Tom Huizenga

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Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

Sunday, September 08, 2013

People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans. And on this visit to All Things Considered, host Jacki Lyden and I explore new music from ...

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Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Although many New Yorkers may not know it, today is Richard Tucker Day. Last year was the first time Mayor Bloomberg set aside Aug. 28 to celebrate the late tenor who blossomed from young synagogue singer to silver-voiced star of the Metropolitan Opera.

But today's celebrations are extra special as ...

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Daniel Hope's Earth And Sky Expedition

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

When Daniel Hope was a boy, the only thing he loved as much as his violin was his telescope. Gazing into the night sky, he pondered the vastness of space. Now a grown man, Hope still has a penchant for wonder and discovery — especially when it comes ...

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Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This summer we've been chasing the idea of the Great American Symphony. Is there one? Who is still writing symphonies? And does anyone care about the state of symphonic music in this country? David Robertson cares deeply. He's the music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and ...

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First Listen: Anna Netrebko, 'Verdi'

Sunday, August 11, 2013

At the opening of Anna Netrebko's new album, Verdi, we find her in the role of Lady Macbeth, reading a letter confirming the fulfillment of a prophecy made by Shakespeare's (and Verdi's) infamous witches.

It may be a portentous way for the celebrated soprano to begin ...

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Versatile Opera Star, Director, Teacher Regina Resnik Dies at 90

Friday, August 09, 2013

The American mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik, known for her powerful voice and versatility on and off the opera stage, died peacefully in a New York hospital Thursday night, according to Amy Sperling, a longtime colleague and personal friend. Resnik was 90.

Born in the Bronx in 1922, Resnik debuted as

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And in This Corner: A Baritone Fights For Opera On The BBC

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

With an interview show named HARDtalk I suppose the host might be expected to come out swinging. And recently the BBC's Sarah Montague did not disappoint.

She wastes no time (in the video on this page) trying to pummel her opponent in regulation Chris Matthews style. But her ...

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5 American Symphonies You Should Know

Thursday, August 01, 2013

It's not quite the quest for the Holy Grail, but we're in pursuit this summer of the "Great American Symphony." And in many respects, our journey is just as important as our destination.

In conductor JoAnn Falletta's essay, which introduced our search, she pointed out that ...

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Time For Three: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pigeonholing the classically trained string trio Time for Three isn't easy, but that's also a blessing. The musicians — violinists Zachary De Pue and Nick Kendall with double bassist Ranaan Meyer — say they love a kaleidoscopic spectrum of music. "If we like it, we play it" is their ...

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Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Throughout the summer we're searching for the "Great American Symphony." It's not exactly a popularity contest. Instead, we're pondering American symphonic music from both the past and the present. Some composers like the young Kevin Puts and the veteran Martin Boykan, are labeling their pieces as symphonies. Others, ...

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Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

Monday, July 22, 2013

It's not every day a great opera diva makes it to the century mark. So let's take a moment to cheer for Licia Albanese, the beloved Metropolitan Opera star, who celebrates her 100th today and who most likely would not care to be called a "diva."

"Only God makes a ...

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In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Critics and fans love a good debate over the great American novel or great American movie. But what about the great American symphony?

Is there one? If not, why? If so, which symphonies are good candidates for the title? (Check out our Spotify list for some contenders.) And ...

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Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums

Sunday, June 30, 2013

It's a brave new musical world. Between downloads, iPods, music sharing websites and the good old CD, we have more easy access to the songs and symphonies we love than ever before. In this visit to All Things Considered, host Jacki Lyden and I explore an East meets ...

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Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best events, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls. Been to a great summer festival we've missed? ...

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Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The violin, though centuries old, remains a popular yet remarkably unwieldy instrument. Just squeezing the contraption between your chin and shoulder, then raising your bow arm to the proper height, is enough to induce a pinched nerve. Yet every day countless numbers of people try to make the instrument sing.

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'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

It's easy to think of opera as little more than an affected flock of singers warbling onstage in lacy brocade with pancake makeup, chandeliers and champagne.

But you won't see any of that in Philippe Béziat's artful new documentary Becoming Traviata, now making the rounds of U.S. film ...

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Imani Winds: Tiny Desk Concert

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

When Igor Stravinsky began composing The Rite of Spring, his ballet for vast symphonic forces, he could hear the music in his head but couldn't quite figure out how to write it down. It was just too complicated.

Today, 100 years after The Rite's premiere, the fearless musicians of ...

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Leonard Bernstein's 'Rite of Spring' Thrill Ride

Saturday, May 25, 2013

If you think all the twitchy rhythms and random shards of melody flashing through Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring sound complicated, consider the poor musicians who have to learn it. And then there's the conductor, who needs to perfectly place every piccolo tweet and bass drum ...

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The Cocktail Party Guide To Igor Stravinsky

Friday, May 24, 2013

So last weekend at the craft-cocktail den, a few of your more "cultured" friends suddenly diverted the conversation — from the botanical attributes of new navy strength gins to the big 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring.

"It started a freakin' riot ...

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Henri Dutilleux, Leading French Composer, Dies At 97

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Henri Dutilleux, a leading French composer who wrote music of luminous perfection, died Wednesday in Paris at age 97. His family announced the death, which was reported by one of his publishers, Schott Music, and the Agence-France Presse.

Throughout his career, which took off after World War II with performances ...

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