Music + Culture

Music + Culture
8:52 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.
Ken Howard Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

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This American Life
6:57 am
Thu June 19, 2014

This American Life Live - Their Most Amibitious Live Show Ever

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This week, This American Life will bring you their most ambitious live show ever. They pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House – with nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical, into opera, and into plays.

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Musical Language
7:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Radiolab: The Language Of Music And The Music Of Language

Composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, whose composition Rite of Spring was controversial at its debut in 1913.
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What is music? Why does it move us? How does the brain process sound, and why are some people better at it than others?

Radiolab posed this question, and seeks to understand the DNA of music - and the connection between music and language.

In a recent episode, Radiolab looked at the disastrous debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913, examined music through modern neurology, and met a composer using computers to decode music and find its essential pieces.

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Music + Culture
7:44 am
Fri June 13, 2014

tUnE-yArDs Live In Concert With NPR - Tonight at 9

Merrill Garbus, lead singer of tUnE-yArDs.

tUnE-yArDs, the award-winning band known for their layered rhythms and politically-charged lyrics, perform live in Washington, D.C. with NPR tonight at 9. They'll perform songs from the new album Nikki-Nack, exploring a mix of Haitian and American music. You can watch the live concert here.

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Music + Culture
5:28 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80

The versatile Spanish conductor Rafael Frübeck de Burgos.
Morten Abrahamsen

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 9:44 am

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Classical Music At World Cup
4:37 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Placido Domingo, Soccer Fan, Will Sing At World Cup Final

Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo is a dedicated soccer fan.

Soccer fans may not immediately bring images of classical music to mind, but for a sixth time Placido Domingo will sing before the World Cup final. He made the announcement that he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11.

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Music + Culture
7:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler

Composer Richard Strauss in London in 1914.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 8:12 am

Music by Richard Strauss 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. A perfect candidate, in other words, for a musical puzzler.

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Live Concert
6:41 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Jack White Live In Concert - Tonight At 9:30

Musician Jack White.
Credit Mary Ellen Matthews

Are you a fan of the White Stripes or just interested in rock music? Watch Jack White live from the historic Fonda Theater in Hollywood, beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 10.

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The Kitchen Sisters
6:28 am
Tue June 10, 2014

A Little Bit of This, A Teaspoon Of That: The Stories And Craft Of The Kitchen Sisters

The Kitchen Sisters, Nikki Silva (left) and Davia Nelson (right).
Credit Kitchen Sisters

“After food - and before love - people need stories.” That’s Davia Nelson. She, along with Nikki Silva, are the Kitchen Sisters. Their mission? To find the stories behind our culinary heritage. Since meeting in 1979, the Peabody Award-winning duo has produced over 200 stories.

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Music + Culture
7:42 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Chihuly And Cellos: A Transcendent Affair

A screenshot of the Konpeito Cello Quartet playing in front of a Chihuly glass sculpture at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle.
Credit From The Top

Yes, this is a group of teenagers - and the piece was arranged by one of them too! The video features the Konpeito Cello Quartet playing a composition from the Hayao Miyazaki film “My Neighbor Totoro.” The piece is called "The Path of the Wind." Jeremy Tai, who is only 15 years old, arranged the piece for cello and plays alongside Minku Lee, Catherine Kim, and Irene Jeong. If the music doesn't transport you to another world, the location will with views of gorgeous glass sculptures from Seattle’s Chihuly Garden and Glass. Stunning!

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