Sufjan Stevens' The BQE

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

The BQE is a large orchestral piece by Sufjan Stevens inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, its effect on New York, films of the flow and congestion of the Expressway, and also the joys of hoola-hooping. Premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2007, The BQE is full of musical verve and pageantry. Tonight we hear the whole piece, start to finish, without interruption, and with an introduction culled from host David Garland's 2007 interview with Stevens.

Sufjan on Spinning On Air March 5, 2004

Sufjan on Spinning On Air, July 1, 2005

Sufjan on Spinning On Air, October 28, 2007

More about The BQE

The BQE, Part 6 performed in the WNYC Studio
The BQE: Interlude I—Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation
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Comments [1]

Luke from Adelaide, Australia

I am REALLY looking forward to this. Thank you Sufjan/David/WNYC

Oct. 17 2009 06:54 PM

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