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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.

Recently in Q2 Music

Omnivorous Listening with John Hollenbeck

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The music of drummer and composer John Hollenbeck omnivorously draws from jazz, post-rock and contemporary classical traditions. It makes sense: he's collaborated with an eclectic roster of musicians. His Mixtape streams Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Listen: Caroline Shaw and Roomful of Teeth

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Q2 Music recently streamed the first in a series of two live webcasts featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. Listen to the concert featuring Roomful of Teeth. 

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Adding to the Year of the A Cappella Group with C4's 'Uncaged'

Monday, September 30, 2013

For many, 2013 is the year of the "contemporary a cappella group." Last month, C4: The Choral Composer-Conductor Collective added to this excitement with their debut album, "Uncaged."

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Curatorial Genius: Revisiting Jeremy Denk's American Mavericks

Monday, September 30, 2013

To honor the pianist and newly-minted MacArthur Fellow Jeremy Denk, we revisit the programs of his weeklong Hammered! residency from the 2012 American Mavericks Festival.

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Live: Alarm Will Sound Unveils a Musical 'Permanent Collection'

Monday, September 30, 2013

Friday at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live audio webcast of "The Permanent Collection" – music of Adès, Ligeti, Wagner and Ives performed by the ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Performs Shostakovich and Cerha

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 29 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents the final of its four-part series from the 2013 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. 

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The Flute. You Know You Love It.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

There's one instrument that you love in secret, behind closed doors, and when you hear the silvery high notes at an orchestra concert, a veritable thrill of delight massages your soul. This week the Brothers Balliett explore everyone's favorite woodwind instrument: the flute.

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The Women Behind Maya Beiser

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cellist Maya Beiser has dedicated her career to pushing the limits of her instrument's repertoire, working with a diverse array of collaborators, from Tan Dun to Brian Eno, Steve Reich and Mark O'Connor.

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Twenty-First Century Piano Problems

Monday, September 23, 2013

The early modernists had Claude Debussy, the post-war György Ligeti, and the twenty-first century may very well point to the French master Pascal Dusapin as the torchbearer for reinventing the technical capabilities and sonic potential of the piano.

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The Textured, Celestial World of Daniel Bjarnason's 'Over Light Earth'

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason's new album of orchestral music reacts to the art of two abstract expressionist painters with otherworldly soundscapes that draw freely on the sounds of the past and present. Stream it all this week.

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Pablo Heras-Casado Steps in for Injured Pierre Boulez at Lucerne

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday, September 22 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents Pablo Heras-Casada leading this Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in a performance of seven milestones of instrumental modernism. 

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American Quintettery

Thursday, September 19, 2013

For some American composers, the string quartet just isn't going to cut it. This week the Brothers Balliett listen to quintets by two Americans: bassist, composer and MacArthur fellow Edgar Meyer and Pulitzer-prize winner John Harbison.

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Donnacha Dennehy's Journey through Music

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Donnacha Dennehy, founder of the renowned new-music collective Crash Ensemble, shares his Mixtape, which spans from David Bowie and Steve Reich to Morton Feldman and Osvaldo Goljiov.

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Pianist Sarah Cahill's 'Sweeter Music' is a Call for Peace

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pianist Sarah Cahill's "A Sweeter Music" is a musical protest album featuring the music of Frederic Rzewski, Carl Stone and Meredith Monk. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Color, Spontaneity, and the Music of Pierre Boulez

Monday, September 16, 2013

Despite this month's phenomenal, forward-looking programs on Q2 Music's Lucerne Festival webcasts, there is a conspicuous absence of music by one of the festival's artistic gurus—and one of the most influential musicians of the last fifty years—Pierre Boulez.

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Listen: World Premieres from Benjamin Attahir and Christian Mason

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Q2 Music presents the second of four performances recorded at the 2013 Lucerne Festival, featuring world premieres from competition winners Benjamin Attahir and Christian Mason. 

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Back to School with the Brothers Balliett

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett toast the return of the "season of learning" with a show that focuses on music by current composition students from around the country.

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Buke & Gase on Finding Perfect Musical Moments

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Coloring "traditional technique" with pedals, amplifiers, foot percussion and various DIY inventions, Brooklyn duo Buke and Gase has developed a unique approach that's at once jolty pop and abrasive experimental music.

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Michael Gandolfi Gives 'Underdog' Instruments Their Day on BMOP Album

Monday, September 09, 2013

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents Michael Gandolfi's three new concertos for bassoon, alto saxophone and bass trombone on their latest recording. Stream it all this week. 

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Listen: Jóhann Jóhannsson and Angélica Negrón at (Le) Poisson Rouge

Monday, September 09, 2013

Last month, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson and Puerto Rican-born multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón shared a double bill of contemplative electronica and indie-classical experimentation. Listen to the entire show on demand.

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