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Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: On Robert Dick

Daniel Asia | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: John Corigliano and David Del Tredici

Daniel Asia | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Why should one care if it is a lesbian or gay, as opposed to a straight man or woman who prefers coffee to tea, who writes a great work? In regards to how music qua music is to be evaluated it shouldn't, and doesn't, matter in the least.

Kettle Corn Pops at The DiMenna Center

Jack Meyer | Posted 08.04.2014 | New York
Jack Meyer

Pop on over to The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on June 14th to savor a sweet and salty mix of fresh and innovative New Music! Kettle Corn New M...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Frederic Rzewski

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never be Defeated is one of those pieces that seems to have popped or plopped out whole and near perfect.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: John Adams

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.08.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

John Adams is one of the most frequently performed of American composers and justly so. Shaker Loops continues to hold its allure. In its well-handl...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Beaser

Daniel Asia | Posted 05.19.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I will make the following categorical statement about Beaser's music: there is not a note that doesn't need to be there and there is an inevitability present that is overpowering.

How to Be Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

Johnny Nevin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Detroit
Johnny Nevin

When you take a good look at Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas you can see a lot more than just that, because what you're really seeing is an exorbitant take on where music can come from.

The Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Brown and Feldman

Daniel Asia | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Of the perhaps inappropriately named New York School, I find Earle Brown's the most musically rich and articulate. Sign Sounds is for a small chamber...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Takemitsu

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Toru Takemitsu never wrote an ugly sound in his life. Animated throughout his career by nature, many of his works carry titles relating to water or trees. This is so of two of his most beautiful works, Water Ways and Rainspell.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Glass

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.14.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I became aware of Philip Glass's music in 1975 when Ron Perera at Smith College introduced me to Music in Fifths. I thought it intriguing.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Ligeti

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I admire Ligeti's desire to keep learning and changing in the course of his career, to move beyond the known and the comfortable.

Ben Allison's The Stars Look Very Different Today

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

With a distinctively science fiction flavor, composer/bassist Ben Allison's latest The Stars Look Very Different Today follows a Star Trekian path to "... boldly go where no man has gone before."

Classical Music 101b: There's Nothing to Worry About

John Mauceri | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

The question that remains, and which I shall attempt to answer, is "What happened to classical music?"

A Streetcar Named Desire, in Opera

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

A Streetcar Named Desire is a dark play -- I thought only the Russians wrote such bleak, depressing things -- but the dreamy beauty of Fleming makes it shine.

Concerns With Contemporary Music

Jura Margulis | Posted 01.16.2013 | Arts
Jura Margulis

I personally have absolutely no problem with entertainment; I enjoy it immensely. What could compete with Avatar in 3D, Guns N' Roses, PSWii or Vegas? But let's not get confused.

Limon and Magloire: A Study in Contrasts

Christopher Atamian | Posted 10.18.2012 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

This past week I had the pleasure of attending two very different performances that highlighted the diversity and richness of New York's dance culture.

Easy Listener: Today's Must-Know Songwriters and Their Must-Have CDs

David Finkle | Posted 03.28.2012 | Home
David Finkle

Songs at the moment boasting lyrics that can be considered sophisticated, witty, psychologically complex, romantically adult, maturely silly are few and far between.

Colorado Public Radio To Launch Alternative Music Station In Denver

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 08.27.2011 | Denver

Beginning this fall, Colorado Public Radio (CPR) will start broadcasting a new music station on 1340 AM in the Denver metro area and online at their w...

WATCH: Music Student Turns Vacant High School Into Instrument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

When it comes to creation, there is never really a right time or place; what it takes is initiative. Music student Ben Meyers proves this with his im...