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Music + Culture
3:45 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Port Angeles Symphony

Robin Rilette introducing the November 2nd performance of the Port Angeles Symphony
Credit Sandi Billings / Northwest Public Radio

Last weekend I was in Port Angeles with my colleague, Sandi Billings, to host the Port Angeles Symphony's November 2nd concert.   Music Director and Conductor Adam Stern and I joined forces for the pre-concert chat.  Adam spontaneously said, "Let's wing it!" before going on stage and so we fielded questions  covering a wide range of topics including the Brahms Symphony No. 3  and how I put together my morning classical music program.

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Music + Culture
11:43 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Dreams do come true!

Left to right; Gil Shaham, Robin Rilette, Yaniv Attar
Credit Sandi Billings / Northwest Public Radio

  The community of Bellingham, WA is abuzz with excitement about the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra's new  Music Director and Conductor, Yaniv Attar.  Sunday, November 3, Attar led the WSO  in the music of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.  Internationally renowned violinist, Gil Shaham, joined the WSO in a performance of Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D.  Proving that dreams do come true read Attar's story about the inspiration he's found in the life and work of Gil Shaham.

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Music + Culture
12:13 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

And You Think You're Having A Bad Day

Pianist Maria João Pires realized in a shock onstage that she'd been booked to play another piece of music altogether.
YouTube

An old video is suddenly making the internet rounds, because living vicariously through a performance nightmare is an ever-popular sport, I guess. (And we've collected plenty ourselves.)

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Music + Culture
10:54 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Journey to the Awards

Competitors for the American Pianists Association $100,000.00 fellowship. Left to right; Eric Zuber, Claire Huangci, Sean Chen, Sara Daneshpour and Andrew Staupe.
Credit John Behringer / APA

Tune in for Journey to the Awards, a series that documents the finals of the yearlong competition, the 2013 ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. Monday through Thursday evenings, October 28th through the 31st, you’ll hear performances and behind-the-scenes interviews with the five finalists vying for the $100,000 prize, one of the most lucrative awards available to an American pianist.

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Music + Culture
7:19 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Soothing The Savage Beat: When Electronic Artists Conjure Classical

Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats.
Courtesy of the artist

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8:52 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary.
Courtesy of the artist

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Music + Culture
1:09 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature

Giuseppe Verdi's operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche.
Leemage Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Two hundred years ago today, in a small northern Italian village, a couple named Verdi — tavern owners by trade — welcomed the birth of a baby boy who would later change the face of opera forever. And, whether we recognize it or not, on the bicentennial of his birth, Giuseppe Verdi is still vital.

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Music + Culture
9:12 am
Thu October 17, 2013

A Debt Ceiling Playlist: 5 Songs To Push Your Mind To The Brink

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), and Speaker of the House John Boehner are three key lawmakers in the government shut down and debt ceiling crisis.
Drew Angerer Getty Images

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10:23 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Guest DJ Angela Meade: Hitting The Big Time With Help From Verdi

Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.
Marty Sohl Metropolitan Opera

Most opera singers work their way to the big league by singing bit parts in regional opera houses. Not soprano Angela Meade. She landed on top instantly with her professional debut in the lead soprano role of Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 2008.

It was a dream come true. The star soprano took ill and the understudy, Meade, was suddenly shoved into the spotlight. The press said she sang "like an old pro from start to finish."

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Music + Culture
8:43 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Verdi's Requiem With The Chicago Symphony

Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Todd Rosenberg Courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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