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2:09 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Where's Your Awesome 'Rite Of Spring' Video?

Elementary school students in Maplewood, N.J. prepare to enact their own Rite.
courtesy of Seth Boyden Demonstration School

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 12:32 pm

  • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; Scriabin: The Poem of Ecstasy

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JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
12:06 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Chris Potter Quartet On JazzSet

Chris Potter.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Now in his early 40s, Chris Potter is "the most commandingly skilled saxophonist of his generation," according to New York Times jazz writer Nate Chinen.

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Mountain Stage
11:32 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Paleface On Mountain Stage

Paleface.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:15 pm

Paleface makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. A product of New York City's 1990s "anti-folk" movement, the singer first learned to write songs and record demo tapes from iconic outsider musician (and West Virginia native) Daniel Johnston. Paleface went on to influence many important musicians, including his onetime roommate, Beck.

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Music
10:25 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Bright Virtuosi on Performance Oklahoma

This week Performance Oklahoma presents the final concert program of the regular season offered by the Brightmusic Society in Oklahoma in their 10th anniversary season.  The program, entitled Bright Virtuosi featured works by Zoltán Kodály, Carl Maria von Weber and Ptyor Tchaikovsky.

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Music
10:14 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Peggy Lee on Big Band Saturday Night

"Alan Lambert, Big Band Saturday Night. This Memorial Day weekend I'll be featuring one of the most popular and best selling artists of all time--- Peggy Lee. Her story, her music and lost of extras including tracks from Michael Buble's new CD, "To Be Loved"! This Saturday at 8 on 89.5!"

Tiny Desk Concerts
7:35 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Imani Winds: Tiny Desk Concert

Imani Winds performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:20 pm

When Igor Stravinsky began composing The Rite of Spring, his ballet for vast symphonic forces, he could hear the music in his head but couldn't quite figure out how to write it down. It was just too complicated.

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Music Reviews
5:29 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Kobo Town: A Haunted 'Jukebox' Filled With Caribbean Sounds

The Toronto band Kobo Town plays a mix of old-school calypso, ska and West Indian styles.
Paul Wright Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 5:03 pm

Throughout Kobo Town's new album Jumbie in the Jukebox, frontman Drew Gonsalves declares his love for the past even as his feet are firmly planted in the present. The music of the Toronto band can drift between classic Caribbean pop styles and even verge on hip-hop, but the singer's perspective remains sharply focused, wry and witty. The song "Postcard Poverty," for example, ribs tourists for whom tropical slums become an exotic backdrop to fun-in-the-sun adventures.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:50 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Henri Dutilleux, Leading French Composer, Dies At 97

Henri Dutilleux, a leading French composer and unique voice in new music, has died at age 97.
Pierre Verdy AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 1:54 pm

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Music Documentaries
7:03 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Jherek Bischoff On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Jherek Bischoff in his home studio.
Q2 Music

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 8:04 am

The latest episode of Q2 Spaces takes us to Washington state's Puget Sound and the small sailboat where musician, composer and producer Jherek Bischoff was raised — and to his Seattle apartment, where he surrounds himself with instruments and not much else.

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Music Reviews
3:55 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

Best known for bright, accessible modern jazz, Pat Metheny takes on an experimental composer's work with the new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20.
Jimmy Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 4:43 pm

Guitarist Pat Metheny is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer John Zorn is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments.

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