Conor Hanick

Q2 Music Host / Pianist

Conor Hanick appears in the following:

Plays Well With Others

Monday, April 11, 2011

When discussing the behavioral patterns of the composer phylum, one often differentiates between solo fliers and school swimmers. Another way for these creatures organize themselves, however, is in collectives, a fascinating behavior and the programmatic source for this week's Hammered!.

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Red Piano Blue Piano

Monday, April 04, 2011

A stroll through The Juilliard School's fourth floor strongly suggests that the more pianists, the more scales. Since it's Trout Week on WQXR, we're embracing these dense schools of scaly pianistic creatures by showcasing chamber music for piano ensembles.

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Meet The Percussion Family

Monday, March 28, 2011

If the piano is a legitimate member of the percussion family, then it most certainly gets strange looks at reunions. This week on Hammered! we're embracing this familial black sheep and showcasing composers that utilize the piano for what it is: a percussion instrument.

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Set Your Phasers to Stun

Sunday, March 27, 2011

If there were ever a composer in no need of introduction, it’s the eternally youthful and forever hip Steve Reich. Tune into Cued Up at 2 pm for live performances of his Triple Quartet and seminal Music For 18 Musicians by the Axiom Ensemble.


Announcing Cued Up: Spring 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

This week, Q2 launches the 13-week Spring 2011 season of our flagship show, Cued Up, with the first encore presentation of one of the more mesmerizing evenings in our recent live Webcast history.


Spring Season Sample-Sale

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tune in all week to Hammered! for daily previews of the composers, repertoire and performers we'll feature on Cued Up's spring lineup of live performances in New York City. Highlights range from Glass and Reich to Penderecki and Radiohead.


Forever Young

Monday, March 14, 2011

This week's Hammered! explores avant-garde works new and old that reinvented the way we hear music. Listen for unusual pairings like Stockhausen and Beethoven, Shostakovich and Bach, and Schumann and Kurtag, among others.

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Way More than 2¢

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Let premieres rule your ears. Cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianist Lisa Moore play a recital as part of TwoSense, the duo's concert series and commissioning project dedicated to presenting new works that feature the two instruments.

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And The Winner Is(n't) ...

Monday, March 07, 2011

This week on Hammered! we survey one way to look at the American music scene: through the eyes of the Pulitzer Prize committee. Our program includes winners and, sometimes more interestingly, runners up for the Pulitzer Prize in music. Read our disclaimer!

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Super Size Me

Monday, February 28, 2011

This week on Q2, two is better than one and less is not more. Taking its programmatic cue from Texas and John Luther Adams, Hammered! presents five days of piano works that embrace the "bigger-is-better" philosophy.

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Musical Globe-Trotting

Monday, January 31, 2011

This week Hammered! takes an international spin, featuring piano music by composers from five different countries, beginning Monday in France and ending the week in Greece.


Marilyn Nonken

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pianist Marilyn Nonken thrusts the sounds of Chile into the spotlight. The program features Chilean-American composer Miguel Chuaqui's Blues en el Corazon and Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated!



Piano Casserole

Monday, January 24, 2011

A lot to digest last week, no? The Ecstatic Music Festival marathon gave us a taste of its "multi-genre" offerings, performer-composers flourished in unique collaborations, and Q2 was blarring John Adams's El Niño, which typically ends with head-banging to "Shake The Heavens." This week on Hammered!, too much of last week's good things means reheating the uneaten pianistic highlights and serving them anew.


Arvo Pärty

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Last November, Le Poisson Rouge held a 75th birthday celebration for mystical Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Today at 2 pm, hear that concert in its entirety.

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'That Utopia Of Musical Possibility'

Monday, January 17, 2011

A utopia "where austerity and spontaneity are not rivals, but companions" is how composer and Ecstatic Music Festival curator Judd Greenstein described the compositional space of festival headliners Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurðsson. This week on Hammered! we'll amplify that description with piano music written and performed by musicians featured in the Ecstatic Music Festival.


The Third Law of Classical Mechanics

Monday, January 10, 2011

Music is historically a very reactive material: Renaissance motets paraphrased liturgical chants; sonata structures were modeled on Mozartean tonal schemes; "Choral" symphonies were (at least) a century-long preoccupation. This week Hammered! investigates musical actions and reactions in the modern era, showcasing compositional "causes" and "effects".

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Keys To The Future

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Tune into this week's Cued Up on Q2 for performances from Keys To The Future, the only festival of contemporary solo piano music in New York, which took place last year at (Le) Poisson Rouge in Manhattan.


Thankful for Lubimov

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ten years ago, the Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov recorded Der Bote or The Messenger, an intimate collection of elegiac piano miniatures spanning three centuries and diverse nationalities. As part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival earlier this month, Lubimov performed Der Bote for a small audience at the Kaplan Penthouse for the festival’s Late Night Elegy series. On this episode of Cued Up on Q2, a Web cast of this moving recital kicks off an all-Lubimov showcase that includes performances ranging from solo piano with orchestra to solo harpsichord with tape. Listen in Sunday, November 7 at 2 p.m.