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Archive for June, 2015

Brass Through the Ages

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A program of music by Jacob Druckman and Patrice Caratini performed by the Axiom Brass Ensemble.

Countertenor David Daniels on Finding His Voice, Finding Himself, and Being Married by Justice Ginsburg

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David Daniels is “the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever,” to use the words of the New York Times. Though many know him best for portraying some of opera’s greatest heroes from Julius Caesar to Orpheus, he is also passionate about civil rights.

QUIZ: What American Composer Are You?

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Take this quiz to find out which dean of American music you’re most like! Are you sparse and minimal like Philip Glass? Or do you prefer the sis-boom-bah John Philip Sousa? Do you prefer Samuel Barber’s sonic landscapes of America, or Scott Joplin’s Ragtime portraits of American life?

Live from the Martin Theatre

The Juilliard String Quartet plays Haydn’s Quartet in G (H III:41); Berg’s Quartet Op 3; Schubert’s Quartet #14 in D Minor, D 810, “Death and the Maiden.”

Our Country, ‘Tis of Thee: How Marian Anderson Broke Boundaries for Singers of Color

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The U.S. Department of Treasury announced that contralto Marian Anderson will be featured on the new $5 bill. Learn more about how Anderson broke boundaries for singers of color in a segregated United States.

15 Queer Composers You Should Know

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We celebrate the music of LGBTQ composers all year long since it’s hard to escape a concert season without hearing works by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Britten, and others. Here are a few notable figures, more…

Signifyin’ in Song: How the Sounds of Slavery Changed Music Forever

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African-American spirituals are not just a cornerstone of the American choral tradition, they have impacted countless genres of music heard everywhere from saloons to symphony halls. Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” borrows heavily from African-American musical traditions, and spirituals in particular.

Baroque Arias and Ensembles

Baroque Arias and Ensembles performed by artists from the Haymarket Opera.

How a Bach Minuet Got a Motown Makeover

Bach’s Minuet in G major from the Notebooks for Anna Magdalena Bach is famous enough today that you may have even had it as your cell phone ring tone. The piece is so more…

9 Living Black Composers You Need To Know

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If you’re not familiar with these 9 composers, we’ve got 2 things to say:

1. You’re missing out on a lot of great music.
2. Now’s your chance to catch up! June is African-American Music Appreciation Month.