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Her Music: Today's Emerging Female Composer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Even as women have achieved growing parity in the ranks of professional musicians, their numbers are noticeably small in one key area: the composers whose works are performed.
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Her Music: Today's Emerging Female Composer

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Even as women have achieved growing parity in the ranks of professional musicians, their numbers are noticeably small in one key area: the composers whose works are performed.

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Okkyung Lee on Extremes of Sonority

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cellist Okkyung Lee has collaborated with John Zorn, Jim O'Rourke, Vijay Iyer, Nels Cline and Christian Marclay. Hear her Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Preview: Donnacha Dennehy: Composing With Frequency

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Preview the third episode of Meet the Composer featuring Donnacha Dennehy, a recently appointed professor at Princeton. The podcast will be available August 26 via iTunes.

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Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla: Just an Old Fashioned Love Song

Monday, August 18, 2014

Even for Messiaen, the Turangalîla-Symphony is weird. Stream the new recording by Hannu Lintu and the Finnish Radio Symphony and Angela Hewitt all week. 

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Earth, Sea and Sky

Monday, August 18, 2014

As summer days linger long and languid, join our Hammered! guest-host Lisa Moore this week for music that celebrates the physical and philosophical fundamentals of our world. Weekdays at 10 am on Q2 Music. 

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Tallis Scholars Perform John Tavener's 'Requiem Fragments' at the BBC Proms

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday at 7 pm, tune in for the world premiere of the late John Tavener's Requiem Fragments, as recorded live at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Guerrilla Composer Portrait: Richard Festinger

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Continuing their series of Guerrilla Composer Portraits, in which a composer is featured without their foreknowledge or permission, the Brothers Balliett set their sites on the fascinating American composer Richard Festinger. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Gabriel Kahane’s Assortment of Gnarly and Effortless New Sounds

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In June, composer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane released his fifth album "The Ambassador" – a meditation on an unseen Los Angeles as described through the filter of ten LA addresses. His Mixtape features music of Andrew Norman, György Ligeti and John Adams. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Become Ocean Listening Party with John Luther Adams

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Join Q2 Music and Cantaloupe Music on Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 pm in The Greene Space, to experience John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround sound, just as the composer says it was meant to be heard. Tickets are now available. 

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Free Download: 'Sabina' from Composer Andrew Norman

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Composer Andrew Norman wrote a series of nine miniatures for string trio called The Companion Guide to Rome each inspired by a different Roman church. Download the movement "Sabina."

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From Russia to Iran: Pianist Tara Kamangar Travels 'East of Melancholy'

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pianist Tara Kamangar's "East of Melancholy" is a luxuriously lovely recital of virtuoso piano music spanning musical traditions from Russia to Iran. Stream the entire album.

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Remembering Peter Sculthorpe, Australia's Aaron Copland

Monday, August 11, 2014

Join Q2 Music tonight at 8 pm as we mark the recent passing of Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, with his monumental, 40+ minute Requiem (2004) for chorus, didjeridu and orchestra. 

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Sounds of Summer with Lisa Moore

Monday, August 11, 2014

The inevitable has begun: Central Park cicadas have started to buzz as the twilight fireflies flash their escape, and all in time for more glistening super moon summer evenings. Enjoy the sounds of the season and join Hammered!’s summer-guest-host Lisa Moore this week for sultry summer tracks.

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On-Demand Audio: The Shifting Landscapes of Rinde Eckert

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The versatile composer, singer and theater artist Rinde Eckert played diverse instruments and sound-making devices in a solo set contemplating geography and the numinousness of objects as part of the 2014 Ferus Festival of performance-workshops at The Stone. Listen to his entire set on demand. 

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Pet Shop Boys, Angelo Badalamenti and the BBC Concert Orchestra

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Saturday, August 9 at 7 pm, join us for the second installment of Q2 Music at the Proms, featuring the world premiere of A Man From the Future, a new orchestral work from electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys.

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On-Demand Audio: Daniel Felsenfeld's Epic Triptych of Fear, Murder and Sexuality

Friday, August 08, 2014

The last day of the 2014 Ferus Festival featured three cantatas by David Felsenfeld. Recorded on May 18 at The Stone and narrated by Wesley Stace, the evening covering topics of fear, jealousy, sexuality, slavish devotion, anxiety and murder. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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24-Hour Marathon of Emerging Female Composers

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In June-July, we asked listeners to vote for their favorite idea for a 24-hour, new-music marathon from a listener-nominated list of five possibilities. On August 24, Q2 Music will represent that winner with 24 hours of distinct, no-repeats programming of music by emerging female composers. 

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On-Demand Audio: Spotlight on Librettist Niloufar Talebi at 2014 Ferus Festival

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The inaugural Ferus Festival continued on May 14 with a portrait of librettist Niloufar Talebi. The evening addressed various moments in Persian/Iranian history through song cycle, chamber opera and theatrical performance. Hear the entire show on demand. 

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We Believe in the Groove

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Brothers Balliett operate on a 10-point manifesto that concludes with "We Believe In the Groove." Today at 3 pm, join them for an hour all about groove in contemporary music, and the different kinds of groove that can be achieved by different voices.

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On-Demand Audio: New Music for Percussion, Strings and Electronics

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The 2014 Ferus Festival's fifth concert, held at The Stone, included premieres of new works by Jeffrey Ziegler, Paola Prestini and Andy Akiho performed by the composers themselves, Helga Davis, Mivos Quartet and Ian Rosenbaum. Listen to the entire concert on demand.

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