24-Hour Halloween Scarathon

Friday, October 18, 2013

Today, Q2 Music celebrates new music's favorite holiday, Halloween, with its first 24-hour scarathon of hair-raising microtones, densely clustered choruses and heart-pumping slasher film suites.


Vote: Your Favorite Scary New Music

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Contemporary classical music has always had a special place in horror and suspense films. On Oct. 31, Q2 Music celebrates Halloween with its first 24-hour scarathon of scores chosen primarily by you!

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Celebrating Poland: An Overview

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This year marks the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, and the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, join Q2 Music for an all-day marathon examining the diversity of contemporary classical music from Poland.

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Listen: Steve Reich's 'Triple Quartet' with Face the Music and JACK Quartet

Friday, September 06, 2013

This summer, the alt-classical youth ensemble Face the Music joined JACK Quartet for an exclusive Q2 Music recording of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet in The Greene Space at WQXR.


Caleb Burhans Delivers Melancholic Stillness with Punk-Rock Bravado

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Caleb Burhans clearly has a sense of purpose. As a founding member of various performer collectives like Alarm Will Sound and Newspeak – and with his contributions as a composer to several projects on the New Amsterdam and Cantaloupe labels – any casual observer might easily be able to identify the string-player/vocalist as an important part of the contemporary classical scene in New York.


John Luther Adams Channels Nature's Savage Beauty

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

April 14, 2014, composer John Luther Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his most recent orchestral composition "Become Ocean." Listen to the composer introduce his music and join us today at 4 pm for an hour of celebration.

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Watch So Percussion and Eli Keszler Perform Under the Manhattan Bridge

Friday, July 12, 2013

On June 21, the quartet So Percussion and the composer and percussionist Eli Keszler set up under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn for the premiere of Archway, a NPR Music commission.

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Music for Percussion and the Manhattan Bridge

Friday, June 21, 2013

Today at 6:30 pm, join Q2 Music and NPR Music for the world premiere of Archway, a work for So Percussion and multimedia artist Eli Keszler. The event is free and open to the public.

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Music Boxes, Toys and Found Sounds with Angélica Negrón

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Combining found sounds and toy instruments with electronics and orchestral instruments, Angélica Negrón's compositions a sound both futuristic and nostalgic. Take a video tour of her apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


46 Different Recordings of The Rite of Spring in 3 Minutes

Monday, June 10, 2013

From 46 different recordings, Q2 Music presents the iconic “Augurs of Spring” performed by as many ensembles and soloists as could be squeezed into 3 minutes.

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George Steel and Phil Kline Indulge Stravinsky Obsession

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Conductor and New York City Opera general manager George Steel joins host Phil Kline for an in-depth look into the feverish, multifaceted innovations of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Hear this interview at 8 am and 8 pm on Q2 Music. 

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Top 10 Essential Rite of Spring Recordings

Monday, May 27, 2013

Recordings of The Rite of Spring began appearing shortly after the advent of the electronic microphone and continue to today. Phil Kline talks about his Top 10 Rite favorites. 

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The First Time I Heard The Rite of Spring

Friday, May 24, 2013

Listen to some of today's leading composers and musicians as well as your favorite NY Public Radio hosts weigh in on the first time they heard The Rite of Spring, as part of Q2 Music's Rite of Spring Fever centennial celebration.

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Vote: Your Favorite Rite of Spring Recordings

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

On May 29, Q2 Music will do something it's never done before: play one piece in contrasting interpretations for an entire 24-hour period. Vote now for your favorite recordings of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

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Jherek Bischoff on Making Big Things Out of Very Little

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The latest episode of Q2 Spaces takes us to Washington’s Puget Sound and the small sailboat where musician, composer, collaborator and producer Jherek Bischoff was raised.


Rite of Spring Fever: A Q2 Music Centennial Marathon

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Wednesday, May 29, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the infamous premiere of The Rite of Spring, Q2 Music presents Rite of Spring Fever—a 24-hour marathon of contrasting interpretations of Stravinsky's masterpiece.


Your First Time and Subsequent Obsession with The Rite of Spring

Monday, May 13, 2013

Composer Phil Kline has thought about The Rite of Spring "at least once every day since he first heard it at the age of four." When did you first hear it? What did you think? Do you have a favorite version? Let us know.

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Gavin Bryars's Underground Sanctuaries of Ambient Sound

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

English composer and bassist has achieved sonically rich musical results in works like The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet. Read an appreciation of the composer's work.


Share Your Favorite Q2 Music Discoveries

Monday, May 06, 2013

Help program Q2 Music's upcoming pledge drive by calling in with favorite pieces/composers discovered while streaming Q2 Music. Your message and selections will then be played beginning Wednesday, May 14. 

Summing up Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Friday, May 03, 2013

Curated by Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of The National, last weekend's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry included performers from the new-music community alongside bona fide art-rock stars like TV on the Radio. Listen to interview clips from the festival.