Misusing Manuscripts of Music and Bible

Talking about Handel’s Messiah in the chamber chat on December 12th with Maestro Matthew Kramer, the question of the “authentic version” of Messiah came up. It was interesting to note how similar the issues are that connect music and Biblical studies when one approaches them by way of questions about manuscripts. Manuscripts in both areas [Read More…]

Chamber Chat Before Messiah

The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra has two performance of Handel’s Messiah this coming Sunday and Monday. The first is a performance of the entire oratorio; the second is a sing-along. You can find more information about the performances on the ICO website. My colleague Paul Valliere and I will be having a pre-concert chat on Sunday (starting at 2pm, [Read More…]

To The Name Above Every Name

Arnold Bax is a neglected composer over all, but his works for choir are even more neglected than some of the rest of his compositions. [Read more…]

Ennio Porrino’s Sonata Dramatica

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Indianapolis Violinists vs. US Airways

Via WQXR, I learned that Zach de Pue and Nick Kendall of Time for Three were forced to leave a flight they were booked on because they correctly insisted that they had the right to take their violins with them onto the plane. Watch the video above, which has more than 80,000 views already, to [Read More…]

Reinhold Glière – Symphony No.3 in B minor, Op.42 “Ilya Muromets”

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Butler’s Performance

I only caught the nail-biting final half hour or so of the Butler vs. Marquette basketball game. That was because I was watching another Butler performance. At Clowes Memorial Hall, the Butler Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with a number of other individuals and groups, performed several pieces: Michael Henson’s “We Didn’t See Them As Human,” Sergei [Read More…]

Star Wars Flash Mob

Featuring members of the WDR Radio Orchestra. HT Nancy French [Read more…]

Missa Mirabilis: Doubt as an Act of Worship

Tonight (actually, yesterday by the time I am posting this) I went to hear a concert at the Hilbert Circle Theater featuring the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. The centerpiece of the concert was the world premiere of Stephen Hough’s mass, “Missa Mirabilis,” as arranged for choir and orchestra. The composer was [Read More…]

Adoration of the Magi by Ottorino Respighi

Two different performances of the second piece from Respighi’s Trittico Botticelliano, and the most appropriate for the Christmas season: “Adoration of the Magi.” [Read more…]