The Green Room
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Nov 2011

The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church’s greatest ornament. – Igor Stravinsky After beginning his career as a very Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky became an international composer in at…

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08

Nov 2011

I want the religious spirit to be expressed clearly, out in the open, with the same realism that we see in romanesque columns. – Frances Poulenc Qui sedes ad dexteram patris (Thou who sittest at the right hand of the father,) Miserere nobis,
 (have mercy upon us,) Quoniam tu solus sanctus, (for thou alone art…

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07

Nov 2011

The composer Gioachino Rossini was not your stereotypical struggling artist, torn by emotional turmoil and difficulties dealing with the world. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Known as a man of excesses, he loved life and made a point of living it fully. Best known for his opera buffa, or comic operas, he was…

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04

Oct 2011

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! – Psalm 150:6 Music is the shorthand of emotion – Leo Tolstoy Orchestral musicians enjoy an interesting job description. Their job is to “make music.” They have the opportunity to perform inspired music from across the generations, and even though every musician in the orchestra comes from…

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