New Sounds

Music for Choir and Percussion (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Music for choir and percussion by Andrew Byrne, Daniel Lentz, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.


WQXR Features

Watch: American Boychoir Presents Songs of the Season

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The American Boychoir, fresh off an appearance at the Toronto Film Festival, comes to WQXR to perform some festive holiday music. Watch the videos.

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New Sounds

Music for Choir and Percussion

Monday, December 08, 2014

Music for choir and percussion by Andrew Byrne, Toru Takemitsu, Daniel Lentz, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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Albums of the Week

Cambridge Choir Offers Grand Survey of Christmas Carols

Monday, December 01, 2014

At a time of year when holiday records veer towards the familiar, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge serves up a mix of rarities and classical carols on their new release.

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One NY Artist: Concert Organist and Choir Conductor Gail Archer

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Archer is one of the few female organists in a male-dominated field. She is in a mission to promote women composers with her performances, and she started a website for women organists.

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Studio 360

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Friday, March 22, 2013

While classical institutions usually bemoan the aging audience, Eric Whitacre’s fanbase is squarely in a prize demographic of 18-to-30 year olds. Whitacre is the most popular choral composer working today, his music performed by school choirs, university groups, and professional ...

Bonus Track: “Oculi Omnium,” performed by the Eric Whitacre Singers

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Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Soloist Recounts Inauguration Performance

Friday, January 25, 2013

There was more than a lip-synching controversy to the music at Monday's event. One choir member tells Terrance McKnight about her performance.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

O Magnum Mysterium

Sunday, December 23, 2012

On this edition of The Choral Mix, we celebrate Christmas with a comprehensive look at the ways composers have portrayed the nativity, from Palestrina to Lauridsen.

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Watch: Trinity Wall Street Choir Sings with the Rolling Stones

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Rolling Stones brought their 50th anniversary tour to a close on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and joining the band was the choir of Trinity Wall Street.

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Video: Hallelujah Mantis Shrimp

Monday, July 30, 2012

How do you put a rainbow on the radio? You call on a choral SWAT team to turn the spectrum into a wall of sound (and pay tribute to a sea creature that sees way beyond anything humans can perceive). Watch Jad in action conducting a choir for our Colors show.

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World Choir Games in Ohio draw 15,000 participants

Friday, July 13, 2012

The world's largest and most prominent choir competition is coming to a close in southwest Ohio.

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Queens: The Symphony

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The borough of Queens is probably the most diverse place on earth, in terms of the amount of languages spoken and the sheer diversity of immigrants living there. “1001 Voices: A Symphony for Queens” is Frank London’s mammoth piece for orchestra, ethnic instruments, actors, visual projections, and a 190-piece choir; the work examines our changing ideas of migration and home. The composer joins us along with the writer and actor Judith Sloan to talk about their collaboration.

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The Takeaway

Religions and Music Come Together on 'Higher and Higher'

Monday, November 14, 2011

For as long as there's been music, seemingly mismatched artists of different religious backgrounds have teamed up on songs in unexpected ways. On the album "Higher and Higher," all the music is written by the late songwriter, Rabbi Schlomo Carlebach, who famously composed over five thousand Jewish songs during his life. And they're performed by two primary voices: one is that of his daughter, Neshama Carlebach. But the other voices are more surprising, it’s the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir.

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Milwaukee Public Schools Alumni and Homeless Community Gospel Choir Tours New York City

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Arlene Skwierawski, an indefatigable former nun from Milwaukee, and her former student, the country music singer K.C. William, fulfill a longtime dream this week: the co-directors of the Milwaukee Public Schools Alumni and Homeless Community Gospel Choir are touring their choir on the streets of New York. The choir, which has performed around the world, has been singing from Harlem to Ground Zero since its arrival in the city on Saturday.

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For Love of Singing in the Choir

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Austin, TX choir Conspirare, arrives in New York this week. Midge Woolsey praises their "beautiful voices" and calls them "dedicated people who understand the power in the word 'ensemble.'"

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Tongue-Tied in the Chorus

Monday, December 06, 2010

Jeff Spurgeon writes: "I’ve sung in good choirs and not-as-good choirs, in ensembles large and small, singing early music and brand-new music. I’ve been a useful chorister, and, at least one time, a completely useless one."

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The Arts File

Musical Outreach

Friday, November 12, 2010

Conductor Marin Alsop, outreach expert Dr. Aaron Flagg and choir director Joe Piccirillo weigh in.


The Arts File

Can Boys' Choirs Survive?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Choir Directors Lorna Myers and Robert Ridgell weigh in.

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