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Piano Bands

Monday, August 12, 2013

This week, pianist David Friend continues his Hammered! residency with music for multiple pianos, featuring performances from the British piano sextet Piano Circus, as well as Friend's own piano sextet Grand Band. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by Steve Reich, Kevin Volans and more.

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Piano Served Three Ways

Monday, August 12, 2013

This week on the New Canon, we hear new piano-heavy recordings of works by Timo Andres and Victor Kissine, as well as music from our album of the week featuring Phyllis Chen on toy piano. Listen today at 3 pm.

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Aurora Orchestra Presents Zappa and Glass Premiere

Saturday, August 10, 2013

On Saturday, August 10, Q2 Music at the Proms continued with a performance by the Aurora Orchestra. The ensemble makes its BBC Proms debut with two works by Frank Zappa. Today is the last day to hear the entire show on demand.

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Summer Symphony Series #3

Thursday, August 08, 2013

For the third installment of their 4-part Summer Symphony Series, the Brothers Balliett feature orchestral music of German composer Hans Werner Henze and American composer Milton Babbitt. Listen today at 3 pm.

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The Sound of the Road with Jolie Holland

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The music of California-based singer-songwriter Jolie Holland brings is colored with elements of hushed folk, pre-war swing and film noir soundtracks. She shares music by Morton Feldman, Harry Partch and Egyptian singer-composer Mohammed Obdel Wahab.

 

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James McVinnie's Dazzling 'Cycles' Showcases the Music of Nico Muhly

Monday, August 05, 2013

James McVinnie's debut on the Bedroom Community label offers up nearly an hour of new organ music from composer Nico Muhly that ranges from standalone prelude-stunners to a cycle of Anglican Common Prayer hymns. Stream it in full all this week.

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What You Compose in Your 30s

Monday, August 05, 2013

They say you really hit your stride in your 30s. This week on the New Canon, we hear works of Kaija Saariaho and Jennifer Higdon from this seminal time in their careers, as well as 31-year-old Nico Muhly.

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Mechanical Music with David Friend

Monday, August 05, 2013

For the month of August, pianist David Friend of ensemble TRANSIT and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble guest hosts Hammered! Week One: Mechanical Music from John Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Conlon Nancarrow and more.

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Colin Matthews Premiere and Prokofiev with Violinist Daniel Hope

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Continuing Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 pm, hear English composer Colin Matthew's Turning Point, along with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11 and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto with soloist Daniel Hope.

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A Carlos Chávez Anniversary Tribute

Friday, August 02, 2013

This Friday, from 11am to 1pm, join guest host Sebastián Zubieta, as we remember the music of Carlos Chávez, the most famous Mexican composer of the past century, who died 35 years ago this day.

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Summer Symphony Series #2

Thursday, August 01, 2013

It's that magical time of year when musicians around the world gather in mountains and forests, at beaches and the coastline, to play music en masse. This week, the Brothers Balliett continue their Summer Symphony Series with symphonic music by Tobias Picker and David Del Tredici.

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Music to Leave this World with John Luther Adams

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The music of 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winner John Luther Adams seethes with the serenity and savage violence of his Alaskan home. Listen to his Mixtape.

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Kevin Puts Concentrates on the Direct, Intimate Present

Monday, July 29, 2013

A new album devoted entirely to Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts's music pairs a duo of a cappella choral pieces with the world premiere recording of his Fourth Symphony.

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New Songs and Ancient Dances

Monday, July 29, 2013

This week's episode of The New Canon centers on newly composed songs with both classic and contemporary texts, as well as dances that draw on ethnic influences from around the world.

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Evoking Images with Music

Monday, July 29, 2013

There is a deep descriptive tradition in music, a tradition that embraces art's ability to comment, observe, and depict. Join composer-pianist Conrad Tao this week to hear piano works by Claude Debussy, Michael Harrison and others that evoke colorful, multifaceted images.

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Listen: David Matthews World Premiere and Les Siècles's Stravinsky

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Q2 Music presents a special highlights show of premieres from the 2013 Proms, with music by English composer David Matthews and a unique period-instrument rendition of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

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Summer Symphony Series Number 1

Thursday, July 25, 2013

For the Brothers Balliett, summer conjures a time when it is ok to just sit back, relax, and enjoy some great orchestral music. Today at 3 pm, hear the kick-off their four-part Summer Symphony series, beginning with the symphonic sounds of Isang Yung and Leif Segerstam.

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The Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson on Living Piano Music

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pianist for the adventurous jazz trio The Bad Plus, Ethan Iverson has performed with such legends as Fred Hersch, Lee Konitz and Charlie Haden. His Mixtape features piano music from Rzewski to Birtwistle. 

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'Evensong' Brings the Club to the Cathedral

Monday, July 22, 2013

"Evensong," the full-length debut recording by the New York composer and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans spans psalm settings and rock-influenced works. Stream it all this week.

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The Mechanics of Escapement

Monday, July 22, 2013

On today's episode of The New Canon, hear music from Caleb Burhan's debut album, featuring Alarm Will Sound, The Trinity Wall Street Choir and the Tarab Cello Ensemble. Also on tap are new selections from Phyllis Chen and Conrad Tao. Listen today at 3 pm.

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