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Nadia Sirota

Nadia Sirota appears in the following:

Roma, Roma Ma

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Rome Prize gives fellowships to “emerging artists and scholars in the early or middle stages of their careers who represent the highest standard of excellence.” There have been some pretty fab composers among the recipients, and this week’s got a ton of 'em.

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Too Raucous for Radio?

Monday, July 25, 2011

There must be some deep-seated, funny, psychologically-sound logic behind the release of big-budget disaster films during the hottest months. Summer is a season of excess, and this week’s show features bombastic, over-the-top, Micheal Bay-esque music.

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If You Can't Stand the Heat

Monday, July 18, 2011

In New York, this season is all about extremes of temperature, and that's what we're exploring this week: music that has something to do with the steamy, lethargic, A/C-shivery weirdness that is the physical state of the body in summer. We'll hear music that's constantly toggling between serious heat (the subway platform) and air-conditioned briskness (the subway-self).

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Meredith Monk: On the Up and Up

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cued Up dives head first into the fearless, mystical sound world of composer-vocalist Meredith Monk. Recorded live in The Greene Space, Monk and Vocal Ensemble and the Todd Reynolds Quartet perform her original pieces.

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Friends in High Places

Monday, July 11, 2011

My friends, it’s been so long! I’ve missed you all! I’ve been mostly in London and Reykjavik since we last talked, the former city to see Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys (so good) and the latter to record viola things and schvitz. Along the way I played some great little shows, and one of the highlights of my trip was a recital with organist Jamie McVinnie and Nico Muhly at Westminster Abbey.

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Postcards to the Internauts

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Greetings from sunny (I’m not kidding, the sun never sets) Iceland! I’m spending my days at Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Greenhouse Studios, where, to my surprise, June Hammered! guest host Bruce Brubaker is recording Drones and Piano, Nico Muhly’s work for the same. I had NO idea Bruce was gonna be here. Q2 party up in Iceland! Come Wednesday, I’ll begin to record Daníel Bjarnason’s viola concerto-like-thing Sleep Variations, for solo viola, harp, percussion, and ten additional violas, all of which I will record, Mwah-ha-ha-ha.

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Backstage with Two Boys

Monday, June 06, 2011

I have always relished the feeling of being “backstage.” There’s a crazy lovely thing that happens when you get to feel a sort of ownership for a huge historical building or site, be it a concert hall, a cathedral or a museum. When I was a little kid, I spent the summers at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, where my parents taught. This was a Tanglewood more or less unchanged from the days of Koussevitzky, where Bernstein and Copland were to be found eating in the cafeteria, and where Seiji Ozawa could be found zooming around in his sports car.

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As Much Awesome As Possible

Monday, May 30, 2011

After a truly fabulous end-of-the-season run (our first pledge drive! MATA and VOX and Wordless, oh my!), I am taking a little June hiatus to go concertize and record around Europe. Rest assured, I'll be reporting back with exclusive videos and anecdotes from various projects, (cough, Nico Muhly's first opera, cough), so I won't be divorced from planet Q2, but I figured I'd take this week to play some of my favorite things (in Oprah's absence). One of these, apparently, is absurd overuse of parenthetical phrases in writing (I could switch to footnotes? Something something David Foster Wallace).

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First Ever Pledge Drive

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I am so unbelievably proud of Q2. This week marks our first ever pledge drive! (The public radio geek in me is pretty blissed-out by this, btw.) This is your chance to show how much New Music means to you!

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Powerful vs. Powerless

Monday, May 16, 2011

New York is still bustling with festivals, festivals, festivals! This week in particular, there's some impressive programming courtesy of one of our favorite chamber ensembles, eighth blackbird. The versatile sextet has set up a short festival, called Tune-In beginning this Wednesday at the Park Ave Armory, based on Stravinsky's famous quote: "Music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all.”

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Spring Fever: Symphonic Metamorphosis

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The symphony has undergone such transformation since it first emerged as a conventional form hundreds of years ago. Concluding Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music festival, Kent Nagano and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra explore the evolution of the symphony beginning with Giovanni Gabrieli's Sacrae Symphoniae for Brass and finishing with Anton Webern's Symphony, Op. 21. This evening, May 14 from 5 to 8pm, Q2 responds with our own take on this large-scale form as it has transformed into the twenty-first century.

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Spring Fever: Dawn Upshaw, Soprano and Muse

Friday, May 13, 2011

This evening, Friday May 13 from 5 to 8 pm, Q2 continues work in tandem with WQXR's Spring for Music broadcast of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's performance with soprano, Dawn Upshaw. In addition to her role as a pedagogue and her career longevity as a singer, we draw inspiration from Upshaw's reputation for forging longstanding relationships with composers who have used her unique voice as their muse.

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Spring Fever: Music in Time of War

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Artists have often used their art as a means of making sense of the horrors of war and taking a political stance: from Salvador Dalí's painting Face of War to Kryzstof Penderecki's string orchestra work Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima. On May 12 as part of Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music Festival, the Oregon Symphony takes the stage and presents a program titled Music for a Time of War featuring cornerstone works by John Adams, Charles Ives, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughn Williams.

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Spring Fever: Pulitzer Prize Winners

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music festival is designed to allow orchestras to flex their creative programming muscles and provide an outlet to think outside of the overture-concerto-symphony box. On May 11, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Steven Stucky's August, 1964 in their Carnegie Hall debut.

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Spring Fever: Bard College

Monday, May 09, 2011

Q2 continues to celebrate Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music Festival with this May 10 program from 5 to 8pm featuring the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory. Though New York City is home to some of the most prestigious American music schools, one should never overlook the fact that a mere one-hundred miles north, in tranquil Annandale-on-Hudson, is a school whose star-studded faculty list includes the likes of Dawn Upshaw, So Percussion, George Tsontakis, Jeremy Denk, David Krakauer, Joan Tower and members of the Guarneri Quartet.

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Fer Mata

Monday, May 09, 2011

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I don't envy composers. In addition to working long hours in relative isolation, the life of a young composer can sometimes seem pretty demoralizing; like actors, composers are constantly applying for various positions and experiencing rejection. Grants, festivals, teaching positions, awards, all of these plaudits are achieved via an application process that can feel extremely elusive.

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Spotlight: Previn and Shostakovich

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Tonight, Saturday May 7 from 5 to 8pm, Q2 continues Spring Fever with a sonically immersive primer for WQXR's upcoming live Carnegie Hall, Spring for Music broadcast of the Toledo Symphony performing works by André Previn and Dmitri Shostakovich.

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Spotlight: Aaron Jay Kernis and Paul Moravec

Friday, May 06, 2011

This Friday from 5-8pm, in anticipation of WQXR's kick-off Spring For Music broadcast from Carnegie Hall featuring the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Q2 presents a Spring Fever spotlight on the evocative sound worlds of two featured composers, Aaron Jay Kernis and Paul Moravec. Q2 also turns over the microphone to the composers themselves, as they provide exclusive insights into their own works, from Moravec's Tempest Fantasy to Aaron Jay Kernis's String Quartet No. 2, "musica instrumentalis," both pieces awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

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On-Demand Audio: Jonny Greenwood's "Doghouse"

Friday, May 06, 2011

On Friday, May 20 at 8 pm, Q2's Nadia Sirota hosts a live audio Webcast and online chat from the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The show features the U.S. premiere of Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's Doghouse for orchestra and string trio; the New York-premiere of Philip Glass Symphony No. 4, "Heroes," based on the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno; and game-changing modernist György Ligeti's Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments.

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MATA Festival Webcast: Composer/Performers

Monday, May 02, 2011

On Wednesday May 11 at 7:30 pm, Nadia Sirota hosts an evening chock full of world premieres from young composer-performers live from (Le) Poisson Rouge, home of the 2011 installment of the landmark New Music commissioning series, MATA Festival. The show features performances from Corey Dargel and Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Angélica Negrón and Cantori NY, Chris Danforth with Jeff Bina, and French-born bassist, Florent Ghys, and includes on-stage interviews with the composers themselves.

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