Commissioned by the California Symphony Orchestra, Kevin Puts' Network (1997) is a short, explosive fanfare that, as Puts describes "wasn't inspired by anything in particular. It is driven by the pure enjoyment of chords and rhythm and orchestral sounds." More recent Puts compositions are in a more lyrical and Romantic style. We'll hear Network at 8pm on Aug 23rd.
After multiple rejections and disappointments simply because of cultural expectations, conductor Jeri Lynn Johnson decided to take matters into her own hands.
Frequently heard in film scores, videogames and popular music, synthesizers made their way into classical music in the '70s.
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“Holy Ground” tells a tale that most people think they already know. But the old story bears fresh implications in the light of this summer’s news.
In this segment of StoryCorps Rochester, Joyl Clance interviews Herbert Smith about his work as a musician. They discuss Herbert being the only black musician in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the impact that playing trumpet has had on his life, and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on his work.
A new children’s opera at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York is unusual for many reasons, including the story of how its composer got into music in the first place.
The versatile Attacca Quartet offers a funhouse of musical trap doors in a piece by the Pulitzer-winning composer Caroline Shaw.
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Guitarist Simon Fletcher performs his 12-song composition, "Soundtrack to the Seasons: Upstate New York," at the reopened historic Avon Park Theater.
The Baltimore Symphony makes history again, naming the first person of color to serve as Music Director29-year old South Carolina native Jonathon Heyward, is the first person of color to lead a major American orchestra.
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