Tom Huizenga

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Bang On A Can Riffs On John Cage

Friday, April 24, 2015

Life changed a lot after that day in 1877 when Thomas Edison spoke "Mary had a little lamb" into a contraption he called a phonograph and discovered he could reproduce sound. Back then, tinfoil cylinders captured just a few flickering moments. Today Wagner's entire Ring cycle fits on a 16GB ...


Get Out And Hear Some New Music This Summer

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Now that the weather, at least in much of the country, has turned from polar to pollen vortex, it's time to start mapping out musical road trips. This year bodes well for exploring contemporary work. There are new-music meccas like California's Cabrillo, where all the music is current. At other ...


Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For 'Anthracite Fields'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Julia Wolfe, a composer associated with the New York music collective Bang on a Can, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for Anthracite Fields. The Pulitzer jury described the piece as "a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn ...


The Hypnotic Groove Of Xenakis

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Percussionists back in Beethoven's day could be forgiven for feeling a little bored, waiting for the infrequent roll of the kettledrum or the occasional cymbal crash. But as orchestras grew bigger, percussionists got busier — even more so after World War I, when a new generation of composers ...


Multifaceted Music Critic Andrew Porter Dies At 86

Friday, April 03, 2015

Andrew Porter, a renowned music critic and scholar and translator of opera, died early today in London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. His twin sister, Sheila Porter, told NPR his death was the result of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.

Among an unusually wide range of pursuits, Porter is perhaps ...


Can You Name That Musical Prank?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Each April 1st, practical jokers get their kicks pulling the wool over people's eyes. There are little white lies, cunning schemes and elaborate hoaxes. Pranksters are alive and well in music, too. Test your wits with these musical smart alecks who run the gamut from clever clowns to serious scam ...


Anonymous 4 With Bruce Molsky: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, March 28, 2015

It was December 1990 — more than a year before the first Anonymous 4 album was released — when NPR invited four slightly shy women into our studio to sing 13th-century Christmas music. Back then, we already knew the manifold beauty of their sound, its purity and accuracy, ...


The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.


The Tallis Scholars' Luminous Way With Arvo Pärt

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Arvo Pärt was saved by the bell. The Estonian composer, who turns 80 in September, hit a creative roadblock in 1968. After a hiatus of eight years he returned with a new sound inspired by the simple triad (a stack of three notes, an essential building block of ...


Matt Haimovitz & Christopher O'Riley: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Whether it's warranted or not, classical music wonks are perennially worried about the next generation of fans.

It seems there's less need to fret when you hear cellist Matt Haimovitz and pianist Christopher O'Riley. Some 15 years ago, they were already chipping away at ...


The Bachelors Of Opera

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Bachelor, the reality TV show poised to close out another nail-biting season (which young woman will Chris Soules choose Monday?), has nothing on opera. Over the past 400 years, composers have placed onstage any number of hot-blooded Romeos, sensible gentlemen and conniving psychopaths all looking for the ...


Bryan Hymel's Hefty High Cs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pavarotti, roll over. There's a new king of the high Cs. His name is Bryan Hymel and he pops off no fewer than 10 of them in "Asile héréditaire," the Rossini aria that opens his new album Héroïque, released Tuesday.

To be fair, Hymel's brawny tone has little in common ...

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Anderson & Roe's Personalized Bach

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Music lexicographer Theodore Baker, in his biographical dictionary of musicians, labeled J.S. Bach as the "supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music." And while Bach may have blanched had he read such a description, there is absolute power to much of his music.

From the exuberance of a Brandenburg ...


Joyce DiDonato Takes A Stand At Stonewall

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. A riot broke out, sparking successive nights of protest and, many say, the emergence of the modern gay rights movement.

LGBT rights have come a long way since that summer night ...


Bach, Brits And A Bodacious Boston Orchestra: New Classical Albums

Saturday, January 31, 2015

From a sensational soprano to an audacious new work for orchestra, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Arun Rath spin a broad selection of new classical albums.


Fifty Years Of Steve Reich's 'It's Gonna Rain'

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sometimes great things are born from happy accidents. Fifty years ago today in San Francisco, composer Steve Reich premiered It's Gonna Rain, his first official piece. The music, made by manipulating a recording of a Pentecostal preacher, opened a door to a new way of composing for Reich ...


Soundtrack To The Outback: Remembering Peter Sculthorpe

Monday, January 26, 2015

They're celebrating Down Under. Today is Australia Day, a holiday marking the arrival of British ships at Sydney Harbour in 1788. A perfect day then to salute something truly Australian, something that speaks of national pride, austere landscapes and even the darker side of Australian history — the music of ...


John Luther Adams' Ode To Sundogs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The day composer John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his symphonic seascape Become Ocean, I tracked him down in Houghton, Mich., in the northernmost reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Over a crackly phone line, Adams — who turns 62 Friday — said he ...


What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Pill popping, pot smoking, back-stabbing, bed hopping and tantrum throwing — now we're talking classical music! At least that's what the new Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle would have us believe is all in a day's work for orchestra musicians. The 10-part series is based on a tell-all book ...


Swan Songs: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2014

Friday, January 09, 2015

Farewells are never easy, especially when you're saying goodbye to a favorite musician. From conductors and composers to pianists, singers and critics, the classical music world lost many masterful musicians in 2014.

Through their performances and recordings, we grow into strong relationships with our favorites. Some, like the conductor and ...