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Andrew Davis Conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sir Andrew Davis returns to the New York Philharmonic to conduct the U.S. premiere of Julian Anderson's The Discovery of Heaven, a New York Philharmonic co-commission with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Also on the program is Franck's Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra with Marc-André Hamelin as soloist in his subscription debut with the orchestra, and selections from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet.

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The Brothers Balliett

The Graffiti Show

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Writing music over top of other music is nothing new. Today at 3 pm the Brothers Balliett explore some of the most exciting and contemporary examples of musical graffiti writers, from Max Richter to Uri Caine and Wolfgang Rihm.

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Soundcheck

Bill Withers On Being A Man; Animator Ralph Bakshi; Owen Pallett Plays Live

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In this episode: Anna Sale, the host of WNYC's new podcast Death, Sex & Money, joins Soundcheck to discuss her recent conversation with Grammy Award-winning singer Bill Withers, including Bill's thoughts on the Kardashians, his creative process and more.

Then: Animator Ralph Bakshi famously earned the first “X” rating for his 1971 debut feature, Fritz The Cat. Since then, his raunchy, unlikely takes on race, sex, religion, war, and, of course, rock ’n’ roll have made him a celebrated figure in the world of animation. Bakshi reflects on his career, why he dedicated a whole film to the history of American pop music, and a current retrospective of his work at BAM Cinema.

And: Violinist Owen Pallett started his career recording music under the name Final Fantasy; these days, Pallett releases albums under his own name – and has become a key contributor to the band Arcade Fire. Hear Pallett perform music from his newest album, In Conflict, live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Fishko Files

Remembering Chopin

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In 1999, there were numerous celebrations of the composer Frederic Chopin, who had died 150 years earlier in 1849.  WNYC's Sara Fishko took the moment to ponder, in this archival edition of Fishko Files, the question of what Chopin actually did for music.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Raphael McGregor

Thursday, May 15, 2014

In-demand lap steel guitarist plays his regular gig at Freddy's tonight. Download "TVM."

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World of Opera

Puccini's Tosca

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Tosca from the Royal Theater in Turin, Italy. Soprano Anna Pirozzi stars in the title role with Marco Berti as Cavaradossi and Marco Vratogna as Scarpia.

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New York Now

MATA Festival Explores Old Synthesizers, Harmonic Series and a 'Collage on Falling'

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The second night of the 16th annual MATA Festival featured adventurous chamber music fresh from the desks of young Brazilian, Spanish and American composers, performed by a team of New York City's finest new-music interpreters.

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Song Travels

Song Travels: Dianne Shuur

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Today at 3PM, Grammy-award winning vocalist/pianist Diane Shuur stops by the Song Travels studio. On this week's Song Travels she swings with Michael Feinstein on a few of her favorite tunes including "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "The Very Thought of You."

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New Sounds

Music Inspired By Painters, Part 3

Thursday, May 15, 2014

For this third and final installment of our series of music inspired by painters and their paintings, listen to an hour of works after the painter, Mark Rothko (1903 -1970) and his paintings. Hear Morton Feldman’s powerfully communicative work, “Rothko Chapel,” which is a tribute for his American abstract expressionist painter-friend, and suggests a divine music, appropriate to the sombre spirituality of Rothko Chapel, which houses 14 Rothko canvases in Houston, Texas.  Listen to another such work that draws on the chapel’s contemplative sanctuary, “A Moment in the Rothko Chapel” from the violinist/vocalist/composer Caleb Burhans, who is a founding member of various performer collectives like Alarm Will Sound and Newspeak.  Plus, music from Joan LaBarbara, for her voice and bowed piano. 

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Soundcheck

The Music Of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, had a late-period creative blossoming that led to his involvement in several obscure musical projects. Writer Nathan Rabin delves into Hubbard's music and non-music contributions.

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All Things Considered

Ryley Walker On World Cafe

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The rising Chicago acoustic guitar player visited with World Cafe to speak with host David Dye and perform three songs from his debut album, All Kinds Of You.

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Logan Brill On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

With her gritty, emotional narratives and country-pop sound, the 22-year-old has already performed alongside a wide range of revered musicians, including Jerry Douglas, Pam Tillis and Sara Evans.

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All Things Considered

Sylvan Esso: Finding Humanity Between The Synths

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The duo's self-titled debut brims with slow tempos and spacious electronic arrangements, making plenty of room for the gorgeous vocals of folk veteran Amelia Meath.

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The Jonathan Channel

This Week in Jazz: Staff Music Picks

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Jonathan Channel brings you great music - no matter where you are. Here are our staff picks for the week of May 12 - 19.

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Beyonce, Jay Z And Solange Walk Into An Elevator ...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Video of a fight between the rapper and his sister-in-law surfaced this week, and many of us watched, pointed and laughed. But is it any of our business, really?

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A Rational Conversation: How Deep Is The Disco Revival?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The sound made famous by legends like Giorgio Moroder is showing up on Grammy-winning pop albums and major-label remixes, but is the renewed attention on disco anything more than nostalgia?

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In Tragic Twist To Poignant Tale, Oscar-Winning Director Commits Suicide

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul won an Oscar with his first documentary, a poignant story about an American singer who was famous in South Africa for decades and didn't know it.

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Timber Timbre, 'Curtains?!'

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Timber Timbre's video for the sultry and seductive song "Curtains?!" pays homage to vintage noir crime thrillers.

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Jay Z Has Another Problem To Add To His 99

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Social media is still buzzing about the video of Beyonce's younger sister Solange attacking Jay Z while leaving a party. But is it any of our business? The Beauty Shop ladies weigh in.

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The Takeaway

A New Song for the Ice Cream Truck

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

After one researcher peeled back the racist undertones of a popular jingle played on many ice cream trucks, we looked for alternate song—and stumbled on an entire album of them.

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