The Months Between Signing a Contract and the First Rehearsal with an Orchestra

Friday, April 22, 2016

As part of Symphomania – our celebration of 21st century orchestral music – composer Kristin Kuster breaks down the anxious months from commission to premiere.


App Download: Andrew Norman's 'Music in Circles'

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, download Andrew Norman's 'Music in Circles' recorded live by yMusic.


The 21st Century Orchestra Should Address 21st Century Issues

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Contemporary composers address the issues of our time and so should the modern orchestra, writes conductor Michael Lewanski on updating the symphonic repertoire.

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Symphomania: Honoring the 'Thankless and Unending Toil' of Composing Music

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thoughout history, composers have struggled to finance music written for large orchestras. As part of our Symphomania celebration, musicologist Douglas Shadle weighs in.


Symphomania Redux: 24 Hours with the 21st-Century Orchestra

Monday, April 18, 2016

Join Q2 Music on Sunday, April 24 for our second annual Symphomania, a 24-hour marathon stream of music that offers a vision of orchestral repertoire composed in or after the year 2000.

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App Download: Marcos Balter's Ethereal 'Bladed Stance' for yMusic

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, download Marcos Balter's ethereal 'Bladed Stance' for yMusic.

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Meet the Composer Named Finalist for 2016 Peabody Award

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Q2 Music's Meet the Composer podcast with Nadia Sirota was named a finalist for a 2016 Peabody Award, which celebrates media arts of the highest ambitions and standards.

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App Download: Judd Greenstein's 'Clearing, Dawn, Dance'

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive live recording to save to your phone. This week, download a live rendition of Judd Greenstein's "Clearing, Dawn, Dance" for yMusic.


Watch: Sarah Cahill Performs Lou Harrison's Unpublished 'Range Song'

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pianist Sarah Cahill stopped by the Q2 Music studio to perform Lou Harrison's rarely-heard (and perhaps never-before recorded) 'Range Song.'


App Download: David Lang's 'Broken' for Viola and Viol

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to save to your phone. This week, download the world premiere of David Lang's "Broken" for viola and viol.


App Download: Donnacha Dennehy's 'Tessellatum'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to consume on-the-go. This week, download the world premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's "Tessellatum" performed by Nadia Sirota.

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Peter Maxwell Davies, Pioneering Composer and Conductor, Dies

Monday, March 14, 2016

The celebrated and prolific composer and conductor Peter Maxwell Davies has died at the age of 81.

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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.


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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Video: 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.'


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.


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.