Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dmitry Sitkovetsky’s Concert Week in Greensboro

Dima Sitkovetski is a world class musician who is continually on the move. When he’s not conducting in Greensboro, he may be rehearsing in New York, playing a recital in Paris, or staying at his home in London practicing for … Continue reading

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John Denver, Composer of Two State Songs

Some state songs are well known and others are not. Everyone knows Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” as both the song of the Sooner State and as the title song of the Broadway musical. And two of Stephen Foster’s melodies are … Continue reading

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Benny Goodman’s Visit to Greensboro

When Dave Bennett brings his clarinet to play Benny Goodman’s music with the Greensboro Symphony on New Year’s Eve, it won’t be the first time the orchestra has played the music of the “King of Swing” in a Pops Concert. … Continue reading

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How a Three-Hour Time Change Helped Benny Goodman’s Career

Benny Goodman, “The King of Swing”, is one of the most important figures in jazz.  A strange fact of music history is that we probably would not even know the great clarinetist’s name today if it were not for a … Continue reading

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The Story of Silent Night – Spreading the Hymn to the World

How Silent Night spread to the rest of the world is an interesting story by itself. In 1819, the master organ builder Karl Mauracher came to St. Nicholas Church to work on the organ. (Perhaps this is why some have … Continue reading

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Franz Gruber’s Verification of Who Wrote “Silent Night”

Even after Silent Night had become well known in Europe, no one knew who composed it. Authorities in Berlin began to search its creator, and contacted the Benedictine Monastery in Salzburg. Franz Gruber was contacted and wrote the following document … Continue reading

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Visiting the Sites of Silent Night

Unfortunately, St. Nicholas Church, where Silent Night was first performed in 1818, was torn down in 1906 because of repeated flood damage. Today, the most important Silent Night site to see is the Silent Night Memorial Chapel in Oberndorf, which … Continue reading

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The Story of Silent Night: The Origin Of The Hymn

With such a beloved piece of Christmas as Silent Night, it is not surprising that there are many stories of how it came to be. Although some of these are lovely tales, most are works of romanticized fiction. After studying … Continue reading

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The Story of Silent Night: Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber

The world’s most beloved Christmas Carol, Silent Night, comes from the small Austrian village of Oberndorf, just north of Salzburg. On Christmas Eve, 1818, the congregation of St. Nicholas Church heard the first performance of this wonderful music. Since then, … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and its problematic first performance

When a piece of music is considered a masterpiece, it frequently receives numerous performances by well-rehearsed orchestras in the world’s finest concert halls. But what is often true is that these great works started their musical lives in less than … Continue reading

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