When composer Philip Glass started performing his own music, a lot of people didn't know what to make of it. Some people thought it sounded like the needle of a record was stuck in a groove, repeating over and over again. Some people thought it was simplistic. Some thought it was a joke. Glass says that in the '70s, audience members threw things at him while he was performing.
Vocalist Billie Holiday was born 100 years ago this week. Today, her place in music history is clear.
"I think we witness in Billie Holiday's music the beginning of the jazz vocal age, really," fellow vocalist Cassandra Wilson says. "Her phrasing is very conversational, and it swings â€” it moves with the musicians. She's very much in charge of her place in the music. She's in control of the story, and in control of her cadence."
Violinist Hilary Hahn is known for putting together some unusual programs. On her latest album, she pairs Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major with 19th century Belgian composer Henri Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 4 in D minor.
Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli is one of the hottest jazz acts around. With his swinging and sophisticated style, he makes music that sounds both classic and modern. He's the son of jazz guitarist John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, who helped him get his start.
Andrew Porter, a renowned music critic and scholar and translator of opera, died early today in London's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. His twin sister, Sheila Porter, told NPR his death was the result of complications from pneumonia. He was 86.
David Morris makes an emotional return to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the West Virginia State Capitol grounds in Charleston. Raised in the Clay County town of Ivydale, Morris and his brother John became an important link between old-time masters like Ira Mullins and a new breed of folk and traditional artists in West Virginia.
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The MirÃ³ Quartet and pianist Jon Kimura Parker In the final afternoon chamber music concerts presented at the OK Mozart International Festival in 2013, pianist Jon Kimura Parker joined the MirÃ³Â Quartet to offer the Piano Quintet in A Major, Op 81 of Antonin Dvorak, the String Quartet in e minor Op 59, No. 2 Â of Ludwig van Beethoven and the Piano Quintet in f minor, Op 34 of Johannes Brahms.Â
Chamber music concerts are given at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and the performance recordings were made by Tom Lazarus:Â http://www.classicsound.com/ Â
The Pennsylvania progressive bluegrass band Cabinet makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Together for nearly 10 years, the members of Cabinet came from diverse musical backgrounds that encompass everything from American Beauty-era Grateful Dead to old-time banjo and fiddle tunes.