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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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Quiz: Which Famous Requiem is Your Favorite?

Quiz: Which Famous Requiem is Your Favorite?

Text Reads: The requiem mass has been a time-honored form for centuries. Many of the most celebrated composers have chosen to write a requiem that suits them stylistically. The question is… which one is your favorite? — Related: Celebrating Fauré’s Requiem on its 130th Anniversary — — Related: Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem — — Related: Mozart: Requiem for a Prodigy —

Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem

Modern Classics: John Rutter’s Requiem

John Rutter’s Requiem will be performed this Sunday at 8pm in Carnegie Hall Purchase tickets here or visit our Facebook event page for more info John Rutter’s Requiem, composed in 1985, has become a fixture of choral repertoire all over the world. Often compared to Fauré’s Requiem, it subtly walks the line between modern style and a romantic affinity for melody that is characteristic of Rutter’s music. Like Faure’s, Rutter’s Requiem is more poignant than morose, yet still profoundly moving….

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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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The Return of John Rutter to Carnegie Hall: The Ultimate Rutter Retrospective

The Return of John Rutter to Carnegie Hall: The Ultimate Rutter Retrospective

Peter Tiboris General Music Director of MidAmerica Productions is pleased to announce the return of John Rutter on MidAmerica Production’s 35th Season Carnegie Hall concert on Monday Memorial Day May 28, 2018. He will conduct several talented choirs in performances of his Requiem, his Magnificat, and his Mass of the Children. His Magnificat and his Mass of the Children had their world premieres on previous MidAmerica series. The residency dates for this concert on May 28 are May 25 through…

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John Rutter to Conduct his Requiem in Florence Debut

John Rutter to Conduct his Requiem in Florence Debut

MidAmerica Productions is pleased to announce that Conductor Laureate John Rutter will be conducting his Requiem in Florence, Italy, at the Basilica di Santo Spirito in June, 2018. This will be the celebrated choral composer’s first time conducting in Florence, a rare treat for performers and audience alike. John Rutter: Preaching to the Choir As a young man, Rutter was intimately involved in choral music, both as a chorister and as a conductor. In 1975 he became the director of…

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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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Masterworks in Concert: 130th Anniversary of Fauré’s Requiem

Masterworks in Concert: 130th Anniversary of Fauré’s Requiem

The year 2017 marks the 130th anniversary of the composition of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 48, a choral masterpiece and one of the composer’s most well-known works. To commemorate this occasion, Fauré’s Requiem will be performed in Carnegie Hall on Saturday, May 27 at 8pm as part of MidAmerica Productions’ 34th concert season. The work will be conducted by Rodney H. Caldwell who will lead soloists Susanne Burgess (soprano), Kenneth Overton (baritone), and a combined choir in its performance. Click here…

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