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  • Music Commissions: How Much Do They Cost?
    Stephen Danyew - Apr 12, 2016
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    Ever wondered how much a 30 minute symphony might cost to commission from a composer? Or how about that 5 minute string quartet piece? Commissioning fees of course vary widely based on the size of the piece and the notoriety of the composer.  It is quite difficult to come up with price ranges for music

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  • An Orchestra Trying to Break Out of the Mold
    Stephen Danyew - Mar 29, 2016
    An Orchestra Trying to Break Out of the Mold

    The Philharmonic Orchestra of New York (PONY) is trying to reach new audiences and engage concert goers, and they are willing to try a whole host of innovations to see what resonates with listeners.  Films and $5 tickets are just two of the approaches that PONY is trying – read this article to learn more.

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  • Being a Black Musician
    ThatViolaKid - Dec 2, 2015
    Being a Black Musician

    Classical music is very interesting. Although it explores a vast array of different backgrounds and walks of life, that array is mostly restricted to Western Europe and a select few regions of Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, Asian, Native American, Indian, South American, and African music is vastly overlooked. When thinking about the diversity of many orchestras, or

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  • 3 Practices That Must Die
    ThatViolaKid - Nov 19, 2015
    3 Practices That Must Die

    It’s sometimes frustrating to try to imagine listening to Classical music for the first time. Most of us either grew up with it, or developed an obsession after hearing those first few notes, so the ideas of concert-going traditions are just something we do. Not something we ponder. Well, maybe we should! Why on Earth

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  • How Video Game Music Can Save Classical Music
    ThatViolaKid - Nov 2, 2015
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    It’s the thought that plagues all of our minds: “Classical Music is dying.” That is, if you care one way or another. Well, lately, I’ve been watching some of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts, and they are absolute gold. I firmly believe that he and they New York Philharmonic inspired an entire generation of Classical

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