Maximum Messiaen: A 24-Hour Marathon with Alan Gilbert

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Thursday, March 24, celebrate the expansive but intimate music of the late iconic French composer, organist and bird-lover Olivier Messiaen with a 24-hour marathon of his works.

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Download: John Luther Adams's Crowd-Sourced 'Soundwalk 9:09'

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Last summer, Q2 Music collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to crowd-source found sounds for a commission by John Luther Adams. You can download that piece today.

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Lights, Camera, Music! A Pre-Oscars Listening Party

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 28, Q2 Music presents Lights, Camera, Music!, a 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of innovative and new-music inflected film scores.

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In-Studio: Marc-André Hamelin and the Composer-Pianist Tradition

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin stopped by the WQXR studios to perform his "Pavane Variée" and George Gershwin's "Liza," arranged by Earl Wild. Watch his performance on-demand.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winner Steven Stucky Has Died

Monday, February 15, 2016

Leading American composer Steven Stucky, winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Music, died Feb. 14 at the age of 66.

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Watch: Sō Percussion Plays Glenn Kotche Piece from Brooklyn Navy Yard

Thursday, February 11, 2016

We visited Sō Percussion's Brooklyn studio to film the quartet perform Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche's 'Drumkit Quartets.'

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Philip Glass on David Bowie and Trekking Across Central Asia

Monday, February 08, 2016

Philip Glass returns as curator for the 26th annual Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall. He stopped by the studio to talk spiritual awakenings and performing with David Bowie.

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Interview: Alva Noto on Co-Scoring 'The Revenant'

Thursday, January 28, 2016

German electronic musician Alva Noto was one of three composers to score "The Revenant" – a film up for twelve Oscars, including Best Picture. He joins us in the studio.

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24 Hours of 2015's Best and Brightest New-Music Tracks

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, Jan. 24 and again on Tuesday, Jan. 26, celebrate your favorite new-music releases of 2015 with a special pre-Grammy Awards, ensemble-hosted 24-hour marathon.

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Composers and Musicians Pay Tribute to David Bowie

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Contemporary music composers and performers – including Richard Reed Parry, Daniel Felsenfeld and John Lurie – share personal tributes to David Bowie.

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David Bowie Leaves Behind Modern Classical Music Influence

Monday, January 11, 2016

Rock icon David Bowie passed away on Sunday, just days after the release of his latest album. His influence bled into the worlds of modern classical and experimental music.

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Influential Composer-Conductor Pierre Boulez Has Died

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The influential composer, conductor and new-music advocate Pierre Boulez died Tuesday at the age of 90.

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Interview: Beth Morrison on Prototype and Harnessing Creative Passion

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The annual Prototype festival of new opera returns to New York this week. Creative producer Beth Morrison joins Helga Davis to discuss her professional path and the value of community.

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Music Curation and Keeping Alive Your Full Artistic Personality

Friday, December 11, 2015

One of the best ways I have to positively impact the music community is to ask myself what I need, as an artist, and then to develop a way to address that need that also serves others.

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Taylor Swift Donates $50K To Seattle Symphony

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Moved by the orchestra's recording of John Luther Adam's "Become Ocean," pop superstar Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.

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Q2 Music's 2015 New-Music Countdown

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Each weekday this week at 11 am, we're counting down of the greatest 50 pieces of the last 20 years as chosen by our listeners. We'll bring in 2016 with the #1 choice.

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Vote: What Does the 'New' in 'New Music' Mean to You?

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What does it mean for a piece of classical music to be considered contemporary, or new? Vote now and help change the rules of Q2 Music's 5th annual new-music countdown.

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Horn of Plenty: 24 Hours of Music of Constant, Inexorable Change

Friday, November 20, 2015

Join us all day Tuesday, Nov. 24 for a pre-Thanksgiving sonic horn of plenty with 24 hours of music of subtly ever-shifting, unstoppable change. 

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Travel Journal: Oslo's Ultima Festival of Contemporary Music

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oslo, Norway's Ultima Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary this Fall. With two Norwegian performances happening this week, Q2 Producer Hannis Brown recalls the opening weekend.

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Interview: Richard Reed Parry on the US Premiere of 'Wave Movements'

Thursday, November 05, 2015

A new work by Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Bryce Dessner (The National) gets its US premiere this Friday and Saturday. Parry joins us in the studio to discuss the concept.

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