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Daft Punk: Making The Uncool Cool Again

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SPIN editor Chris Weingarten shares with Soundcheck host John Schaefer some of his thoughts behind the album. 

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Paul Williams And Daft Punk's 'Random' Collaboration

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Award-winning composer, Paul Williams, collaborated with Daft Punk for their new album, Random Access Memories. Williams wrote the lyrics for the tracks "Beyond" and "Touch," which he also sings. 

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Operavore

Metropolitan Opera Says it Has Disbanded its Ballet Corps

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's resident ballet company is no more. The company has decided to disband the troupe, which has been dwindling in numbers, from 16 in 2011 to 8 presently.

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Michigan LGBT Youth Center Does Outreach With A Dance 'Hook'

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park, Mich., is making an effort to meet its clients where they are — on the dance floor, specifically with the dance form known as "vogue." From there, the center can connect them with counseling, health services, tutoring and clean clothes.

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Soundcheck

French Horn Rebellion: When Classical Hits The Club

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Watch the Brooklyn-based electropop band play "This Moment" in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Ancient, Futuristic And Timeless: Choreographers Rich + Tone Talauega

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Rich Talauega and Tone Talauega have choreographed music videos for Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez; worked with Madonna on her tours and videos; and taken their moves to the popular show Dancing With The Stars. The brothers join us to talk about getting their first big break with Michael Jackson and growing up with Samoan traditional dance and hip hop freestyling. Plus, they share their collaboration wish list.

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Caroline Shaw Talks Square Dancing, Bach, And Winning A Pulitzer Prize At 30

Friday, May 03, 2013

Two weeks ago, the New York violinist, vocalist and composer Caroline Shaw became the youngest person to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. She talks about her award-winning composition.

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'First American Ballet Star' Soared To Fame With 'Firebird'

Saturday, April 13, 2013

One of America's first great prima ballerinas has died. Maria Tallchief brought life to The Nutcracker and Firebird at the New York City Ballet. She died Thursday at the age of 88. NPR's Joel Rose has this remembrance.

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Studio 360

Carmen Miranda: O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem

Friday, April 12, 2013

The samba “O Que è Que a Bahiana Tem” was recorded by the Brazilian singer Carmen Miranda in 1939. Dori Caymmi, the son of the songwriter, and biographer Martha Gil-Montero explain how the song brought Brazilian music to the global marketplace — with unforeseen ...

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Features

One NY Artist: Choreographer Camille A. Brown

Saturday, April 06, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City, some scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements, or on stage. WNYC is bringing some of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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The Greene Space

Ravel's Quartet in F Major: Orion String Quartet and Jennifer Nugent of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

MacArthur Genius Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones has been creating modern dances of profound urgency and relevance for over 30 years.

Continuing to push the boundaries, Jones has set several of his dances to classical music. The upcoming New York season of The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company at the Joyce Theater will be danced entirely to chamber music by Mozart, Schubert and Ravel, performed live by the acclaimed Orion String Quartet.

Bill T. Jones, the Orion String Quartet and dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company joined us in The Greene Space recently for an evening of exploration and celebration of the connections between the very modern and the very classic. Watch company dancer Jennifer Nugent perform to Ravel's String Quartet in F Major, played by the Orion String Quartet.

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Soundcheck

STRFKR's Live Shows Still Feel Like A House Party

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Over the last few years, STRFKR has brought its high energy live shows to as many moving bodies as will have them. We speak with Hodges and drummer Keil Corcoran, and the band plays live in the studio.

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A Ballet Memorial For A Son Killed At War

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Amy Wolfe's son, Colin, was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq in August 2006. Nearly seven years later, Wolfe paid tribute to her son in an unusual way: a ballet. Wolfe, artistic director of Virginia's Manassas Ballet Theatre, talks about the production and shares memories of her son.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Supreme Court, "The Dance and the Railroad, Guggenheim Partners

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin discusses Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her lasting impact on the high court. David Henry Hwang talks about “The Dance and the Railroad,” the second production of his year-long residency at the Signature Theater Company. And we’ll look at Guggenheim Partners—the company has bought the LA Dodgers and The Hollywood Reporter but remains incredibly secretive.

The Leonard Lopate Show

David Henry Hwang's “The Dance and the Railroad”

Thursday, March 14, 2013

David Henry Hwang talks about “The Dance and the Railroad,” presented by Signature Theatre Company. On a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad, two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. “The Dance and the Railroad” follows the twice-extended “Golden Child” as the second production in the Residency One: David Henry Hwang Series. It’s playing at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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WNYC News

Harlem Shake Is the Meme of the Moment

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It started quietly online with a short YouTube video of Spandex-clad dancers gyrating their hips and shoulders. Several thousand video responses and one Superbowl ad later, it's safe to say the dance known as the Harlem Shake has gone from meme to mainstream. 

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Features

Dance Season Spins Up

Friday, February 15, 2013

Animal migration, slaves and a partnership with Cuba are some of the highlights of the dance season that’s starting in New York City.

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Features

Brooklyn Meets the Balkans at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brooklyn is getting a taste of the Balkans this weekend. The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, New York’s largest Balkan music event, is celebrating its 28th year of regional music, food, drink and arts starting Friday evening. 

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'Have-A Banana': Your Calls On 'Hava Nagila'

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It turns out that our listeners had a lot to say -- and sing -- about "Hava Nagila." 

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New Sounds

Score One for Dance

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sample music from unusual dance scores on this New Sounds program.  Listen to music from the New York trio, Spanish Fly - consisting of slide trumpet player/composer Steven Bernstein, slide guitar mastermind Dave Tronzo and tuba genius Marcus Rojas- which draws on famous American folksongs. Some of that trio’s music was used for the production of “Fly by Night” by the San Francisco Ballet.

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