Music

Deceptive Cadence
4:26 am
Sat June 6, 2015

In 'Candide,' Bernstein Fuses Philosophy And Comedy

From a 2012 New York Philharmonic production of Candide, Marin Alsop conducts a cast that includes (from right) Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Paul Groves and Janine LaManna.
Randy Brooke WireImage

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 1:37 pm

Leonard Bernstein often said: "Every author spends his entire life writing the same book." The same could apply to composers.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
11:49 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Next Time on ATJ, on the Eve of the 2015 Tony Awards: Jazz Greats Playing Show Tunes!

Hope you can catch the next edition of All This Jazz, airing on Saturday the 6th at 10pm, right here on Public Radio 89.5 (with a 7pm rebroadcast of the show on Jazz 89.5-2, our station's jazz-only HD Radio channel, on Sunday the 7th).

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Mountain Stage
3:52 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Amy Speace On Mountain Stage

Amy Speace, right, with Megan Palmer.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Amy Speace performs on Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia University in Morgantown. A talented singer-songwriter, Speace has worked for the past 10 years under the radar of the mainstream music industry. Her creative life started out amid New York City's theater scene, where she primarily performed Shakespeare with fringe and experimental companies.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
9:28 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Doc Cheatham On Piano Jazz

Doc Cheatham.
Ed Newman Flickr

Trumpeter Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham (1905-1997) was known for his admirable technique and tone. His signature slight burr gave his solos an edge, but his musical approach was warm and elegant.

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Mountain Stage
9:03 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Feufollet On Mountain Stage

Feufollet.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Feufollet makes its first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at West Virginia University in Morgantown. The six members of the Louisiana band once described as "the Cajun Fleetwood Mac" take Cajun, honky-tonk and string-band music as their point of departure, all while keeping open minds about where their influences will lead them.

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Favorite Sessions
8:59 am
Fri June 5, 2015

KCRW Presents: Jessie Baylin

Jessie Baylin performs live on KCRW.
Tim Hsiung KCRW

Nashville singer-songwriter Jessie Baylin leaned toward Brill Building pop on her 2012 album Little Spark. But for her latest, Dark Place, she teams up with super-producer Richard Swift to craft a more seductive set of songs. "Black Blood" exemplifies how Baylin's songwriting mines a deep well of emotion and life experience, from relationships to motherhood to life on the road.

SET LIST

  • "Black Blood"
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Deceptive Cadence
4:57 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

A 25-Year-Old Opera Composer Who Does It All

Composer, librettist and conductor Matthew Aucoin in rehearsal.
Jeremy Daniel American Repertory Theater

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 7:31 am

Matthew Aucoin is being compared to Mozart, Wagner and Leonard Bernstein. He's worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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The Record
10:13 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Why Can't Streaming Services Get Classical Music Right?

Photo illustration: Claire O'Neill/NPR. Photo via NASA

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 2:50 pm

Why is classical music so hard to enjoy on streaming services? In one word, it's metadata. Metadata is the information that coexists with every digital music file: each and every piece of information about a selection of music that a listener might find useful to know, and what makes the information in one file discernible from the next. In the case of classical music, relevant and important metadata includes the name of the piece of music, the composer, the album it's from, the performers, the label that released the recording and the year it was recorded.

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Mountain Stage
9:37 am
Thu June 4, 2015

The Alison Brown Quartet On Mountain Stage

Alison Brown.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

The Alison Brown Quartet appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Brown has been appearing on Mountain Stage for more than 15 years, dating back to her first visit playing banjo alongside Alison Krauss.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:02 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Met Opera And Public Radio Host Margaret Juntwait Dies

Behind the Met microphone: host Margaret Juntwait, who died Wednesday at age 58.
Jonathan Tichler Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Margaret Juntwait was the mellifluous voice of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday live radio broadcasts. She was also a longtime host at NPR member station WNYC in New York. Juntwait died Wednesday at age 58 of complications from ovarian cancer. The Met and WNYC have each offered tributes.

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