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A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It’s a modern liederabend, “song night,” featuring vocal & choral music from Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky, chamber opera by Missy Mazzoli, & opera by MIT professor Tod Machover.

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WQXR Features

Light and Gold: The Music of Eric Whitacre

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Today at 4 pm, superstar choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre shares Christmas favorites with co-host Brian Newhouse.

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New Sounds

Latin American Poetry Settings

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Listen to contemporary settings of great Latin-American poets on this New Sounds, including the poetry of Chilean poet Elias Letelier by Canadian composer/electric guitarist Tim Brady.

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New Sounds

Human/Avian Collaborations

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Listen to a program full of music that actually employs birdsongs, in all sorts of human-avian collaborations. (With the exception of a human chorus and a chorus imitating the sound of birds on Eric Whitacre’s “Little Birds,” that is.) Hear a big band post-jazz, post-minimalist work by John Hollenbeck, featuring the voice of Theo Bleckmann, and birds. Then, there’s the concerto for orchestra and birds on tape, “Cantus Arcticus” by the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara. Plus, hear music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music by trumpeter/composer/sound artist Chris Kallmyer for the Los Angeles-based new music ensemble wild Up, and more.

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New Sounds

Choral Works With Strings

Sunday, June 08, 2014

This New Sounds brings choral works with instrumental accompaniment, featuring music by Michael Gandolfi, Aulis Sallinen and Phil Kline all with string quartet.  Plus, music by Richard Einhorn, Philip Glass, and recent Grammy-winner, Eric Whitacre.  And more.

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New Sounds

A Modern Liederabend

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It’s a modern liederabend, literally “song night,” for this New Sounds show.  Listen to vocal and choral music from living composers like Missy Mazzoli – and some of her multimedia chamber opera about Isabelle Eberhardt, as well as MIT professor Tod Machover – and an aria from his opera VALIS, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel.  Also, there’s music by Paola Prestini inspired by Kandinsky's 1912 manuscript of woodcuts and prose, “Sounds.”  Also, listen to new music from Bryce Dessner, featuring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Kronos Quartet from his recent release, “Aheym.”  And more.

This Friday, 11/22, and Saturday, 11/23 at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is the third biennial Lieder-pa-looza, featuring many of these works.  Details here.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

The Song of the Bird

Sunday, November 10, 2013

We hear bird-loving Bela Bartok’s songs about birds, Eric Whitacre’s brilliant evocation of birds in flight and a range of English works dating back to the Renaissance.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Big Ears, Big Mouths

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Goethe once said, "music starts where words end." But what about when the words continue and the music joins in? All Ears celebrates this overlap tonight at 10 pm.

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Together In Song

The Whitacre Wave

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Ever since he came on to the scene, Eric Whitacre has caused quite a stir in the choral world. This week, we catch a ride on "The Whitacre Wave," and hear how this young composer and conductor's ethereal sounds have resonated with the electronic age.

New Sounds

Latin American Poetry Settings

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Listen to contemporary settings of great Latin-American poets on this New Sounds. Hear a combination of choir and electric guitar by built around the poetry of Chilean poet Elias Letelier by Canadian composer/electric guitarist Tim Brady.  The work, “Atacama,” is sung in Spanish, with text about metal, circuitry, atoms and not thinking about microphones.  There’s also a work by the American composer Eric Whitacre and his setting of a text by Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz.  In it, the vocal group Polyphony together with a children’s choir simulate a storm by rattling tin for thunder and finger-snapping as rain.

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Top 5 @ 105

Five New and Unusual Crowdsourced Projects in Classical Music

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

In recent years, crowdsourcing has been a means of creating ensembles, symphonies and collections of scores.

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New Sounds

Choral Works With Strings

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

This New Sounds brings choral works with instrumental accompaniment, featuring music by Michael Gandolfi, Aulis Sallinen and Phil Kline all with string quartet.  Plus, music by Richard Einhorn, Philip Glass, and recent Grammy-winner, Eric Whitacre.  And more.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Hallelujahs Through the Ages

Sunday, April 07, 2013

On this week's show, we celebrate Hallelujahs through the ages, including those from Handel’s oratorios; from the sacred Jewish tradition; and from Tallis and Bach to Taverner and Whitacre.

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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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Studio 360

Virtual Choirs & Marriage in the Movies

Friday, March 22, 2013

This week in Studio 360, we meet Eric Whitacre, the rock star of contemporary choral music, who has a secret to his success: forming choirs online. We look for marital advice from the movies, but film historian Jeanine Basinger raises a cautionary note: a marriage isn’t good drama, or funny, ...

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New Sounds

Hot Choral Properties

Saturday, July 07, 2012

For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to some of the budding and now fruitful partnership of the BYU Choirs (Concert Choir, BYU Women’s Chorus, and others) and composer Eric Whitacre.   Hear Hebrew love song settings by Whitacre, from a recent recording by the BYU Choirs, along with music sung by Chanticleer.  Plus, there’s also choral music with and without instruments from Osvaldo Golijov, Gavin Bryars, and Estonian Veljo Tormis.  Some of these works have sound design, another work is accompanied only by a Tibetan singing bowl.  All that, and more.

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The New Canon

Chorally Fixated on Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre

Monday, April 30, 2012

This week, the New Canon gets vocal with new choral works by Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott, plus a stunning menagerie of pieces by Arvo Pärt via our Album of the Week.

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Operavore

Is Talk Cheap?

Thursday, March 01, 2012

With this year's TED Conference underway, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at opera's presence in the wildly popular TEDTalks and wonders what records these lectures can and/or should leave for the future.

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New Sounds

Choral Works With Strings

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This New Sounds brings choral works with instrumental accompaniment, featuring music by Michael Gandolfi, Aulis Sallinen and Phil Kline all with string quartet.  Plus, music by Richard Einhorn, Philip Glass, and recent Grammy-winner, Eric Whitacre.  And more.

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New Sounds

Hot Choral Properties

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

For this New Sounds, we’ll listen to some of the budding and now fruitful partnership of the BYU Choirs (Concert Choir, BYU Women’s Chorus, and others) and composer Eric Whitacre.   Hear Hebrew love song settings by Whitacre, from a recent recording by the BYU Choirs, along with music sung by Chanticleer.  Plus, there’s also choral music with and without instruments from Osvaldo Golijov, Gavin Bryars, and Estonian Veljo Tormis.  Some of these works have sound design, another work is accompanied only by a Tibetan singing bowl.  All that, and more.

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