Sing Theory

Friday, December 11, 2009 - 10:43 AM

I love the way radio brings music directly to the listener. Gigantic symphonies can become an intimate experience; a full opera is staged in the imagination of each listener; great performers play for you as you sit comfortably at home or in your car. It's a beautiful way to experience music, but it's not a substitute for attending a live performance. The experience of the living, breathing moment music is made, in the presence of the musicians and other listeners, adds another dimension altogether.

Usually I present music on the radio, but this month I've curated 22 concerts at The Stone, running from December 16 through 29. The Stone is an intimate Lower East Side venue run by composer John Zorn. It's set up for focused listening; no food or drink.

The "Sing Theory" concert series features musicians who subtly, insistingly and creatively expand the potential of song. These are mostly musicians I've encountered through my WNYC radio show Spinning On Air. By investing songs with both heart and brain, and by tapping into the alchemy of the understandable and the mysterious, these daring songwriters prove that the ancient combination of words and music can still yield surprises, open new vistas, and permit and promote profound communication.

The Stone is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street, Manhattan, New York City. For more information on the series (Dec. 16-29) and performers at The Stone, please click here. Proceeds benefit the performers. I will perform on December 17th and 25th.

On this Sunday's Spinning On Air, I'll feature music by some of the "Sing Theory" participants.

Earlier in the day Sunday, December 13, beginning at 3:00PM on WQXR 105.9, we'll combine the virtues of live performance and radio when I host the live broadcast of Handel’s Messiah from Trinity Church. The Trinity Choir and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra will perform with guest conductor Jane Glover.

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Comments [17]

Mardi-Ellen Hill from NYC.

I love the idea of a blog called SING theory, and the support of radio and the way it brings the live voice right into the room and the listener's ears. love you all to check out my blogsite of my new platform:MENDtm: A series of five books introduces the live voice and its eternal imprinting power.

Apr. 23 2010 10:13 AM
Sanyi S. from Boror Park

Nimet is back on wqxr !!!! Wow, one of my wishes came through, I sort of wondered what was that fuzz fuzz fizz fizz champaign sound (or was it Alka Seltzer ?) when she said good by because "she had to leave the place for the younger ones....", shame on her, she gives up easily, doesn't she ? Now of course, she practices on me sleep deprivation, being at late night, but who cares , I'm glad that she is OK. WQXR is improving for sure, Nimet always entertained me with nice and silly stories related to the music played, or the historical aspects when it was composed. She doesn't know, I heard her in Manhattan speaking a strange language near the Grand Central Radio, a long time ago, so I really wondered, how many languages does she really know ?

Apr. 16 2010 12:30 AM
mary ellen from a wonderful town

Sorry, David, if this is not the right blog to talk about the subject. A little confusing, the new site and blogs. Can't find a current one or way to send a message...
It's April 6th, 2010 and I'm just continuing the conversation from Easter weekend about composers who are also writers. Ernst Krenek! I've performed a great song from his "Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen", and thought it was cool that he wrote the words for the whole cycle and other songs as well.

We're supposed to be brief on here, but I'd like to send the text of the song to you, so let me know if that's ok on here or not.

To hear the song, "Heimkehr", you can go to my website, and click on Song Sketches and look for Heimkehr.

Walter (my man) and I enjoy listening to you!

Mary Ellen
-------Krenek also provided his own texts for "The Ballad of the Railroads" op. 78 (1944) and "Sestina" (1957)

Apr. 06 2010 09:43 AM
millie from manhattan

oh, don't merge the blogs!
is that why we haven't been able to talk to david?
listeners connect with individual radio personalities;
they are like friends. not everyone gets each other...
thank you, david, for another night of enchanting music. you are friday evening good company...

Mar. 19 2010 10:23 PM

Thanks for your continued interest in WQXR's blogs. We will soon be merging all the blogs into one so you can communicate with all the WQXR hosts. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience.

Mar. 03 2010 05:49 PM
Frank Feldman

I notice you don't post new blogs anymore, David. Fed up and/or bored with/by your listeners?

Mar. 02 2010 09:09 PM

David, do you have a new blog somewhere on the QXR site that's being kept up still? I miss visiting this one and seeing the updates and comments each week. Then again I miss the old Evening Music altogether. But I'm mourning it, slowly.

At least keep Movie Music a'comin'! I hope its disappearance tonight was an anomaly ...

Feb. 06 2010 09:59 PM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

Hi David:
Listening to Orpheus live broadcast. Heard your and Naomi Lewin's enlightening comments about the Stravinsky -- especially that this was your first hearing and that it wasn't perfomed as frequently as some of his other works. Which is true for the concert hall. However, fans of the NY City Ballet may know this music from Jerome Robbins's ballet The Cage which premiered in 1951 and was frequently performed in NYCB's rotating repertory. I have to say the ballet itself is not my favorite -- predatory insect-like women and a hapless male who strays into their domain (think praying mantis). This was the first time I'd heard the music alone, as a concert piece. The ballet associaition definitely affected how I heard the music. But I liked it much better without the ballet!

Note to WQXR: could you make in an interactive comments section or blog spot for live broadcasts. It would be interesting to communicate with other listeners.

Feb. 06 2010 08:57 PM
Lane from Brooklyn

Thank you for the wonderful early music program today (Sunday at 4). It was truly inspiring, and we hope you'll feature early music again.

Jan. 24 2010 05:58 PM
Frank Feldman

I enjoyed the Johnny Mandel film scores a great deal. They put everyone else in the shade, quite frankly!

Jan. 17 2010 09:07 PM
Phyllis Sharpe

Thank you for your music selections this afternoon starting after 4 pm. I have heard music I never heard before, and have had a history lesson.
Again thanks!

Jan. 17 2010 04:38 PM
Frank Feldman

Which do you think there are more of: contributors to these blogs or listeners to the new WQXR?

Jan. 11 2010 08:25 PM
Larry Stoler from Stamford, CT.

I agree with David Garland. Radio provides a wonderful experience regarding the transmission of music and making it available to the public however you can't beat attending a live performance.

There are so many emotions that can be captured many times spontaneously during a live concert that even in the best of moments can not be captured in the same way over the air.

This is not to take away from radio having been a broadcaster and a life time listener of the medium myself.

Dec. 17 2009 12:03 PM

what a pleasure, david, to listen to your program on a saturday evening; especially lovely tonight.
i was so afraid when you left wnyc that the new wqxr would not be clear on my radio on the west side. thank you for being there. you are truly one of our city's treasures and a friend to more people than i am sure you realize...maybe you do.

Dec. 12 2009 09:33 PM
Serge Ledan from Queens, NY

David, I usually don't like and understand "modern" music, tough recently I heard and liked Keith Jarret's "Bridge of Light" (heard on the new QXR), but since you are performing, I will be there on December 25th, just to hear you perform ( I could not make it on the 17th, working late up to 10 PM).

Dec. 12 2009 12:29 AM
mike stone

Sounds like a night of ponderous indulgence that will be endured more than enjoyed. I'm sure it will be an instant sellout.

Dec. 11 2009 08:51 PM
Frank Feldman

It does at times. But at other times it merely adds labored breathing, histrionic conductors, unnecessary gestures, eyes pingponging between conductor and score and trombone spittle.

Dec. 11 2009 08:37 PM

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