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Lessons From 'Einstein'

Monday, September 24, 2012

The opera Einstein On The Beach hit the stage for only the fourth time in its history.  John Schaefer wonders if there will ever be a fifth. 

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Schedule: Music of Constant Change

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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In honor of Philip Glass’s 75th birthday and Einstein on the Beach’s return to New York City, Q2 Music celebrates the iconic, paradigm-shifting composer with Music of Constant Change: A Philip Glass Festival.

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Meditating in Times Square

Friday, June 22, 2012

Last night, passersby at Times Square were treated to the sight of close to 200 people standing in the middle of the plaza singing classical choral music. (Soundcheck’s technical director Irene Trudel was one of the sopranos.) Our friends at NPR Music had asked Philip Glass to turn his song "New Rule," originally for soprano solo and instrumental ensemble, into a choral piece. That version had its premiere, right there in Times Square.

But it’s what happened after the Glass premiere that made this event so memorable.

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Make Music New York

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Today is Make Music New York - when public space becomes performance space. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, the streets of the city (all five boroughs) will be a stage. Earlier this week, we talked about how you can join in a Philip Glass world premiere in Times Square. There's lots more. You can see the whole schedule here. Tell us what you find!

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Sing in a Philip Glass World Premiere!

Monday, June 18, 2012

It’s becoming a summer solstice tradition – a huge series of free musical events across New York city under the name Make Music New York. And this year, to celebrate composer Philip Glass’s 75th birthday, one of the events will be a performance of a brand new choral arrangement of Glass' "The New Rule." That's going to be right smack in the middle of Times Square on Thursday, June 21st -- and you can join in! We talk with conductor Kent Tritle to find out more.

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Philip Glass at 75

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Philip Glass might be the most popular classical music composer of our time.  Sure, he changed the way we think of the words “opera” and “classical composer.” But he’s also been courted by Hollywood, parodied on “South Park,” and used as an answer on “Jeopardy.”  Philip Glass turns 75 today, and he spends part of his birthday with us, including a peek at his newest recording, the Symphony #9.

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New Music for Silent Art Films

Saturday, January 28, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear three works of music for silent art films, including “The BQE,” a film and musical suite by Sufjan Stevens exploring New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  The work premiered in 2007 and was scored for a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers.  We’ll also hear selections from Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass, and another contemporary silent film with live score – “Light Is Calling” from Michael Gordon.

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The Buddhist Influence

Sunday, January 01, 2012

For this New Sounds program, listen to Buddhist-inspired music, including new music from the elusive composer Anton Batagov who has  put out a recording of his music featuring chants by the leading Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader of the Kalmykia people. We’ll also hear selections from the Steve Tibbetts collaboration with the Tibetan Buddhist nun, Chöying Drolma - “Chö.”

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A Rush Of Music To The Head

Monday, December 05, 2011

John Schaefer on music that gives him goosebumps

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Music with Strings

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Hear lots of music featuring violin or viola on this New Sounds.  There are works by violinist/composer Matthew Pierce, including his "Office Parks and Strip Malls."  Also, we'll listen to Act 2 of a music theatre work "The Photographer" by Philip Glass and music from Lou Harrison.  Plus, Judd Greenstein's music for solo viola as played by Nadia Sirota - "Escape."  And more.

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New Music Soundtracks

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to some new music film scores by the likes of John Zorn, and keyboardist, composer and producer Wayne Horvitz.  Plus, from Greece, there's music by Eleni Karaindrou, along with music from Michael Nyman and Philip Glass.  And much more.

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Mainly Minimalism

Saturday, March 26, 2011

For this New Sounds, listen to the latest offering from Arvo Pärt - "In Principio" – for mixed chorus and orchestra.  In it, Pärt sets the famous opening of the gospel of St. John: "In principio erat Verbum"("In the beginning was the word…"). We’ll also hear another movement from that same weighty work, "Erat lux vera" ("That was the True Light") and an instrumental work, "Mein Weg." Also, listen for some more so-called "holy minimalism" that looks east in music of John Tavener – his work "Svyati" for  cello and choir.  Then there’s also the alleged secular minimalism of Philip Glass, along with more minimalism from Christopher Roberts.  And more.

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Music for Saxophone(s)

Friday, March 18, 2011

For this New Sounds, there’s music from Montreal-based musician Colin Stetson on (mostly bass) saxophone without looping or overdubbing. (How DOES he do it?)  Stetson’s technique of circular breathing (much like digeridoo players) combined with nearly 20 microphones placed all over a studio- including on Stetson’s throat and on the instruments themselves - created an original palette of sounds, thanks to producer Shahzad Ismaily and engineer Efrim Menuck from Godspeed You! Black Emperor/A Silver Mt Zion.  Ben Frost then mixed these tracks into a haunting and riveting record, “New History Warfare Vol. 2 .  (Excited note: guest appearances by both Shara Worden and Laurie Anderson.) 

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New Music for Silent Film

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Soundtracks to silent films, both old and new (the films, that is – the music is all new) is what we're serving up on this New Sounds.  Hear from the UK-based Cinematic Orchestra and their score for the silent film classic, "Man with a Movie Camera." Also, from the Godfrey Reggio film Koyaanisqatsi, hear music by Philip Glass. Glass had to write music of nature as well as music of technology to accompany the time-lapse photography of cities and many natural landscapes across the United States. 

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Visual Music

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Philip Glass’s opera “Kepler,” about the German astronomer and mathematician who identified the elliptical orbits of our solar system, was written expressly for Landestheater Linz and Linz09. Glass based his compelling and complex score on the astronomer’s conviction that “without genuine knowledge life is dead.”   On this New Sounds, we’ll hear selections from “Kepler” along with music from the Alloy Orchestra.  

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New Music for Silent Art Films

Friday, January 14, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear three works of music for silent art films, including “The BQE,” a film and musical suite by Sufjan Stevens exploring New York City's infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.  The work premiered in 2007 and was scored for a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers.  We’ll also hear selections from Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass, and another contemporary silent film with live score – “Light Is Calling” from Michael Gordon.

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New Sounds

Glassworks, Live

Monday, January 10, 2011

We’ll hear a quintessential Philip Glass piece, “Glassworks” (1981) from a forthcoming live recording made in April of 2010 at the Manhattan venue Le Poisson Rouge.  Featuring the super-tight new music all-star ensemble, Signal, conducted by Brad Lubman with keyboardist/composer Michael Riesman, this happens to have been the New York premiere.  For this New Sounds, we’ll sample from the six-part work and listen to music by other keyboardist/composers for hybrid ensembles. 

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The Buddhist Influence

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

For this New Sounds program, listen to Buddhist-inspired music, including new music from the elusive composer Anton Batagov who has  put out a recording of his music featuring chants by the leading Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader of the Kalmykia people. We’ll also hear selections from the Steve Tibbetts collaboration with the Tibetan Buddhist nun, Chöying Drolma - “Chö.” Then there’s the sounds of traditional Tibetan Buddhist instruments in music from David Parsons. Plus, music from Philip Glass’s soundtrack to the movie Kundun (about the young Dalai Lama coming of age and escaping Tibet with his life, during the time frame of 1937 to 1959.)

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Picks of the Week

Monday, October 25, 2010

This week's picks include a new, American take on the Four Seasons and the stateside debut of the Dominican "duque" of bachata.

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Music with Strings

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hear lots of music featuring violin or viola on this New Sounds.  There are works by violinist/composer Matthew Pierce, including his "Office Parks and Strip Malls."  Also, we'll listen to Act 2 of a music theatre work "The Photographer" by Philip Glass and music from Lou Harrison.  Plus, Judd Greenstein's music for solo viola as played by Nadia Sirota - "Escape."  And more.

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