Tom Huizenga http://nwpr.org en The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance http://nwpr.org/post/great-war-100-music-conflict-and-remembrance One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.<p>Among the dead and the survivors were musicians. We've been listening to some of their creations. The extraordinary level of destruction inspired them in myriad ways. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:50:33 +0000 Tom Huizenga 49695 at http://nwpr.org The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks http://nwpr.org/post/concerto-400-year-old-recipe-still-cooks The concerto. It's a musical recipe more than 400 years old but composers still cook with it. And why shouldn't they? We still seem to crave the sound of a virtuosic soloist playing with (and often against) an orchestra. As in centuries past, virtuosos still inspire, and in many cases commission, composers to write some of their best music, which can push an instrument to its creative limit. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:29:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 47943 at http://nwpr.org The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler http://nwpr.org/post/composer-sphinx-richard-strauss-puzzler Music by <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15870129/richard-strauss" target="_blank">Richard Strauss </a>is heard in symphony halls and opera houses across the world. He needs little help to boost his considerable fame. Yet 150 years after his birth, the German composer remains an enigma to some classical music fans and a polarizing figure for others. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:55:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 47298 at http://nwpr.org The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt http://nwpr.org/post/silence-and-awe-arvo-p-rt <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16070552/arvo-part" target="_blank">Arvo Pärt</a> is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15155026/r-e-m" target="_blank">R.E.M.</a>'s Michael Stipe and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15191158/bjork" target="_blank">Bjork</a> are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BVACGWgN4U" target="_blank">big fans</a>. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 46906 at http://nwpr.org The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day http://nwpr.org/post/asleep-dress-blues-music-memorial-day <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCSMCgqlc-0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnlgRQdfONs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n21PsFsL_Gw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJb1_EGnapY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChTqYlDjtI</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:52:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 46556 at http://nwpr.org Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It) http://nwpr.org/post/anonymous-4-breaking-hard-do-theyre-doing-it In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182954/anonymous-4" target="_blank">Anonymous 4</a>, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.<p>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. Tue, 13 May 2014 19:32:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 45850 at http://nwpr.org Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It) Mothers Of Intervention: The Operatic Moms Puzzler http://nwpr.org/post/mothers-intervention-operatic-moms-puzzler 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 <em>Rigoletto</em>, <em>La traviata</em>, <em>The Flying Dutchman</em>. 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. Thu, 08 May 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 45852 at http://nwpr.org Mothers Of Intervention: The Operatic Moms Puzzler 10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals http://nwpr.org/post/10-cant-miss-classical-music-festivals In much of the country it still feels like summer is a long way off, but it's not too early to plan on hitting the road and hearing great music. From bucolic college campuses in New England to musical rafting trips down the Colorado, these are 10 of the most intriguing classical festivals. And below them is a listing, by region, of many of the best fests. Been to one we missed? Fri, 02 May 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 45305 at http://nwpr.org 10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public http://nwpr.org/post/trove-celluloid-primed-public <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWH8wdQOEWU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxRmGDV8QDI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMvS9BGQdHY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxZ_KHDm7Sc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOeZr8jrMZY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw-8lyZROIo</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:42:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 45308 at http://nwpr.org A Trove Of Celluloid, Primed For The Public Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies http://nwpr.org/post/angst-and-excellence-forgotten-soviet-symphonies Soviet composer Vadim Salmanov is little more than a footnote outside Russia, but his four energetic, skillfully orchestrated symphonies are making a small comeback. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:14:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 45309 at http://nwpr.org Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies