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Credo in Credo

Monday, November 22, 2010

Last Monday, November 15, we had the great pleasure of streaming Lincoln Center's White Light Festival: Credo, a truly inspiring show featuring world premieres by Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson, members of the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós, performed by a stellar roster of international ensembles, including the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.

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A Cappella Choral Fixation

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Much exposure to New Music these days comes in the form of invented or electronically enhanced instruments and experimental mash-ups of seemingly distinct genres. It's less frequent that you hear of innovation in a genre as long-established as a cappella choral music. However, in this episode of Cued Up on Q2, we explore two concerts from contemporary composers Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis and David Lang who have forged idiosyncratic voices in writing uniquely for choir and, in doing so, opened new vistas to what the choral music of the 21st century sounds like. 

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Latvian National Choir: Baltic Dreams

Friday, November 19, 2010

On Friday, November 12, the Latvian National Choir, known at home as the State Choir "Latvija," made its U.S. debut with an hour-length recital as part of Lincoln Center's inaugural White Light Festival. Led by the towering presence of Estonian conductor, Tõnu Kaljuste, the evening presented an at turns, pacific, threatening and charming spin on the festival's theme of spirituality and reflection. 

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Alexi Lubimov: Messenger

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tonight at 8pm on Q2, hear the Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov in a recital of elegiac piano miniatures, from Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach to the contemporary Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian.

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Credo in Preview

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tonight at 7pm, join me for a special pre-concert feature in anticipation of tonight's White Light festival concert, featuring music composed by Sigur Rós members Jón Þor "Jónsi" Birgisson and Kjartan Sveinsson, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National chorus, and the Wordless Music Orchestra.

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Alexei Lubimov Plays Schubert's Impromptus

Monday, November 15, 2010

Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov recently performed the complete Schubert Impromptus as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival. Listen to the full recital on demand. 

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Credo: Live Audio Webcast and Online Chat

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

On Monday at 7:30 pm, WQXR and Q2 present a live audio Web cast of Credo, an evening with members of the Icelandic art-rock band Sigur Rós, the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra.

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Explosive Nuance

Monday, November 01, 2010

What do Meredith Monk, Jón Þor “Jónsi” Birgisson, the Hilliard Ensemble, Antony Hegarty and Gidon Kremer have in common? They are all being featured on Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. This is a festival with a bit of a hard-to-pin-down unifying theme: spiritual music, deeply introspective music.

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Pedja Muzijevic Works for It

Sunday, October 31, 2010

In a search for the necessary paraphernalia needed to play one of Cage's prepared piano works (screws, nuts and rubber strips), pianist Pedja Muzijevic was kicked out of a rubber supply store on Canal Street because the clerk was a little uneasy with a grown man meticulously running his hands over the various pieces of rubber.

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Chants Encounters: New Spiritual Recordings

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Contemplative, soothing, generically religious music is making a comeback. Just as Lincoln Center presents a White Light festival of spiritual music, here are some notable new recordings in soulful styles.

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Daniel Harding: Conducting's One-Man British Invasion

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The rising young British conductor tells us about the primal power of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the youth movement on podiums and why a TV commercial for after-shave turned him on to classical music.

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Alexei Lubimov's Late-Night Elegies

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Equipped with diverse musical interests, a keen programmatic awareness, and a vast repertoire, pianist Alexei Lubimov is not exactly a proponent of conventionality. The breadth of his musical interests are on full display as part of his two White Light Festival "Late-Night Elegies" recitals on November 11 and 13, both of which are being recorded at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse for future inclusion on WQXR and Q2.

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White Light Filtered

Monday, October 25, 2010

On October 28, Lincoln Center launches a new annual fall festival, called the White Light Festival, which will focus, in the words of Lincoln Center Vice President of Programming Jane Moss, on "music's transcendent capacity to illuminate our larger interior universe." With live and delayed audio Webcasts from the festival and coverage of key musicians and ensembles, WQXR and Q2 throw back the veil of the introspective and contemplative White Light sound worlds.

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