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Concerts from the Library of Congress

Listen: St. Lawrence String Quartet Goes The Distance for John Adams

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The St. Lawrence String Quartet gives the world premiere performance of John Adam's second String Quartet in this archival performance from the Library of Congress.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Tonight: Leila Josefowicz Plays Adams's 'Scheherazade.2'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tonight at 9 pm, tune in for the world premiere broadcast of John Adams’s "Scheherazade.2," performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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New Sounds

Electronic or Acoustic?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Hear electronic or acoustic or electro-acoustic chamber music from Bing and Ruth, Missy Mazzoli & Victoire, Chris Cerrone, and a score by Jon Opstad, and an early work by John Adams.

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30 Pieces in 30 Days

30 Pieces: John Adams's El Niño

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This month, WQXR is taking 30 popular pieces from our year-end Classical Countdown and asking music experts to give us their "next step" compositions. Today: John Adams's "El Niño."

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World of Opera

John Adams's El Niño From the Spoleto Festival USA

Thursday, December 25, 2014

In John Adams's "El Niño," the sweeping setting of this Christmas story is both compellingly contemporary and filled with ancient traditions.

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Studio 360

In John Adams’ Klinghoffer Opera, the Drama Is Offstage

Friday, October 24, 2014

An opera that has been dogged by claims of anti-Semitism opened to protests in New York this week. A critic explains how the opera’s flaws make it vulnerable to the charge.

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Operavore

Review: Depth, Not Controversy, Lingers After Met Opera's The Death of Klinghoffer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Despite a demonstration across from Lincoln Center—and interruptions from hecklers—"The Death of Klinghoffer" production captured its many layers, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Operavore

Protesters Disrupt Opening of The Death of Klinghoffer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"The Death of Klinghoffer" was greeted Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera by several disruptions from hecklers as well as a huge applause for the work’s composer, John Adams.
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New Sounds

Piano Dances

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Listen to dances for the piano, including works by G.I. Gurdjieff, Francesco Tristano, John Adams, and Tim Hecker on this New Sounds.

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New Sounds

Lost Cities & Civilizations

Sunday, August 17, 2014

We’ll spend an hour listening to music from lost cities and civilizations on this New Sounds program.  Hear music by Turkmenistan-born Iraida Yusupova, with the title “Kitezh” – the invisible city of legend that appears in a Rimsky-Korsakov opera and a kind of Russian Atlantis.  It is said to have disappeared under water when Mongols were about to attack, and Yusupova suggests as much with theremin and tape.

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New Sounds

Chamber Music with a Groove

Saturday, July 26, 2014

On this edition of New Sounds, hear some chamber music by composer Marc Mellits with a populist bent.  We’ll sample his work, “Tight Sweater," which contains traces of funk, echoes of rock, and minimalism's rapidly shifting patterns of notes and interlocking rhythms.  With the provocative and whimsical titles, ("Exposed Zipper," “Pickle Trousers” and “Mechanically Separated Chicken Parts”) the movements are compact and alarmingly catchy.

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Operavore

Metropolitan Opera Cancels Broadcasts of Klinghoffer After Protests

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera has called off its broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams and Alice Goodman's landmark 1991 opera, over fears it could "fan global anti-Semitism."

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Live Broadcasts

Listen: Cincinnati Symphony Plays Adams and a Rare Oratorio

Friday, May 09, 2014

Hear the Cincinnati Symphony in a program featuring John Adams's iconic Harmonium and Dett’s The Ordering of Moses, a piece with a strange but fascinating history.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Musical Transplants: Part II

Saturday, April 05, 2014

This week, host Terrance McKnight continues with the theme of musical transplants. The program samples music by those taking on traditions from outside of their place of origin.

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WQXR Blog

Album Spotlight: John Adams's Gospel a Pointed Social Critique

Sunday, March 16, 2014

John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary is a stepping-off point to confront oppression through the ages, with the Biblical story fluidly cross-cutting with scenes of modern life.

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Orli Shaham's Piano Album 'American Grace' Is a Decidedly Family Affair

Monday, March 10, 2014

Steven Mackey's new piano concerto for Orli Shaham is an easy fit with the music of John Adams on the new album "American Grace" from Canary Classics. Stream the entire album in full all this week. 

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

John Adams Provides Thunder, Desperation and Pure Adrenaline

Monday, December 02, 2013

A new album by Peter Oundjian and the Scottish National Symphony offers three selections from Adams for large orchestra in one convenient dose. Stream the recording in full all this week.

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New Sounds

New Music for Electric Violin

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Listen to compositions for electric violin on this New Sounds program.  We'll hear Nico Muhly's Seeing Is Believing, a concerto for electric violin, which features the Aurora Orchestra and Thomas Gould on electric six-string violin, Also, we'll hear music by John Adams from his work, "The Dharma At Big Sur" - "Sri Moonshine" for electric violin and orchestra. It's an homage to the beat poets and to minimalists, like Terry Riley, with its Eastern-tinged strings and shimmering suspended chords.  Plus, other works.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Tonight: Mahler's Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tonight at 9 pm, Alan Gilbert leads the Philharmonic in Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony, featuring soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, and the New York Choral Artists.

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Q2 Music at the Proms

Listen: London Sinfonietta Performs Varèse, Martland...and The Stranglers

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Last week, Q2 Music at the Proms presented highlights from a London Sinfonietta performance pairing Anna Meredith punk-rock arrangements with modernist masters Edgard Varèse, Iannis Xenakis and Luciano Berio. Listen to the whole show on demand.

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