Dot Your I’s and Quarter Notes

Why do people write music? If you explore the motives of today’s composers, you will probably uncover a sizable sampling of answers. Some composers write primarily to sell, some chart new paths with technically innovative compositions, and others compose to commemorate a person or event in history. And, there are composers like Samuel “Skip” Livingston,... Continue Reading →

You Feel Like Your Life Has Shifted

Every field has a pinnacle: athletes winning an Olympic gold medal, actors winning an Academy Award. For musicians, there is no higher honor than your music being performed at Carnegie Hall. On Sunday night, that pinnacle was achieved by four PARMA artists: Deems Taylor, Michael J. Evans, Matej Meštrović, and Dwight Beckham, Sr. as part... Continue Reading →

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

There's something about walking into Carnegie Hall that makes you feel a bit awestruck.  It's an imposing building -- taking up an entire city block in midtown Manhattan -- that dominates everything around it.  Couple that with the iconic composers and performers who have graced the Hall's multiple stages:  Tchaikovsky (who conducted Carnegie Hall's opening... Continue Reading →

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