As of this year, the vocal group Anonymous 4 has been introducing modern audiences to medieval music for a quarter century. When the all-female quartet asked David Lang to help mark the occasion by writing them some music, he didn't need any convincing. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer was already a big fan.
Jim Cotter speaks with composer Behzad Ranjbaran. Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs his piano concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts on December 10, 11, and 12, 2010.
David Patrick Stearns profiles the female a capella group Anonymous 4, who perform in Philadelphia and Elizabethtown, PA as part of their Noel tour.
We speak with composer Bill Cunliffe. He's been nominated for a Grammy for his "fourth stream?la banda" - a work commissioned for the Temple University Symphony Orchestra and trumpet soloist Terell Stafford.
Join Jill Pasternak when she brings you the ethereal sounds of Anonymous 4. Dedicated to the performance of medieval chant and polyphony, the ensemble is renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing. Their recordings are a fixture on the shelves of early music collectors. The four women of Anonymous 4 combine musical, literary, and historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition as they create ingeniously designed programs, interweaving music with poetry and narrative.