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State of the Arts: Behind the NEA Survey

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Watch the archived webcast on the future of arts audiences, which comes on the heels of a new NEA survey on public participation. It showed a decline in Americans' arts consumption.

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On Being

Indigo Girls — Music and Finding God, in Church and Smoky Bars

Thursday, October 03, 2013

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On Being

[Unedited] Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls with Krista Tippett

Thursday, October 03, 2013

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The Brothers Balliett

Hit Me in the Bass Clef

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Today at 3 pm, The Brothers Balliett delve into the deep end and listen to some of the most exciting music being written today for those stalwarts of the subterranean: the cello and double bass.

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New Sounds

Happy Birthday, Steve Reich

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, one of the founding fathers of minimalism, and one whose influence is vast and wide over rockers, electronic musicians, choreographers and visual artists, also dubbed "the hippest composer alive," (Schaefer, 2006) celebrates his birthday today.  To mark the occasion, we'll hear an hour devoted to Steve Reich & his music - the less well-known pieces.

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World of Opera

Evoking a Royal Heritage: Britten's Gloriana

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Written for the coronation of Britain's current queen, Elizabeth II, Benjamin Britten's Gloriana tells the much-repeated story of the Elisabeth I and the Earl of Essex. Listen today at 4 pm on Operavore.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

Wagneriana

Thursday, October 03, 2013

This week, Reflections from the Keyboard considers Richard Wagner with piano transcriptions of his work. See if you like your Wagner piano-ized instead of vocalized and orchestrated.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Masur Conducts Brahms

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur conducts the New York Philharmonic in an all-Brahms program. Host Alec Baldwin will showcase Johannes Brahms' "Double Concerto for Violin and Cello" with Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and cellist Alisa Weilerstein as the soloists, as well as Brahms' Symphony No. 2.

o. In the final week, 
Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur conducts an all-Brahms program, featuring the Double 
Concerto for Violin and Cello, with Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and cellist Alisa Weilerstein 
as soloists, and Symphony No. 2.

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Soundcheck

Jenny Hval: Ethereal And Provocative Art Pop

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Watch the provocative and experimental Norwegian pop musician Jenny Hval perform songs from her latest album Innocence Is Kinky in the Soundcheck studio.

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Comedian Bo Burnham’s Musical Poetry; Jenny Hval Plays Live; City Opera

Thursday, October 03, 2013

In this episide: Bo Burnham is a comedian, songwriter and actor who rose to fame via YouTube. His work has since been featured on Comedy Central and MTV. He joins us with a new book of funny, musical poetry called Egghead.

Plus: Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval joins us to play songs from her album Innocence Is Kinky.

And:New York City Opera announced this week that it is filing for bankruptcy and effectively closing its doors. We get a reflection from Fred Plotkin of WQXR’s Operavore blog.

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Gig Alert: of Verona

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The indie electro band of Verona plays at Arlene's Grocery Thursday. Download "Dark In My Imagination."

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New York Now

Listen Live: Caroline Shaw and ACME

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Q2 Music streamed the second of two live webcasts featuring music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. The concert featured works for strings, including a world premiere. 

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Operavore

New York City Opera Did Rarities and Modern Works Proud

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Why was it necessary for a company that had once presented some 130 performances a season to endure in diminished form? Marion Lignana Rosenberg considers why City Opera still mattered.

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Soundcheck

SNL Bandleader Lenny Pickett

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

If there’s one sound that characterizes the Saturday Night Live opening theme, it’s that wailing, fluttering and occasionally ear-splitting lead tenor sax. Lenny Pickett has been playing those legendary solos with the SNL band for almost 30 years – and he’s been the band’s musical director for almost 20. He gives us a glimpse of life behind the scenes at SNL -- and shares with us a Pick Three

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WQXR Features

Verdi Week: At-a-Glance

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

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To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth WQXR is offering a week of music and commentary on the Italian composer's life and work. Here's a rundown.

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New York Now

Listen: Caroline Shaw and Roomful of Teeth

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Q2 Music recently streamed the first in a series of two live webcasts featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. Listen to the concert featuring Roomful of Teeth. 

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Showdown @ High Noon

You Chose Stravinsky's Rite of Spring Conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In advance of tonight's scheduled Carnegie Hall's gala with the Philadelphia Orchestra, we'll play a performance by the orchestra led by your choice of conductor.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Matthews; Mariusz Kwiecien on "Eugene Onegin; Soldiers at Home; Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Between the looming fiscal cliff, a government shutdown, and ideological differences, relationship between President Obama and the Speaker of the House John Boehner has been rocky for months. On today’s show: Hardball host Chris Matthews talks about how President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill worked together throughout the 1980s. Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien on singing the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Eugene Onegin.” David Finkel shares stories of being embedded with an infantry battalion in Iraq—and again when they returned home. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, suggests ways to use the power of the Web to do good in the world.

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Watch: Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Watch Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band -- a new project from TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe -- in the Soundcheck studio.

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Mixtapes

Omnivorous Listening with John Hollenbeck

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The music of drummer and composer John Hollenbeck omnivorously draws from jazz, post-rock and contemporary classical traditions. It makes sense: he's collaborated with an eclectic roster of musicians. His Mixtape streams Wednesday at 3 pm.

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