New Music Friday: Symphony No. 4 “Tragische” – 1st Movement

Franz Schubert was born in Vienna in 1797. He was taught music on the violin and viola by his father, an amateur musician and schoolmaster. Schubert’s musical gifts appeared early in his life, and by age 10, he was selected as a member of the Imperial Chapel choir. He began the study of composition at […]

Happy Birthday, Handel!

February 23, 2021 is the 336th anniversary of George Frideric Handel’s birth. Tempo Press has several Handel arrangements for your string orchestra.

New Music Friday: Meditation on “Divinum Mysterium”

Divinum Mysterium dates from the 11th century, and possibly before. It is a plainchant melody that first appeared in print in 1582 in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones. Though associated with different texts throughout the centuries, it is perhaps best known as the tune for the hymn “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” and is […]

New Music Friday: Basses Covered

This week we’re featuring a rollicking, toe-tapping blues number. Basses Covered is a grade 4 string orchestra title from Emmy Award-winning composer Thom Sharp. It is the perfect opportunity to feature your bass section.

Sandy & Friends: Beethoven’s Concertos

In this episode of Sandy & Friends, Dr. Sandra Dackow talks with two musicians who have performed with The Hershey Symphony Orchestra about the significance of Beethoven’ music, especially his concertos. The discussion was held in recognition of Beethoven’s 250th birthday on December 16. About our Guests:  Dr. Eric Fung, a Bach Prize Winner from […]

New Music Friday: Shinkansen

Every Friday we highlight new string orchestra music. This week’s selection is Shinkansen by Jason W. Krug. One of Japan’s greatest technological achievements is its massive commuter railway system, the most important part of which is the Shinkansen, known in English as the “Bullet Train.” The network of high-speed railways connects cities throughout Japan at […]

Sandy & Friends: The Beethoven Symphonies

In this episode of Sandy & Friends, Tempo Press arranger and Hershey Symphony conductor, Sandra Dackow sits down with three other of Central Pennsylvania’s most popular conductors as they come together for a fascinating conversation about Beethoven’ and his nine symphonies.