Deceptive Cadence
8:11 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Classical Lost And Found: Ernesto Cordero's Caribbean-Flavored Concertos

Composer Ernesto Cordero's concertos glow with the warmth of his native Puerto Rico.
Luz E. Acevedo

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 7:00 am

An all-star cast, including guitarist Pepe Romero and the legendary I Solisti di Zagreb, heads up these performances of three concertos by Ernesto Cordero. Born in New York in 1946, Cordero was raised in Puerto Rico where he teaches guitar and composition at the University of Puerto Rico. Each of these works is an appealing musical paella with Caribbean seasoning.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:37 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

At The 54th Grammys, A Short But Eclectic Classical List

Mezzo Joyce DiDonato hoists her newly won Grammy at yesterday's awards ceremony.

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 10:25 am

We've written quite a bit about the very significant cutbacks at the Grammys this time around (bye-bye, Best Classical Album!).

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6:40 am
Mon February 13, 2012

A Conversation with Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

Science-fiction author, technology activist and blogger Cory Doctorow visited the NIU campus recently. Doctorow has long been involved in issues of privacy and freedom related to modern technology. His bestseller “Little Brother” focused on just those issues as a group of teens use the internet to battle government attempts to strip them of their civil liberties.  WNIJ’s Guy Stephens had a chance to sit down with Doctorow for a conversation about the dilemma society faces in the Internet age.


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Deceptive Cadence
4:02 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: February 10, 2012

Benjamin Zander, lecturing in Davos, Switzerland on "Managing Complexity," was fired after 45 years at the New England Conservatory.
World Economic Forum

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 3:53 pm

  • Conductor, educator and lecturer Benjamin Zander was fired from his post at the New England Conservatory last month over his hiring of a registered sex offender as a NEC videographer.
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Deceptive Cadence
3:31 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Super Bass: Can You Hit This Note?

Composer Paul Mealor is searching for a voice that can hit a low E --circled in this fragment from his latest piece, De Profundis.
Paul Mealor

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 1:13 pm

Calling all basses: Decca Records is on the hunt for someone who can sing a low E, nearly three octaves below middle C. The note is featured in a new piece called De Profundis (Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord — Psalm) by the Welsh composer Paul Mealor.

I'm really attracted to the depths of the human spectrum," Mealor tells NPR's Robert Siegel. "We're seeking to find the person that can sing the lowest note ever written in choral music — and not just that note, but the solo in this piece for bass solo and choir. So we're looking for someone very special."

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8:13 am
Mon February 6, 2012

A Tale Of Two Centuries: Charles Dickens Turns 200

English novelist Charles Dickens was born on Feb. 7, 1812. He was the second of eight children, and had little formal education.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 5:04 am

Charles Dickens — one of the most beloved storytellers in the English language — was born 200 years ago Tuesday. He was a comic genius and a social reformer whose novels made him famous in his own time, and continue as classics in ours.

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The Picture Show
8:11 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Vintage View: 1920s Pacific Northwest In Color

Mt. Saint Helens from Spirit Lake
Asahel Curtis Washington State Archives

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:03 am

When Johnson and Ellen Sheriff Curtis moved their family from Minnesota to Seattle in 1887, two of their teenage sons developed a burgeoning interest in photography.

One of them, Edward Curtis, would go on to become famous for his photographs of Native Americans. But his brother, Asahel Curtis, who worked to less acclaim as a commercial photographer in Seattle, also left behind a remarkable body of work.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:44 pm
Sat February 4, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: February 3, 2012

Gustavo en 'Sésamo' con Elmo.
courtesy of Sesame Workshop

Originally published on Fri February 3, 2012 2:54 pm

  • Set your DVRs: Hot off a Mahler cycle in LA, Gustavo Dudamel will be on the Sesame Street episode airing this coming Monday. (Different audiences, I suppose.)
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Deceptive Cadence
9:57 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Prokofiev And The 'Fourth Orange'

The animated short 'Fourth Orange' by director Julia Titova.

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 8:25 am

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Deceptive Cadence
8:52 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Joy In Repetition: Philip Glass Turns 75

At age 75, composer Philip Glass is as busy as ever.
Stewart Cohen

Originally published on Mon January 30, 2012 9:34 am

Philip Glass turns 75 tomorrow. Impossible, you say? Given his two dozen operas, reams of orchestral music, virtually uncountable film scores and scads of projects in every discipline, isn't he like 90 or 100 or 110? Or, judging by his kaleidoscopic connections and collaborators, isn't he somewhere between 20 and 50, hunkered down among hipsters and plotting his next move toward musical world domination?

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