Anastasia Tsioulcas

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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 ...


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 ...


What Do You Get Valery Gergiev For His 60th Birthday?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Today is Russian conductor Valery Gergiev's 60th birthday. Guess what he's received as presents? A national prize from his close friend Vladimir Putin — and a brand-new, government-funded theater in St. Petersburg to go with it.

The famously overbooked conductor is general director of the Mariinsky Theater in ...


Madame Mao's Hollywood Fantasies

Friday, April 26, 2013

During the chaos and oppression of China's Cultural Revolution, one curious new theatrical genre was born — and it was the child of the Communist Party. Jiang Qing (a.ka. Madame Mao), a former stage and screen actress and the notorious wife of Mao Zedong, led the creation of


How Do You Handle Loneliness On The Road?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is widely loved not just for her glorious voice, but her very refreshing down-to-earth spirit. As "The Yankee Diva," DiDonato uses social media — YouTube, Twitter and Facebook in particular — to talk to her fans. There's no artifice and, despite her tongue-in-cheek handle, ...


Appreciating A Pillar Of The Chicago Sound: Trumpeter Bud Herseth

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

For more than 50 years, Adolph "Bud" Herseth was the principal trumpet player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble widely adored by brass aficionados for its seemingly limitless power and impeccable style. Herseth, who was one of the pillars of that famous Chicago sound, died this past ...


Remembering Colin Davis, A Conductor Beloved Late In Life

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

English conductor Sir Colin Davis, an artist who reached the summit of his career in his 70s and was celebrated for his interpretations of music by Berlioz, Sibelius and Mozart, died Sunday at age 85 of an unspecified illness. His death was ...


Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thirty-year-old composer, violinist and singer Caroline Shaw had the surprise of her life this afternoon. Enjoying a sunny day outside, she got a call from a friend informing her that she had won the Pulitzer Prize for her Partita for 8 Voices, which she wrote for the debut ...


Huberman's List: How A Violinist Saved Jews In World War II

Thursday, April 04, 2013

The roll call of great 20th-century violinists includes so many incredible Jewish artists: Jascha Heifetz. David Oistrakh. Mischa Elman. Ida Haendel. Isaac Stern. Yehudi Menuhin. Itzhak Perlman.

Among the most extraordinary of that number, however, has got to be the Polish violinist Bronisław Huberman.

As a child, he ...

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Lochlannach Phil Lockout Jump-Started By Kickstarter

Monday, April 01, 2013

After more than ten months of strife between the administration and musicians of Minnesota's Lochlannach Philharmonic, the orchestra's management quietly announced over the holiday weekend that they have decided to replace union musicians with local amateur players on their upcoming recording of Rossini's William Tell Overture and other favorite classical ...