The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Tilson Thomas on “American Mavericks”

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.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway's Halloween Playlist

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.

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In Studio: Angela Blasi, Wendy Warner, Olga Vinokur

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Historically, classical music written by the fairer sex hasn’t received much recognition. This is where soprano Angela Blasi comes in, along with her fellow female artists, cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Olga Vinokur. They join us in studio to perform works composed by women.

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WQXR Features

Milton Babbitt, Avant-Garde Composer, Dies at 94

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Milton Babbitt, a composer known for his staggeringly complex yet lucid, jazzy and occasionally humorous work, died on Saturday in Princeton, NJ. He was 94.

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Conducting Business

Ten Greatest Composers: Beyond the Usual Suspects

Friday, January 21, 2011

For this special podcast, Terrance McKnight sits down with three experts from across the musical spectrum and asks them to rank the 10 greatest classical composers of all time.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Alex Ross on fictional music

Monday, August 17, 2009

Alex Ross talks about the fictional music of composers in literature.


Studio 360

Special Guest: Rachel Portman

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 ...


Studio 360

Pauline Oliveros

Saturday, September 10, 2005

A profile of the experimental composer who built her career on what she calls "deep listening." Produced by David Krasnow.


Studio 360

Poeme Symphonique

Saturday, October 27, 2001

In Newport Beach, California, the organizers of the Eclectic Orange performance festival are staging a rarely-performed composition that allows the metronome to take the spotlight.


Studio 360

The Musical Legacy of Attica

Saturday, September 08, 2001

This week is the 30th anniversary of the infamous New York state prison riot that left 39 people dead. We hear how composers since then have translated the uprising into music.


Studio 360

Exiled in Hollywood

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)