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  • Call for Guest Blog Posts!
    Polyphonic Administrator - Jul 15, 2014
    Power of Words

    Happy Summer, friends! Are you interested in writing a guest blog post for Polyphonic.org?  During the month of August, we are planning to publish a series of guest blog posts, and we want YOU to be included!  Simply send us your blog post (2000 words or less) on any music-related topic by August 1, 2014,

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  • Can We Sell Classical Music By Making it “Cool”?
    Michael Drapkin - Jul 3, 2014

    I was recently notified about an upcoming webinar being put on by APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) called “The Classical Music ‘Cool’ Factor.”  It includes the following discussion topics: Show today’s audiences the importance of classical music Make contemporary repertoire meaningful Learn from past successes and challenges I thought about it, and it raised

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  • What I Learned from a Malfunctioning Smoke Alarm
    Zachary Preucil - Jul 17, 2014

    I once had an intriguing conversation with a mentor about whether we tend to take concerts and all their formal trappings too seriously. Sure, it all seems to be a big deal, but in the grand scheme of things, such events don’t even compare to other, more serious life experiences. My mentor related this observation

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  • Concertos, Concerts, and Websites–Oh, My!
    Zachary Preucil - Jul 3, 2014
    Brahms concerto

    I’ve been keeping busy. Over the past ten days, I launched a website, rehearsed and performed two separate chamber music programs, and played a concerto with an orchestra in Chicago’s Symphony Center. It’s been a grueling couple of weeks, but now my schedule has finally leveled off, and I at last have a chance to

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  • The Human Factor
    Zachary Preucil - Jun 19, 2014

    My summer concert season has officially begun! Currently, I am writing from the beautiful peninsula of Door County, Wisconsin, where I am once again in residence for the Midsummer’s Music Festival. As some regular readers may recall, I spent a good part of last summer here as an intern, and this year I’m pleased to

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