British composer Gavin Bryars is internationally famous—except in the U.S., where his works still remain relatively under-appreciated. Tonight at 8:50, Q2 kicks off a week-long Bryars festival with a live broadcast from the Guggenheim Museum.
The list of Elizabeth Taylor's films includes daring, challenging stories, and they were scored with exceptional music. Here are a few of host David Garland's favorites.
WQXR brings you a live broadcast of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Carnegie Hall tonight at 8 pm. Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder joins the orchestra in the music of Mozart.
The Greene Space and WQXR welcome you to an exclusive and intimate concert with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. The evening's program will include the Bach Chaconne (arr. for the left hand by Brahms) and the Takacs Toccata and Fugue for Left Hand, Op. 56.
What touch! Pianist Garrick Ohlsson had an eloquent dialogue tonight with his instrument, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with all of us listening to his Carnegie Hall performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Ohlsson's fingers on the keyboard managed precise intricacies, each note articulated clearly, but I was so impressed with the way all notes integrated into a vivid, thrilling whole.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of recording an in-studio performance by composer Van Dyke Parks, which will broadcast on my WNYC show Spinning On Air this Sunday evening at 8 pm. My first exposure to Parks's work was when I heard The Beach Boys song “Heroes and Villains” on the radio while a kid back in the 1960s. Parks wrote the lyrics for that song, and subsequently worked on The Beach Boys’ “Smile” and his own 1968 album “Song Cycle,” and many projects since. Back when I first heard his music I knew it was new, exciting, and different, but I probably didn’t recognize that it was such an effective, natural blend of folk, pop, and classical influences.
On this week's Movies on the Radio, host David Garland digs deep in the John Williams vault and unearths gems like his score to Robert Altman's psychological thriller Images, and the Frank Sinatra-directed war drama None But the Brave.
The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger makes songs which are ornate, fanciful, tuneful, and unusual. The band is Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and his partner in life and music, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The duo plays multiple instruments and sings in harmony about elegant gardens, dystopian futures, striving scientists, a smarmy impresario, and much more. Check out the group performing "Lavender Road" below.
Although I work in the non-visual medium of radio, by training I'm a visual artist. I graduated from art school, and worked for ten years as a graphic designer and illustrator before moving to radio via my lifelong love of music. I think that radio actually is a visual medium, it's just that the associated images are conjured in the imagination of the listener, rather than on paper or on canvas.
Last week's Movies on the Radio featured music from the TV show "Star Trek," and was illustrated with a photo of actors William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as their iconic Star Trek characters Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. It's been corrected since, but at first our caption for the photo identified them as "Captain Kirk and Dr. Spock."
This week at a dinner party I met Pam, who left the get-together early. I'm a night owl myself (on the air weekend evenings, after all), but Pam told us that she regularly gets up at 4 am each day. She feels that rising early lets her "own the day," and gives her invaluable time to think and get things done.
Computers both isolate and connect us. Here's a strange, spooky, but pretty-sounding example of this contemporary condition.
David Garland welcomes baroque orchestra Juilliard415 to the WQXR Studio and speaks with Music Director Monica Huggett about Juilliard's new Historical Performance program, from which Juilliard415 draws its musicians.
Music connects us to composers' ideas and musicians' talent; to emotions and shared experiences; to the secular and the sacred; to other cultures, and to each other. Monday through Friday, May 3-7, from 12-4, a.m. and p.m., I’ll connect you to music that might enlarge your world.
Mother’s Day is Sunday, and WQXR listeners have already eloquently told us about their mothers' musical influence.
Like a journey, music happens in time. Music takes us places. It describes places. Music is a place. Monday through Friday, May 3-7, from 12-4, a.m. and p.m., I’ll be your tour guide on Q2, offering you some musical journeys.
I'm going to the theater more often than I used to.
This Saturday, April 17, Hungarian-born singer Marta Eggerth will celebrate her 98th birthday. Knowing Marta, as I’m fortunate to, she will surely have a lively celebration with humor and music.
Chimps. Bonobos. Humans. We're all great apes, but that doesn’t mean we’re one happy family.