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Thursday, September 09, 2010
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), although only about a decade old, is one of the most distinguished new music groups around today. Pioneering a model for how the 21st century chamber musician should function and find their way in today's artistic scene, ICE has set the standard for many modern, multi-faceted musicians with a taste for contemporary music. In this April 27 concert, ICE performs music of John Zorn, Dai Fukijura and Du Yun, led by conductor Matthias Pintscher in a performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Join Q2 Saturday, September 11 for a 24-hour retrospective of Arvo Pärt, the contemporary Estonian composer known for his austere and mystical works. The all-day event not only marks Pärt's 75th birthday but also provides a poignant soundtrack to the anniversary of 9/11.
Monday, September 06, 2010
So, WQXR is spending the whole month of September in praise of the violin. Of course I'm a violist at heart, but I thought this would be a great jumping-off point for this week's show. Thus! This week we'll study great Acts of Violins in the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
On Sunday, September 5 at 2 p.m., Cued Up on Q2 presents highlights from the New Juilliard Ensemble's most recent season. The stellar student ensemble, led by the indefatigable Joel Sachs, fearlessly takes on the most adventurous contemporary concert works, and Q2 is excited to bring you live recordings of the most exciting performances.
Friday, September 03, 2010
The realtor's mantra -- location, location, location -- appears to ring true in this successful installment of the Mannes College's Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance. While previously housed entirely at the College's auditorium, this year Mannes chose to move some concerts to the trendy and amplified club, (Le) Poisson Rouge, resulting in an electrifying atmosphere at this TimeTable Percussion performance on June 20.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
In celebration of their second Sony Classical release, New Worlds, The Knights perform at (Le) Poisson Rouge in this May 3 concert, with a program including the contemporary sounds of Ljova and Erik Satie, coupled with the traditional harmonies of Antonin Dvořák and Franz Schubert.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Starting Monday, August 30, Q2 turns over the internet airwaves to the vibrant young composer Paola Prestini in the latest installation of our Composer Introductions series. Listen at the top of every hour Monday as Prestini introduces her own work and get a free download of Labyrinth.
Monday, August 30, 2010
It’s nearly September!
For some reason, my brain functions exclusively on an academic calendar. This is perhaps due to my parents’ working in academia or to the nature of the concert season? However it came to pass, I truly look forward to the fall. It’s nearly September! It’s nearly time for this heat to finally break! It’s nearly time for new seasons and new rep and new festivals, and my Pavlovian response is to buy PENS.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
On Sunday, August 29 at 2 p.m., Cued Up on Q2 presents Missy Mazzoli's instrumental chamber-pop quintet, Victoire. The all-female troupe, comprised of violin, clarinet, keyboards, electronics and double bass, relishes in the intersecting of romantic harmonies and minimalist post-rock odysseys. Never webcast before, the concert was presented by American Composers Orchestra at (Le) Poisson Rouge, where the performance took place on April 7, 2010.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
In this June 29 performance, the long-standing and famously accomplished International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) joins forces with the explosive and progressive JACK Quartet as a send-off to their performances at the the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. The two new music giants perform works by Earl Brown, Caleb Burhans, Jason Eckhardt and Yoshiaki Onishi.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Leonard Bernstein was a man of supreme charisma and fantastic talent. A conductor, composer and educator, Bernstein was an undying advocate for composers, new works, new ideas, and the concept of music as a living art in the modern world. For all of these reasons, Bernstein seems a sort of spiritual antecedent to Q2.
Monday, August 23, 2010
For some reason, I’ve been late to the party on saxophones. I had a good, saxophone-playing friend in college who was so frustrated by what he termed “the musical limitations” of his instrument that I developed an ‘over it’ attitude towards an instrument I was barely familiar with. Ah the folly of youth! In the years since those heady, saxophone-prejudiced days, and as I’ve been slowly adding sax to my listening diet, I’ve come to a realization: I like the saxophone!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
On Sunday, August 22 at 2 p.m., Cued Up on Q2 presents Elizabeth & the Catapult, Ed Pastorini and Gabriel Kahane: musicians who are exploring the art song in the 21st century. This engaging and insightful perforrmance was part of New Sounds Live hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer and was originally webcast live from Merkin Hall on May 20.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Today, Q2 offers 24 straight hours of music composed by the 30 remaining Project 440 artists. With the field about to be narrowed for a second time, it's an opportunity to hear pieces -- including broadcast premieres -- from composers shaping the canon of tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
SIC inC (Student Independent-Classical Interdisciplinary Collective)--also known as Yale College New Music--is a collective of chamber musicians with the raw talent and creativity that only young college students can muster. In this February 3 concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge, we hear original music by the ensemble's award-winning student composers Stephen Feigenbaum and Ellis Ludwig-Leone.
Monday, August 16, 2010
On Friday, the 13th, Q2 asked New York's community of adventurous music lovers to react to and document, via Q2's Facebook and Twitter accounts, a visceral and cerebral performance that took place at the Whitney's Christian Marclay: Festival. The concert was led by the seminal downtown guitarist/composer/saxophonist Elliott Sharp, who performed and conducted Marclay's Graffiti Composition with the electric guitar quartet, Dither.
Monday, August 16, 2010
These shows originally aired the week of January 18, 2010. For the original show page click here.
A hot tip: If you ever find yourself in sophomore Music History class, arm yourself with the following information, as it can be referenced for approximately one-half of the questions on your mid-term.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has acquired a deserved reputation for some of the most pristine performances from the chamber music canon. However, for this episode of Cued Up on Q2 hosted by WQXR's Elliott Forrest, throws back the curtain on their profound commitment to New Music with two hours of rarely-heard, contemporary music from their series, New Music in the Rose.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The Chiara Quartet proves that they know what chamber music is all about by respecting its roots. As a part of their own back-to-basics series, Chamber Music in any Chamber, the Chiaras performed at (Le) Poisson Rouge, bolstering a program that bypasses concert hall for clubs and galleries, returning chamber music to its rightful birthplace in intimate settings.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This Sunday, August 15 at 7 p.m., join Q2 for 5 consecutive hours of mind-bending, internationally-flavored sounds from this most quintessential New York New Music happening: the Bang on a Can Marathon from the World Financial Center Winter Garden.