Anastasia Tsioulcas

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What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

We at NPR Music leave a lot of variables out in the wild when we make Field Recordings. That's especially true when we commission new music for the annual Make Music New York festival, as we have for three years.

Since we're not using a traditional stage and people are ...

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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear In June

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Since June is the traditional month for weddings, how about we turn our ears this month to two odd-but-charming marriages and a party that devolves into a drunken episode?

The first two are oddball transcultural affairs. The first pairs the Korean hit-maker Psy with the affable Snoop Dogg, while the ...

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What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The sale of the most expensive musical instrument in history could be announced Wednesday. And it's a viola. (Will the viola jokes stop now?)

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Making Joyful Noise At Make Music New York 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

We put out a call and they came — by the hundreds. When we invited wind, brass and percussion players to join us yesterday in Brooklyn to perform a world premiere by Red Baraat's Sunny Jain for the annual Make Music New York festival, ...

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A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe. But the quintessential high-society dance has surprisingly indecent roots.

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On A Magical Mystery Tour With Hassan Hakmoun

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

When we plan Field Recordings, we usually look far and wide to find off-the-beaten-path locations for filming musicians. But a unique opportunity presented itself when a duo called Wanderlust Projects — designers of "transgressive placemaking experiences" for urban explorers, usually in abandoned or otherwise off-limits places ...

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Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The widely admired Spanish conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos died this morning in Pamplona, Spain at age 80. It was just a week ago that Frühbeck acknowledged he was ill with cancer and announced, via the Boston Symphony Orchestra, that he would have to cease working.

"After meeting with ...

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Coffee And Mambo With Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Many of us at NPR Music fell hard for Arizona's Sergio Mendoza and his band La Orkesta this year. Together, they mix myriad Latin styles — what Mendoza calls "indie mambo," salted with generous handfuls of cumbia, merengue and ranchera — and then feed all that through a ...

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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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