As WQXR prepares to move from 96.3FM to 105.9FM this Thursday, October 8, at 8:00pm, its new parent company, WNYC, has announced some of the changes that will occur.
One benefit will be a reduction in commercials. The NYT article says “underwriting announcements” will only take up about 4 minutes per hour, compared to almost 12 minutes per hour of commercials currently.
In addition, many of WQXR’s broadcasts will remain. The station will continue to broadcast from the Met, the New York Phil, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The article does not mention the fate of Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin.
Read on for changes to expect.
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Posts Tagged ‘composer’
Puts Mahler in Bad Mood
It was late
Again, we would like to thank Steven Stucky and Jeffery Meyer for speaking with us this past week. And thank you to OUR VIEWERS! Thank you so much for spreading the word about The Sound Post. We love you all and will continue to bring you somewhat scholarly articles from the world of classical music everyday. We have a special interview with Sanford Reuning next week. Please send all questions or comments to Ian@soundpostnews.com, or find me on twitter at twitter.com/iansalmon. Video after the jump.
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Today’s interview is with Dr. Jeffery Meyer. He is the Director of Orchestras at Ithaca College, Artistic Director of the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, and Artistic Director of the Water City Chamber Orchestra. Meyer will lead the opening performance of Ithaca College’s 09-10 season tomorrow night, Saturday October 3rd. One of the works on the program is Jeu de Timbres by Steven Stucky, who we interviewed yesterday (see his interview here).
Also scheduled is Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite), and Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique, op. 14. The concert takes place tomorrow night, Saturday October 3rd, at 8:15pm in Ford Hall, Ithaca College.
Please click on through for the video interview and full written transcript.
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The Sound Post Welcomes Ian Salmon
Our very own Ian Salmon conducted an exclusive interview with composer Steven Stucky regarding the performance of his work, Jeu de Timbres. The piece will be performed by the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra this Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 in Ford Hall at Ithaca College under the direction of Dr. Jeff Meyer. Click to the full article for the video and transcript of the interview.
This is the premier of our video blog series, and will be followed by another interview tomorrow, October 2nd, 2009, with Ithaca College Director of Orchestras Jeff Meyer. So stay tuned, and keep an eye on our new videos page.
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Mother probably proud
Alan Gilbert reigned over the New York Philharmonic tonight for the first time as music director. Hosted by actor Alec Baldwin, the televised broadcast “Live from Lincoln Center” allowed millions to watch not only the NY Phil’s opening night, but its venture into a new era of leadership. Gilbert is not only the youngest-appointed music director, but also the first native New Yorker to hold the position.
The program began with the world premier of EXPO by Magnus Lindberg, the Phil’s composer-in-residence until 2011. Lindberg wrote the work knowing it would open the milestone season—the Phil’s 50th at Avery Fisher Hall.
EXPO was followed by Songs pour Mi—a song cycle by Olivier Messiaen. Sung by Renée Fleming, the song cycle is a portrait of Messiaen’s love for his wife, Claire Delbos, who he nicknamed Mi. Those watching the televised broadcast saw Fleming introduce the cycle with a pre-recorded speech, which outlined Messiaen’s relationship from his marriage to Delbos at 27 years old, to her institutionalization due to mental illness after the end of World War II.
Finally, the headlining work of the night was Symphony No. 1—or the Fantastic Symphony—by Hector Berlioz. Written only three years after Beethoven’s death, the work facilitated the exodus into Romanticism, as it’s massive orchestration and lush expression brought unrestricted emotive composition into the musical world. The work is programmatic—that is, it possesses a narrative—with notes written by Berlioz himself. Each of the five movements has a descriptive title, including the famous March to the Scaffold and Dream of a Witch’s Sabbath. As described by Berlioz, the piece tells the story of “an artist gifted with a lively imagination” who has “poisoned himself with opium” in the “depths of despair” out of “hopeless love.”
After, Deak Hurries Off to Play Maazel’s Final Performance
NEW YORK, NY — Associate Principal Bassist of the New York Philharmonic Jon Deak came forward, applauding, to shake the hands of musicians led by conductor Thomas Carlo Bo after they completed a performance his composition Lad, a Dog (Part II: The Visitor). The work is a one movement piece, performed by two narrators, violin, clarinet, and piano. Originally, the work featured only the three instrumentalists. They were to narrate the text themselves as per directions in the score. Furthermore, it was chamber music—no conductor required. This performance, however, definitely benefited from both the narrators and the conductor. While I never witnessed the chamber music version, I do think the additions improved the effectiveness of the piece. View Full Article »
Today marks the 127th year since Igor Stravinsky’s birth. He brought originality and professionalism to contemporary music, and sparked a distinctive style that has influenced many composers who followed him. While he was indeed a prolific composer, he is most recognized for his monumental works like Firebird, and Le Sacre du Printems (The Rite of Spring). One of my favorite pieces is the Suite Italienne. Perhaps, along with some cake, we can all listen to a Stravinsky work we’ve never heard before to help celebrate. And if you have in fact heard them all, then you didn’t need me to remind you it was his birthday.