When Things Get Real

The artists entrance at Carnegie Hall is somewhat imposing.  Along both walls are large photographs of artists who have graced the world's most famous stage.  It's impossible to not get a little nervous when you see Maria Callas staring down.  Two more steps and Ella Fitzgerald is standing beside you.  Suddenly you realize that you're... Continue Reading →

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 →

International Jazz Day 2018

When you listen to jazz, you're participating in a cross-cultural dialogue that extends across the globe and through decades of interaction, conflict, and connection. Don’t listen to jazz? Good news. International Jazz Day is April 30th — the perfect time to start. On April 30th, communities around the world will gather to celebrate the monumental... 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 →

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