Ronald J. Jenkins, Minister of Music and Liturgy at First Community Church, leads a diverse program of hymns in both traditional and new settings, along with sacred classics, including works by J.S. Bach and Johannes Brahms.
“It’s really not about whether a certain piece of music has the “it” ingredient that will improve someone’s mental faculties. Rather, listening in and of itself improves those faculties, and it also does a whole lot more—it makes us better people.”
Someone who composes with no consideration of their audience can’t reasonably be surprised or disappointed when they don’t have one.
There are a number of musicians today who seem to defy categorization, appealing to a broad spectrum of listeners from all musical walks of life. Of course, variations on a theme have been a part of music as long as there has been music, but the lines now being crossed seem to get blurrier by [...]
When most of us think of recorders, we have flashbacks to music class in elementary school as we were given our first opportunities to make music. When you hear Michala Petri, you’ll realize just how far this is from your 2nd grade music class.
As purveyors of legally licensed music, they have been largely welcomed by an industry still buffeted by piracy. But as the companies behind these digital services swell into multibillion-dollar enterprises, the relative trickle of money that has made its way to artists is causing anxiety at every level of the business.
Maybe it’s time to rethink having musicians trying to perform in what is almost always going to be extreme conditions in D.C. in January, or at least quit trying to make it bigger and better every four years.
The Umoja men’s chorus consisting of inmates at an Ohio prison has just issued their third CD, called Extend a Hand
What do orchestra conductors and musicians in general, for that matter, listen to when they’re not preparing to conduct?
Composers and musicians are determined to make music, and music lovers are determined to hear it.