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Music Interviews
4:30 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

The Maestro And The Liberator: Gustavo Dudamel's Cinematic Debut

Gustavo Dudamel, conductor of the LA Philharmonic since 2009, composed the score for the new Simón Bolívar biopic The Liberator.
Vern Evans Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 11:19 am

A film opened in the U.S. this weekend about the life of Simón Bolivar, the military leader who helped free much of Latin America from the Spanish Empire. Libertador, or The Liberator, tells that story with the help of rousing music by a first-time film-score composer: Gustavo Dudamel.

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Carnegie Hall Live
3:31 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

The Academy Of Ancient Music Plays J.S. Bach at Carnegie Hall

The Academy of Ancient Music, with its director Richar Egarr at the harpsichord, brings Bach to Carnegie Hall in a concert featuring the composer's four Orchestral Suites on Nov. 7.
A.J. Wilhelm for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 2:15 pm

The Sept. 24 death of prominent conductor and musicologist Christopher Hogwood came just as the orchestra he founded in 1973, the Academy of Ancient Music, was set to take on some of his signature pieces: the Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4 by J. S. Bach. Along with a new recording of the suites, the British ensemble is bringing them on the road.

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Carnegie Hall Live
3:31 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The Chicago Symphony Plays A Colorful Concert

Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Todd Rosenberg Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Hear a live performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under their electrifying conductor Riccardo Muti, in a fascinating program inspired the sea — Debussy's La Mer and Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture — paired with Scriabin's brilliantly colored Symphony No. 3, "The Divine Poem."

PROGRAM

• Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture
• Debussy: La Mer
• Scriabin: Symphony No. 3, "The Divine Poem"

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti, conductor

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Carnegie Hall Live
3:24 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Thomas Hampson Sings A World Premiere

Baritone Thomas Hampson brings a Civil War-themed program to Carnegie Hall Feb. 9, 2015.
Kristine Hoebermann

Hear the beloved American baritone sing a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon in this recital with pianist Wolfram Rieger.

PROGRAM:

• To be announced, but will include a Jennifer Higdon world premiere commissioned by Carnegie Hall

Thomas Hampson, baritone

Wolfram Rieger, piano

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Carnegie Hall Live
3:24 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: András Schiff Plays Mozart, Haydn, Schubert And Beethoven

Andras Schiff plays final piano sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert at Carnegie Hall March 10, 2015.
Jean-Francois Gailloud ECM Records

On March 10, 2015, hear the eminent pianist in a recital of sublime works spanning the Classical-era elegance of Haydn and Mozart and the introspective Romantic drama of Schubert and Beethoven.

PROGRAM

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Carnegie Hall Live
3:24 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Jordi Savall And Le Concert Des Nations

Jordi Savall and his Le Concert des Nations bring a French Baroque program to Carnegie Hall April 16, 2015.
Courtesy of the Artist

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 compositions.

• Anonymous: Concert donné a Louis XIII en 1627 (selected by André Danican Philidor)
·· Les Ombres
·· Air pour les mesmes
·· Les Nimphes de la Grenouilliere
·· Les Bergers
·· Les Amériquains

• Lully: Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

• Lully: "Marche pour la Cérémonie Turque"

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Deceptive Cadence
1:38 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Three Quick Lessons From The Violin Wunderkind Who Became A Master

"The key is to figure out what you're contributing," Joshua Bell says of playing chamber music.
Eric Kabik Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:30 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
4:06 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

An Inviting Apocalypse: John Luther Adams On 'Become Ocean'

John Luther Adams' Pulitzer Prize-winning piece is called Become Ocean; the recording of the work comes out Sept. 30.
Donald Lee Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 6:04 pm

This past April, composer John Luther Adams became the most recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his piece Become Ocean — a work commissioned by the Seattle Symphony, the recording of which comes out this Tuesday.

Adams says that he got the call with the good news in the middle of a afternoon power nap, during an exhausting teaching residency at Michigan Tech University.

"I heard the word and asked the person on the other end, 'You know, could I call you back?' " Adams remembers. "Talk about your wake-up call."

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Music News
6:35 am
Sun September 28, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Continues, Musicians Picket On Peachtree Street

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with Music Director Robert Spano conducting.
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:46 am

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was scheduled to open its 70th season this week, but musicians have been locked out of their workplace since September 7th, when their contract expired. The same thing happened just two years ago. Back then, negotiators reached a new agreement before opening night. This year, Atlanta classical music fans were not so lucky.

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Music News
3:35 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

New Boston Symphony Music Director Andris Nelsons: 'It's Not A Job — It's Life'

"The music's kind of oozing out of not just his hands, but his whole body," Boston Symphony managing director Mark Volpe says of the orchestra's new music director, Andris Nelsons.
Marco Borggreve Boston Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:23 pm

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