Deceptive Cadence
3:59 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

The Splendid Tabla: New Indian Flavors For Orchestra

Mumbai's Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus railway station, one of the most famous locales in the city and a site attacked by terrorists in May 2010.
Punit Paranjpe AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:49 pm

(Classical Detours meanders through stylistic byways, exploring new recordings from the fringes of classical music.)

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Deceptive Cadence
3:58 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Kevin Puts Wins Music Pulitzer For World War I Opera 'Silent Night'

Troy Cook (left) as Father Palmer and John Robert Lindsey as Jonathan Dale in the Minnesota Opera production of Silent Night, which won composer Kevin Puts the Pulitzer Prize for music.
Michal Daniel Minnesota Opera

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 6:38 pm

New York-based composer and Peabody Institute faculty member Kevin Puts has won the Pulitizer Prize for music with Silent Night, his first opera. The work received its world premiere in November in at Minnesota Opera in St. Paul.

Pulitzer officials described Silent Night as "a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart."

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A Blog Supreme
3:57 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Why Tax Day Is Even Worse For Musicians

The contradictions between art and business are set into relief by the U.S. income tax code.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:05 pm

Tomorrow is the income tax filing deadline in the U.S., and jazz musicians in particular know it. The overwhelming majority of jazz musicians are freelance performers (and often freelance teachers, composers and other music-related service providers). But the informal aesthetics of the jazz world often extend to its business practices as well, with its handshake deals and cash payments. That makes it quite difficult to keep track of income and expenses when it comes time to report to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:56 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

So What's The Best Musical Instrument?

Women practicing bagpipes on a beach in Hong Kong, where the instrument has gained a loyal following. (File photo from October 2011)
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 11:56 am

The new issue of The Economist's bimonthly (and rather self-besottedly titled) magazine Intelligent Life carries an essay by chief Times of London music critic Richard Morrison. He's asking a big and probably unanswerable question: Of all the musical instruments that have ever been invented, which is the best?

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:54 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Soweto Gospel Choir: Tiny Desk Concert

The Soweto Gospel Choir performs a Tiny Desk Concert on February 14, 2011.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

Originally published on Tue May 15, 2012 9:33 am

Today in "They Pay Us To Do This": a performance by South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir, which managed to tie the all-time record for most musicians squashed behind Bob Boilen's desk for a single performance in the NPR Music offices.

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1:32 pm
Sun April 15, 2012

'Violins Of Hope': Instruments From The Holocaust

Amnon Weinstein prepares a violin from the Holocaust for exhibit. He began restoring the violins in 1996 and now has 30 of them to display in an exhibit called Violins of Hope.
Nancy Pierce

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 9:28 am

Amnon Weinstein first encountered a violin from the Holocaust 50 years ago. He was a young violin maker in Israel, and a customer brought him an old instrument in terrible condition and wanted it restored.

The customer had played on the violin on the way to the gas chamber, but he survived because the Germans needed him for their death camp orchestra. He hadn't played on it since.

"So I opened the violin, and there inside there [were] ashes," Weinstein says.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:00 pm
Sat April 14, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: April 13, 2012

'60 Minutes' recently traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to talk to the musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste — the Kinshasa Symphony.
courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 4:10 pm

  • Remember the video we had last month of the incredibly inspiring orchestra in Kinshasa? 60 Minutes also got hep to them and went to the Democratic Republic of Congo to do a report.
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Deceptive Cadence
10:43 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Talk Like An Opera Geek: How Verdi, Wagner and Puccini Got Their Grooves

In a production of Verdi's opera Rigoletto at the Sydney Opera House, the title character (baritone Jonathan Summers) reels at the discovery of his dead daughter.
Patrick Riviere Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 11:13 am

Talk Like An Opera Geek attempts to decode the intriguing and intimidating lexicon of the opera house.

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4:37 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Drums out front at NIU Spring Concert

Composer and percussionist Victor Lewis

Northern Illinois University's Jazz Ensemble invited two percussionists to perform with them at Thursday's Spring Concert.  The headliner is Victor Lewis, an internationally renowned recording artist.  He'll share the stage with Robert Chappell, NIU Presidential Teaching Professor, who's retiring after 30 years with the music department.  Ensemble director Ron Carter sat down with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad to talk about this evening of music.

1:09 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Ira Glass talks ethics, Mad Men, and his St. Charles visit


“This American Life” creator and host Ira Glass pulls back the curtain on his popular public radio show this Saturday at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles. 

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