Arts and culture

If the viola is your instrument, it can be difficult to find repertoire to showcase your talent. But violist Nadia Sirota has plenty to play. She champions new composers to write music for her and forms ensembles to play it. Sirota's longtime collaborator Nico Muhly recently released an album called Keep in Touch, featuring two pieces written specifically for her.

Sessions from Studio A - Backwoods Bunny Fight

Sep 29, 2016
Carl Nelson

Backwoods Bunny Fight performs "Moonshine Blind" in WNIJ's Studio A.

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Christopher Rouse's Symphony No. 3, which appears on his latest album, contains many levels of meaning. It's an homage to the Russian composer Sergey Prokofiev, whose Second Symphony serves as a structural model for the piece. It's an encoded musical portrait of Rouse's wife. And it's an engaging piece of music even for a listener who possesses none of this background knowledge.

Sessions from Studio A - MAKS the Fox

Sep 22, 2016
Carl Nelson

MAKS The Fox performing "Honey" in WNIJ's Studio A.

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