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Download: Vivian Fung Concerto with Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hear the world premiere performance of Canadian-born composer Vivian Fung's Harp Concerto, the fruit of a close collaboration with New York City-based harpist Bridget Kibbey.

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Michael Mizrahi's Love Letter to the Piano, 'Currents'

Monday, March 21, 2016

NOW Ensemble pianist Michael Mizrahi has followed his solo debut with a deliciously listenable track-by-track ode to the piano.

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Hearing Messiaen for the First Time and Six Illuminating Videos

Monday, March 21, 2016

Many of us have moments in our lives when we hear music that changes us. I vividly recall turning on the radio to listen to my local classical station when I was about 14.

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App Download: Donnacha Dennehy's 'Tessellatum'

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Each Thursday, we're offering a new, exclusive recording to consume on-the-go. This week, download the world premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's "Tessellatum" performed by Nadia Sirota.

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Listen: Premiere of David Lang's 'Broken,' Music for Viola and Viols

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The first program in Nadia's week-long residency at Symphony Space featured music by David Lang, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons and Nico Muhly.

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Listen Live: William Tyler, Quindar, Nick Hallett

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

This Thursday, March 17, join us for a live stream of indie sample-rockers Quindar, featuring Wilco's Mikael Jorgensen, with composer Nick Hallett and guitarist William Tyler.

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Skylark Vocal Ensemble Delivers Engrossing Meditation on Death

Monday, March 14, 2016

The nectarous new release "Crossing Over," from Atlanta and Boston-based a cappella vocal ensemble Skylark, lives at the intersection of existence and the void. Stream it all this week.

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Peter Maxwell Davies, Pioneering Composer and Conductor, Dies

Monday, March 14, 2016

The celebrated and prolific composer and conductor Peter Maxwell Davies has died at the age of 81.

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Listen: yMusic Performs Son Lux, Marcos Balter and Sufjan Stevens

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

As part of violist Nadia Sirota's week-long Fuse Project residency at Symphony Space, her ensemble yMusic performed music by Son Lux, Judd Greenstein and Sufjan Stevens.

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Maximum Messiaen: A 24-Hour Marathon with Alan Gilbert

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Thursday, March 24, celebrate the expansive but intimate music of the late iconic French composer, organist and bird-lover Olivier Messiaen with a 24-hour marathon of his works.

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Download: Pianist Sarah Cahill Performs Terry Riley and Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Terry Riley remains eternally youthful, continuing to work at an invigorated pace. Samuel Adams, the composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, wrote “Shade Studies” in his honor.

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Paul Moravec’s Dramatic Flair Prevails in Intensely Lyrical Violin Concerto

Monday, March 07, 2016

New recordings of Paul Moravec's recently-revised Violin Concerto and Shakuhachi Quintet illustrate the composer's gift for intense lyricism.

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Let's All Reconsider the Organ as a New Music Instrument

Thursday, March 03, 2016

What do American composer David Brynjar Franzson, Romanian-German educator Adriana Holszky, and accordion virtuoso Teodori Anzelotti have in common? The Brothers Balliett know.

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Listen Live: Nadia Sirota Premieres Dennehy’s ‘Tessellatum’

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Hear violist Nadia Sirota give the premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's "Tessellatum" - a 40-minute work with solo viola and viol consort.

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Download: John Luther Adams's Crowd-Sourced 'Soundwalk 9:09'

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Last summer, Q2 Music collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to crowd-source found sounds for a commission by John Luther Adams. You can download that piece today.

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Glenn Kotche's Sketches of Time, Place and Quiet Virtuosity

Friday, February 26, 2016

On "Drumkit Quartets," Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche created a travel diary which doubles as a set of drum etudes, inspired and sonically colored by European and American cities.

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New Adventures in Grand Piano Literature

Thursday, February 25, 2016

This week the Brothers Balliett take a look at two composers with....well...let's say "unusual" approaches to piano composition. Listen Thursday at 3 pm.

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Lights, Camera, Music! A Pre-Oscars Listening Party

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

On Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 28, Q2 Music presents Lights, Camera, Music!, a 24-hour kaleidoscopic survey of innovative and new-music inflected film scores.

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On-Demand: Ensemble Intercontemporain Unleashes Hannah Lash and Matthias Pintscher

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Listen to Ensemble Intercontemporain's performance of new works by Hannah Lash and Matthias Pintscher, recorded live in concert at the Library of Congress on Nov. 13, 2015.

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Christopher Cerrone's 'High Windows' Finds an Elusive Balance

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Christopher Cerrone’s music strikes that elusive balance between intense emotion and meticulous craft, and combines ornamental dissonance with luminous triadic harmony.

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