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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

On-Demand Audio: Krzysztof Penderecki at Symphony Space

Thursday, October 31, 2013

On Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 pm, Q2 Music presents a live audio webcast of music by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki with performances by Ensemble Pi, Penderecki Quartet and others. Host Helga Davis interviews Penderecki from the stage at Symphony Space.

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The Brothers Balliett Spooktacular

Thursday, October 31, 2013

This Halloween, the Brothers Balliett serve up a cauldron of bone-chilling works by living (un-dead) composers. Listen at today at 3 pm for spacey, monster-driven music.

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An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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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The National's Bryce Dessner and Kronos Quartet Join Forces for 'Aheym'

Monday, October 28, 2013

Bryce Dessner, guitarist of The National, ventures deeper into classical composition with "Aheym," a collection of four works performed by the Kronos Quartet. Stream the full album this week.

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Young New York Ensembles and the Brothers that Love Them

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This week the Brothers Balliett celebrate Q2 Music's Fall Pledge Drive with a cross section of the hottest young New York ensembles. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Honoring Ned Rorem at 90

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

On Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 12 pm, Q2 Music honors the 90th birthday of the great song composer Ned Rorem with host Phil Kline and special guest Steven Blier, the co-founder and artistic director of the New York Festival of Song. 

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A Tribute to My Teachers

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has worked with diverse cross-section of the new-music community, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and eighth blackbird. Listen here to his Mixtape.

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John Luther Adams's Glorious Outdoor Hymn Gets Studio Treatment

Monday, October 21, 2013

The debut release of John Luther Adams's epic Inuksuit is a strong reading of a piece that otherwise precludes the very idea of a “benchmark” or reference recording. Stream the album in full all this week.

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Pledging To Play The Hits

Monday, October 21, 2013

We do our fair share of obscure music here at Q2 Music, but sometimes you want to flip on the radio and simply hear the hits. This week on Hammered! we offer exactly that in conjunction with our Fall Fund Drive. Please consider making a contribution today.

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24-Hour Halloween Scarathon

Friday, October 18, 2013

Today, Q2 Music celebrates new music's favorite holiday, Halloween, with its first 24-hour scarathon of hair-raising microtones, densely clustered choruses and heart-pumping slasher film suites.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Ray Lustig

Thursday, October 17, 2013

This week, the Brothers are joined in the studio by composer Ray Lustig, a composer who is in constant dialogue with the past while also drawing on concepts of modern disease and internet latency. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Vote: Your Favorite Scary New Music

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Contemporary classical music has always had a special place in horror and suspense films. On Oct. 31, Q2 Music celebrates Halloween with its first 24-hour scarathon of scores chosen primarily by you!

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Adams to Zappa with Richard Einhorn

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Alongside concert works like Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc, Richard Einhorn's credits include scores for Emmy and Academy Award winning films. Hear his Mixtape.

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Flutist Claire Chase Has Breath and Breadth in 'Density'

Monday, October 14, 2013

On her newest album, "Density," Claire Chase, flutist and director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, presents selections by Reich, Lucier, Balter, Varèse and more. Stream the album all this week. 

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Musical Genetics 101: A Little Goes A Long Way

Monday, October 14, 2013

This week, musical genetics 101. We survey keyboard-centric pieces whose forms are born from the brief but compact strands of musical DNA that begin them. 

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Celebrating Poland: An Overview

Thursday, October 10, 2013

This year marks the centenary of Polish composer Witold Lutosławski, and the 80th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. Today, join Q2 Music for an all-day marathon examining the diversity of contemporary classical music from Poland.

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The Brothers Balliett Talk to Gene Pritsker

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Whether you're looking for an orchestra made entirely of samples, broken-down Bach, or full-scale hip-hopera, Gene Pritsker is your man. He's orchestrated the Cloud Atlas film and had his music premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic. The Brothers sit down to talk shop with Pritsker Thursday at 3 pm.

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Overheard In New York City

Monday, October 07, 2013

This week on Hammered!, we offer the finest golden nuggets from recent piano performances in and around New York City.

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New York Virtuoso Singers Celebrate 25 Years with 25 Premieres

Friday, October 04, 2013

25 years, 25 composers: the New York Virtuoso Singers are celebrating a quarter century of music-making by commissioning and performing works by over two dozen of today's most celebrated composers. Stream the complete album this week only. 

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Hit Me in the Bass Clef

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Today at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett delve into the deep end and listen to some of the most exciting music being written today for those stalwarts of the subterranean: the cello and double bass.

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