Music + Culture

Scary Movie Scores
9:57 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Scores That Haunt You

A recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The score that accompanied this moment is a staple of classic horror film music.
Credit Rain Rannu / Flickr

With another Halloween approaching, horror, thriller, and supernatural films
come to the fore.  Many of these pictures feature original music by composers
who have the gift for pushing our buttons and sending our pulses racing.

Bernard Herrmann, a frequent collaborator with director Alfred Hitchcock,
helped make history with his searing, astringent score for Psycho (1960).
Violins have never quite seemed the same.  Nor has taking a shower.

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Music + Culture
10:48 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Are You An Accidental or Professional Photographer? Send Us Your Stuff!

Jenni Chaffin submitted this photo of a sunset on the surf at Newport Beach, Oregon for Northwest Public Radio's Tumblr.
Credit Jenni Chaffin

We've launched our Tumblr page! It will feature the amazing scenery of the Northwest but we need your help. If you are an accidental, amateur or professional photographer send us your work. We will promote it on our Tumblr and Facebook sites.

We are currently featuring amateur photographer Jenni Chaffin. Check out her baby owl picture. Now we need your photos!

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James Levine
1:39 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

James Levine Makes A Grand Return

Credit Subfader / Wikimedia Commons

After missing two seasons from the Metropolitan Opera, Music Director James Levine makes a triumphant return.

Levine has a 40 year history at the Met, but multiple health problems led him to take leave two years ago. Though there was much speculation as to whether Levine would return to the stage. He did so Tuesday night using a podium designed specially for him.

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Conduct Us
1:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

ANYBODY Can Conduct A World-Class Orchestra? In New York City, Yes!

Improv Everything had a variety of people stepping up to this podium and conducting the orchestra with their own style.
Credit Improv Everything

A New York City-based group called Improv Everywhere placed a world-class orchestra in the middle of the city and gave the public a chance to conduct them.

The concept was called "Conduct Us" and relied on those brave enough to accept the challenge. A Carnegie Hall orchestra was set up among pedestrians with an empty podium in front of them. The podium read "Conduct Us" in big gold letters.

Watch what happened:

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Music + Culture
2:31 am
Sat September 21, 2013

Leonard Bernstein's Unconventional 'Anxiety'

Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety symphony is as unconventional as its creator.
Courtesy of Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:30 pm

Like Leonard Bernstein himself, there is absolutely nothing predictable about the music he wrote. None of the three amazing works Bernstein labeled as "symphonies" in any way resemble a conventional orchestral symphony.

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Music + Culture
9:02 am
Fri September 20, 2013

First Watch: Kronos Quartet Plays Music By The National's Bryce Dessner

Andrew Paynter Courtesy of the artists

When you hear the name of guitarist and composer Bryce Dessner, you wouldn't be wrong to think immediately of hugely acclaimed indie-rock outfit The National. But he's also a stalwart of the new music scene.

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Music + Culture
10:58 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Soundscapes In C, In Winter And In Alaska

An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead.
Julien Jourdes courtesy of Carnegie Hall Archive

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Music + Culture
7:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.
Carol Rosegg New York City Opera

There are a lot of operas that end with heroines on their deathbeds, singing one glorious aria before they die. That's what happens at the end of Anna Nicole, the controversial new work that New York City Opera is presenting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September. But the company's artistic director and general manager, George Steel, says it could also be City Opera's last gasp.

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Music + Culture
11:53 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 9:34 am

People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans.

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Music + Culture
6:20 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

A still from the video for New York Polyphony's performance of Richard Rodney Bennett's "A Colloquy with God."
Courtesy of Mark DeChiazza

The vocal quartet New York Polyphony delights in surprises — whether it's a matter of singing some rather raunchy Italian madrigals or making a video to introduce their album Times Go By Turns (released on BIS Aug. 27).

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