Anastasia Tsioulcas

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Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Composer and author Ned Rorem turns 90 today. Why isn't there more celebrating? In the meantime, however, here's an introduction to this essential, brilliant and more than occasionally irascible American artist. Hear some of the instantly appealing songs that have helped to cement his reputation.


Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A bright-eyed child transforms an elegiac prayer in a new video from New York Polyphony and director Mark DeChiazza, featuring incandescent music by the late English composer Richard Rodney Bennett.


10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Spruce up the woodshed: with the new school year upon us, here are some easy ways to help you maximize music practice time — regardless of how old you are or what level of playing you've achieved.


First Watch: Banda Magda, 'Ce Soir'

Friday, August 30, 2013

See one last taste of a delicious summer day, delivered in the form of a breezy French-Brazilian tune by the New York-based group Banda Magda, fronted by the charming singer Magda Giannikou.


Slimmed-Down Gramophone Awards Honor Home Team

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The British magazine has trimmed down the number for awards being handed in its 90th annual prize ceremony. Is that good or bad for classical music?


Behind The Latest Round Of Bruised Feelings At The Minnesota Orchestra

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A blogger charges that management at the Minneapolis-based symphony may have attempted to undercut pro-labor organizing efforts — several months before talks between the musicians and the administration failed. The orchestra association says that they were just doing their job.


Why Is One Of The World's Top Violinists Judging Miss America?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Violinist and conductor Joshua Bell is going to be joining Lance Bass and a Shark Tank judge in Atlantic City. (And one of the country's foremost classical music critics is a preliminary rounds judge.) Is there a classical music/beauty pageant axis we just didn't know about?


Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What's Left Of Summer

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.


Reunited After 50 Years, An Algerian Buena Vista Social Club Makes Its U.S. Debut

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A group of Jewish and Muslim musicians who played together in the bars and cafes of Algiers in the 1940s and '50s thought they'd never see each other again. But after a chance encounter one of them had with a tourist in an Algerian bazaar, their lives changed forever.


First Watch: The Garifuna Collective, 'Ubou'

Friday, August 02, 2013

Watch an inspiring new video from a group that weaves together African, Amerindian and Latin sounds in a rich and soulful blend.


Kronos Quartet: Behind The Scenes And Out Of Doors

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Hear world premiere performances by the Kronos Quartet and collaborators — members of Antibalas, tUnE-yArDs and Iron and Wine as well as stars from the Fela Kuti musical Fela! — live at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival. And rehearsal photos show new music and old instruments coming together.


First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, 'Home Stretch'

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The 27-year-old composer and pianist weaves together the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno. The results provide thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today.


Carnegie Hall's Barnstorming Youth Movement

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Touring the world with Valery Gergiev and Joshua Bell is the opportunity of a lifetime for 120 teenage musicians taking part in the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States, organized by Carnegie Hall. Can their experience give a boost to classical music more generally?


Eli Keszler & So Percussion: Making The Manhattan Bridge Roar And Sing

Friday, July 12, 2013

Watch an installation artist and a percussion quartet make music of the city, by the city and for the city. The world premiere of their outdoor work uses lengthy piano wires strung to the Manhattan Bridge. The unique sounds reflect and concentrate urban energy in an unforgettable way.


Schoenberg Doesn't Suck: Serialism Demystified

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vi Hart takes dodecaphony out of the ivory tower and onto YouTube in incredibly entertaining lay terms. And you'll never hear "Mary Had A Little Lamb" in quite the same way again.


Electric Guitars Amp Up New Classical Music

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Not that long ago, a composer using an electric guitar would have seemed like a crime against the state of classical music. Here are five pieces from recent decades that show how musicians have used this American invention to extend and expand the European tradition.


Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers: Golden Sound In A Gleaming Space

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Framed by a beautiful array of vintage drums, the trumpeter and santur player pairs the sibling spirits of jazz and Arab classical music with the help of his quintet.


Meet the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World

Monday, June 24, 2013

31-year-old American mezzo Jamie Barton had a double win at the prestigious Welsh competition. She walked away Sunday with both the main prize and the song award.


Wired: Come Hear New Music That Uses The Manhattan Bridge

Monday, June 17, 2013

Friday at 6:30 PM, come hear a singular world premiere at Make Music New York. A collaboration commissioned by NPR Music with artist Eli Keszler and drumming dynamos So Percussion uses the Manhattan Bridge itself as part of the music-making.


Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

Friday, June 14, 2013

Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other. The great composer's violin and viola, which are only pulled out of storage in Salzburg about once a year, are in the United States for the very first time. And the magic they wield is undeniable.