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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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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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Modern Classics: The Next Generation of Classical Composers

Modern Classics: The Next Generation of Classical Composers

In the classical music world, we often neglect the modern in favor of the past, not because of any inherent prejudice, it’s just human nature. For example, most people can recognize Beethoven or Mozart, but the nearer to the present, the lesser known the composer. In order for the art form to survive it’s in the best interests of the classical music community to listen to and support contemporary composers. That’s why we’re showcasing two major new works which have…

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Remembering Verdi on his 203rd Birthday

Remembering Verdi on his 203rd Birthday

Today, October 10, 2016, marks the 203rd birthday of Giuseppe Verdi. Many of his works are staples of the repertoire to this day, including La traviata, Aida, Rigoletto, and his majestic Requiem. Lauded as one of the greatest opera composers of all time, Verdi rose from modest means to the heights of wealth and fame through diligence, hard work, and shrewdness. The Young Verdi Verdi was born in a village near Busseto in northern Italy. Like many children of his…

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John Rutter, CBE, Named Conductor Laureate

John Rutter, CBE, Named Conductor Laureate

The British composer and conductor John Rutter, CBE, was named Conductor Laureate by MidAmerica Productions at his most recent performance in Carnegie Hall on May 25, 2015. On that date, Rutter, who has conducted more than 125 performances in Carnegie Hall for MidAmerica Productions since 1988, led choruses and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in his Requiem with soprano Sherri Seiden, Gloria and Te Deum, and the New York Premiere of his newest large-scale work, Canticles of Creation. Choruses performing…

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