Violins of Hope

Music has long stirred the spirit. Since time immemorial it has allowed us to soar to other realms mitigating heartbreak, offering solace, and encouraging optimism. But can the musical instruments themselves bear witness? Imbue future generations with sentiments from a [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath | December 15th, 2018
Saving Polyphonic Church Music

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525/26-1594) may have been born in the city of Palestrina, as indicated by his name, or may have been born in Rome, where his father may be the ‘Santo de Prenestino’ on the 1525 census. In [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | November 21st, 2018
When Western Choirs Sing Indian Music – Part III

The most common form of popular music in India is film music – songs from the movies, and Sperry has not shied away from adapting this form for choirs. Popular Music in Choral Format As mentioned in Part I of [...] more >>

by Serenade | November 19th, 2018
When Western Choirs Sing Indian Music – Part II

“One reason I love performing non-Western music is because I don’t find non-Western ideas in the music. I find basic human emotions and experiences that I have, I share, and I understand.” That outlook helps Ethan Sperry take on the [...] more >>

by Serenade | November 12th, 2018
When Western Choirs Sing Indian Music – Part I

The United States of America (the India that Christopher Columbus thought he reached) and the real India lie on diametrically opposite sides of the globe; noon here, midnight there. The two lands only had sporadic contact in the distant past. [...] more >>

by Serenade | November 5th, 2018
The Concert Preacher: Music in the Service of Politics?

When Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman told American audiences during his debut recital at Disney Hall in Los Angeles “Get your hands off my country,” he stirred up the seemingly endless debate whether classical music and political advocacy can or should [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | October 17th, 2018
Music in the Air and on the Street

They all seem to start the same way – a public location – a mall, a public square, an airport, a few people wandering through with purpose, and then it all snaps into focus. The music starts, or the bass [...] more >>

by Maureen Buja | September 10th, 2018
China and Opera: Discovery and Sublimation

Before the harpsichord was introduced into China in 1601 by Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), during the Ming Dynasty, no Chinese had heard Western music. We could say that Matteo Ricci and his successors drew royal attention merely by using these Western [...] more >>

by Frank Xu | September 9th, 2018