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Philip Trapp

Karlheinz Stockhausen

The U.S. Premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 21-Hour 'Klang' Cycle >>

The U.S. premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ambitious, multi-hour song cycle, 'Klang: Die 24 Stunden des Tages' took place at The Metropolitan Museum of Art last week, using three of The Met’s locations for the performance.

Jazz Greats

'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' Makes Midwest Debut at Madison Opera >>

'Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,' the “jazz opera” concerning the life and death of influential 20th century saxophonist Charlie Parker, will make its Midwest debut next season at Madison Opera.

2001 A Space Odyssey

The ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Soundtrack, a Monolith Remembered >>

In 1968, director Stanley Kubrick amazed moviegoers with his epic sci-fi masterpiece, '2001: A Space Odyssey.' The accompanying soundtrack was an equivalent enchantment, featuring classic compositions from Richard Strauss, György Ligeti and Johann Strauss II.

Instruments of Happiness

‘Instruments of Happiness’ Is a Guitar Symphony for the Senses >>

The debut album from electric guitar ensemble Instruments of Happiness highlights experimental works by composers Tim Brady, Rainer Wiens and Antoine Berthiaume. The eponymous quartet advance the scope of contemporary classical music with their unique six-string symphonies.

Kanene Pipken

The Lone Bellow Join Baltimore Symphony for 'Appalachian Spring' >>

Alt-country group The Lone Bellow will join members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a special performance of Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” this April. The event is the last of the season for BSO's 'Pulse' series.

Michael Tilson Thomas

New World Symphony Premiere Three ‘New Works’ This April >>

New World Symphony will debut new works by three contemporary artists next month in their aptly titled special event, 'New Work.' Included are world premieres from Michael Tilson Thomas, Timo Andres, Lauren Yee and Amy Beth Kirsten.

Andrew Bird

Hear Andrew Bird’s New Album ‘Are You Serious’ in Full at NPR 'First Listen' >>

Andrew Bird’s highly anticipated new album, 'Are You Serious,' is currently streaming in full at NPR's 'First Listen.' The record features the recent duet with Fiona Apple, “Left Handed Kisses.”

Roomfuil of Teeth

Roomful of Teeth Play Park Avenue Armory This Spring >>

Roomful of Teeth won the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance thanks to their unparalleled choral repertoire incorporating Appalachian yodeling and Tuvan throat singing. The octet will perform at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in March and April.


SEVEN)SUNS Play Classical Metal and Hardcore Music at Tribeca Festival >>

SEVEN)SUNS are a Brooklyn-based string quartet who play heavy metal and hardcore punk interpretations on classical instruments. The band performs at the 2016 Tribeca New Music Festival this April.


Daniel Druckman Leads Juilliard Percussion in ‘Founders’ Concert >>

Musician Daniel Druckman will direct the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble in a special presentation of ‘Founders: Percussion Music of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe’ this April.

Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner, a National Treasure of Contemporary Classical >>

Bryce Dessner is a renaissance man of contemporary classical composition. Known to most popular music fans as an indie rock guitarist, Dessner’s compositional talent can’t be confined to any singular category.

Thom Yorke

Radiohead Registers Music Companies, a Sign Pointing to Imminent New Album >>

British band Radiohead appear to be gearing up for a new album. Various sources report the band's members as registering new companies, a trademark move they've previously employed ahead of albums or tours.

The Tree of Life

'The Tree of Life' Screening in Dublin to Feature 100-Piece Orchestra >>

Terrence Malick’s 2011 film 'The Tree of Life' will be screened in Dublin this summer accompanied live by the RTÉ National Symphony, which will perform the film's score using a 100-piece orchestra and choir.

Evelyn Glennie

Listen to NWPR’s Special Broadcast on Women in Classical Music >>

In our continuing coverage of women in classical music for Women’s History Month, listen to Northwest Public Radio’s three hour special on the genre’s female visionaries.

Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars to Join Alex Ross in Conversation at The Wallis >>

Contemporary theatre director Peter Sellars will accompany 'The New Yorker' music critic Alex Ross for an "Arts & Ideas" conversation at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills this May.

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