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Trumpeter and composer Brian Groder explores the realm between jazz and contemporary classical music and gives us insight on the nature of improvisation.
- Trumpeter and composer Brian Groder explores the realm between jazz and contemporary classical music and gives us insight on the nature of improvisation.
- Brian’s frequent collaborator Tonino Miano is working on a book of atonal piano technique we’re looking forward to.
- Protesters visit the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and hold a demonstration tied the events surrounding the killing of Michael Brown. The audio of the event that Alex Ross posted from the radio broadcast is well worth your three minutes.
- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s CEO, Stanley Romanstein, resigns amid a tumultuous lockout.
This week on SoundNotion we have composer and educator Ronald Bruce Smith. His work Constellation for orchestra and electronics is on the BMOP season opener October 12th. Plus: Composers want Atlanta to get back to work and Klinghoffer protests continue.
- This week on SoundNotion we have composer and educator Ronald Bruce Smith.
- His work Constellation for orchestra and electronics is on the BMOP season opener this October 12th.
- While the musician lockout continues in Atlanta, a group of American composers have issued an open letter urging reconciliation and getting back to work.
- Klinghoffer madness continues for The Met.
- Joshua Bell goes slummin’ once again.
This week on SoundNotion, Irving Fine Society founder and Library of Congress concert producer Nicholas Brown joins the panel. We discuss programming concerts and commissions at the library and how the country is celebrating the Irving Fine centennial.
- This week on SoundNotion, Irving Fine Society founder and Library of Congress concert producer Nicholas Brown joins the panel.
- We discuss the wide variety of concerts (I didn’t know the LOC had concerts) offered at the library and their yearly commissions. Featured this year are George Lewis, Jefferson Friedman, John Adams, Jennifer Higdon, and Kaija Saariaho
- Plus Nick tells us how the country is celebrating the Irving Fine centennial.
- Apple says “Just take the U2 album. TAKE IT!” Some people don’t like U2.
- The 2014 MacArthur Fellows have been announced. Congrats to jazz saxophonist/educator Steve Coleman.
- Tired of having to hang with the poor and unwashed on Facebook and Twitter? Netropolitan is the answer you’ve been looking for. And the founder of this new one-percenter virtual country club is a conductor?…er…or something.
This week on SoundNotion Dave, Sam, and Patrick talk the Kennedy Center Honors, Nonesuch Records at 50, the Metropolitan Opera layoffs, the benefits of learning an instrument and dangerous scourge of elderly cane wielding opera patrons.
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel very reluctantly discusses the Atlanta Symphony labor lockout. Musician propaganda here. Admin propaganda here. Drew McManus has some thoughts as well.
- Paola Prestini has started a new contemporary music label. VIA Records is an offshoot of intermedia outfit VisionIntoArt and will focus on interdisciplinary project commissions.
- The Met Opera cuts 22 non-union administration jobs. Now down from 254 positions to a svelte 232.
- Speaking of opera. If you find yourself late for an opera in England, watch out for guys with canes (especially if you drive a cab).
- The panel wishes a hardy happy 50th to Nonesuch Records.
- Turns out, learning to play an instrument helps make you talk good.
- Alex Ross has some stern words for the Kennedy Center Honors. The panel agrees.
This week, composer Scott Wheeler joins the panel to discuss his new opera “Naga,” his new album of orchestral music on BMOP/sound, Alex Ross’s quibbles with classical music streaming, the Proms’ quibbles over Birtwistle and labor issues in Atlanta.
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by composer Scott Wheeler to discuss his new opera Naga co-commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera and Beth Morrison Projects (featured on SN 142, 24 Nov, 2013).
- The work is part the Ouroboros Trilogy of operas around the same characters and folk source material conceived by Charles and Cerise Lim Jacobs that includes the pulitzer-winning work Madame White Snake by Zhou Long plus Wheeler’s Naga and Gilgamesh by Paola Prestini. The completed trilogy will be premiered in a day-long event in 2016.
- Scott also has a new album of orchestral music out on the BMOP label. Crazy Weather is available now and it’s our Pick of the Week.
- Friend of the show Alex Ross has some quibbles with classical music streaming. The SN panel does as well. It’s called METADATA! Alan Pierson on the AWS blog and Bob Shingleton on On An Overgrown Path have some quibbles as well.
- Speaking of quibbles, the BBCdefends its snub of Harrison Birtwistle. We aren’t buying.
- Round three of the recently revamped New Music USA grants project proves that they aren’t afraid to roll with the punches and respond to their stakeholders. This year will feature more funding for smaller projects.
- AND – sigh – Labor issues in Atlanta. A lockout may be imminent – OOPS, scratch that – Atlanta musicians ARE locked out. Drew McManus will keep you up to date.