Arts http://publicradiodelmarva.net en Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/classical-quartet-gets-all-twisted <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKezUd_xw20</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 52715 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Classical Quartet Gets All Twisted A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/visitors-guide-bachs-st-matthew-passion <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16318115">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> wrote his <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> for a single purpose — to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday vesper services.<p>Bach's <em>Passion</em> continues to move audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 52693 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/denied-stage-she-sang-nation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAONYTMf2pk</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 52242 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/fiddle-pickle-jonathan-carneys-concertmaster-quiz You're seated at the symphony. All the players but one are in place. You're ready for music. Then the first violinist enters to a round of applause and stands next to the conductor's podium while the oboist plays an A. The orchestra tunes up.<p>That ceremony is just one of many jobs for the concertmaster, Jonathan Carney says. He is the concertmaster of the <a href="http://www.bsomusic.org/" target="_blank">Baltimore Symphony Orchestra</a>.<p>"A concertmaster also helps interpret a conductor's gestures, in order to help convey the musical ideas and intentions to the whole orchestra. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Jonathan Carney 52181 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/musicians-take-note-your-instrument-may-be-contraband New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.<p>The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.<p>Says Craig Hoover, who heads up the Wildlife Trade and Conservation Branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: "The reason for that is ... Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Adam Ragusea 52150 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/two-leads-two-deaths-18-hours Over the weekend, soprano Kristine Opolais sang her heart out — and died twice.<p>Friday evening she had sung the lead in <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/90063951/giacomo-puccini" target="_blank">Puccini</a>'s <em>Madama Butterfly</em>. It was her debut in that role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was a big deal. Opolais was so excited about it that she stayed up until five the next morning.<p>At 7:30 Saturday morning, she got a call from Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Met. Groggy-voiced, Opolais said hello, and after a moment it became clear what was happening. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52141 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/time-capsule-soviet-era-childhood <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CezWUCZOfk</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52031 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Time Capsule From A Soviet-Era Childhood 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.) Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/valkyries-ride-all-night-save-opera-company (<em>Happy April Fools 2014. See you next year</em><em>.) </em><p>American opera companies are producing as much drama in the boardroom as onstage. New York City Opera <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/10/02/228171680/chronicle-of-a-death-foretold-new-york-city-opera-shuts-its-doors" target="_blank">folded in 2013</a> after years of unbalanced budgets. In March of this year, <a href="http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Mar/19/san-diego-opera-fold/" target="_blank">San Diego Opera announced</a> that its current season, which ends in April, will be its last. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Mark Mobley 51784 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/first-listen-valentina-lisitsa-chasing-pianos Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/11/174018651/the-classical-pianist-with-55-million-youtube-hits" target="_blank">revived her stalled career</a> by uploading videos of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS_foc_NxI0" target="_blank">herself playing Chopin</a> to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 03:04:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 51705 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' 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 Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/joseph-calleja-tiny-desk-concert Malta, the island nation 50 miles south of Sicily, may be small, but it's home to one of the biggest stars in opera, tenor Joseph Calleja. And like his country's name, which may originate in the Greek word for honey, Calleja's voice is a potent mix of Italianate passion and sweetness. Just listen to how he pulls the volume back to a slender golden ray of tone several times in Tosti's gorgeous "Ideale," and especially the word "disciogliea" in the Puccini aria that closes this performance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 51339 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/john-adams-psychedelic-oratorio-gives-voice-other-mary For the millennium, in 2000 American composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14996733/john-adams" target="_blank">John Adams</a> completed a compelling, large-scale oratorio based on the nativity story called <em>El Niño</em>. Now he's composed a companion piece, <em>The Gospel According to the Other Mary</em>, a Passion oratorio mounted with his usual collaborator, the stage director and librettist <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/04/10/150346723/bachs-st-matthew-passion-ritualized-and-riveting" target="_blank">Peter Sellars</a>. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 51295 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary' Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/wig-out-big-bach-puzzler <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian Bach</a>, with his big white wig, might stand as the "supreme arbiter and lawgiver of music," as musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky says. But the composer, organist, choirmaster and teacher could also be surprisingly witty and irreverent. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 51204 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler 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 For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/dolora-zajick-singing-connected-body <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZNN0VqaSlE</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:37:00 +0000 editor 51080 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body' 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! Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/pitch-perfect-3-must-hear-vocal-albums The human voice, the true original instrument, is still the most expressive and personal of all. It's one reason more than 42.5 million Americans sing in choirs, and why we seem to be hardwired to tell our stories through song. It also probably explains why I'm a vocal music junkie, eagerly pawing over the operas, recitals and choir albums that land on my desk and in my download folder. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:54:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 51008 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums Timo Andres On Q2 Music's 'Spaces' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/timo-andres-q2-musics-spaces Connecticut-born composer-pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/07/21/203030611/first-listen-timo-andres-and-the-metropolis-ensemble-home-stretch" target="_blank">Timo Andres</a> likens his music to "walking into an interesting apartment and seeing a few things next to each other that tell you something about a person." At once familiar and modern, forward-looking and reverent, Andres's music tells the story of a composer striving to reconcile a fascination with the past and composers ranging from <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15327819/wolfgang-amadeus-mozart" target="_blank">Mozart</ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:03:00 +0000 editor 50920 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Timo Andres On Q2 Music's 'Spaces' First Listen: The Bad Plus, 'The Rite Of Spring' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/first-listen-bad-plus-rite-spring This is a recording of a jazz trio playing the score to a 101-year-old ballet. It is not a "jazzing the classics" record or a "fantasia on the themes of" sort of project. It is a band translating one of the landmark works in music history to piano, bass and drum set, and doing it as literally as possible.<p>This makes more sense than meets the eye. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:03:00 +0000 editor 50919 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net First Listen: The Bad Plus, 'The Rite Of Spring' How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/how-irish-are-you-st-paddys-day-puzzler With St. Patrick's Day upon us, it's hard to escape the allure of the Emerald Isle, with its rolling heaths, swirling jigs, frothy beer and curious legends. While we can't afford to fly you to Dublin we can offer this humble St. Paddy's Day puzzler. Score high and be rewarded with the pot 'o gold at the end of the rainbow. Mess up and yours is a sad bowl of soggy Lucky Charms. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 50807 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler Gerard Mortier, A Polarizing Impresario Who Transformed Opera http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gerard-mortier-polarizing-impresario-who-transformed-opera <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPakF1dNcs8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJYN4gSwaaw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGDELst-HTU</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 50544 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Gerard Mortier, A Polarizing Impresario Who Transformed Opera After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/after-bitter-struggle-dso-brings-joy-people-again <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ukcgSnME0</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 50495 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/kid-named-carl-stirs-bach-musical-dynasty When it comes to musical dynasties, it's tough to top the Bach family. From town fiddlers to court composers, the Bachs dominated German music for seven generations. Today, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian</a> towers above all his relatives, but there's another important Bach we shouldn't forget — especially today, on the 300th anniversary of his birth.<p>Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, C.P.E. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 50458 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/soul-worlds-most-expensive-violin <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qa4ZUTWJlKU</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:15:00 +0000 NPR Staff 50389 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/robert-ashley-operas-misunderstood-innovator-dies-83 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQBpire6jhw</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:58:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 50223 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/first-listen-augustin-hadelich-sibelius-ad-s-violin-concertos Looking for a new violinist to fall in love with? Meet <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/278486464/augustin-hadelich" target="_blank">Augustin Hadelich</a>, the 29-year-old Italian-born son of German parents. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 50148 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'