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.

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Either/Or: Live from Miller Theatre

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The 2011 SONiC Festival featured some of the most acclaimed ensembles on the new-music scene performing the work of over 100 composers age 40 and under. This selection, recorded on October 17 at Columbia University's Miller Theatre, featured the Either/Or Ensemble. The group performed works by Raphaël Cendo, Hans Thomalla, Richard Carrick, Erin Gee, Keeril Makan and also offered the U.S. premiere of Jonny Greenwood's smear.

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Keys to the Future: Jenny Chai, Lisa Moore and Marina Lomazov

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This May 25 concert - the second installment from the Keys to the Future Festival - features pianists Jenny Chai, Lisa Moore and Marina Lomazov playing works by György Ligeti, Timothy Andres, Martin Bresnick, Frederic Rzewski, Rodion Shchedrin, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Nikolai Kapustin and William Bolcom.

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Gregory Spears's 'Requiem' Merges Early with New

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sinner or saint, dead or alive, there's much to love about this arresting debut from composer Gregory Spears. Read on for more and grab a free download for this week only of the track Postlude.

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Bagatelles, Ludes and Loose Change

Monday, November 14, 2011

Q2 Music welcomes back pianist-in-residence Jed Distler as part of our month-long investigation of Beethoven's far-reaching effects on contemporary keyboard music.

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Tyondai Braxton: Blazing New Paths in New-Music

Monday, November 14, 2011

As part of WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music honors the spirit of arguably the most iconic and paradigm-shifting composer of all time with four weeklong portraits of some of today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. This week, indie-rock luminary Tyondai Braxton

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Due East: Music by Lei Liang, Chen Yi and Tigran Mansuryan

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This week on Cued Up, we sample works that embody the sounds of Eastern Europe, India and Asia from a bevy of in-concert recordings of music by Chen Yi, Tigran Mansuryan, Evan Ziporyn, Lei Liang and more.

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The Revolution Will Be Opera-fied with Anne Manson

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday at 1 pm on The New Canon, we look forward to the U.S. premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's opera Kommilitonen! with featured soprano Deanna Breiwick and conductor Anne Manson.

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SONiC Boom!: American Composers Orchestra's First Night

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The opening concert of the 2011 SONiC Festival featured conductor George Manahan and the American Composers Orchestra performing works by Kenji Bunch, Christopher Stark, Alex Temple and others.

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Eighth Blackbird Shacks Up in 'Lonely Motel'

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Can one call recording that is selections from a larger theater work a “concept album?” Or is such a term redundant when every theatrical recording is more or less conceptual in its inherent unifying themes? Read on for more about an album at the center of this debate, and grab a free download for this week only of the track Addiction.

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Purposefully Bleak

Monday, November 07, 2011

Q2 Music welcomes back pianist-in-residence Jed Distler for a month-long investigation of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas and the far-reaching effects this titanic body of repertoire has had on contemporary keyboard music.

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The Electric and Kinetic Sound World of Michael Gordon

Monday, November 07, 2011

As WQXR presents Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music spotlights today's most distinct and inventive compositional voices. This week Nadia Sirota focuses on the music of Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon

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Primal Counterpoint

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Rhythm is often experienced in a very primal way, and perhaps it is because of its organic presence within our own existence. It may first go unnoticed, yet underneath the deafening chaos of life, one cannot help but notice the soft, undying murmur of a certain pulse, carrying on like an agent of order. This week's Cued Up orbits around the rhythms of composers Andy AkihoJohn AdamsDaniel WohlJulian Day and Filippo Perocco.

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Road to Joy with Jeremy Denk

Friday, November 04, 2011

Today at 1 pm, we celebrate Beethoven Awareness Month with pianist Jeremy Denk. We delve into the revolutionary nature of Beethoven's works and ask—who are the modern-day Beethovens? And is such a distinction still relevant?

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Powerhouse Piano Concertos

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

For WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music gets back to its "500 Years of New-Music" roots and pays homage to the genre where the many strands of the composer's creative persona come into sharpest focus -- the piano concerto. Every night at 10 pm throughout November, Q2 Music streams back-to-back piano concertos, the first from the 19th century and behind the imposing shadow of Beethoven's own five masterworks and the second from today's active, international repertoire.

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Turn (Back) on the White Lights

Monday, October 31, 2011

This week Hammered! takes its programmatic cue from the probing musical curiosity of pianist Alexei Lubimov and begins Monday with a recital recorded last year live at Lincoln Center's inaugural White Light Festival, which is currently midway through another illuminating installation of performances for its 2011 festival.

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Too Raucous for Radio?

Monday, October 31, 2011

There must be some deep-seated, funny, psychologically-sound logic behind the release of big-budget disaster films during the hottest months. For whatever reason, there seems no more appropriate course of action these days than watching explosions and zombie-slayings, riding roller coasters and eating absurd fried things. Summer is a season of excess, and this week’s show features bombastic, over-the-top, Micheal Bay-esque music. (These shows originally aired the week of July 25, 2011.)

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Adams and Eve-ntualities

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Concert music is perhaps one of the few art forms that is born purely of abstraction. Each composition demands the composer construct a new world with its own set of rules and regulations. The composition becomes the sole portal into this new sonic universe, through which we get a glimpse of the artist’s vision. However, some pieces come with a history, and, while entirely original and independent, connect with the audience somewhat differently. The experience of listening becomes filled with discovery of the new and surprises of sensing familiar traces.

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The Bassoon-er State

Friday, October 28, 2011

This Friday at 1 pm on The New Canon, we tread into forbidden territory with the bassoon, championed by bassoonist Rachael Elliott and composer Padma Newsome. Though it has an undeserved bad rap, the bassoon can be beguiling, sonorous, nuanced and a vivid vehicle for music. Fresh off of her most recent new release and NYC appearances, Rachael Elliott talks about bringing glory back to an instrument that composer and music critic Cecil Gray once described as the "Gorgonzola" of musical instruments, "a figure of fun."

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Ensemble ACJW

Thursday, October 27, 2011

In this June 12 show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Ensemble ACJW performs an adventurous and eclectic program of their own design with works by Oscar Bettison, Béla Bartók and Fréderic Chopin combined with the non-traditional tunes of Thelonious Monk, Vienne Teng, Radiohead and Pink Floyd.

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Re:Sound: Second Installment

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

On Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presents the second Re:Sound webcast: a special, patchwork-quilt, virtual concert of those pieces which received the most votes over the second half of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC: Sounds of a New Century Festival 2011. Hear exclusive live performances of pieces by Marcos Balter, Son Lux, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Matt Marks and many more. 

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