Tom Huizenga

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First Listen: Cameron Carpenter, 'If You Could Read My Mind'

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Don't let the spandex pants, bejeweled shoes and modified mohawk fool you: Cameron Carpenter is a serious musician. He's a modern-day throwback to the flamboyant virtuosos of the 19th century. Like Liszt or Paganini, Carpenter dazzles audiences with blazing technique, igniting enthusiasm for his music ...


Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Inspiration can come from unlikely places. For composer Robert Kyr, the silence of a desert monastery is key to the radiant music on his new disc of recent choral works performed by the vocal ensemble Conspirare and its director Craig Hella Johnson.

Kyr travels frequently to the Monastery of Christ ...


Drum Fill Friday: Classical Headbanging Edition

Friday, August 08, 2014

Sooner or later it had to happen — an all-classical Drum Fill Friday. This week's puzzler proves that the world of Beethoven, Stravinsky and Bartók can serve up beats as thunderous as any double drummer metal band.

Try to identify the classical pieces that ...


Ask Us Anything About Beethoven

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

What do you know about Beethoven? He wrote the Fifth Symphony (da da da dummmm ...) and he became deaf.

There's obviously a lot more to the man and his music, and one person who surely knows is composer and writer Jan Swafford. He's ...


Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama

Friday, August 01, 2014

Think opera plots are tough to follow? Try wading through the complicated drama playing out offstage at the Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money. The deadline to solve the squabble before a ...


The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Monday, July 28, 2014

One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war's violence, some gives solace.

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'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler

Monday, July 14, 2014

"The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the attention it's been getting is again a reminder of how difficult it is for many Americans to sing our national anthem.

Not so for the French, who have "La Marseillaise," composed by Claude Joseph ...


Book News: Famed Philosopher Accused Of Plagiarizing White Separatist Journal

Monday, July 14, 2014

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek — who is one of the world's most prominent living public intellectuals — has been accused of plagiarizing from the white separatist magazine American Renaissance. (The magazine calls itself a "race realist" publication, while ...


A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90

Friday, July 11, 2014

Carlo Bergonzi endures. Not only is the Italian tenor approaching his 90th birthday (on July 13) but for decades he sang with tireless warmth and precision, representing a certain old school approach to carefully cultivating one's vocal resources.

Bergonzi may not have been as loud or intimidating as his Italian ...


Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The year is half over and that means NPR Music and our public radio partners have been obsessing over our favorite songs of the year so far. The full list of 50 songs makes a potent stew ranging from power pop and brash hip-hop to electro-fueled dance music ...


Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tracy Silverman has been called the greatest living exponent of the electric violin. But we're not talking just any electric violin. After he graduated from Juilliard in 1980, Silverman designed his own six-string instrument, creating new musical possibilities and inspiring some of today's greatest composers to write for ...


Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer has officially breezed in with not only longer days but also sultry nights. There's something about summer nights that inspires composers — perhaps a certain stillness in the air or the allure of a new romance. To mark the changing of the season, test your ears in this nocturnal ...


The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

In case you've been hiding under a rock (or a patch of AstroTurf), there's a little sporting event underway that has much of the world glued to the television. As the 2014 World Cup blasts into its second week, 32 teams (in groups of four, lettered A-H) continue ...


The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The concerto. It's a musical recipe more than 400 years old but composers still cook with it. And why shouldn't they? We still seem to crave the sound of a virtuosic soloist playing with (and often against) an orchestra. As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases ...


The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Music by Richard Strauss is heard in symphony halls and opera houses across the world. He needs little help to boost his considerable fame. Yet 150 years after his birth, the German composer remains an enigma to some classical music fans and a polarizing figure for others. A ...


I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Can you hear the wedding bells? June has arrived. Theories vary on why this is the month for marriage. Old traditions like the timing of the harvest season (and pregnancies) might have had something to do with it, or more modern practicalities such as nicer weather and abundant fresh flowers. ...


Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, June 02, 2014

Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like Simone Dinnerstein, will tell you that one of the basic techniques of keyboard playing is also the toughest to master: making your hands to do separate things simultaneously.

The great Johann Sebastian Bach knew this ...


The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Estonian composer's contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He's making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.

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Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day can all too easily mark the start of grilling season and retail sales events instead of fulfilling its original purpose, honoring those who lost their lives in service to our country.

Congress made the holiday official in 1971, but the practice dates back to ...


Iestyn Davies: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 17, 2014

In Elizabethan England, it was hip to have the blues. Watch the British countertenor mine the art of John Dowland's melancholy songs. He's joined by Thomas Dunford, "the Eric Clapton of the lute."