MYOverture

Above is a video with just the piece MYOverture, composed by Alex McGrath for the 20th anniversary of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Below are two more videos from yesterday’s concert: Cathy Morris’ “Duck (Watch Out)” and Duke Ellington’s [Read more…]

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Happy 20th Anniversary to the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra!

Today at Hilbert Circle Theater in downtown Indianapolis, a concert was held celebrating the 20th year of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Mayor Joe Hogsett was in attendance, and the CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra read a proclamation declaring today “Betty Perry Day.” Betty Perry is the founder and director of the MYO, and the MYO [Read More…]

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Happy International Jazz Day!

I had forgotten that it is International Jazz Day today. To mark the occasion, I give you pianist Hiromi Uehara in concert. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Monti’s Czardas

A video from today’s Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Concerto Concert, held at Broadway United Methodist Church here in Indianapolis. [Read more…]

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If Heaven Exists

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Wings of Reverie

The YouTube video above is of a concert by York College Concert Choir. It includes choral works by a number of great contemporary composers – including my colleague James Mulholland, as well as Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo. As an added bonus, here is a recording made at Butler’s Clowes Memorial Hall of Mulholland’s “Three [Read More…]

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Counter-Protest Done Right

Hemant Mehta shared the above image from a counter-protest to Westboro Baptist Church's protest at a Lorde concert. That is what it means to counter-protest. Responding to hate with hate is simply joining in the hatred, not objecting to it. To take a stand against hatred, your words and actions need to express the opposite [Read More…]

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Eine Kleine MYO Music

Here are two videos of Metropolitan Youth Orchestra A performing at yesterday’s Invest in MYO concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater. [Read more…]

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Orawa (Wojciech Kilar)

On Friday evening, I had the privilege of attending a concert by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra string musicians, led by Zach de Pue. It was wonderful. My favorite pieces of the evening were an excerpt from the score for the film Solaris, and the piece in the video above, Orawa by Wojciech Kilar. [Read more…]

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Metropolitan Youth Orchestra 2013 Concerto Concert

Here’s video footage from the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Concerto Concert, which was held this year at Broadway United Methodist Church here in Indianapolis. The MYO is an educational program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. [Read more…]

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Schelomo

I had the privilege of attending a concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater tonight. It featured cellist Zuill Bailey as soloist on Ernest Bloch's Schelomo and Nico Muhly's new Cello Concerto, together with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. They also performed Camille Saint-Saens' Symphony No.3, the “Organ Symphony.” It was wonderful! I had heard Schelomo several [Read More…]

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