A Melody for Peace and Understanding

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tibetan-born singer Yungchen Lhamo gets the audience involved by asking them to lay down a vocal drone over which she improvises a melody for peace and understanding.

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Three Versions of a Dream

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Evening Music host David Garland and Overnight Music host Haleh Abghari get in on the act as vocalists in a special live version of Ezequiel Vinao's WNYC commission, Three Versions of a Dream (After a reading of Borges).

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Jade Simmons Performs on WNYC's Soundcheck

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Concert pianist Jade Simmons performs live on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer.

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Nico Muhly's Keep in Touch

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Nico Muhly's piece Keep in Touch is performed with the composer on piano and Overnight Music host Nadia Sirota on the viola. The composer describes the work as "a lament, a sort of chaconne divided up into sections by more freely composed cadenzas for the viola."

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The Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola Live from The Greene Space

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, directed by Kent Tritle, performs two haunting choral pieces, starting with Sederunt by the 12th century composer Perotin. The choir then jumps ahead to the 20th century with Song of the Cherubim by the Polish master Krysztof Penderecki. Recorded live in the Jerome L. Greene space on April 30th 2009.

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Steven Brinberg's "Simply Barbra"

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Barbra Streisand impersonator Steven Brinberg gives a shout-out to WNYC as he takes listeners through "Memories" of the station, with a little help from Rob Schwimmer. Brinberg has performed his "Simply Barbra" act on stages around the world.

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Brooklyn Rider

Thursday, April 30, 2009

String quartet Brooklyn Rider plays Beloved, do not let me be discouraged by violinist Colin Jacobsen.

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Polygraph Lounge

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Polygraph Lounge -- the duo of Mark Stewart and Rob Schwimmer -- perform "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda," their freewheeling trip through music history from Beethoven through Stravinsky, Monk, Glass and beyond.

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John Zorn

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Composer and saxophonist John Zorn presents a squealing mix of free jazz, avant-garde and other sounds in this solo performance.

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René Pape performs Live in The Greene Space

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Operatic bass René Pape and pianist Brian Zeger perform Franz Schubert's "Schwanengesang: Aufenthalt," D. 957 (Resting Place), Richard Strauss's "Zueignung," Op. 10/1 (Devotion) and "Some Enchanted Evening" by Oscar Hammerstein II.

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Ute Lemper

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The German-born, New York-based chantuese Ute Lemper performs a set of cabaret and jazz standards with pianist Vana Giareg.

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Jason Moran

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jason Moran, a jazz pianist whose work combines elements of stride piano, avant-garde jazz, classical and hip-hop, performs a solo selection.

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Face the Music

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Face the Music is a young ensemble made up of approximately 20 students ages 11 to 17 from the Special Music School at the Kaufman Center in New York. The group has performed works by such new-music mainstays as Michael Gordon, Phil Kline and John Adams, among others.

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Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Soprano Alicia Hall Moran and jazz pianist (and husband) Jason Moran team up in a pair of songs including an unlikely version of the Motown hit "I Heard it through the Grapevine."

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Uri Caine and Don Byron

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Jazz pianist Uri Caine and composer and multi-instrumentalist Don Byron on clarinet perform a pair of duets.

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Ebene String Quartet Live at Le Poisson Rouge

Friday, March 13, 2009

You wouldn't guess that it was the Ebene String Quartet's first time playing in New York.

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The Flanders Recorder Quartet Performs Live in The Cloisters

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Flanders Recorder Quartet, founded in 1987, brings to life an insturment that has been consistently underrated for the past 200 years.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Carl Stalling

Friday, March 28, 2008

This Saturday morning, we're featuring Carl Stalling's original score to the Road Runner cartoon "There They Go-Go-Go!"

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Lorin Maazel & John Schaefer on The Brian Lehrer Show

Friday, February 29, 2008

On WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, Lorin Maazel, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and John Schaefer , the host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, debrief after the New York Philharmonic's trip to North Korea.

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