interesting challenges for music educators. In addition to rehearsing music and guiding performances, children’s choir conductors must also teach good musical practices and hold the attention of energetic and easily-distracted pupils. Cheryl Dupont, conductor and music educator, will be leading her children’s choir and a number of others on MidAmerica Productions’ Carnegie Hall concert on May 27. We asked her to share…

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