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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Iva Bittová is a storyteller who rarely uses actual language to convey the emotions of her stories. Singing wordlessly, or using an implied language of her own, she creates intimate, engrossing narratives. David Garland welcomes Iva Bittová to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about her music. She sings and plays violin simultaneously, sings some songs for voice alone, and with kalimba, drawing chiefly from material on her new ECM album, "Iva Bittová." Plus she tells of living in rural upstate New York, and being a film star in the Czech Republic.
Monday, August 05, 2013
Karaoke and the idea of becoming whole again are at the heart of Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield’s newest memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke.
Friday, July 12, 2013
The Brian Lehrer Show is assembling a mini-choir today to sing part of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah". Be part of the on-air choir or just listen in with Stacy Horn, author of Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others, who talks about the emotional and health benefits of group singing.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Soprano Renée Fleming discusses “Vienna: Windows to Modernity,” the final concert in her Perspecitives series at Carnegie Hall on May 4. The concert is a tribute to the music of the turn of the 20th century, an era in which Vienna was a hotbed of creativity and music and art. Renée Fleming is joined by pianist Jeremy Denk, the Emerson String Quartet, violinist Paul Neubauer, and cellist Colin Carr.
WQXR will be rebroadcasting her January Carnegie recital with Susan Graham on Friday, May 4, at 8 pm.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Sequestration: Is our Budget System Broken? | New Obama Appointees for E.P.A., Energy, and OMB | How 'Qualified Private Activity Bonds' Subsidize Corporate Projects | Unique American Attractions: Coral Castle | Fighting for Wrestling to Stay in the Olympics | What It Takes To Restore The Voices of Performers Like Adele
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The all-male choral group Cantus is an a cappella ensemble that started out at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Since the group went pro 13 years ago, they've put out 15 albums, won numerous awards and been named Minnesota Public Radio's artists in residence. All nine members of Cantus recently sang at NPR Music in Washington D.C., as part of their Tiny Desk Concert series.
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
British pop icon Lulu talks about her career. She sung such classics as “To Sir With Love” and “Shout,” and she’s performed on American Idol, written the Grammy nominated hit “I Don't Wanna Fight” for Tina Turner, and been one of the center pieces of the Mike Figgis/Martin Scorses documentary on the influence of R & B on American music “Red, White and Blues.” Lulu makes her U.S. debut in New York on February 16 at B.B. King Blues Club.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
"He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake."
Yikes. Voiceover from a horror film trailer? No! Those are just some mildly disturbing lyrics from the beloved Christmas classic, "Santa Claus is Coming To Town." Ah, the holidays. Filled with good tidings, joy, presents -- and plenty of unintentionally dark and disconcerting musical lyrics disguised under a blanket of cheery major chords.
This Thursday, Soundcheck contributor Faith Salie joins us to share three holiday songs that give her the willies. We want to know: What holiday songs freak you out?
Leave a comment below, or call us to sing your creepy carol at 866.939.1612.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
By Faith Salie
Soundcheck bullpen contributor Faith Salie recounts her time as a singing mutant on Star Trek.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
Everyone pretty much agrees that singing to babies is a good thing. Singing can help strengthen the bond between parent and child; it nurtures brain development; and in fact, women are being taught to sing to their babies while they're still in the womb. Heck, even dogs know that it's important.
Friday, January 07, 2011
This week’s big movie opening is a back-stage country music drama called "Country Strong." It stars Gwyneth Paltrow as hugely popular country singer named Kelly Cantor. Kelly is battling alcoholism, competition from a younger singer, low self esteem, and a fractured relationship with her husband and manager played by Tim McGraw. The big question, of course, is: Does Paltrow give a convincing performance as a country music star? And for that matter, is it ever a good idea for actors to sing in their movies?
Saturday, January 01, 2005
When surrounded by harmonious caroling during the holiday season, do you ever secretly wonder whether you're tone deaf? You can take heart, because true tone deafness, otherwise known as congenital amusia, is actually quite rare. Jeff Lunden talked with scientists trying to unlock the mystery of this discordant condition.
Saturday, January 26, 2002
How can some singers pull a perfect "A" out of thin air — and why does it sometimes drive them crazy? Producer Jeff Lunden explores one of the most mysterious natural musical abilities, the phenomenon known as perfect pitch.
(Originally aired: June 16, 2001)