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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

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...

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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 expe...

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Happy Birthday, John Zorn

Monday, September 09, 2013

Maverick force of nature and New York new music fixture John Zorn turned 60 last week and the whole city is celebrating. This week on Hammered! we explore his tremendously varied keyb...

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Iannis Xenakis and Bela Bartok Live from Lucerne

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Sunday, September 8 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents the first of four performances recorded live at the 2013 Lucerne Festival in Switzerland.

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Listen: Gorecki's Third Symphony and 4 Premieres

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Last week, Q2 Music presented this smorgasbord of world premieres from the BBC Proms season, plus a performance of Gorecki's popular Symphony No. 3. Hear the entire show on demand.

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Listen: Steve Reich's 'Triple Quartet' with Face the Music and JACK Quartet

Friday, September 06, 2013

This summer, the alt-classical youth ensemble Face the Music joined JACK Quartet for an exclusive Q2 Music recording of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet in The Greene Space at WQXR.

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Five Takes on the Voice

Thursday, September 05, 2013

In the last fifty-or-so years, composers have explored an exceptionally wide range of expression in music for solo voice. Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett feature vocal music by M...

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Tristan Perich on Connections Across Structure, Genre & Style

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Sound, visual and installation artist Tristan Perich is fascinated with the sound of 1-bit electronics – low fidelity tones generated with the least possible amount of digital informa...

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The Colorful, Playful Music of Samuel Adler

Monday, September 02, 2013

An anti-minimalist with a thing for counterpoint, Samuel Adler writes music that's difficult to hum but colorful and underplayed. The Esterhazy Quartet works to remedy that with a pow...

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The Road Less Traveled

Monday, September 02, 2013

This week on Hammered! we queue up portions of Frederic Rzewski's epic musical novel The Road—in addition to a few driving playlists of our own. Tune in all week at 10 am.

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Listen: Warsaw Philharmonic Plays Lutoslawski, Shostakovich & Panufnik

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tonight at 7 pm, Q2 Music at the Proms features the Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra making their BBC Proms debut with music by Witold Lutoslawski, Dmitri Shostakovich...

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Pop Stars Gone Wild

Thursday, August 29, 2013

What happens when pop stars go wild? Sometimes they destroy hotel rooms. Sometimes they buy islands. Sometimes they write classical music. This week's episode of The Brothers Balliett...

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