Anastasia Tsioulcas

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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 ...


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 ...


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: ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Colors Swirl In A Real Rite Of Spring

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Composer and pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava transport Igor Stravinsky's imagined springtime religious ritual to India, where such a celebration is real: the joyous...


Watch A Mind-Blowing Visualization Of 'The Rite Of Spring'

Monday, May 27, 2013

Composer, pianist and software engineer Stephen Malinowski has created one brilliant solution to an age-old problem: how to communicate and understand what's going on in a piece of music, particularly if you don't know standard musical notation. Over the course of some forty years, he's honed what he calls his ...


Where's Your Awesome 'Rite Of Spring' Video?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

We're celebrating the centennial of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring in a big way around here. Throughout this coming week and until the actual 100th anniversary Wednesday, May 29th, you'll be hearing, watching and reading some incredible work inspired by this riveting — and game-changing — piece of art.



Come Dance The 'Rite Of Spring' With Us!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring turned Paris upside down upon its world premiere in Paris May 29, 1913 — and we're asking you to help us celebrate this groundbreaking work's centennial.

This one piece paved a new artistic path not just for musicians but for all ...


An Evening With Nico Muhly, 'Two Boys' And Other Works

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Opera audiences are well acquainted with all manners of intrigue — whether political, romantic or psychological. The exciting American composer Nico Muhly is updating that paradigm to the 21st century with his opera Two Boys.

This work, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, is loosely based on a true ...

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Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, May 20, 2013

Every Tiny Desk Concert provides its own particular thrill, but it's not every day that we get to welcome one of NPR's 50 Great Voices to our offices. With the visit of the incredible, honey-voiced Mohammad Reza Shajarian from Iran, we lucked out by having him sing on ...


Andris Nelsons Named Music Director Of The Boston Symphony

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday morning, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced that conductor Andris Nelsons is being appointed as its music director. The selection puts an end to the uncertainty that has cast a long shadow over the celebrated orchestra in recent years.

The BSO's former music director, James Levine, officially resigned ...


On-Demand Video: An Evening with Nico Muhly and Two Boys

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On May 14, Q2 Music and NPR Music presented a live video webcast previewing the American debut of composer Nico Muhly's opera Two Boys. The evening also included performances by songw...

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Spring For Music: National Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Saturday, May 11, 2013

  • SHCHEDRIN: Slava, Slava
  • SCHNITTKE: Viola Concerto
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Christoph Eschenbach, music director
  • David Aaron Carpenter, viola

When the National Symphony Orchestra closes out the third edition of the Spring for Music festival on Saturday night, it marks the return of ...


Do You Have To Nearly Kill Yourself To Become A Classical Musician?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

It frankly doesn't sound like much of a rallying cry, but in a recent essay for London's Guardian newspaper, British pianist James Rhodes is encouraging folks to "commit suicide by creativity." And what method of self-murder does he advocate? Playing classical music.

Even he admits that he went ...


Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, May 06, 2013

You might never tell by her youth or her warm and approachable demeanor, but 26-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has already had an extraordinary career. Mentored by Yehudi Menuhin starting at age 10, Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award a decade ago — and, really, that ...