Review: And Death Shall Have Four Dominions

Monday, November 29, 2010

I had never heard of Gérard Grisey and knew nothing about his Four Songs for Crossing the Threshold. Yet I had heard his music a month before it was performed .

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Review: The New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT Live 11/19/10

Monday, November 29, 2010

We’re liveblogging from New York’s Symphony Space tonight. Latest updates at the bottom of the page. In a minute or two, what looks like a roughly fifteen-piece ensemble of the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert will open this fall’s first concert of their new music series CONTACT that began so auspiciously last year. First piece on the bill is a world premiere by the NY Phil’s composer-in-residence, Magnus Lindberg titled Souvenir (In Memoriam Gerard Grisey). They’ll follow that with Grisey’s final work, the suite Quatre Chants Pour Franchir le Seuil, featuring soprano Barbara Hannigan. 

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Credo in Preview

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tonight at 7pm, join me for a special pre-concert feature in anticipation of tonight's White Light festival concert, featuring music composed by Sigur Rós members Jón Þor "Jónsi" Birgisson and Kjartan Sveinsson, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National chorus, and the Wordless Music Orchestra.

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Introducing Angélica Negrón

Thursday, October 28, 2010

November's featured composer on Q2 is Angélica Negrón. Capturing fleeting, often over-looked moments of beauty in daily life, she channels them into a style that is wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative.

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Alexei Lubimov's Late-Night Elegies

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Equipped with diverse musical interests, a keen programmatic awareness, and a vast repertoire, pianist Alexei Lubimov is not exactly a proponent of conventionality. The breadth of his musical interests are on full display as part of his two White Light Festival "Late-Night Elegies" recitals on November 11 and 13, both of which are being recorded at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for future inclusion on WQXR and Q2.

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White Light Filtered

Monday, October 25, 2010

On October 28, Lincoln Center launches a new annual fall festival, called the White Light Festival, which will focus, in the words of Lincoln Center Vice President of Programming Jane Moss, on "music's transcendent capacity to illuminate our larger interior universe." With live and delayed audio Webcasts from the festival and coverage of key musicians and ensembles, WQXR and Q2 throw back the veil of the introspective and contemplative White Light sound worlds.

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Bali Comes to Brooklyn

Thursday, October 14, 2010

On Friday, October 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, Q2 spotlights the fertile, inclusive and high-octane music-making of composer Evan Ziporyn, whose opera, A House in Bali, receives its New York premiere this week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. For 3 continuous hours, enjoy full sonic immersion in Zipoyrn's diverse music worlds with recordings ranging from the percussion virtuosity of  So Percussion to live performances by Zyporyn's Gamelan Galak Tika from the 2010 Bang on a Can Marathon.

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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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