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Vote: Your Favorite Rite of Spring Recordings

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

On May 29, Q2 Music will do something it's never done before: play one piece in contrasting interpretations for an entire 24-hour period. Vote now for your favorite recordings of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.

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Jherek Bischoff on Making Big Things Out of Very Little

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The latest episode of Q2 Spaces takes us to Washington’s Puget Sound and the small sailboat where musician, composer, collaborator and producer Jherek Bischoff was raised.

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"Who is This?" with People Get Ready

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

People Get Ready has been honing its unique mix of music and modern dance since its inception in 2009. The group's eponymous debut album was released late last year and the band recently performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. Hear their Mixtape today at 3 pm.

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Ann Southam's Beautiful and Unsettling Subtleties

Monday, May 20, 2013

The pianist Eve Egoyan performs five haunting piano solos by the late Canadian composer Ann Southam. Stream the full album this week. 

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Music For The Uncommon Mind

Monday, May 20, 2013

With all the richness, and pianistic splendor of last week behind us, the only suitable response involves music of clarity and sparseness. This week on the program we're balancing Aimard's high note-per-second repertoire with meditative, slow-moving, and delicate repertoire in conjunction with our Spring Fund Drive.

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World Premiere Recordings of Magnus Lindberg, Lee Hyla and Ann Southam

Monday, May 20, 2013

This week, we hear the world premiere recording of Magnus Lindberg's Piano Concerto No. 2, as delivered by the New York Philharmonic. We also sample Lee Hyla's new album "My Life on the Plains" and hear from our album of the week, featuring previously unrecorded music by Ann Southam.

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What's in a Year: 1913

Monday, May 20, 2013

As we approach the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring’s premiere, I’ve been thinking about what a time it was, how, as the world teetered on the brink of political and military disaster, revolutionary change was imminent in all the arts.

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Claire Chase, Sybarite5 and Momenta Quartet at Look & Listen Festival

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This final concert of the 2013 Look & Listen Festival boasted the talents of Claire Chase, Svet Stoyanov, Phyllis Chen, Cuddle Magic, Sybarite5, and the Momenta Quartet. Stream show audio on demand.

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Ireland's Explosive Crash Ensemble Returns to Carnegie Hall

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 17, Ireland-based Crash Ensemble returns to New York City to perform a concert with guest Dawn Upshaw at Carnegie Hall. Composer and artistic director Donnacha Dennehy took time out to answer some questions about the ensemble.

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JACK Quartet and The M6 Open the 2013 Look & Listen Festival

Friday, May 17, 2013

On May 17, the 2013 Look & Listen Festival kicked off with performances by the JACK Quartet, the cello-piano duo of Nick Canellakis and Michael Brown and the a cappella group The M6. Stream the complete show on demand.

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Outright Blinged-Out New Music from The Brothers

Thursday, May 16, 2013

What is the blingiest thing going on in new music? This week, The Brothers take an opportunity to look at some of the most glittering, exciting, unusual, and outright blinged-out music on the market. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Listen: International Contemporary Ensemble Premieres Julio Estrada

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On May 16 at Miller Theatre, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Third Coast Percussion presented the music of Mexico City-born composer Julio Estrada, including the world premiere of a Miller Theatre commission. Hear the whole show.

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Eighth Blackbird's Rough-and-Ready Free-for-All

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird keeps a busy concert schedule, including premieres from Aaron Jay Kernis, Bryce Dessner and Steve Mackey in 2013 alone. Listen to their "free-for-all" Mixtape.

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On-Demand Video: An Evening with Nico Muhly and Two Boys

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On May 14, Q2 Music and NPR Music presented a live video webcast previewing the American debut of composer Nico Muhly's opera Two Boys. The evening also included performances by songwriter Sam Amidon, violist Nadia Sirota and violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun. Watch the whole show.

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Rite of Spring Fever: A Q2 Music Centennial Marathon

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Wednesday, May 29, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the infamous premiere of The Rite of Spring, Q2 Music presents Rite of Spring Fever—a 24-hour marathon of contrasting interpretations of Stravinsky's masterpiece.

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Your First Time and Subsequent Obsession with The Rite of Spring

Monday, May 13, 2013

Composer Phil Kline has thought about The Rite of Spring "at least once every day since he first heard it at the age of four." When did you first hear it? What did you think? Do you have a favorite version? Let us know.

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Discover Ireland's Electronic and Electroacoustic Music

Monday, May 13, 2013

"On the Nature of Electricity & Acoustics" offers a compelling glimpse into two strands of modern Irish music. Stream the full compilation this week.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Contrapuntal World

Monday, May 13, 2013

Few pianists have impacted contemporary music more profoundly than the Frenchman Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Hear his insights and performances of Ives, Ligeti and Messiaen all week on Hammered!

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The Rite of Spring Goes Solo

Monday, May 13, 2013

On Wednesday, pianist Vicky Chow celebrated the centennial of the premiere of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring with a live performance from The Greene Space. Watch the full event.

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Distant Proximity

Monday, May 13, 2013

This week’s episode of The New Canon features Wolfgang Rihm’s musical meditations on the symphonies of Brahms, and electro-acoustic music from Ireland and Denmark.

 

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