Nadia Sirota appears in the following:
Monday, April 16, 2012
How do we get pieces which translate so beautifully from stage to audience member to translate as comprehensibly to the intimacy of recorded media? This week, I play pieces that are not only musically well-suited to the radio, but are recorded in a way that suits the format as well.
Monday, April 09, 2012
Nothing brings to relief the joy of life more clearly that loosing a loved one. This is one of the hardest lessons of being human, and, not surprisingly, a rich ground for creative material. If you think about it, the Classical tradition, such as it is, has everything to do with revering the dead. We deify composers posthumously, lauding everything they have created in an ecstatic, ongoing memorial.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Q2 Music celebrated America’s great iconoclastic composers when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brought his “American Mavericks” tour to New York. In anticipation of their Carnegie Hall concerts, composer John Adams and Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianist Jeremy Denk, and other guests joined Tilson Thomas ...
Sunday, March 04, 2012
This Sunday at 2 pm, join us as we revisit the New Juilliard Ensemble's dynamic 2010-2011 season. The noted student ensemble takes on a varied array of contemporary concert works.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Stravinsky famously said: "Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all." Q2's Nadia Sirota doesn't buy it: "It seems totally out of place given the way his music moves me."
Monday, February 13, 2012
As numerous ads for sunny getaways in the subway temptingly imply, let's face it: there's no better time of year to get out of town than February. But if your wallet won't have it, here's a modest solution, let Q2 Music take you on a quick trip to some of New Music's hot spots around the world.
Monday, February 06, 2012
Composing isn't always a solitary activity. This week, Nadia Sirota explores a variety of different composer collectives, including Bang On a Can, the NOW Ensemble, Sleeping Giant, Ears Open!, and Common Sense.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Join us Thursday at 7 pm to hear host Nadia Sirota and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen trace the overlaps of Hungarian culture in works by Haydn, Bartók and Ligeti during last year's Magyar Magic, recorded live in The Greene Space.
Monday, January 30, 2012
We open this week's show with an interview with the multi-stylistic multi-instrumentalist Jherek Bischoff, a performing guest in the upcoming Ecstatic Music Festival Preview concert in The Greene Space on Wednesday, February 1.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Kung Hei Fat Choi! When I was in kindergarten, my super awesome teachers Ms. Danielson and Ms. Doane had us bring in paper bags, in which we cut holes three holes (a big one in the very bottom and two smaller ones on the sides), adorned with construction paper scales, and pulled over our heads to march down the hallway of our school as a giant, kindergartener-fueled Lunar New Year dragon. It was pretty much the best day of kindergarten.
Monday, January 16, 2012
It may sound kind of obvious, but one of the perks of working at this station is constantly being exposed to new music. This week, we are celebrating Polish music from the past 50 years or so, and I’m happy to say that aside from the heavy hitters (cough, Penderecki, Górecki, cough) this music is basically all completely new to me! Not just new, but both awesome AND new.
Monday, January 09, 2012
This is a really special week on the show. While I know you’ve become accustomed to my riffs on the providence of music written by people who are still alive, this week we get to hear about everything – from inspiration to circumstance to execution – right from the mouths of the creators. That’s right, this week I’ll be joined by a dozen or so composers who will guide us through the lion’s share of this week's programming.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Hey there, 2012, you’re looking mighty fine! Every time I cross the threshold of a new year, I cannot help but think of it as a mild miracle of time travel. Remember the first time, in grade school, a classmate bid you farewell for the weekend with the remark “see you next year?” It was mind-blowing!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
TEN! NINE! EIGHT! SEVEN! SIX! Wait wait!! We’re not quite there yet!! We still have a few precious moments left of 2011, and even more pertinently, just a few more days left until the twenty eleven charitable donations deadline!! What better way to sort out your 2011 taxes than to make a tax-deductible donation to your favorite locale on the internet for all things new and wonderful, Q2 Music!
Monday, December 26, 2011
This week, in celebration of some of the longest nights of the year, Q2 Music is exploring music about the stars, planets, celestial bodies and other glittery, wintry nighttime things.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Q2 Music presents a festival of Polish contemporary music from Jan. 16-22. From Lutoslawski, Penderecki and Gorecki, to emerging composers, the festival will survey the greatest in Polish music.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space.
Monday, December 19, 2011
One of Alan Gilbert’s loveliest initiatives as the music director of the New York Philharmonic these past three seasons has been the CONTACT! concert series, dedicated to living composers and new works. This year’s series kicked off this past weekend with works by Alexandre Lunsqui, Magnus Lindberg, and HK Gruber.
Monday, December 12, 2011
New York has wonderful holiday traditions, but maybe none so awesome as Unsilent Night, Phil Kline's piece essentially for holiday carolers holding boomboxes who form an amorphous, directional sound sculpture on the streets of New York City, or indeed whichever of the 26 urban areas this wonderful tradition has spread to inhabit. I caught up with Phil for a lovely interview about Unsilent Night, the holidays in general, and many other topics, including his soon-to-be-premiered work Peregrine. You can check out the audio above!
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Festively motivated, for the show this week I thought it'd be great to explore others who were born in the first week-or-so of December, and boy howdy! Turns out, this is a great week to be born a composer!