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EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club - yMusic's Hideaki Aomori, C.J. Camerieri Q&A with Maria Jean Sullivan >>

yMusic members Hideaki Aomori and C.J. Camerieri stop by Classicalite's exposed brick living room to chat about everything from remixing 'Balance Problems' to playing under Sufjan Stevens to just what Nadia Sirota will play next on WQXR's Q2.

Beast of the Southern Wild

REVIEW: Wordless Music Orchestra, Lost Bayou Ramblers Make Magic with 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Score at Symphony Space >>

The connection between music and the movies has been, for as long as film has been around, synchronous. Miraculous heights in filmmaking have been reached by scores that transcend the viewing experience. Not just watching, but being sucked into the story--the sounds of strings and banjos swirling in an effervescent cloud that floats through us. Beasts of the Southern Wild is that kind of film. Whether it is vivacious cajun music or a melancholic string melody, the score takes you on a journey through an unbelievable world, just out of reach from your own imagination

Simone Dinnerstein

EXCLUSIVE: Stream Simone Dinnerstein's "Rhapsody in Blue" from New Sony Classical Album 'Broadway-Lafayette' [PREMIERE] >>

Sometimes, though, we have the honor of being able to debut music by true legends in-the-making--someone of ever-increasing like pianist Simone Dinnerstein, that is. We'll get into specifics after the jump, but for right now...C-LITE has an exclusive listen to Ms. Dinnerstein’s "Rhapsody in Blue" (by George Gershwin, of course) from her forthcoming album Broadway-Lafayette, releasing via Sony Classical on February 24.

Rachel Barton Pine

EXCLUSIVE: Violinist Rachel Barton Pine Talks Mozart with Marriner and St. Martin, Childhood Poverty and Adult Tragedy, How to Play Your Own Cadenzas >>

No, Rachel Barton Pine is not a stranger to Mozart. In fact, you may even call her an expert. On January 13, for Avie Records, the acclaimed violinist released 'Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante K364'--accompanied by Sir Neville Marriner's Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Ever the scholar, and well before any mics were placed, Pine spent a lot of time reading, listening and absorbing as much as she could about that celebrated son of Leopold

Cheyenne Jackson

EXCLUSIVE: 'Eyes Wide Open' at Café Carlyle, Cheyenne Jackson Sets Sight Gags on Gaga, Gershwin and Gay Marriage >>

With Eyes Wide Open on the Upper East Side, Cheyenne Jackson gave a personal, but laughable rundown of his life the past few years. Pulling from familiar tunes as diverse as Lady Gaga, the Gershwin Bros., Satchmo and even a bit of Elton John and Joni Mitchell, indeed, his math was good: tragedy + time = cabaret gold.

Bala Brothers

EXCLUSIVE: First Look at The Bala Brothers Performing Anti-Apartheid Song "(Something Inside) So Strong" on PBS >>

Classicalite is excited and honored to present the exclusive premiere of the anti-apartheid anthem “(Something Inside) So Strong” by revolutionary South African group the Bala Brothers.

Kristin Marting, Beth Morrison, Kim Whitener

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with PROTOTYPE Founders Beth Morrison, Kristin Marting, Kim Whitener on Courtney Love, Stefan Weisman, Bora Yoon >>

Founded and curated by Kristin Marting and Kim Whitener of HERE with Beth Morrison of her own Beth Morrison Projects, PROTOTYPE is a lavish showcase of the startling breadth of underground live performance--across the globe.

Mee Eun Kim

EXCLUSIVE: Classicaite Q&A with Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Keyboard Player Mee Eun Kim >>

In the spirit of the season, we snagged a few minutes on the horn with Trans Siberian's prodigious keyboardist Mee Eun Kim to chat about the Christmas tour season, her start with TSO and just what's next for the ensemble year-round.

Boys of St. Paul's Choir School

EXCLUSIVE: The Boys of St. Paul's Choir Sing "O Come All Ye Faithful," from Decca Debut Album 'Christmas in Harvard Square' >>

Just in time for the holidays, Classicalite is excited to present the video premiere of The Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School singing “O Come All Ye Faithful,” from their critically acclaimed debut Christmas album Christmas in Harvard Square.

Leah Flynn

[EXCLUSIVE] 7-Year-Old Violinist Leah Flynn Speaks About Missouri >>

Amid all the chaos and turbulence that has been surrounding Missouri towns in recent weeks after the shooting and death of Michael Brown, one little girl is striving to make a difference. Leah Flynn, the 7-year-old violinist who has made national headlines with her plea for peace in Ferguson, has gotten the opportunity to use her music to help people who are still hurting from the tragic events. I recently spoke to Leah and her mother, Paula Flynn, about Leah’s idea to travel to Missouri, her trip and what she plans to do now that she is an Internet sensation. Speaking to Leah, who is from Sanford, Florida, it becomes clear that her main goal is to surround people with love and happiness using her talent as a violinist. “Normally, when I play for people at church or school, they’re always happy when I’m done playing,” says Leah. This idea is what led her to want to travel to Ferguson in the wake of all the turmoil. After viewing the violence and protests happening in Ferguson shortly after the shooting and death of Brown, 18, by Police Officer Darren Wilson, Leah felt that she wanted to do something to help the suffering town. “She said to me, ‘Mom, what’s going on?’ And I explained to her, because I have to — I told her what’s going,” her mother told WOFL. “She said, ‘But it's not right these people look so sad; maybe I could do something for them.”

Ian Williams

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Ian Williams >>

Ian Williams, erstwhile guitarist in math rock pioneers Don Caballero, has been busy as of late--working on a new Battles record, writing his first piece for the American Composers Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall, fathering his first child. With Classicalite favorites George Manahan behind the podium, Theo Bleckmann on vocals and members of the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble lending support, Williams debuted his Clear Image work during the ACO's Orchestra Underground: Monk's Sphere, opening night of that storied ensemble's 38th season. We recently caught up with Williams to chat about his rocker past, the ACO collaboration, having a daughter and even his cameo in High Fidelity.

André Rieu

EXCLUSIVE: Watch André Rieu Perform “Non Ti Scordar Di Me” Live from New 'Love in Venice' Album on Decca >>

Last week, “King of the Waltz” André Rieu released Love in Venice on Decca Records. His latest album features three of his own compositions for the first time. Naturally, all three are dedicated to the beautiful city of Venice.

Sonya Yoncheva

REVIEW: Sonya Yoncheva Debuts Memorable Mimì in Met's Middling 'Bohème' >>

Recently, the Metropolitan Opera has made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Be it pre-season labor disputes with the man Peter Gelb, opening night unrest care of Leon Klinghoffer and Rudy Guiliani or just a simple technical glitch during the broadcast at your local cinema, what's been lost as of late is a lot. Such controversies, however inflated, do obscure the institution's real mission statement. First and perhaps foremost, is the fact that the Met remains this country's most enduring repertory company. For every Klinghoffer or Iolanta premiere in 2014-15, there are as many, if not more, reheated Aidas and prefab Meistersingers. Come the holidays, highly touted new productions of Le Nozze di Figaro and The Merry Widow will run alongside evergreen faire like Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Hansel and Gretel. And, let's be honest, it is the latter, lighter of these programming options that the casual opera-goer is wont to experience there at Lincoln Center. In fact, Mr. Gelb is banking on it.

Carolina Eyck, Christopher Tarnow

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Carolina Eyck & Christopher Tarnow on 'Improvisations for Theremin And Piano' (Butterscotch Records) >>

German theremin virtuoso Carolina Eyck and pianist/composer Christopher Tarnow set their American debut today by way of Improvisations for Theremin and Piano on Buttersctoch Records. Produced by Allen Farmelo, Improvisations modernizes the theremin and piano in a sonically jangled delight for all five senses.

Nicholas Young

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Nicholas Young on Winning a Bessie Award, Rhythm In Motion, STOMP, SoundMovement and Michelle Dorrance >>

Tap dance aficionado Nicholas Young was recently honored with a Bessie for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design for his percussive tap platforms in Rhythm in Motion.

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