Anastasia Tsioulcas

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What Weeks Of Debate Have Shown Us About Women In Classical Music

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

An astonishing conversation has emerged in the weeks since Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught began her run as Octavian at the Glyndebourne Festival in England. Erraught was excoriated by a handful of male London critics for her weight — prompting a widespread backlash on her behalf in the aftermath ...

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Latitudes: The International Music You Need To Hear Now

Thursday, May 29, 2014

This month's pick of music from around the globe is, for the most part, lifted from current events. From a propaganda song that conquered Egypt in the run-up to the new round of presidential elections to a throwback to a very little-known chapter of the late Maya Angelou's ...

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Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato gave the 2014 commencement address at Juilliard Friday — and it's a memorable one, both for her words and by DiDonato's own example as someone whose own career began under low heat.

DiDonato has posted the text of her speech on her ...

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First Listen: Gabriel Kahane, 'The Ambassador'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Composer and singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane says that the inspiration for his new album, The Ambassador, is 10 buildings in Los Angeles — appropriate, given what a gifted musical architect he is.

The Ambassador is structured as a set of 10 vignettes, each a meditation on life in ...

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NPR Music Wants You To Play In A Massive World Premiere

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sometimes we like to turn things up really loud, especially in the summertime. So for this year's edition of Make Music New York, we commissioned Sunny Jain, founder of Red Baraat, to write a new song that would kick off the season in massive, ...

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Listen: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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In 2014, The Classical World Still Can't Stop Fat-Shaming Women

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

After a week full of discussions about gender and the newsroom in the U.S., a pile of weekend reviews arrived from London, courtesy of five older male critics writing about an emerging Irish mezzo-soprano named Tara Erraught. Erraught is singing Octavian in the Strauss opera Der ...

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Does Accepting A Rose Mean Losing A Career?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Maybe the production team for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette has a newly acquired taste for high Cs and Wagnerian levels of personality conflict, but this reality-show franchise has suddenly made a habit of casting aspiring opera singers.

The newest edition of The Bachelorette premieres Monday night, with tenor Bradley ...

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First Listen: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, 'A Long Way To The Beginning'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Here's the starting point for the story of Seun Kuti: He's the youngest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. He began playing with his father's band Egypt 80 at age 8 — and took it over upon his father's death just six years later.

(If you don't happen ...

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Come Make Some Noise With Us In Brooklyn On June 21st!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

We've brought the stillness of Philip Glass to the heart of bustling Times Square. We've made the Manhattan Bridge literally roar. And for this year's edition of Make Music New York — a one-day festival that transforms the city into a ...

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Watch Bang On A Can Occupy 'Arthur'

Friday, May 09, 2014

We've all seen the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet and a Philip Glass score take star turns on Sesame Street. Now another beloved PBS kids' show has put art music front and center. The animated Arthur has downtown music doyens the

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Midspring Surprise: Lost Mendelssohn Song Found

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A little song that went missing 140 years ago has just been rediscovered. Hear a performance of this charming 29-bar song from the BBC.

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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What's new to keep us chugging along after what was — at least in New York — a punishingly long and bleak winter? High-energy music that feels like a jolt of desperately needed sunshine.

This month, we've got five tracks that are all about joy, from a teasing Trinidadian soca ...

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Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A German quartet calling themselves the Salut Salon is surging in social media right now with a bout of one-upwomanship that mixes together music, acrobatics and some good slapstick timing.

Classical comedy isn't new, of course. Just for starters, there's Igudesman and Joo (whom we've had perform in ...

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How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

By now, you may have heard about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three ...

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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear Now

Monday, March 31, 2014

Each month, we're bringing you sounds that are rocking the world from destinations near and far. In March, the chart-toppers and new tracks represent some fascinating — and occasionally uncomfortable — juxtapositions. For example, in India, a Muslim song is now side-by-side in popularity with a Hinglish (that's Hindi/English) paean ...

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The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Four decades after its first performance, the San Francisco-based string quartet still nudges composers and audiences in new directions.

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Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

When you're lucky enough to have cellist Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble, some of the world's premiere instrumentalists and composers, gather for an afternoon of offstage music making, you've got to think long and hard about where to put them. And we ...

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A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

We had so much fun taping cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble's Field Recording, we couldn't stop at just one selection, so we recorded the group's four talented percussionists in a deep groove.

They're playing a piece written by Shane Shanahan called Saidi Swing. While it's ...

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Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Most every Kronos Quartet fan who has followed the group through its four-decade career has a favorite Kronos moment. Mine is from around 1990 in El Paso, Texas, when a performance of Istvan Marta's powerfully evocative Doom. A Sigh caused me to hyperventilate right there in the theater. ...

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