[VIDEOS]: Christmas Carol Conversations

by Anna Ferraro | November 26th, 2018 “We see the heart of God in planning Christmas before the beginning of the world… His character, His wisdom, His sovereignty…” Order Redemption Dawns today >> “When we sing, ‘Go, tell it on the mountain…’ we’re singing about real-world, gospel-driven missions. The shepherds figured out the gospel, and they figured out what to do with the gospel 33 years before the Great Commission even existed…” Get Redemption Dawns today >> “Joy to the World sings of more than Christmas morning… In this carol, Isaac Watts declared the triumph of Christ’s journey, from the … Read More

Behind the Scenes, Part 3: Producing

by Anna Ferraro | October 22, 2018 Here’s Part 3 in this mini-series behind the scenes of Redemption Dawns. This last post gives a glimpse into the production process of this Christmas piano album. After recording (which is really the fun part!), the album production process becomes very businesslike. You get to enjoy hours upon hours of phone calls, messages, and emails with sound engineers, graphic designers, distribution companies, duplication managers, sponsors, investors, and more (really, when you’re a musician, most of your life is just straight business, and every once in while you actually get to hang out with … Read More

Behind the Scenes, Part 2: Recording

by Anna Ferraro | October 15, 2018 Here’s Part 2 in this mini-series behind the scenes of Redemption Dawns (Anna’s album of beautiful Christmas piano music!) – now looking at the recording process… [Reality insert: As any recording date draws near, I’m usually pretty stressed… Nothing ever comes together as smoothly as we would like it, and crazy things always change at the 11th hour. Such is the way of life. And if I make a recording every year until the year that I die, I don’t think that factor will ever change]. During the week leading up to recording … Read More

Behind the Scenes, Part 1: Creating

by Anna Ferraro | October 8, 2018 “How do you do it?” people ask. “You know, improvising in the recording studio. No two takes alike. And then getting the whole project finished. What’s that like?” Creating… recording… producing… Let’s talk in that order for this blog mini-series. Creating: When I set out to create on an album, I’m usually working around a set of ideas. For Haven of Rest (2016), I was working around the idea of the rest Christ gives to us during the hard seasons of life. For the album Where Glory Dwells (2017), I built music around … Read More

The Making of Redemption Dawns: The Content

by Anna Ferraro | September 29, 2018 Redemption Dawns was produced in response to overwhelming requests from listeners of my past albums. In this album, I set out to unite the best of Christmas music, with the best of hymnody and scripture. What does that look like? Keep reading… In the timeless carol, “Silent Night,” Franz Gruber said, “… radiance beamed from God’s holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace. …” That, my friends, is Christmas — the ultimate story of redemption, told through Christ’s journey from the cradle, to the cross, to the wearing of His rightful crown. … Read More

The Making of Redemption Dawns: The Challenge

by Anna Ferraro | September 22, 2018 Every album is a journey, and this one was no exception. As requests from listeners for a third album poured in, I struggled and wrestled against the proposition for months. And for good reasons, too. Life and work were piled up on me in the throes of a messy arm injury, and I really needed less, not more. Plus, as I calculated how my sprained arm had turned into tendinitis, maybe just signing myself up for another set of recording contracts wasn’t the best idea…  But as I prayed and as I thought, … Read More

The Making of Redemption Dawns: The Beginning

by Anna Ferraro | September 15, 2018 Where are visions born? In exciting places? In dark places? In confusing places? In my case, the answer is, usually, all of the above. 2013 was a crazy year. A massive jaw and neck injury shattered the course of my post-college plans and leveled me for a good long while before I found a reasonable routine for life again. Of course, it all happened at the height of a national piano competition. I remember Christmas of that year well – wrestling through the injury, crushed dreams, and now, here comes the holiday season. … Read More

Why I Teach

by Anna Ferraro | August 31, 2018 At the end of long teaching days, there are good reasons to never quit. And these are just a few of them… I teach because it gives me a chance to view the world through the eyes of different and amazing people. People who struggle with different things than I do, and master different things than I do. Children who’s views are fresh and unbounded. Adults who’s views are seasoned and wise. These views inspire. I teach because students will invariably come into their lessons with a frustrated crease on their faces after … Read More

My Musical Mishaps

by Anna Ferraro | June 13, 2018 We’ve all had them. Like the moment when the keyboard goes dead in the middle of a live performance. When we walk on stage to collaborate with an artist and realize that we were handed the wrong set of accompaniment music. The fun of sight-reading under the spotlight. And more. From my early days as a nine-year-old church pianist, to the many professional piano jobs and concerts that I now take, every one has had its quirks and unpredictabilities. Life as a professional pianist is never dull, and as such, I wouldn’t trade the … Read More

The Great Romantics

by Anna Ferraro | May 31, 2018 Last weekend, I had the opportunity to perform a concert alongside of two highly talented area artists. Together, we compiled some of the greatest pieces of art, poetry, song, and music from the Romantic Era, and performed it as a benefit concert for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Here is a transcript of the short lecture I gave in the concert prior to my performance of a Chopin nocturne. “As you’ve seen so far, in the Romantic era, music, literature, and art expanded to greater heights and depths of expression than ever before. In Music, … Read More