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5:57 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: June 1, 2012

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Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 7:59 pm

Other news from this past week:

  • Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, a cornerstone band for the New York Latin jazz community, are profiled briefly in the New York Daily News.
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Deceptive Cadence from NPR Music
2:03 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A (Very) Young Composer Gets His Chance At The New York Philharmonic

Very Young Composer Milo Poniewozik at the New York Philharmonic's School Day Concerts, where his piece was performed in front of more than 2,000 kids.
Michael DiVito New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:51 pm

What would it be like if you were 10 years old and composed a piece of music that was played by the New York Philharmonic? For a few New York City school kids, including one fifth-grader, it's a dream come true, thanks to the orchestra's Very Young Composers program.

Composer Jon Deak, who played bass with the New York Philharmonic for more than 40 years, says the idea for Very Young Composers came when he and conductor Marin Alsop visited an elementary school in Brooklyn several years ago.

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Music Reviews from NPR
4:01 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Melody Gardot Aims For The Space Between Notes

Melody Gardot takes an understated approach to Brazilian music on her new album, The Absence.
Fabrizio Ferri

Originally published on Sat June 9, 2012 12:39 pm

The other day, I had a conversation with Melody Gardot about space. Not outer space, but the space between notes in her music. These days, there's lots of it.

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Deceptive Cadence from NPR
4:55 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Genuflecting To A Master: Thomas Hampson On Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performing in England in 1962.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:52 pm

German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, who died earlier this month at age 86, was a paragon of excellence for generations of singers and fans. After his passing, we called American baritone Thomas Hampson for his memories of Fischer-Dieskau, whom he has called "a Singer for the ages, an Artist for eternity."

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Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR
7:31 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Canadian Brass: Tiny Desk Concert

Emily Bogle NPR

Originally published on Sun May 27, 2012 8:29 am

If you said the Canadian Brass represented the "gold standard" among brass quintets, you'd be right on the mark. Aside from performing on 24K gold-plated instruments, the group, led by its avuncular tuba master (and sole original member) Chuck Daellenbach, essentially put the idea of the brass quintet on the map.

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Deceptive Cadence from NPR Music
2:29 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 25, 2012

Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb in Tokyo in May 2011.
Yoshikazo Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 25, 2012 5:33 pm

  • Hey, did you hear about what went down between the Metropolitan Opera and Opera News this week?
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Deceptive Cadence
8:06 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Classical Music Is Supreme At The Nation's Highest Court

Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a dedicated advocate of classical music.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 2:52 pm

This is a big week for classical music at the Supreme Court. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provided Alex Ross at The New Yorker with a list of her favorite records.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:58 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: May 11, 2012

courtesy of the Copenhagen Philharmonic

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 4:38 pm

News from around the world this week:

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A Blog Supreme from NPR Music
10:47 am
Mon May 7, 2012

To Revive A Jazz City, A Philadelphia Musician Stages A Festival

Ernest Stuart, founder of the Center City Jazz Festival, performs during a mid-afternoon set with his quartet.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 6:02 pm

From the first downbeat of the first Center City Jazz Festival in Philadelphia, you could hear history in the air — and maybe history being made.

The Wade Dean Enspiration, a gutsy young quintet, led off the festival with "Gingerbread Boy" by Jimmy Heath, one of Philly's many homegrown jazz legends. It was 1 p.m. last Saturday, and the dim carpeted room upstairs at Fergie's Pub was starting to fill up.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:27 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Fireworks From Cuba, And Schubert That Grooves: New Classical Albums

The new album by The Knights, A Second of Silence, celebrates Schubert and more modern but like-minded composers.
Ancalagon Records

Originally published on Sun May 6, 2012 7:37 pm

Although it always seems fashionable to forecast the downfall of classical music, enterprising musicians both young and not so young continue to make deeply satisfying recordings. For this visit to weekends on All Things Considered, I was delighted to uncover the little known (at least in this country) Jorge Luis Prats, a terrifically talented Cuban pianist whose once uncertain career appears to be resurging — at 55, he has signed a handsome record deal. Then there's The Knights, a young chamber orchestra with a postmodern take on Schubert.

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