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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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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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How to Get the Most Out of Fundraising Events

How to Get the Most Out of Fundraising Events

Last week we shared our top five fundraising ideas for traveling with your orchestra, band, or choir. This week, we’re digging a little deeper into one of the ideas we mentioned: fundraising events. For first time fundraisers, hosting an event can be intimidating, but even fundraising veterans can struggle with large-scale functions. With that in mind, read on for our guide to getting the most out of your fundraising events: Step 1: Planning and Promotion The best way to set…

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