Madame White Snake

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Zhou Long simultaneously embraces and transcends our notions of traditional Chinese classical and contemporary Western classical music. Madame White Snake is a beguiling articulation of Zhou's vision.

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Behind every good manuscript……

Monday, February 22, 2010

Over the weekend, I checked out a chamber music concert.

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Name That Lyric!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Earlier today on WQXR, we brought you a set of variations by Johann Nepomuk Hummel on this familiar tune.

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Black History meets Classical Music

Monday, February 08, 2010

If you’ve been going to classical music concerts for more than twenty years, you’ll probably agree that the racial make-up of the orchestra and the audience has remained largely non-black.

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A Major Ubersight –

Monday, February 01, 2010

This week during Symphony Hall we’ll be listening to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.

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How Has Classical Music Added Romance to Your Life?

Monday, February 01, 2010

See what WQXR hosts have to say about romance and romantic music. Then tell us about the classical music that has added romance to your life. We'll play some of your selections on Valentine's Day.

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Not So Child Prodigies

Friday, January 29, 2010

Did you start to learn an instrument or start to take voice lessons ‘later in life’? Are you afraid you won’t really master it, because you’ve started later, or does that matter? I’d like to hear your stories.

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Musicians Without Borders

Monday, January 25, 2010

American artists, writers, and musicians have been crossing the Atlantic for centuries now to find inspiration and international camaraderie. Since the moment I stepped off the plane, I was aware that I am in a city whose architectural and artistic treasures would be a lasting and life-changing source of inspiration for me.

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Introducing Caleb Burhans

Monday, January 25, 2010

This week, Q2's Composer Introduction Series features the music of Caleb Burhans. Sample pianist Danny Holt's Innova recording of Burhans In Time of Desperation and download it for free during this exclusive, week-long Q2 spotlight.

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Adventures in Good Programming

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Over the past few weeks we’ve been featuring music from artists nominated for Grammy Awards this year. The Grammy Awards are Sunday, Jan 31st. 

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To Stay

Saturday, January 02, 2010

This time of year is a time of both recharging, refueling and purging.

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CONTACT! and the Blogging Community

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hear the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural CONTACT! concert this week on Q2, and read what the blogosphere is saying right now.

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Voices from Above and Beyond

Friday, December 18, 2009

As I spend more time in the community here at the American Academy in Rome, I realize that being a performer as well as a composer brings so many more ways to integrate into community life, and to open myself up more completely to the various influences of Rome on my musical imagination.

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Eight Days of Steve: eighth blackbird

Friday, December 18, 2009

Steve Reich has graciously allowed me to share a few emails from his correspondence with eighth blackbird during the composition and preparation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning 2008 work Double Sextet. I hope these shed a little light on his creative process. You can also read an interview I did with Steve here.

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Eight Days of Steve: David Harrington

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

1985 (I guess it must’ve been) was the first time I sat down with Steve Reich to ask him to write for Kronos. 

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Eight Days of Steve: So Percussion

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The members of So Percussion spend a lot of time and energy performing Steve Reich’s music. His contributions to percussion music loom over the still-emerging genre. They are so fun to listen to, play, and discuss. When we sat down to write some thoughts on this legacy, it really came pouring out!

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In Memory of a Great Man

Monday, December 14, 2009

This week we're celebrating Beethoven's birthday.

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Eight Days of Steve: Maya Beiser

Monday, December 14, 2009

Steve Reich once told me: “The musicians who can play my music with the right rhythmical feel are being born now…” Practicing the classical music repertoire is not enough to prepare you for playing his music.

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Eight Days of Steve: Brad Lubman

Monday, December 14, 2009

I first met Steve Reich in January 1995. Bang on a Can had started a chamber orchestra for which I was the conductor. Our first concert that January featured Reich's Eight Lines.  After that concert, Michael Gordon introduced me to Reich.

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Sing Theory

Friday, December 11, 2009

I love the way radio brings music directly to the listener. Gigantic symphonies can become an intimate experience; a full opera is staged in the imagination of each listener; great performers play for you as you sit comfortably at home or in your car. It's a beautiful way to experience music, but it's not a substitute for attending a live performance. The experience of the living, breathing moment music is made, in the presence of the musicians and other listeners, adds another dimension altogether.

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