What Do You Think?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In JacobTV’s pieces, you hear audio from too-good-to-be-true infomercials, political talk show hosts, doomsday preachers, confessions from fallen pop icons, violent Jerry Springer confrontations and other creatively distorted American pop culture iconography.

How does that make you feel?

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Time for Kronos

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Set your watches, it's time for the Kronos Quartet. At the top of every hour on Wednesday, March 10, Q2 celebrates the Kronos Quartet with a deep dive into their extraordinarily rich and diverse recorded output, as we gear up for their upcoming Carnegie Hall series, Perspectives: Kronos Quartet.

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Introducing Valentin Silvestrov

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentin Silvestrov is in the spotlight starting Monday, February 22, as the next in Q2’s monthly series of Composer Introductions. Listen to a selection of his compositions.

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Bang on a Can All-Stars LIVE

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Last night at 7:30 p.m., Q2 presented the first in a series of New Sounds Live webcasts with host John Schaefer. For this, the 23rd annual New Sounds Live concert series, New York's beloved Bang on a Can All-Stars performed four world premieres.

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Hope Springs Atonal

Friday, January 29, 2010

Whether you're atonal, bitonal, polytonal, or just tonally curious, you'll love Hope Springs Atonal. Join Nadia Sirota each weekday at 1PM (and 1AM) for a show devoted to the high octane world of post-tonal music.

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Sara Davis Buechner

Monday, January 11, 2010

To mark the 25th anniversary of her New York debut, virtuosic American pianist Sara Davis Buechner performed live on November 11 at Merkin Concert Hall.


Introducing: Villa-Lobos Symphonies and String Quartets

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

When you hear the name Heitor Villa-Lobos, you may think of the colorful textures and dynamic rhythms of his native Brazil or his descriptive titles. This week on Q2, rediscover his 12 symphonies and 17 string quartets.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and Composer-in-Residence Magnus Lindberg are taking the Philharmonic somewhere it hasn't gone before with CONTACT!.

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Maximum Reich: Mallet Quartet

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

This Wednesday night, December 16th, at 9pm hear a special presentation of the world premiere performance of Steve Reich’s 2009Mallet Quartet. Also included will be his 2006 piece Daniel Variations.

Mallet Quartet is co-commissioned by Stanford Lively Arts and will receive its U.S. premiere at Stanford University.

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From the Archives: 30 Years of Conversations at WNYC

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Follow interviews spanning a 30-year career with composer Steve Reich as he appears on landmark New York Public Radio shows with hosts John Schaefer, Tim Page and Leonard Lopate. 

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Maximum Reich: Concerts

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tune in Monday, December 14th for a day of Maximum Reich devoted to the wealth of live performances recorded by Q2 and WQXR sister station, WNYC.


Maximum Reich: Video

Friday, December 11, 2009

Recently, Steve Reich came by the WQXR studios to talk about the recent phenomenon of classical trained musicians leading dual lives as rock stars and the birth of a new type of organic crossover music.

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Maximum Reich: Introductions

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Throughout Maximum Reich on Q2, you'll be able to hear Reich provide his own introductions directly for you for almost 20 of his seminal works. Only here can you hear each introduction in its entirety, from Drummingto Music for 18 Musicians to the recent Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet.

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Maximum Reich: What Do You Think?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Steve Reich embodies all that is New York. His sound is local, but globally relevant; diverse but stylistically coherent. 

What do you think? Where are you on Steve Reich? Tell Q2 and your fellow listeners.

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Maximum Reich Festival

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Q2 Music, WQXR’s online music station dedicated to vibrant, contemporary classical music, kicks off its first full festival, Maximum Reich: A Celebration of Steve Reich on Thursday, December 10th. Click ahead to read more about this weeklong immersion into the world of one of the most game-changing composers of the last 50 years.

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Maximum Reich: Nadia Sirota Hosts

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Q2 artist-in-residence, violist and black-belt new music champion, Nadia Sirota takes center stage on Maximum Reich with a 2-hour daily exploration of that day’s particular theme and featured music. The seven daily features of Maximum Reich cover the breadth of his output, from the early days to his recent Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet, from percussion to choral music, from solo tape to large ensemble. If you’re Dante, and you need a Virgil in the musical universe of Steve Reich, this is for you.

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Maximum Reich: Dance Patterns

Thursday, December 10, 2009

You can't get it on iTunes. You can't get it in a record store. But you can get it on Thursday as part of an exclusive download made available by Nonesuch Records . It's the six-minute-plus Dance Patterns composed in 2002 for xylophones, vibraphones, and pianos, and originally released online as a bonus track to the Daniel Variations CD. Have a peek now, but come back on Thursday and take it with you.

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Inaugural (L)PR Webcast: John Hollenbeck

Monday, November 30, 2009

Tune in to Q2 tonight at 8pm for the first in a series of live webcasts from Greenwich Village's (Le) Poisson Rouge, as we join the versatile contemporary classical and jazz percussionist John Hollenbeck in his music and that of Meredith Monk.

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Introducing: York Bowen

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"New music" isn't a description reserved solely for pieces that have just been written. It also applies to music that jostles the lingua franca, snaps the course of musical history out of a particular rut, or simply slips through the cracks and patiently awaits a revival. The music of English composer-pianist York Bowen has been waiting for almost half a century.

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The Little Match Girl Passion

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

On Sunday, November 8th at 8pm, Q2 will stream live the U.S. choral premiere of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion in a performance from The Jerome L. Greene Space.