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Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound Cover The Beatles on New Album, ‘Modernists’ >>

Contemporary chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound will release their new album, 'Alarm Will Sound Presents Modernists', via Cantaloupe Music on April 29. The collection includes their notable interpretation of The Beatles’ 'White Album' sound collage, “Revolution 9."

Rain Room Ballet

Kate Wallich’s ‘Industrial Ballet’ Highlights Electro Dance in Seattle >>

Seattle choreographer and dancer Kate Wallich premieres her 'Industrial Ballet' performance this Saturday night at the Moore Theatre. The show’s electro-industrial music will be provided by Cock & Swan’s Johnny Goss.

Andy Akiho

Composer Andy Akiho Uses Table Tennis Percussion in Concerto >>

Innovative composer Andy Akiho has upped the ante with his recent symphony, "Ricochet," an orchestral performance incorporating percussionists “playing” a ping pong table.

Son Lux

Son Lux Taking Their Electro-Classical Tunes on U.S. Tour This Spring >>

Artist and producer Son Lux, né Ryan Lott, will take his experimental, electro-classical music on a U.S. tour this spring. Son Lux recently reformulated as a trio featuring Rafiq Bhatia on guitar and Ian Chang on drums.


Portland Bach Festival Celebrates Classical Music in Maine This Summer >>

The historic town of Portland, Maine, will be celebrating classical music this summer during its premiere Portland Bach Festival.

Frank Zappa

Remembering Frank Zappa’s Later Classical Works: Symphonies and Synclavier >>

Pioneering composer and performer Frank Zappa was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1990. In the last years of his life, the musician set about writing and performing some of the most challenging and rewarding works of his entire career.

Phil Elverum

Mount Eerie's 'No Flashlight' Recollected: A Flashback From the Foothills >>

Once heralded as the lo-fi prodigy behind the Microphones, songwriter Phil Elverum abandoned that moniker mid-aughts to revamp as Mount Eerie. Arising out of the mountain mist, his first project from the precipice was a hushed hymnal of natural anthems.

Nicholas McCarthy

Nicholas McCarthy Performs Classical Piano with Only One Hand >>

Briton Nicholas McCarthy is a classically trained concert pianist. He's excelled in the classical music world, and recently signed with Warner Classics. And he's accomplished all of this despite having only one hand.

Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Mark 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death >>

Italian conductor Riccardo Muti will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this April in commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Lou Reed And Laurie Anderson Launch Vivid LIVE

Lou Reed’s Widow Laurie Anderson Brings His ‘DRONES’ to Big Ears Fest >>

Excitement for this year's Big Ears Festival builds with each performance announcement. Laurie Anderson, widow of Lou Reed and acclaimed performance artist in her own right, will perform pieces inspired by her late husband's avant-garde works as 'Lou Reed's DRONES.'

Igudesman Joo

Igudesman & Joo Infuse Classical Music With Comedy and Pop Culture >>

Can classical music be humorous? Should it be? Igudesman & Joo are a classical music duo who attempt to leaven the venerable genre with aspects of comedy and popular culture, while widening its mass appeal.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Mount Handel’s 'Hallelujah' Chorus with International Guests >>

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is renowned for performing George Frideric Handel’s famous “Hallelujah Chorus”. This year, the choir invited singers worldwide in joining them via internet submission to present the influential passage from Handel’s famous 'Messiah' oratorio.

Eighth Blackbird

Big Ears Festival to Host Concerts from Grammy Winners eighth blackbird >>

Grammy-winning sextet eighth blackbird have announced a second concert at this year's Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN. The Chicagoan contemporary classical group will be joined by special guests for their April 1 performance on the festival's "The Sanctuary" stage.

Kevin Spacey

Composer Jeff Beal Presents His ‘House of Cards’ Score for Season Four >>

'House of Cards: Season 4 - Original Netflix Series Soundtrack' will be released by Varèse Sarabande on April 1. Composed by musician Jeff Beale, his fourth collection of the hit Netflix show’s score continues to impress with its austere, ominous aesthetic.

Eiffel Tower

Joseph Bertolozzi Uses Sounds of the Eiffel Tower to Create 'Tower Music' >>

Experimental composer Joseph Bertolozzi’s latest offering, 'Tower Music / Musique de la Tour', uses only the sounds of the Eiffel Tower to create ten compellingly musical creations.

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