Music + Culture

Music + Culture
12:23 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

That Moment When...

Perhaps her parents are listening to the wrong station?
Credit Sueann Ramella

Need to escape? You have the power at your fingertips! You have the power to educate yourself or find great entertainment with the simple press of a button. Northwest Public Radio is here for you.

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Seattle Symphony Pulitzer
9:54 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Prize Winning Northwest Composition 'Become Ocean' Released Today

John Luther Adams' new album, Become Ocean, comes out Sept. 30.
Credit Molly Sheridan/Courtesy of the artist

Where the Pacific NW, environmental stewardship and classical music meet: the new release from Seattle Symphony. "Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Seattle Symphony commissioned & premiered it. Adams is based in Alaska. In addition to his prolific composing career, he's active in environmental work.

Here's what he told NPR's Tom Huizinga about "Become Ocean":

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Deceptive Cadence
4:17 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

If It's Not Scottish ... Classical Contributions Of The Scots

The Scottish bagpipes make a surprise appearance in a beloved piece by Peter Maxwell Davies.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:47 am

The votes are in. The people of Scotland have chosen to remain in the United Kingdom. To mark the historic occasion, a wee reminder of what the Scots have contributed to classical music is in order.

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The Nile Project
9:03 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

A group of Nile Project musicians play together at the Ndere Cultural Centre, Kampala, Uganda in January 2013. Left to right: Dina El Wedidi, Dafaalla El Hag, Lawrence Okello, Kasiva Mutua.
Julie Caine

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:32 am

In a quiet park in Kampala, Uganda, 14 musicians from seven East African countries sit together under a tree. They're working on an idea from Ugandan musician Lawrence Okello.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:41 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?
iStock

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:45 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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Music News
3:29 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders

Björk's interdisciplinary project Biophilia was released on the Nonesuch label in 2011.
Nonesuch

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 9:08 am

Sometimes good things come in small packages. Nonesuch Records, which started as a tiny independent budget classical label in 1964, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with three weeks of concerts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The label became a force in the recording industry by pioneering electronic music and world music, launching the ragtime revival and becoming a place where contemporary classical composers had a home. Now an industry powerhouse, Nonesuch still operates like an independent record company.

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Pop Opera
7:08 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Opera Goes Modern With Game Of Thrones And Breaking Bad

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Williams' Classical Support
7:27 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Beyond Comedy: A Classical Music Innovator Thanks Robin Williams

Credit Wikimedia Commons

You know how, when someone who means something to you dies, you hunger for scraps of stories about them?

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Beethoven's Last Concert
7:11 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Beethoven's Bizarre Finale

An 1820 portrait of Beethoven, painted by Joseph Karl Stieler.

A 44-year-old man known as a phenomenal pianist played a disappointing concert that would be his last public performance at the keyboard. Ludwig van Beethoven’s hearing loss had finally overtaken his celebrated concert career, but even before then, his mind was hardly at ease.

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Izzy The Camel
12:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Camel Walks Into A Liquor Store And... (No, It's Not A Joke)

Izzy the Camel enters a liquor store...funny enough, this isn't the start of a joke. Izzy walks through downtown Waitsburg regularly.
Credit Mickey Richards / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Izzy-The-Camel/175301045832391?ref=ts&fref=ts

When you think of camels, pictures of hot, sandy deserts come to mind. What doesn’t come to mind is the lush farmland of inland Washington. But that’s precisely where you will find one.

Izzy is the resident camel of Waitsburg, a town roughly thirty minutes outside of Walla Walla. For owner Mickey Richards, Izzy is a blessing. “He just makes people smile. It’s kind of an honor to be a part of that,” Richards says.

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