Music

3:59 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Dispatches from this year's OK Mozart Festival

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Classical 88.7-1's sister station in Oklahoma City, KCSC, was at the OK Mozart International Festival 2012 in Bartlesville. Music Host and Producer Kimberly Powell posted dispatches from her week at the Festival - fascinating behind-the-scenes insights into the artists and performances. Be listening for highlights from this year's Festival later this year, produced by Kimberly.
KCSC Music Host and Producer Kimberly Powell Friday, June 15th Thursday morning's mini concert featured the Violin and Piano Sonata in a minor, Op 105 by Robert Schumann. Though Schumann's tenure in Düsseldorf as the municipal music director proved difficult, bringing him as much tribulation as it did opportunity and ending sadly, he enjoyed there one of his greatest outbursts of creativity.
Live At The Village Vanguard
2:27 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Marc Ribot Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

From left, Marc Ribot (guitar), Chad Taylor (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass) performed at the Village Vanguard in New York City on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.
John Rogers johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 10:14 am

The guitarist Marc Ribot has played in just about every conceivable setting in New York City. But through his involvement in punk bands, funk and soul groups, film scoring, the noise community, session work with rootsy singer-songwriters, South American and Caribbean folkloric projects, the contemporary classical scene and all the other experiments, he's also long held a love of jazz, from its hairiest to most clean-shaven expressions.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:47 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:45 pm

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy to their queries, and usually a little laugh, too. Either they've been struggling with kids who have a hard time practicing, or they recall their own childhood boredom.

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In Practice
8:19 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: New York Polyphony

New York Polyphony perform Renaissance songs for an In Practice recording session.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:01 pm

The four-man vocal ensemble New York Polyphony sings ancient music built for big resonant spaces. Since they can't just pop into St. Patrick's Cathedral any time they need to practice a renaissance mass, the group rehearses sometimes in the Jackson Heights home of bass singer Craig Phillips. There, in a modest-sized living room, they can hear every detail. "It's a very different experience rehearsing in a dry room and a small room," says tenor Geoffrey Silver. "You actually hear what you and your colleagues are singing, there's no watercolor wash over what you are doing."

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In Practice
8:16 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: Jonathan Biss

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:04 pm

It's tough to concentrate on the rigors of Beethoven with jackhammers pounding in your ears. So when they started demolishing the building next to Jonathan Biss, he moved his piano out of his apartment into a separate studio, away from the commotion. "I would get up in the morning, the piano wasn't there, and I had to leave my apartment to go practice and I've decided that's a much more productive way of working," he says. Biss needs a good working environment for his massive project.

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In Practice
8:15 am
Wed June 20, 2012

In Practice: Jeremy Denk

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:06 pm

Jeremy Denk has his own personal "piano boot camp." Actually, it's his cramped Manhattan apartment. Beside his beloved books, a trusty coffee pot and a laptop, there's not much to do except practice. Which Denk does, hours and hours a day on a Steinway wedged into his living room. On a good day, he brews pot of coffee number one at about 11, then plays for about five hours. Perhaps a run to the gym, then pot number two is brewed at about 6, followed by more playing — until the neighbors complain.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:04 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The Cleveland Youth Orchestra: On The Road In Mozart's Hometown

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra embarks on its first European tour.
Roger Mastroianni Cleveland Orchestra

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 12:19 pm

Nurturing young talent is a long tradition in the classical music world, and many professional orchestras have their own youth orchestras. But it stands to reason that an organization with the kind of international stature the Cleveland Orchestra enjoys would have a top-notch youth ensemble. It does. And it's called, not surprisingly, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra — COYO for short. The young musicians have just embarked on a European tour.

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A Blog Supreme
2:04 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Five Jazz Songs Which Speak Of The Freedom Struggle

Gary Bartz performs at the 1973 Montreux Jazz Festival. The saxophonist is often cited as a messenger of black empowerment in music.
David Redfern Redferns

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:36 am

Today, June 19, is a holiday known as Juneteenth — the oldest commemoration of slavery's end. Though the Emancipation Proclamation declared the freedom of slaves in Confederate states on Jan. 1, 1863, it was only on June 19, 1865 (months after Confederate forces had surrendered) that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, to spread news of the war's end, and to enforce the proclamation in Texas. The date has since been noted in Texas and across the country as a celebration of African-American freedom and history, especially since the Civil Rights movement.

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Music Reviews
10:01 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Ray Anderson: A Pocket-Size Suite Makes A Huge Racket

It's tricky making a little band sound big on Sweet Chicago Suite, but trombonist Ray Anderson knows his tricks.
Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 2:47 pm

Ray Anderson's Pocket Brass Band is about watch-pocket size: With three horns and drums, it couldn't get much smaller. On its new Sweet Chicago Suite, Anderson makes what the group does sound easy. Just write some catchy, bluesy tunes and then have the band blast them out.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:29 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Finding The Right Teacher For Your Music-Loving Kid

How do you match your child with someone competent, trustworthy and inspiring?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:45 pm

With the current school year wrapping up and our thoughts turning to how to make next year even better, we're teaming up with our friends at From the Top to create "The Young Person's Guide to Making Music." All this week, we're tackling topics for music-loving kids and their families, from how to choose the right instrument to vanquishing the audition monster, with lo

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