2019: A Year In Review

2019 was one for the books, and we’re already forging ahead into a new year filled with concerts secured in multiple continents, groundbreaking new projects, and an award ceremony topped by none other. That being said, we’d be remiss to not take a moment and recognize the events, people, and music of 2019 that has... Continue Reading →

PARMA Artists Take Center Stage in the Subotica Philharmonic Orchestra’s Reestablishment

Onward and upward. With generations of players on a single stage and over a century’s worth of twists and turns, the Subotica Philharmonic Orchestra has a history quite unlike any other. Between its rich past, present reestablishment, and upcoming engagements that already include multiple world premieres, the next chapters for the Subotica Philharmonic look bright.... Continue Reading →

In Memory: Marie Nelson Bennett

The opening movement of Marie Nelson Bennett’s English horn concerto Excursions (2004) is an almost perfect microcosm for her extraordinary musical accomplishments. Stately and confident, the movement’s initial brass fanfare is decidedly mid-century in style, reflecting Bennett’s early instruction with Paul Hindemith at Yale University in the 1950s. As this introduction unfolds, we discover two... Continue Reading →

In Memory: Dennis Kam

Dennis Kam’s obituary notes the Hawaii native will be remembered for “wearing aloha shirts…loving the color green, playing tennis, [and] tai chi practices,” a touching tribute that adds winsome detail to Kam’s international education in music composition and estimable legacy as an educator and musician. In 1974, after studying music in the United States, Austria,... Continue Reading →

In Memory: Dwight Beckham

Dwight Beckham grew up in the countryside of Lamont OK, and spent his 64-year career as a trumpeter, band director, and composer in Hesston KS, another small town barely more than 100 miles from his birthplace. Beckham’s music is defined by a majestic, expansive sound that seems to reflect the geographic grandeur of the Great... Continue Reading →

In Memory: Philip Koplow and FOR THE PEACE OF CITIES

Philip Koplow lived a musical life defined by strong connections with others. Deeply involved in his Northern Kentucky community, Koplow composed works for an incredible range of local ensembles, from professional symphonies to music theater troupes and youth orchestras. A 1992 review in the Cincinnati Post celebrated Koplow’s skill at engaging his community through his... Continue Reading →

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