Tom Huizenga

Tom Huizenga appears in the following:

A Tale Of Two Sergeys: Boston Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 23, 2015

Andris Nelsons, the Latvian conductor now in his second season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has a taste for Russian music.

The orchestra's opening concert, earlier this month, was an all-Russian program that included pianist Evgeny Kissin. Nelsons has peppered the remainder of ...

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Music From The Shadows: Ancient Armenian Hymns And Piano Jazz

Friday, October 09, 2015

Tigran Hamasyan won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 2006, but the music that resonates even deeper for him is centuries removed — and a sound world away — from jazz.

Hamasyan's new album, Luys I Luso (Light from Light), is an arresting exploration of ancient ...

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The Diverse World Of Yo-Yo Ma

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Few musicians possess an appetite for diversity as voracious as Yo-Yo Ma's.

The renowned cellist, who turns 60 today, calls himself a "venture culturalist." His collaborations include making music for dancers (including Monday night's collaboration with American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland on Stephen Colbert's ...

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Autumn Serenade: The Fall Music Puzzler

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Welcome to the first day of fall — at least for us in the Northern Hemisphere. There's a noticeable chill in the air, the leaves are starting to shift color and perhaps you find yourself turning a little more inward in your mood and your musical tastes.

Composers and songwriters ...

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Get To Know One Of The Most-Performed Living Composers

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mystical, monk-like, reclusive — those are a few words often used to describe Arvo Pärt. His music gets labeled as timeless, spiritual and meditative. The Estonian composer, born 80 years ago today, is perhaps all of these things ... and maybe none of them.

Recently, Pärt allowed a ...

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Honk And Purr: The Big Bassoon Puzzler

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Even Judith LeClair, principal bassoonist in the New York Philharmonic, says there are issues with her instrument. "A lot of people call it an oboe," she once told CNN. "It's not as recognized as a flute or a trumpet." And it certainly doesn't sound like those, ...

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Max Richter, 'Path 5 (delta)'

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Sleep. It's both an oasis where our physical and mental batteries get recharged and a playground for the subconscious. It's also the subject of Max Richter's latest project, SLEEP, which inspired this video by Yulia Mahr.

A composer, pianist, remixer and musical tinkerer, Richter ...

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First Listen: Jonas Kaufmann, 'Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album'

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Yes, this is the Jonas Kaufmann Puccini album that Kaufmann wants you to hear. Last month the opera star took to his Facebook page to discourage fans from purchasing a competing Puccini release newly recycled by his former record company. It's just one of the occupational ...

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Piano Twang: Steven Mayer Plays 'Le Banjo'

Monday, August 31, 2015

New Orleans can proudly be called the birthplace of jazz, but the city has also been a cradle for classical music. Opera was heard there as early as 1796. And just a few decades later, in 1829, the city produced America's first musical superstar — Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

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Itzhak Perlman: Charting A Charismatic Career

Monday, August 31, 2015

When Itzhak Perlman was three years old, he asked his parents for a violin because he heard one on the radio. A year later he contracted polio, leaving his legs paralyzed but his determination undaunted.

Americans first became aware of the young Tel Aviv native when

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First Listen: Anna Thorvaldsdottír, 'In The Light Of Air'

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The album might be called In the Light of Air, but it's anything but conventionally light or airy. Instead, this rumbling, evocative music by composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír seems grounded deep in the beautifully austere landscapes of her native Iceland. Don't listen too hard for hummable melodies. While there are flashes ...

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'Summertime' In Hanoi

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Summer might be winding down, but you couldn't tell by the steamy temperatures, not only in much of the U.S. but also in Hanoi, where Vietnamese performer and composer Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ grew up — and where it should top out around 92 degrees today.

Võ and pianist ...

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A Mahler Symphony Squeezed In A Squeezebox

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

When Gustav Mahler said a symphony "must be like the world. It must embrace everything," I suppose he meant embracing accordions, too.

Gustav Mahler's sprawling Ninth Symphony is a 90-minute journey brimming with the joys of life, haunted by death and with a lot happening along the way. ...

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Sound Design: The Art Of The Album Cover

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Calling all design geeks and fans of cool album art! Check out this thing we made.

It tells the story of graphic designer Denise Burt and her album covers. Read about her process, see the art — and hear the music that inspired her.

Shortly after Burt moved ...

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Unassuming Czech Pianist Ivan Moravec Dies At 84

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ivan Moravec, a Czech pianist known for his lyrical and selfless approach to music, died Monday in a Prague hospital, according to a management representative, Linda Marder of CM Artists in New York. Moravec had been treated for pneumonia. He was 84.

Although his repertoire was not vast — he ...

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What Does Music Look Like?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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One Feisty Victorian Woman's Opera Revived

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A skilled mountain climber who knew Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Ethel Smyth was a big personality whose politically charged opera The Wreckers gets its first fully staged production in the U.S.

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New Music From Iceland Steps Back In Time

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Iceland might be small and isolated but the country's music scene is substantial, resonating far beyond the island nation. One Icelandic group that thrives on both new and old classical music is Nordic Affect. Formed in 2005, the quartet of women is equally at home playing 17th century dance music ...

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Jon Vickers, Intense Canadian Tenor, Dies At 88

Monday, July 13, 2015

With the death of Jon Vickers, opera has lost one of its most intense voices. The Canadian tenor, often hailed as one of the greatest opera singers of the 20th century, died Friday in Ontario. In a note to London's Royal Opera House, Vickers' family said he lost a prolonged ...

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Why Conductor Kirill Petrenko Fits The Berlin Philharmonic

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

When the Berlin Philharmonic chooses a new chief conductor, it's a big deal. In May the orchestra, often hailed as the world's finest, sequestered itself for a secret vote and some European papers likened the event to a papal conclave. That vote failed, but on June ...

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