Category: April 2007

The Music: Poetry, and Influence of Japan

From time to time, this forum has been dedicated to the music of cultures outside our traditional scope. The calm power of Russian liturgical anthems, rhythmic energy of African cultures, and the musics of various European countries are a good start, but all fit neatly within our comfort zones. In this case, I set out to explore the music, poetry and influences of a culture not especially known for ensemble singing. For this reason, choral music of Japan is a rarity. But it is often the rarest gems that have the greatest capacity for beauty�in the right light. So, I hope this column will shed some light on this little explored facet of our art.

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A Chance to Lead

Our feature interview this month with Will Breytspraak, choral director at Pebblebrook High School and the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts

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2007, February/March

Blues Foundation Awards Nearly $200,000The Blues Music Foundation, a non-profit organization launched during 2003’s Year of the Blues celebration, announced today that it has awarded

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Why Mandates Matter

I have been asked over the years why I have been such a forceful proponent of mandates. Many individuals, and even organizations, have commented we

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