Project 440: Drumroll Please!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tonight at 6 p.m. Q2 presents the remaining twelve finalists of Project 440, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's initiative in which young composers compete to get one of four commissions from the orchestra.

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Introducing Tristan Perich

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This week, Q2 is spotlighting the technology-obsessed composer and artist Tristan Perich. Watch a video of his 1-Bit Symphony and grab a free download.

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New Music + Bake Sale

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Today: Satisfy your sweet tooth while feasting on contemporary music as WQXR/Q2 host the Second Annual New Music Bake Sale live from Irondale Center in Brooklyn. 

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A Good Understanding

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In conjunction with Obsessive Choral with Nico Muhly, Q2 is pleased to offer a free, limited-time download of the title track from Nico Muhly's new choral album, "A Good Understanding." This track, courtesy of Decca Records, will be available through Sunday, September 19.

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The Sum of all Pärts

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Join Q2 Saturday, September 11 for a 24-hour retrospective of Arvo Pärt, the contemporary Estonian composer known for his austere and mystical works. The all-day event not only marks Pärt's 75th birthday but also provides a poignant soundtrack to the anniversary of 9/11.

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Introducing Paola Prestini

Monday, August 30, 2010

Starting Monday, August 30, Q2 turns over the internet airwaves to the vibrant young composer Paola Prestini in the latest installation of our Composer Introductions series. Listen at the top of every hour Monday as Prestini introduces her own work and get a free download of Labyrinth.

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24-Hour Project 440

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Today, Q2 offers 24 straight hours of music composed by the 30 remaining Project 440 artists. With the field about to be narrowed for a second time, it's an opportunity to hear pieces -- including broadcast premieres -- from composers shaping the canon of tomorrow.

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Bang on a Can 2010 Redux

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This Sunday, August 15 at 7 p.m., join Q2 for 5 consecutive hours of mind-bending, internationally-flavored sounds from this most quintessential New York New Music happening: the Bang on a Can Marathon from the World Financial Center Winter Garden.

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Introducing Florent Ghys

Friday, July 23, 2010

Starting Monday, July 26, Q2 shines its spotlight on the young Frenchman Florent Ghys, who is quickly making a mark on the New Music scene, both in New York and abroad. Join us for a special weeklong focus on his music including new, unreleased tracks and a free download of his Hommage à Jacob Ter Veldhuis, available for a limited time.

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Introducing Gabriela Lena Frank

Monday, June 28, 2010

On Monday, June 28, Q2 presents the music of Gabriela Lena Frank in the next installment of our monthly Composer Introduction series. Listen in all week to get to know Gaby and her refreshingly unique compositional voice. Hear her music spotlighted on Q2, but also for this week only, grab a free download of Himno De Zamponas and Chasqui from the Chiara Quartet's recording of her celebrated work Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout!

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Varèse Live on ICE

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tonight, Q2 streams the music of Edgard Varèse, including the New York premiere of the 8-hand piano version of the iconic Ameriques. Hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer at the Yamaha Piano Salon. Wednesday, July 7 at 7 p.m.

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Xenakis in a Boat

Monday, June 14, 2010

On Monday, June 21, Q2 needs you--the tech-savvy, community-building army of New York New Music mavens--to help report on what will surely be the surreal and intense performance of Iannis Xenakis' Persephassa on the Boating Lake in Central Park.

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24-Hour Finn

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

From start to 'Finnish' on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, Q2 gives the internet airwaves over to Finland. 24-Hour Finn is the first in a series of continuous, day-long spotlights of different facets of today’s diverse and thriving New Music scene. Nadia Sirota, who just returned from touring in Iceland and Europe, hosts 24-Hour Finn.

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Introducing Christopher Tignor

Friday, May 28, 2010

This week on Q2, we introduce you to the spacious and spacial sound world of composer and Slow Six bandleader Christopher Tignor. Listen in for focused programming, including an unreleased track, download his piece Cathedral and read an introduction by Tignor himself.

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Mexico at 200: The Young Generation

Friday, May 28, 2010

In the final installment of Mexico at 200, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor and New York native Alondra de la Parra examines the fast-paced and animated 21st century music of young Mexican composers.

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Mexico at 200: Living Legends

Thursday, May 27, 2010

As part of Mexico at 200, Q2's exploration of the past two centuries of Mexican symphonic music, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor and New York native Alondra de la Parra examines the birth of contemporary Mexican music by presenting those living composers who have already sewn their distinctive styles into the fabric of Mexican culture.

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Mexico at 200: Modernism and the Avant-Garde

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mexico at 200, Q2's survey of Mexican symphonic music of the past 200 years, continues with Modernism and the Avant-Garde, hosted by Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor and New York native Alondra de la Parra. Listen as Alondra presents the iconic composers active in the early 20th century who are now regarded as responsible for the emergence of Mexican modernism.

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Mexico at 200: The Birth of Nationalism

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

For the first show of Mexico at 200, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor and New York native, Alondra de la Parra examines Mexican music from the late 1700s through early 1900s, and traces how Euro-centric Mexican composers began to exoticize their sound through local new-world character.

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Doug Fitch's Macabre World

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The New York Philharmonic has employed the creative forces of director Doug Fitch in realizing their staged production of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. Fitch and music director Alan Gilbert have a close artistic relationship, and have worked together to create a distinct and unique visual world to accompany Ligeti's evocative score.

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Alan Gilbert on Ligeti

Monday, May 17, 2010

Starting Monday, May 17, Q2 lauches Curious György, a two-week, head-first dive into the music of Hungarian new music rockstar, György Ligeti. Listen to New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert talk about the upcoming production of Ligeti's only opera, Le Grand Macabre, weekdays from 12-4, a.m. and p.m., with special Q2 guest host composer Sebastian Zubieta.

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