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March 8-30, 2012: A Multi-Dimensional Celebration of America's Visionary, Maverick Composers

This March, Q2 Music partners with San Francisco Symphony to celebrate America’s great iconoclastic composers, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his American Mavericks tour to New York's Carnegie Hall.

From March 8–30, 2012, enjoy a new roster of hosts, pianists-in-residence on Hammered!, live and on-demand concerts, curated playlists from leading pop and classical icons, historic interviews from the WQXR and WNYC archives, and a crowning live videocast “American Mavericks: Music and Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas” on March 26 at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

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Fred Sherry: Change Your Ideas About What Music Is

Friday, March 09, 2012

It is always good to feature the music of our American composers. For me, the American Mavericks series is a chance to play music which is rarely heard on the radio, music on which I have lavished many hours of practice, music by people who were and are my teachers, colleagues and friends.

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Maverick Mixtapes: So Percussion

Friday, March 09, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured group is the Brooklyn-based new-music ensemble So Percussion.

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Mary Rowell: The Mavericks Are Coming!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mary Rowell, the former violinist of the string quartet ETHEL lends her voice to Q2 Music to present an assortment of music under the rubric of American Mavericks, weekdays from 12-2 pm and 9-11 pm.

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Aaron Copland Talks Americana, Martha Graham and Regrets

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In a 1985 interview with WNYC Radio, Aaron Copland recalls his early encounters with music, his teacher Nadia Boulanger and his fascination with the American West.

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Maverick Mixtapes: David Byrne

Thursday, March 08, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is composer, songwriter, author, and multimedia artist David Byrne.

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Phil Kline Hosts for American Mavericks

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The composer Phil Kline considers the history of mavericks in classical music -- "the lone wolf, deemed-a-crackpot, do-it-yourselfer" types. He notes that the label is no longer so relevant: "we’re all mavericky now."

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Pledging Allegiance To American Mavericks

Monday, March 05, 2012

Thank you to those that have pledged support during our Winter Fund Drive! It's because of those contributions that we can bring you festivals like American Mavericks, which is a whole other conversation (!), but for Hammered! means two days focused on the music of Julius Eastman and Morton Feldman

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American Mavericks Festival: Overview

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Q2 Music celebrates America’s great iconoclastic composers this March, when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brings his “American Mavericks” tour to New York. Read on for details on our redesigned schedule, brand new hosts and array of live and on-demand concerts.

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American Mavericks: Aaron Copland (Meet the Composer, 1985)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Tim Page interviews Aaron Copland on From Meet the Composer, 1985.

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Michael Tilson Thomas and John Adams in The Greene Space

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space.

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