As musicians, we translate written music—the composer’s instructions and all the technical demands—into an active, emotional experience for an audience. During our rehearsals, we often discuss where we think a piece is going—the story it’s telling, the images it brings to our minds, or…
Composed by Manitou Winds founder, Jason McKinney, “Traveling Mercies” will receive its premiere this May featuring guest soloist Thomas Bara, organ.
Beyond the notes and instructions on the page, beyond the audible details of musical form at the heart of a piece, most musicians want to find an even stronger connection to a piece that touches them. Sometimes in order to feel we’ve truly mastered a piece, we need to feel we understand why it was written.
Manitou Winds will be joined onstage, this spring, by special guest soloist Thomas Bara, organ, to present two exciting works for organ and winds.
Thank you to everyone who came to hear Manitou Winds’ 2017 Winter Songs & Carols program. Each year, we put together a unique collection of songs in various styles performed on many different instruments to inspire you to embrace the entire season of winter….
“One tiny child can save the world One shining light can show the way Beyond these tears for what I’ve lost There’s still my joy for Christmas Day.” — from There’s Still My Joy by Beth Nielsen Chapman If you’ve attended a recent musical…
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) from The Rest is Noise When my paternal grandmother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2005, I had recently moved to Chicago and was unable to travel…
In her latest work, “Sky Dance”, Laura composed both the music and the lyrics, arranging for flute, clarinet, ukulele, guitar, harp, and a very special mother-daughter vocal duet.
“Sun Songs” by Jenni Brandon collects sacred poetry from three different Native American tribes, examining their beautiful and harmonious relationship with the earth. The work—a seamless song cycle containing three songs—demonstrates Jenni’s transcendent flair for “tone painting”.
Can a composer use words to play with music rather than using music to play with words?
We explore one of Franz Schubert’s most celebrated lieder and learn how music and words can become inseparable.