Starting Monday, May 17, Q2 launches Curious György: a two-week, multimedia-rich odyssey into the sound of Hungarian new music rockstar and 2001: A Space Odyssey icon, György Ligeti. Listen to New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert talk about the upcoming production of Ligeti's unique opera, Le Grand Macabre, weekdays from 12-1, a.m. and p.m., with special Q2 guest host, composer Sebastián Zubieta.

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Ligeti at the New York Philharmonic

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I’m really looking forward to the New York Philharmonic’s production of Le Grand Macabre, by György Ligeti. Ligeti wrote some wonderful, innovative music.  When I was in college, I got to sing his Lux Aeterna (which also put in an audio appearance in "2001: A Space Odyssey"). It was one of the most memorable choral experiences of my life. 

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Alan Gilbert

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A night at the opera doesn’t get much more rollicking and unpredictable than a performance of György Ligeti's apocalyptic satire Le Grand Macabre. Alan Gilbert is capping his first season as music director of the New York Philharmonic by leading the New York premiere of this riotous two-act opera, which has been described as “part avant-garde, part Marx Brothers.”

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Doug Fitch's Macabre World

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The New York Philharmonic has employed the creative forces of director Doug Fitch in realizing their staged production of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre. Fitch and music director Alan Gilbert have a close artistic relationship, and have worked together to create a distinct and unique visual world to accompany Ligeti's evocative score.

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Curious György Continues

Monday, May 24, 2010

This week, as part of Q2's ongoing Curious György, I'll be highlighting Ligeti film scores, his music machines (real and imagined), and offering a close look at Le Grand Macabre and Ligeti's multiple sources of inspiration in writing the opera. We'll also discuss his musical legacy, as we listen to music by some of his students. 

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Le Grand Macabre: A Comedy about the End of the World

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A night at the opera doesn’t get much more rollicking and unpredictable than György Ligeti's apocalyptic satire Le Grand Macabre. Here is what you need to know if you are attending the New York Philharmonic's performance this week.

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Curious György: The Beginning

Monday, May 17, 2010

Curious György is a two-week exploration of the sounds and life of György Ligeti. Twice each weekday, we'll hear from New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert as we examine different aspects of the Hungarian composer's music and its context.

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Alan Gilbert on Ligeti

Monday, May 17, 2010

Starting Monday, May 17, Q2 lauches Curious György, a two-week, head-first dive into the music of Hungarian new music rockstar, György Ligeti. Listen to New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert talk about the upcoming production of Ligeti's only opera, Le Grand Macabre, weekdays from 12-4, a.m. and p.m., with special Q2 guest host composer Sebastian Zubieta.

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