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Deceptive Cadence
1:20 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

To The Opera House — And Beyond!

Cellist Karl Huros alights a helicopter for his 2007 performance in Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet, taken from his opera cycle Light.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:53 pm

I don't typically expect to read stories about classical music on iO9, the Gawker-owned website dedicated to science and science fiction. After all, their tagline is WE COME FROM THE FUTURE.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:53 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Dial M For Mahler

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:54 pm

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Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence
11:26 am
Fri August 24, 2012

An Instant Conductor, A (Very) Big Baggage Fee And One 'Stroppy' Symphony

He'd better start looking to his left: Singer and pianist Michael Feinstein, who has never conducted an orchestra, is the new principal conductor of the Pasadena Pops.
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Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:27 pm

  • In the aftermath of Marvin Hamlisch's death, Michael Feinstein is taking the reins at the Pasadena Pops in California as the group's lead conductor. Here's the twist: Feinstein has never conducted before. "He's a musician's musician, and that's what our orchestra responds to and respects," says Paul Jan Zdunek, the CEO of the Pasadena Symphony Association.
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Deceptive Cadence
7:02 am
Thu August 23, 2012

An Elegy For New Albion

In a 1972 portrait, composer John Cage, whose music was one of the animating spirits of the New Albion label.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:54 pm

Earlier this month the pioneering contemporary music label New Albion shut its doors after 25 indispensible years. Although in retrospect it seems obvious — the label hasn't offered a new release since 2008 — the announcement from Foster Reed, the label's founder and creative visionary, was still shocking. All of New Albion's remaining physical stock is being shipped off to its artists, while some (though apparently, only a few) of its releases are available through a digital storefront.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:04 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

How Slow Can You Go?

What happens when musicians slow the music way down?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Dilbert Does Debussy

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:55 pm

French composer Claude Debussy was born 150 years ago, Wednesday, Aug. 22.

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:28 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

We Asked For Six Songs, We Got Thousands

Music by the Beatles appeared on many "Six Songs of Me" lists.
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Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:00 am

Last week we asked you to do some musical soul-searching — and boy, did we get responses. In the first day, 250 people commented on the blog post "You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You." Several thousand more comments have since rolled in via social media.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:54 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Making A Case For Massenet, The Misunderstood Sentimentalist

French composer Jules Massenet died 100 years ago, leaving the opera world with a wealth of elegantly composed dramas.
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Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:07 am

Poor Jules Massenet. How could the most successful French opera composer of his generation fall so far out of fashion? Perhaps the new 23-CD box set of Massenet's music, marking the 100th anniversary of his death (yesterday), holds some clues.

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Classics in Concert
11:40 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Tanglewood At 75: A Gala Concert

Yo-Yo Ma offered a graciously warm performance of Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile for cello and strings with student musicians.
Hilary Scott courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 1:48 pm

PROGRAM:

  • Copland, Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Bernstein, Three Dances from On the Town
  • "Over the Rainbow," "Shall We Dance" and "Old Man River" (with James Taylor)
  • Tchaikovsky, Andante cantabile for cello and strings (with Yo-Yo Ma)
  • Sarasate, Carmen Fantasy (with Anne-Sophie Mutter)
  • Two movements from Haydn's Piano Concerto No. 11 in D Major (with Emanuel Ax)
  • Ravel, La valse
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Music Interviews
2:03 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Busking In Lansing, To Rave Reviews

Alexis Dawdy plays her violin on the streets of Lansing, Mich.
Scott Pohl WKAR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 1:02 pm

All summer long, Weekend Edition has been sampling the sounds of America's street musicians. The latest to catch our ear is Alexis Dawdy, a young violinist who returned to her hometown of Lansing, Mich., to study at Michigan State University — and do a little busking on the side.

"I'm actually not a music major. This is really a hobby that accidentally became a profession," Dawdy says. "I'm studying linguistics, and I'm 17 credits out from graduation. My goal is to do it debt-free, and this helps a lot. This pays for books and this pays for food."

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