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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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Marlynn Rey on the Festival of the Aegean: “It was Excellent in Every Sense”

Marlynn Rey on the Festival of the Aegean: “It was Excellent in Every Sense”

Marlynn Rey is a choral director and composer who recently took part in MidAm International’s 13th Annual Festival of the Aegean. She received a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Bible College with a piano major and voice minor. Rey has directed several choirs in her career, both in the US and Canada. She has been an accompanist for Mesa Community College, AZ, and a private piano instructor for 36 years. Her compositions have been performed at Mesa Community College and…

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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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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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Terre Johnson – Conductor, Composer, Educator

Terre Johnson – Conductor, Composer, Educator

Former MidAmerica Productions Conductor-in-Residence, Dr. Terre Johnson, has led performances all over the world. Although he has held several secular music director positions since earning his doctorate, he has always been involved in church music; he currently works as Minister of Music at the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has lived since December of 2004. Since then, Johnson has added composition to his already prolific repertoire, writing works for both vocal and instrumental groups. In a…

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