New, Old, and Unexpected with Milton Babbitt

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

This two-hour, 70th-birthday celebratory episode of WNYC host Tim Page's groundbreaking series New, Old and Unexpected is the culmination of Q2's archival look at the life and times of recently deceased composer and pedagogue Milton Babbitt. This immersive, unparalleled interview with the seminal 20th century composer paves the way for host Nadia Sirota's exploration Friday at 8 p.m. on Q2 of how Babbitt forever changed our contemporary musical landscape and language.


Composers' Forum: Milton Babbitt

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In this 1973 interview from the WNYC archives, Milton Babbitt speaks with legendary announcer Martin Bookspan. Included are live concert recordings of performances that were not commercially available at the time.


Remembering the Composer: Milton Babbitt

Monday, January 31, 2011

As opinions from across the spectrum of musically-minded come in about the passing of Milton Babbitt's passing, we thought we'd launch Q2's audio coverage with a 1985 Meet the Composer interview of Milton Babbitt with longtime WNYC host Tim Page. Listen Friday evening at 8 p.m for Q2 host Nadia Sirota's deep audio rich dive into the life and music of Milton Babbitt, with insights from many of Babbitt's closest colleagues, collaborators and students.

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John Adams' Operatorios

Monday, January 17, 2011

In advance of the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams' opera Nixon in China Q2 is presenting all four of his operas as well as his one oratorio, El Niño, every night this week at 7 pm.


Ecstatic in January Audio Tour

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Composer Judd Greenstein recently came by the WQXR studios to explain the impetus behind Merkin Concert Hall's first ever Ecstatic Music Festival: an ambitious, 14-concert festival he's created as an experimental model for fostering collaboration among artists of different musical fields. In addition, Greenstein took us on a focused, guided tour through each intriguing concert pairing.


Judd Greenstein: Composer-Curator

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

As unreliable as terminology can be, the phrase "indie-classical" has become the go-to description for a community of young composers and ensembles exploring the boundaries of experimental pop music and contemporary music. Composer Judd Greenstein has exerted an undeniable influence on this New Music community, in his role as founder of the adventurous New Amsterdam label and, most recently, in the curation of the ambitious Ecstatic Music Festival kicking off Monday, January 17 at Merkin Concert Hall.


Introducing Aaron Jay Kernis

Monday, January 03, 2011

For the first composer portrait of 2011, Q2 is pleased to focus on Philadelphia-born composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Throughout the week of January 3, we'll feature some of his seminal works, many introduced by the composer himself.

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Your Unsilent Night

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Since its debut in 1992, composer Phil Kline's boombox-chorale parade has become a global holiday tradition. With the New York edition taking place Saturday at 7 pm, we invite you to share your photos of the event.


Introducing Louis Andriessen

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The long-awaited opportunity has finally arisen! We're thrilled to spotlight Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, who has, in ways both clear and covert, played a crucial role in the sonic idenity of Q2. Over a seventy-year career, Andriessen has amassed prestigious awards, including the 2011 Grawemeyer Award, composed prolifically and idiosyncratically and come to be regarded as one of the most sought-after composition teachers in the Western world. However, beyond a few smaller works, including Workers Union and Hout, his work, if not his name, remains unjustly obscure here in the United States. Beginning Monday, December 6 on Q2, we aim to address that.

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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. 


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 .


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.


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.


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. 


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.