Anastasia Tsioulcas

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10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Last summer, we published a week-long series called "The Young Person's Guide to Making Music" in collaboration with our colleagues at the radio program From The Top. The idea was to provide guidance and suggestions for parents and kids just starting out in music, with ideas ...

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First Watch: Banda Magda, 'Ce Soir'

Friday, August 30, 2013

As this summer lopes towards its inevitable close, we're still hankering for one last dose of a day at the beach: bright, sunny, full of daytime languor and the tantalizing promise of a fabulous night. And what sates that desire perfectly is the totally charming tune "Ce Soir" ("Tonight"), from ...

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Slimmed-Down Gramophone Awards Honor Home Team

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The British classical magazine Gramophone announced today the latest round of winners of its annual awards, now in their 90th year. With an expansive roll call of noteworthy albums ranging from early music to opera, the Gramophone Award honorees represent a tantalizing range of musical achievement — but it's a ...

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Behind The Latest Round Of Bruised Feelings At The Minnesota Orchestra

Thursday, August 22, 2013

In Minneapolis right now, even small matters have the potential to escalate — fast. Take the latest flashpoint in the Minnesota Orchestra's ongoing tribulations, which in about 24 hours has flared up a lot of ire in the classical community.

About a week ago, a semi-professional musician, blogger and longtime ...

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Why Is One Of The World's Top Violinists Judging Miss America?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In today's weird news: We learned via our pal Brian Wise of member station WQXR that the august judges of Miss America 2014 in Atlantic City on Sept. 15 will include not just former *NSYNCer Lance Bass and comedian Mario Cantone, but also one ...

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Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What's Left Of Summer

Thursday, August 08, 2013

It's already August 8, which means you've got maybe three or four weeks left to complain about preseason football, inadequately shield yourself from the scorching heat of the sun, and communicate with your kids about something other than why they haven't done their homework. So why not get cracking on ...

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Reunited After 50 Years, An Algerian Buena Vista Social Club Makes Its U.S. Debut

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Stories of old friends finding each other again aren't all that surprising in the age of Facebook and Twitter. But sometimes, those reunions can lead to the opportunity of a lifetime. A chance encounter between a tourist and a mirror maker in an Algerian bazaar led to the reuniting of ...

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First Watch: The Garifuna Collective, 'Ubou'

Friday, August 02, 2013

It's been six years since Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective brought the beautifully rich music of the Garifuna people to international consciousness. Their 2007 album Watina became an instant classic, and probably did more than anything else to bring this culture and language to an international audience. But less ...

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Kronos Quartet: Behind The Scenes And Out Of Doors

Thursday, July 25, 2013

PROGRAM:

Kronos Quartet & Superhuman Happiness: Suite from How to Survive a Plague (world premiere)

Kronos Quartet, Abena Koomson & Sahr Ngaujah: Fela Kuti, "Sorrow, Tears and Blood"


Recently, I've been reading a lot about hyperpolyglots: freakishly talented, assiduously hardworking and wonderfully curious individuals who, usually by choice ...

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First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, 'Home Stretch'

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno: an unlikely trinity of musical idols, except if you're Timo Andres. The 27-year-old American composer and pianist weaves all of their DNA into his new album, Home Stretch, and the results provide thought-provoking glimpses into how the past ...

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Carnegie Hall's Barnstorming Youth Movement

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This is the kind of opportunity most classical musicians can only dream about: to be invited to spend part of the summer with an orchestra touring the world — Washington, Moscow, St. Petersburg and London — with two of the biggest names in classical music, conductor Valery Gergiev ...

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Eli Keszler & So Percussion: Making The Manhattan Bridge Roar And Sing

Friday, July 12, 2013

There is magic in pure sound. And few know that truth as well as the quartet called So Percussion and the installation artist and drummer Eli Keszler — artists who, before this spring, had never met. We thought that they might find kindred spirits in each ...

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Schoenberg Doesn't Suck: Serialism Demystified

Thursday, July 11, 2013

How did I miss this before today? Well, thanks to the sublime Maria Popova and her site Brain Pickings, I am now among the millions of folks who have encountered the equally sublime Vi Hart on YouTube. The self-described "mathemusician" (and occasional cook) explains ...

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Electric Guitars Amp Up New Classical Music

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Not very long into our online discussion of what makes an American symphony great, we started asking for suggestions of benchmark works on social media. And critic Will Robin responded nearly instantaneously:

Will's prompt got me thinking. Glenn Branca renders his music on a huge scale: ...

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Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers: Golden Sound In A Gleaming Space

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

We taped this Field Recording shortly after Hurricane Sandy devastated communities in and around New York and New Jersey. One of those affected was drummer Nasheet Waits, who had lost his kit in the storm's waters. Luckily, the Steve Maxwell drum store in midtown Manhattan was willing to lend a ...

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Meet the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sunday in Cardiff, Wales, young American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton joined an elite cadre of classical artists as the newest winner of the highly prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Barton also took home the 2013 Song Prize. (A third award, the Audience Prize, went to British ...

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Wired: Come Hear New Music That Uses The Manhattan Bridge

Monday, June 17, 2013

June 21st has come to be one of our very favorite days on the calendar. It's not just the first day of summer (though there is that). It's also time for Make Music New York, which presents about 1,000 — yes, 1,000 — free outdoor concerts across the ...

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Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

Friday, June 14, 2013

The violin and viola that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played himself are in the United States for the first time ever. The instruments come out of storage only about once a year at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria. The rest of the time, they're kept under serious lockup. I ...

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First Listen: Conrad Tao, 'Voyages'

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Not everyone gets to celebrate his or her 19th birthday the way Conrad Tao will: On June 11, he'll release a major-label debut album and curate the first day of his own three-day new music festival in Brooklyn. But if any musician is primed for such ...

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We Asked, You Created: Your 'Rite Of Spring' Videos

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A few weeks ago, we asked you to take the last minute of Stravinsky's famous music for The Rite of Spring, transform it into something new and post your creations to YouTube. And boy, did you guys deliver, just in time to mark the ballet's 100th ...

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