Music

Deceptive Cadence
10:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It)

The vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 will disband after the 2015-16 concert season.
Dario Acosta

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 11:01 am

In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching Anonymous 4, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.

Today the group announced that the 2015-16 season will be its last together. But this isn't the first time Anonymous 4 has thought about calling it quits. The group bid a similar farewell in 2004.

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Mountain Stage
10:38 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Solas On Mountain Stage

Solas on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:18 pm

The Irish-American supergroup Solas appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

The band's leader, Seamus Egan, was regarded as a prodigy in his youth, recording his first album at 16 and touring with Ralph Stanley and Peter, Paul & Mary. In 1996, he founded Solas, whose lineup has included fellow Irish music heroes John Doyle, Karan Casey and John Williams — but Egan, along with fiddler Winifred Horan, have always remained at the group's core.

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Music
2:48 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Natalie Cole on Big Band Saturday Night

Credit Wikipedia

This lady has worked diligently to carve out her own stardom in music. Our feature performer this weekend is Natalie Cole. Her story, her personal recordings and some classic duets with her father, Nat King Cole. All of this and more on Big Band Saturday Night on 89.5. Please join us!

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
2:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Rachel Z On Piano Jazz

Rachel Z.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist Rachel Z trained at the New England Conservatory before beginning her professional career as a performer with the likes of Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell and the fusion band Steps Ahead. She also worked with saxophonist Wayne Shorter on his Grammy-winning comeback album, High Life.

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Deceptive Cadence
9:17 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Watch Bang On A Can Occupy 'Arthur'

Two of the Bang on a Can All-Stars immortalized on the kids' cartoon Arthur.
Courtesy of 'Arthur'

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 4:56 pm

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Classical Sessions
7:43 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Conjuring An Opera With Ten Fingers

Pianist Louis Lortie makes Wagnerian opera come alive in NPR's Studio 1.
Denise DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:19 pm

It's always been a treat to sit down with pianist Louis Lortie. In part because of his sound at the piano — the brightness, purity and clarity of his playing. But all the better to have a conversation with him, too. He is a sober, serious thinker, with an incisive point of view on every piece of music he chooses.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
5:16 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

On the Next All This Jazz, We've Got Can't-Miss Live Recordings in Various Styles

As springtime gives way, ever so slowly, to summertime --- and as Memorial Day weekend, summer's unofficial gateway, draws nearer and nearer --- the minds of many music-lovers will wander, perhaps inevitably, and perhaps even repeatedly, to reveries of catching a nice concert or two at this or that outdoor venue.

Or else, as the case may be, this or that indoor venue. (Sometimes it rains. Or a nightclub beckons.)

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Concerts
2:31 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Blue Note At 75, The Concert

Dr. Lonnie Smith at the Blue Note 75 concert.
NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 9:37 am

The iconic jazz label Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and it celebrated in Washington, D.C. As the capstone to a week of performances, film screenings and discussions, Blue Note artists gathered in the 2,465-seat Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a special performance.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:25 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Mothers Of Intervention: The Operatic Moms Puzzler

Madama Butterfly is one of many unhappy moms in opera.
Patrick Riviere Getty Images

It's not easy being a mom, but it's even tougher for mothers in opera. So often they're completely absent while fathers have leading roles in shows like Rigoletto, La traviata, The Flying Dutchman. When depicted at all, operatic moms are usually under supreme stress. They can be murderous, manipulative or simply mad. Only rarely are they the loving moms who brought us into the world. Here your job is to identify the operas and their mothers. Score high and brag to your own sweet (or stressed) mom. Score low and go to your room without supper.

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Mountain Stage
12:11 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Gregory Alan Isakov On Mountain Stage

Gregory Alan Isakov.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 3:25 pm

Gregory Alan Isakov makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

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