Tom Huizenga

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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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Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.

Two centuries after Wagner's birth ...

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Moms In Opera: Women On The Edge

Thursday, May 09, 2013

We love mothers for all the Hallmark reasons: for their compassion and patience, not to mention giving birth. But some moms aren't exactly greeting card friendly — and none less so than those who live in the opera house.

This is opera, after all, so we expect the outrageous. But ...

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Music We Love Now: Three Must-Hear Piano Albums

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The young Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder shines in Mozart, Jorge Federico Osorio reintroduces an intoxicating Mexican concerto and Elisveta Blumina reveals the gentle side of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.

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First Listen: David Lang, 'Death Speaks'

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Although we all eventually face death, it's a topic most avoid — except perhaps for philosophers, who explain it to our heads, and artists, who present it to our hearts.

Composer David Lang offers something for both head and heart — and goes one step further in his new song ...

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The Conductor Who Gained Power By Giving It Up

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

At NPR Music part of our job is to talk with musicians. It's always interesting, sometimes inspiring, infrequently tedious — and once in a blue moon, completely transcendent.

When I heard that Sir Colin Davis had died, my memory banks immediately locked in on the one ...

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Maria Callas On The Move: A Diva Does D.C.

Monday, April 15, 2013

As one door closes, another opens. Last week, we shut down operations at our old Washington, D.C, headquarters; today, we walked into a brand-new building.

Making the move wasn't easy. In 14 years, I'd acquired an impressive amount of stuff, from LPs autographed by Placido Domingo and Tom Jones to ...

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Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Describing himself as a "venture culturalist," Yo-Yo Ma has a musical appetite as wide as the world. He's fearless in the face of Bach, bluegrass or bossa nova, but Monday night he tried on yet another hat, delivering the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at ...

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Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" begins with the line: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood." Frost's traveler must choose between them. But slide that metaphor over to the world of classical music and you will discover hundreds of paths to explore. In this visit to All ...

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Live At Carnegie Hall: Jonathan Biss And The Elias String Quartet

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

In October, pianist Jonathan Biss set out on a vision quest, a season-long immersion in music by Robert Schumann. Biss and the members of England's Elias String Quartet have been exploring Schumann and associated composers in cities throughout Europe and North America, including a Carnegie Hall ...

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Marches Madness: Rubbing Aladdin's Lamp

Friday, March 29, 2013

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage, silver screen and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

If you ...

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The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear

Thursday, March 28, 2013

For Christians around the world, this week, leading up to Easter Sunday, is one of the most meaningful in the religious calendar. The dramatic story of Jesus' final days, as related in the four Gospels of the New Testament, has been meaningful for composers, too, and a rich source for ...

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Marches Madness: From Trash Can To Flagpole

Monday, March 25, 2013

I could sing a smidgen of Edwin Eugene Bagley's National Emblem before I even knew what a march was.

As a very young grade-schooler, I heard a little ditty — "Oh, the monkey wrapped his tail around the flagpole" — on the playground, but I was blissfully unaware of either ...

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Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Risë Stevens, a mezzo-soprano who sang at the Metropolitan Opera for nearly a quarter-century and then went on to become one of the Met's most prominent supporters and administrators, died Wednesday. She was 99. Her son, Nicolas Surovy, informed the Met Thursday that she died at home in Manhattan.

Stevens ...

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Marches Madness: Mahler's Twisted Nursery Rhyme

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

It's not every day a nursery ...

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Music We Love Now: New Albums Of Bach, Beethoven And Brahms

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New albums of music by the "Three Bs," Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, prove that going back to basics has its advantages. Hear a sweet-toned violin concerto, an audacious piano sonata and a solo cello suite caressed by a lute.

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