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Music + Culture
9:01 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Private Screening: How Hollywood Watches Its Work

At the Charles Aidikoff Screening Room on Rodeo Drive, filmmakers can screen their works in progress for an invite-only audience in the small, 57-seat theater. The screening room is also rented to show films to members of the Academy and the press.
Cindy Carpien NPR

Before they made it to the Oscars, the nominated films — not to mention all the films that didn't make the cut — were viewed by some 6,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Many of those movies were shown in small, private, rented screening rooms all over Hollywood.

The studios have their own screening rooms, of course, but often directors want a more private place to screen works in progress — with no studio suits in sight.

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Culture
12:16 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Local Films to be Premiered Oscar Night

This Sunday, February 26, many will sit down to their televisions to enjoy the 84th Academy Awards. Since the release of the nominees the internet has been filled with predictions and debates mainly centering around the "Best Actor in a Leading Role," Best Actress in a Leading Role," and "Best Picture. While these awards are being revealed down in Hollywood, the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) will be presenting an award show of its own. 

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Conductors
2:30 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Conductors on Vacation

A Northwest Public Radio listener, Dave Ostrom, had a David Letterman-like "Brush with Greatness" while on a boat trip to Antarctica.  Zubin Mehta, Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and his wife were also on the boat.   She had convinced him to bring his concert tails and to wear then while walking out into a group of king penguins numbering well over 100,000.  At one point he made a comment about another conductor conduc

New Artists
3:46 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Who's the next Adele?

This year's Grammy broadcast featured four powerhouse female vocalists, including British songstress Adele, who swept all six of the categories for which she was nominated.  So, who can we look forward to seeing at next year's music award shows? 

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Winter Songs
12:02 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

A Skating Rink's 'Ribbon In The Sky'

hey.kiddo via Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 3:16 pm

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Interview
11:29 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Interview With Ryan Hare, WSU Bassoonist & Music Professor

Orchestral music and sports go together like a horse and carriage, right?  Well, that may not be the first connection that springs to mind but inspiration comes in many forms.  Just ask Ryan Hare, a bassoonist and an associate professor of music at Washington State University.  He stopped by the Northwest Public Radio studios recently to speak with Robin Rilette about the world premiere of his piece “Maracanazo.”

Adele
3:10 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

The Ballad Of The Tearful: Why Some Songs Make You Cry

Adele won the song of the year category at this year's Grammy Awards for her tear-jerker "Someone Like You."
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 2:45 pm

Note: A number of listeners responded to this story and said the definition of appoggiatura was incorrect. Music commentator Rob Kapilow has a second opinion here.

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Dedications
4:15 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Valentine's Day Dedications

Unleash your inner Romeo or Juliet!  Recognize a special person in your life this Valentine’s Day with an on-air dedication. E-mail your short (100 words or less) dedication by Sunday, February 12th at midnight and yours could be included during my Valentine’s Day show from 9:00 am to Noon. 

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Chopin Concerto
1:43 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1

Frédéric Chopin was known for his piano works, and famous for solo piano pieces. But he also composed a number of piano concertos (pieces to be accompanied by other instruments). One of his first was Piano Concerto No. 1.

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Jazz
9:38 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The Mix: 100 Quintessential Jazz Songs

As published on JAZZ24 -

The Jazz 100 is a crowdsourced list of the most quintessential jazz songs of all time, determined by the listeners of Jazz24.org and NPR Music.

If there was one theme we noticed while sorting through the 1,500 nominations, it was that time does not take its toll on great music. "Take Five," which was the first jazz single to sell 1 million copies, was the undisputed top choice, while Miles Davis' "So What" (which was coincidentally recorded in the same year, 1959) was the clear No. 2.

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