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Music for Easter

The festival of Easter — a holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ — is of central importance to the Christian faith. It is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, which commemorates the Last Supper, as well as the [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | April 9th, 2014
 
A Musical Kaleidoscope – Inspiring the Younger Generation

For much of the younger generation, the words ‘classical music’ mean boredom or even resentment. In an attempt to shake off this negative image, I dig deep to find refreshing faces of classical music that will hopefully reach out and [...] more >>

by Nicolette Wong | April 9th, 2014
 
Pipe Dreams The instruments of Gottfried Silbermann

Are you ready for your monthly instrument quiz? I think you’re going to like this one! Here it goes. What instruments did Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart have in mind when he wrote, “These instruments are magnificent beyond measure?” And in case [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 17th, 2014
 
Music for the Ides of March

Kobayashi Issa beautifully captured the change of season and the idea of rejuvenation and renewal in his spring haiku: Spring breeze— the pine on the ridge whispers it

by Georg Predota | March 12th, 2014
 
Music for Lent

Ash Wednesday on March 5th marks the beginning of the Christian period of Lent. An annual period of self-examination and meditation in preparation for Easter, Lent is also a time when many people try to give up something, like chocolate [...] more >>

by William Cole | March 10th, 2014
 
Music and Religion: Dominus tecum (The Lord is with thee) Musical Settings of the Ave Maria (Hail Mary)

In 1825, Franz Peter Schubert prepared a musical setting of Sir Walter Scott’s epic poem “The Lady of the Lake.” In the story, a vengeful King is persecuting the heroine, Ellen Douglas, who in turn is hiding in a mountain [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | March 2nd, 2014
 
BACH HOUSE WEIMAR instead of a “UNESCO World Heritage Car Park”!

Concerto in the Italian Style in F Major, BWV 971, “Italian Concerto” J.S. Bach spent the years of 1708-1717 in Weimar, in central Germany, as the Konzertmeister at the court of Duke Johann Ernst. This was an important time in [...] more >>

by William Cole | March 1st, 2014
 
Morning Call!!

Emily Dickinson beautifully captured the small hours of the night in her poem Dawn: When night is almost done, And sunrise grows so near That we can touch the spaces, It’s time to smooth the hair And get the dimples [...] more >>

by Georg Predota | February 27th, 2014