Monday, March 26, 2012
Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, discusses “American Mavericks,” celebrating the work of maverick composers, including John Cage, Edgard Varèse, John Adams, Steve Mackey, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Meredith Monk, Mason Bates, and more. The series includes performances by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony—along with Jessye Norman and Emanuel Ax, and a new breed of musical interpreters, including Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, Matmos, Joan La Barbara, Jennifer Koh, Lisa Moore, JACK Quartet, and Jeremy Denk. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will be performing at Carnegie Hall.
Friday, October 28, 2011
It could be a tense orchestral crash of instruments ("Thus Sprach Zarathustra"), or held in just a few feverish notes on a piano ("Halloween"). Whatever it is, the music from movies we think of as spooky plays a big part in raising those hairs on our neck and getting us to reach out for a (hopefully live) hand to hold. John Schaefer, host of New York Public Radio’s "Soundcheck" joins us with a playlist of some of the scariest music ever recorded.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Rachel Portman visits Kurt to talk about what's in the background — how scenery, scoring, and props change the art around us.
Portman has composed music for dozens of films including Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Joy Luck Club, and Jonathan Demme's Manchurian Candidate. Her newest score is for Roman Polanski's ...
Saturday, August 25, 2001
In the 1930s and '40s, Hollywood became a major destination for European composers fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe, and those composers made Tinseltown an important musical center, not just for film scores, but for contemporary classical music.
(Originally aired: April 28, 2001)