Arts http://northernpublicradio.org en Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz http://northernpublicradio.org/post/pet-sounds-npr-music-critter-quiz From as far back as we can tell, music makers have been inspired by the flora and especially the fauna around us. From tooting tunes on actual <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/06/090624-bone-flute-oldest-instrument.html">animal horns and bones</a>, to musical portraits of creatures <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZAGLJtj5RU">large</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQhEtF29O3I">small</a>, performers and composers of all stripes have included critters in their creations. In this puzzler, you must identify the creature depicted in the music. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 46374 at http://northernpublicradio.org Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey http://northernpublicradio.org/post/honey-blood-and-harmony-jordi-savalls-balkan-journey <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15327828/jordi-savall" target="_blank">Jordi Savall</a> has made a career of reviving ancient music. Whatever the age of the songs, though, he doesn't play them as museum-piece recreations, preserved in isolation. Savall takes great pleasure in <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/126390261/jordi-savall-tracing-jerusalems-history-in-music" target="_blank">smashing together music</a> from different times and different cultures.<p>At his concerts, it's difficult to predict what might happen — or who might show up. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 46284 at http://northernpublicradio.org Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted http://northernpublicradio.org/post/classical-quartet-gets-all-twisted <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKezUd_xw20</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 46152 at http://northernpublicradio.org Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' http://northernpublicradio.org/post/visitors-guide-bachs-st-matthew-passion <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16318115">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> wrote his <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> for a single purpose — to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday vesper services.<p>Bach's <em>Passion</em> continues to move audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 46137 at http://northernpublicradio.org A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' NIU Steel Band Marks 40 Years Of Growth http://northernpublicradio.org/post/niu-steel-band-marks-40-years-growth <p>From its beginnings as a small band -- without even a lead instrument -- in a corner of the NIU Percussion Studio, the NIU Steel Band has a lot to celebrate from the past 40 years.</p><p>The celebration culminates in the band’s 40th anniversary concert Sunday, April 13, in the Boutell Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building.</p><p>Steel band co-director Liam Teague said the concert program will reflect the spirit of the band throughout its existence. “It highlights what we’re trying to do in the steel band,” he said. “We’re looking at the past, present and future.”</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:45:50 +0000 Katie Finlon 45884 at http://northernpublicradio.org NIU Steel Band Marks 40 Years Of Growth Retiring Director of NIU Jazz Ensemble Looks Back http://northernpublicradio.org/post/retiring-director-niu-jazz-ensemble-looks-back <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.niu.edu/Music/ensembles/jazzens.shtml">NIU Jazz Ensemble</a>'s annual spring concert April 10 is the final concert at NIU for its director, <a href="http://niu.edu/music/faculty/rcarter.shtml">Ron Carter.</a> &nbsp;After 20 years at the helm of the nationally-renowned ensemble, and numerous accolades for his work in the field of jazz and jazz education, Carter is retiring.&nbsp; Surprisingly, Carter says growing up, he had no idea his career would be in jazz.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Guy Stephens 45750 at http://northernpublicradio.org Retiring Director of NIU Jazz Ensemble Looks Back Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation http://northernpublicradio.org/post/denied-stage-she-sang-nation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAONYTMf2pk</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 45720 at http://northernpublicradio.org Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz http://northernpublicradio.org/post/fiddle-pickle-jonathan-carneys-concertmaster-quiz You're seated at the symphony. All the players but one are in place. You're ready for music. Then the first violinist enters to a round of applause and stands next to the conductor's podium while the oboist plays an A. The orchestra tunes up.<p>That ceremony is just one of many jobs for the concertmaster, Jonathan Carney says. He is the concertmaster of the <a href="http://www.bsomusic.org/" target="_blank">Baltimore Symphony Orchestra</a>.<p>"A concertmaster also helps interpret a conductor's gestures, in order to help convey the musical ideas and intentions to the whole orchestra. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Jonathan Carney 45675 at http://northernpublicradio.org Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband http://northernpublicradio.org/post/musicians-take-note-your-instrument-may-be-contraband New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.<p>The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.<p>Says Craig Hoover, who heads up the Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: "The reason for that is ... Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Adam Ragusea 45643 at http://northernpublicradio.org Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours http://northernpublicradio.org/post/two-leads-two-deaths-18-hours Over the weekend, soprano Kristine Opolais sang her heart out — and died twice.<p>Friday evening she had sung the lead in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90063951/giacomo-puccini" target="_blank">Puccini</a>'s <em>Madama Butterfly</em>. It was her debut in that role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was a big deal. Opolais was so excited about it that she stayed up until five the next morning.<p>At 7:30 Saturday morning, she got a call from Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Met. Groggy-voiced, Opolais said hello, and after a moment it became clear what was happening. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:06:00 +0000 NPR Staff 45644 at http://northernpublicradio.org Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours