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SoundNotion 95: Two r’s, No i

This week on SoundNotion, we’re joined by arts policy and communications guru Margy Waller of the Topos Partnership. PLUS-The Detroit Symphony rocks to Queen, Michel van der Aa wins the Grawemeyer and Sergei Tcherepnin wires you.


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Streamers and Punches 29: The James Newton Howard Games

In this episode, we look at Terence Blanchard with the Detroit Symphony, John Williams composes new fanfare, Happy Birthday to Boulez and Alan Silvestri, and The Hunger Games score is released. Dan Schweiger picks his favorite March soundtracks.


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  • Terence Blanchard to lead Detroit Symphony jazz program.
  • John Williams composes a fanfare in honor of Fenway Park.
  • The score to The Hunger Games, by James Newton Howard, is on Spotify.
  • Happy Birthday to Pierre Boulez and Alan Silvestri!
  • Check out Daniel Schweiger’s March Soundtrack Picks.
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SoundNotion 20: Shirtless Guitarist

Meerenai Shim joins the panel this week as we discuss political expression in classical music, the influence of video games on young composers, orchestra news from around the U.S., and more.


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  • In the New York Times, David Little wonders about political expression in classical music.
  • NewMusicBox’s Colin Holter thinks all music is political. We didn’t know that about ourselves.
  • Nico Muhly wrties that his creative process is informed by growing up with video games.
  • The Detroit Symphony’s concertmaster of 23 years leaves for Dallas, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s bankrupcy protection remains contentious, and Honolulu may be home to an orchestra again as soon as this fall. Meerenai wonders why we care about these stories.
  • David Smooke wonders about the virtue of keeping sketches around for posterity.
  • We chat with Meerenai about her recent and upcoming projects, including a great music video of a piece from her last album.


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SoundNotion 17: It’s Always Sunny in East Lansing

Topics include streaming opera performances, the future of American orchestras, rethinking digital distribution, the existential crisis of glockenspiel vibrato, and more.


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  • James Levine is withdrawing from a slew of upcoming performances.
  • Are streaming opera performances really a good idea?
  • WQXR brought together some luminaries to ponder the future of American orchestras. (And Ray Hair embarassed himself and musicians everywhere.)
  • Detroit Symphony announces a gamble on lower ticket prices.
  • The Rethink Music Conference rethinks distribution models and intellectual property issues.
  • Ty Forquer helps Sam and Dave settle an old score about the existence of glockenspiel vibrato.
  • Interested in an orchestra administration career? Adaptistration’s Drew McManus wants to help you find a gig.


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SoundNotion 13: Unlucky Thirteen

Oh no! We lost most of our episode this week to the computer gremlins. We’re pretty bummed about it. On a brighter note, the Detroit Symphony strike has ended, and Patrick and Nate were there for their season opener.


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Oh no! We lost most of our episode this week to the computer gremlins. We had a great conversation with composer Ken Ueno (@dj_moderne), but you’re going to have to take our word for it because we can’t show it to you. We’re pretty bummed about it. On a brighter note, the Detroit Symphony strike has ended, and Patrick and Nate were there for their season opener.


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  • This week: 4′ 33″ (1952) by John Cage. Perform yourself.
  • Next week: Dig Deep (1995) for string quartet by Julia WolfeAmazon MP3iTunes
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