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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music. » E-Mail This

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Roomful Of Teeth: A Vocal Group That's 'A Band, Not A Choir'

On the eclectic group's new album, Render, eight distinct voices assemble in a way that's hardly choral, according to artistic director Brad Wells and founding member Caroline Shaw. » E-Mail This

April 24   -  

Bang On A Can Riffs On John Cage

Florent Ghys' An Open Cage springs from a recording of the maverick composer reading an excerpt from his Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse).

April 22   -  

How The Met Opera's Chorus Master Gets 150 To Sound Like One

Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera's chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about "stagger breathing," how singers protect their voices and how he never had formal training. » E-Mail This

April 22   -  

Get Out And Hear Some New Music This Summer

From fully staged operas to intimate chamber pieces — at seaside settings and mountain vistas — summer festivals this year offer a broad array of modern music. » E-Mail This

April 20   -  

Julia Wolfe Wins Music Pulitzer For 'Anthracite Fields'

The composer is the second from the New York music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago. » E-Mail This

April 15   -  

Carnegie Hall Live: Jordi Savall And Le Concert Des Nations

Hear a consummate master of early music, conductor and viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, lead his ensemble Le Concert des Nations in an exhilarating array of 17th- and 18th-century French music. » E-Mail This

April 14   -  

The Hypnotic Groove Of Xenakis

The modernist composer's solo percussion music — fueled by quick pulses in bongos and the fat punctuations of bass drums — flows in a new recording. » E-Mail This

April 11   -  

From Ballrooms To Concert Halls, Mexico Kept This Cuban Style Alive

Born in Cuba in the late 1800s, danzón had couples gliding in a kind of formal square dance a century later. » E-Mail This

April 9   -  

Twitter Outrage Takes Toronto, Canceling Two Pianists

Classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa is a YouTube star. Reactions to her divisive and fiercely political Twitter account became the catalyst for a string of problems at the Toronto Symphony. » E-Mail This
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