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Part of Classical 105.9 WQXR, Q2 Music is a listener-supported, New York-based online station devoted to the music of living composers; a home for immersive festivals, live webcasts and on-demand concerts from today’s leading new-music performers and venues.

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Exploring the New Piano Concerto

Monday, June 23, 2014

Piano concertos reached their peak in the 19th Century but today they remain “alive and well” as modern composers continue their exploration of this beloved combination of instruments – searching and exploring new ways to express a fundamental drama. Join host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.

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NY Phil Biennial Roundup: Sound if Safe Success

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The inaugural New York Philharmonic Biennial, a string of contemporary music performances held around the city, proved to be—while void of risk—an enjoyable event. Check out Daniel Stephen Johnson's roundup of the concerts. 

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It's Just One of Those Flute Days

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Let's face it. Some days you wake up and you say to yourself, "you know, this is just a FLUTE kind of day." Well, guess what, folks? Today is one of those days. We're taking a journey from solo flute through chamber music and clear out the other side into flute concerto territory. So buckle up and set your equalizers on "high."

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An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.

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World Premiere Recording of Per Nørgård's Robust, Brilliant Eighth Symphony

Monday, June 16, 2014

Per Nørgård's Eighth Symphony shows how the young composer has evolved into a mature, unmistakably contemporary artist. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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On-Demand Audio: Late 20th Century Works from AXIOM

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ensemble AXIOM and conductor Jeffrey Milarsky's second concert of their 2013-2014 series, featuring Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas and others in Alice Tully Hall on February 27.

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Young Composers Go Solo at NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 13, 2014

Young composers had the spotlight, as did solo musicians, at the New York Philharmonic Biennial CONTACT! concert on Tuesday, June 3 at SubCulture. Join host Phil Kline in listening Friday at 3 pm.

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Guerilla Composer Portrait: Barbara Harbach

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Brothers Balliett are diving into the work of Barbara Harbach this week, a prolific composer who runs her own publishing company. We'll hear a range of music from Ms. Harbach during this guerilla portrait airing Thursday at 3 pm.

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NY Phil Biennial Connects Sound and Space in 'Beyond Recall'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The New York Philharmonic's Biennial featured this "Beyond Recall" concert, in which composers created works inspired by site-specific sculptures in Salzburg. Stream audio from the performance now. 

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Preview: John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Preview the first episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest John Luther Adams. The podcast will be available on June 24 following the 7 pm kick-off event in The Greene Space. 

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Danish Composer Per Nørgård Wins $200,000 Prize from NY Philharmonic

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Composer Per Nørgård has received a hefty prize from the New York Philharmonic: a $200,000 cash award, a commission to compose a new work for the orchestra.

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Mario Diaz de Leon on the Primal Force of Sound

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Mario Diaz is a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble and has had his music performed by JACK Quartet and Eighth Blackbird.

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Alexander Melnikov Exudes Warmth in Shostakovich's Preludes & Fugues

Monday, June 09, 2014

Pianist Alexander Melnikov's rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87, just reissued in a recent Harmonia Mundi recording, present the music of Shostakovich at its most agreeable. Stream the entire album all this week. 

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Why Do Composers Always Use Low Woodwinds to Represent Monsters?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Stop looking for monsters under the bed—look no further than the low woodwind section. Join the Brothers Balliet today at 3 pm as they explore why composers always seem to depend on the bass clarinets, bassoons, and others to embody the ferocious. 

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Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month's Bang on a Can Marathon. Hear their Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Peter Eötvös's 'Kosmic' Take on Bartók and Zappa

Monday, June 02, 2014

On "Kosmos," a new compilation of Peter Eötvös's music for piano and percussion, the Hungarian composer draws inspiration from his heroes Béla Bartók and Frank Zappa. Stream the full album all this week.

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Lisa Moore Presents Pan-Pacific Piano

Monday, June 02, 2014

Summer means light, leaves and the ocean. June on Hammered! begins with an exploration of composers with Pacific Ocean roots and sensibilities, with music inspired by the Pacific rim – the “ring of fire.” Join host Lisa Moore weekdays at 10 am.

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Off the Grid with Suzanne Farrin Returns

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On Thursday, June 5 at 8 am/pm, join host Suzanne Farrin for the second season of Off the Grid – a special series on Q2 Music throughout the month of June that showcases new music by aspiring composers, young and old.

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On-Demand Audio: AXIOM Kicks Off 2013-2014 Series With Druckman and Subotnick

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Starting their 2013-2014 series in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Juilliard's contemporary ensemble AXIOM with conductor Jeffrey Milarsky performed a program of new yet retrospective music, with works by Jacob Druckman and Morton Subotnick, on October 11, 2013.

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On-Demand Audio: Pianist David Greilsammer's Cage & Scarlatti Mashup

Saturday, May 31, 2014

On May 27, pianist and conductor David Grielsammer performed a set of alternating sonata miniatures from Scarlatti and Cage at Le Poisson Rouge. Listen to the entire concert on demand.

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