For the millennium, in 2000 American composer John Adams completed a compelling, large-scale oratorio based on the nativity story called El Niño. Now he’s composed a companion piece, The Gospel According to the Other Mary…
A “pro-am” outreach experiment at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra gives way to a burst of fun music-making: a one-performance, pop-up orchestra of professionals, students and amateurs of all ages.
The composer’s music strives to reconcile a fascination with the past with a stylish, pointillist craftsmanship. He says he takes the same care in surrounding himself with objects he loves.
On his new album, the 29-year-old violinist finds connections between two seemingly disparate concertos by Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès.
About a year ago I received a package from a friend in Tokyo. It contained a recording which had become a best seller in Japan: The Symphony No. 1 “Hiroshima” by Mamoru Samuragochi. Part of its popularity stemmed from the story of the composer.
Last Friday the Minnesota Orchestra returned to the stage of Orchestra Hall after being locked out for 16 months in a concert conducted by Conductor Laureate Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
There’s an unusual music festival underway right now in Norway: the “Ice Music” festival is the brainchild of Norwegian percussionist Terje Isungset.
It’s Monday, January 6th – also known as Twelfth Night, Three King’s Day, and the Feast of Epiphany. Such a time for music! With carols, song cycles, cantatas and music of all kinds written to commemorate the visitation of the Magi in Bethlehem, and the child’s baptism in the River Jordan.
Let me offer some final thoughts on the NEPR Classical Blog.