Anastasia Tsioulcas http://publicradiodelmarva.net en How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.) http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/how-do-you-sweep-ivy-league-practice-viola-really By now, you may have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/01/297879597/new-york-student-is-accepted-to-all-8-ivy-league-schools" target="_blank">heard</a> about Kwasi Enin, the impressive young man from Long Island who has been accepted into the classes of 2018 at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale (all eight Ivy League universities) as well as Duke and three campuses of the State University of New York. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:14:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 51935 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.) The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/kronos-quartet-still-daring-after-all-these-years Kronos Quartet is celebrating 40 years of playing music together — and to mark the occasion, they're playing a celebration concert at Carnegie Hall in New York tomorrow night. Since their founding, the San Francisco-based string quartet has become one of the most visible ensembles in classical music. The players have done it by championing new and underheard music, and by coming up with a business model that was unheard of for a chamber group four decades ago.<p>Violinist David Harrington dreamed up the idea of a string quartet devoted primarily to contemporary music in 1973. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:01:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 51512 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/field-recording-bonus-track-silk-road-swings We had so much fun taping cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble's <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/294345739/yo-yo-ma-and-the-silk-road-ensemble-horse-around-in-brooklyn" target="_blank">Field Recording</a>, we couldn't stop at just one selection, so we recorded the group's four talented percussionists in a deep groove.<p>They're playing a piece written by Shane Shanahan called <em>Saidi Swing</em>. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 51456 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Field Recording Bonus Track: The Silk Road Swings Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/welcome-yo-yos-playhouse When you're lucky enough to have cellist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15995808/yo-yo-ma" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma</a> and members of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/144696932/the-silk-road-ensemble-globalfest-2012" target="_blank">Silk Road Ensemble</a>, some of the world's premiere instrumentalists and composers, gather for an afternoon of offstage music making, you've got to think long and hard about where to put them. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 51457 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/kronos-quartet-40-songs-we-love <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E4Bjt_zVJc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzvWiG5Lpzc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANkFMjEEnJ4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVA0oX-bqog</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wnOJFuMKDE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUlMyYuEyXw</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:58:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas & Alex Ambrose 51390 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Kronos Quartet At 40: Songs We Love In The First Violins — At Least For One Night http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/first-violins-least-one-night <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm5BoFihAJw</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 51144 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In The First Violins — At Least For One Night Bless You! http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/bless-you <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj4BFvwwj-o</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:21:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 51011 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Bless You! Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/music-takes-center-stage-oscar-nominated-documentaries <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrXHcQyixTE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twB2zAOzsKE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kgRq_pGN2g</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 50060 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries We Love Him For More Than Twizzles: Charlie White Plays Violin, Too http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/we-love-him-more-twizzles-charlie-white-plays-violin-too It's no secret that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theedge/2014/02/17/278549740/americans-davis-and-white-win-gold-in-ice-dancing" target="_blank">gold-winning</a> American ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White have become favorite faces in Sochi. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:42:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 49549 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net We Love Him For More Than Twizzles: Charlie White Plays Violin, Too On A Chilly Factory Floor, Yuja Wang's Piano Sizzles http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/chilly-factory-floor-yuja-wangs-piano-sizzles Chinese-born pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/122868506/yuja-wang" target="_blank">Yuja Wang</a> isn't one to do anything in half measures. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 49535 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net On A Chilly Factory Floor, Yuja Wang's Piano Sizzles Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/sex-drugs-and-wandering-batons-classical-musicians-finally-get-some-screen-time <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBwI6U8ZlFE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEoM7bM7KVw</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 49264 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time Fiddler On The Slopes http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/fiddler-slopes Classical music has managed to take center stage at sports events in the last few weeks. Soprano Renée Fleming <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/01/21/264553311/guess-whos-singing-the-national-anthem-at-the-super-bowl" target="_blank">sang the National Anthem</a> at the Super Bowl two weekends ago. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 49191 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Fiddler On The Slopes 4 Ways To Hear More In Music http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/4-ways-hear-more-music <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2swfLur5WQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCFEk6Y8TmM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mn1ibFdXDU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK23BhEQVyU</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 48501 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Watch Musicians Elevate A Trip To A Big-Box Store http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/watch-musicians-elevate-trip-big-box-store <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ukcgSnME0</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 48306 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Watch Musicians Elevate A Trip To A Big-Box Store Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/tracing-career-claudio-abbado-consummate-conductor <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmozblR_9Pk</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 47998 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl? http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/guess-whos-singing-national-anthem-super-bowl She's probably not among your first, or second, or 10th, or 20th-round guesses, but the NFL <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000316164/article/renee-fleming-to-sing-national-anthem-at-super-bowl-xlviii" target="_blank">just announced</a> that American soprano <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15656760/renee-fleming" target="_blank">Renee Fleming</a> will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.<p>Fleming is the first-ever opera singer to be given the honor. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:48:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 47999 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl? Destroyed By Customs? Or Stolen? Whatever Happened, Flutes Are Gone http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/destroyed-customs-or-stolen-whatever-happened-flutes-are-gone A case stirring intense outrage in the classical music community and starting to gain steam in the mainstream press is getting more mysterious by the day.<p>On New Year's Eve, the popular classical music blog Slipped Disc, written by London-based Norman Lebrecht, <a href="http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/12/outrage-at-jfk-as-customs-men-smash-flutes.html" target="_blank">published</a> a story with an incendiary headline primed to garner fury from musicians and everyday travelers alike: "Outrage at JFK as Customs men smash a musician's instruments." The details Lebrecht recounted wer Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 47114 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Destroyed By Customs? Or Stolen? Whatever Happened, Flutes Are Gone Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/talking-great-teachers-and-students-two-piano-masters The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. A teacher is part mentor, part manager — even a parental figure.<p>Recently, I had the unique opportunity to sit down with two piano greats who bring a special dynamic to this conversation: pianists <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/12/04/248792687/a-bumper-crop-of-classical-boxed-sets" target="_blank">Gary Graffman</a> and <a href="Lang%20Lang" target="_self">Lang Lang</a>. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 46600 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013 http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/npr-classicals-10-favorite-albums-2013 The year may have suffered a couple of black eyes in the form of shuttered opera companies and orchestras in labor disputes, but as far as recordings go, don't let anyone tell you classical music is dying — the music and musicians are thriving.<p>2013 revealed a rich trove of talent. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 46178 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013 A Bumper Crop Of Classical Box Sets http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/bumper-crop-classical-boxed-sets This wound up being a spectacular year for elaborate, lavishly packaged reissues. Given all the fabulous classical box sets that appeared this year, you'd think we were in some kind of boom era for music served up on compact discs. (2013? More like 1993.)<p>Why? Well, there's always the mercenary aspect of the labels' self-interest to consider — but come on, the 65-CD Benjamin Britten edition works out to something like less than $5 a disc at retail price. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 45832 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Bumper Crop Of Classical Box Sets Remembering A Congolese Rumba King http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/remembering-congolese-rumba-king <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdc1TIQcLoQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reModLpEloc</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:10:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 45593 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Remembering A Congolese Rumba King Confronting The Ghosts Of Classical Christmas Albums Past http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/confronting-ghosts-classical-christmas-albums-past With the holidays upon us, our friends at member station <a href="http://www.wqxr.org/#!/" target="_blank">WQXR</a> invited me along with <em>Washington Post </em>chief classical critic Anne Midgette and Sony Masterworks producer Steven Epstein, the winner of 17 Grammy Awards, to sit down with host Naomi Lewin for a <em><a href="http://www.wqxr.org/#!/articles/conducting-business/" target="_blank">Conducting Business</a></em> podcast on the topic. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 15:08:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 45375 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Confronting The Ghosts Of Classical Christmas Albums Past Hear What Happened At Boston's Symphony Hall After JFK's Assassination http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/hear-what-happened-bostons-symphony-hall-after-jfks-assassination <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVNKNz-lc6k</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:18:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 45080 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Hear What Happened At Boston's Symphony Hall After JFK's Assassination Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/britten-goes-back-brooklyn-nicholas-phan Composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91351892/benjamin-britten" target="_blank">Benjamin Britten</a>, whose 100th birth <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/246156290/britten-at-100" target="_blank">anniversary</a> falls on Nov. 22nd, is so deeply associated with his native England that he's on a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/10278313/Benjamin-Britten-joins-the-Queen-as-only-person-with-full-name-of-50p-piece.html" target="_blank">new 50-pence coin</a> issued by the Royal Mint. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 45001 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/act-you-know-benjamin-britten British composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91351892/benjamin-britten" target="_blank">Benjamin Britten</a> was born 100 years ago this Friday, Nov. 22. Before you ask "Benja-who?" consider this: Did you see Wes Anderson's film <em>Moonrise Kingdom</em> last summer, or Pedro Almodovar's <em>Talk to Her</em> back a decade or so ago? (Well, maybe you have to be an art-house denizen for those. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 16:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 44950 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Act Like You Know: Benjamin Britten And You Think You're Having A Bad Day http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/and-you-think-youre-having-bad-day <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJXnYMl_SuA</p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:13:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 43757 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net And You Think You're Having A Bad Day Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90 http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/get-know-ned-rorem-now-hes-90 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQNs2Mj5-TQ</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:23:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 43417 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90 Verdi's Requiem With The Chicago Symphony http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/tonight-830-pm-et-watch-live-verdis-requiem-chicago-symphony <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMWQBwFb98Q</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:58:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 42714 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Verdi's Requiem With The Chicago Symphony CANCELLED: Carnegie Hall Live: Opening Night Gala With The Philadelphia Orchestra http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/carnegie-hall-live-opening-night-gala-philadelphia-orchestra <strong>Due to a strike by Carnegie Hall's stagehands, represented by IATSE/Local One (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), tonight's performance has been cancelled. </strong><p><strong><br /></strong><p><strong> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:15:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 41950 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net CANCELLED: Carnegie Hall Live: Opening Night Gala With The Philadelphia Orchestra Vijay Iyer, Jeremy Denk Win MacArthur Genius Grants http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/vijay-iyer-jeremy-denk-win-macarthur-genius-grants <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MThqIWwzL78</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MARHeIJDsYI</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 16:02:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 41793 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Vijay Iyer, Jeremy Denk Win MacArthur Genius Grants