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Review: Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet, 'Landfall'

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page. Hurricane Sandy was a horrific natural disaster that no one would care to relive, except perhaps for the brilliant polymath Laurie Anderson . In Landfall , her 70-minute multimedia piece featuring the Kronos Quartet , she doesn't revisit the storm so much as ruminate – sometimes with dry wit – on the idea of how we handle loss...

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Willie Pickens On Piano Jazz

Apr 20, 2018

Piano Jazz remembers Willie Pickens (April 18, 1931 – Dec. 12, 2017), who passed away at the age of 86. A master of digital speed and harmonic sophistication, the Chicago pianist was McPartland's guest for this 1997 program.

Recorded live at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, the set kicks off with an improvised boogie-woogie that shows why Pickens' contemporaries revered him as "one of the foremost piano players in jazz."

Arvo Pärt is one of the most popular, most performed living composers. He's beloved worldwide for his signature sound – a spacious, meditative music that tends to sound timeless.

But there's a lesser-known side to the 82-year-old Estonian's career. It's a story that can be traced in a new recording of Pärt's four Symphonies. The album is a musical journey spanning 45 years in fervently detailed performances by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, conducted by fellow Estonian Tõnu Kaljuste.

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The program for next Sunday's Mizzou New Music Ensemble features recent works from MU students and faculty. Dr. Stefan Freund previewed the annual concert on last week's Mizzou Music.


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In the last 50 years, Dr. Bill Bondeson has held many roles at MU. The co-founder of MU's Friends of Music and former University Concert Series director reflected on what music at Mizzou has meant to him.

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A recent episode of Mizzou Music featured a preview of the Choral Union's fall concert and a look ahead to this weekend's Missouri Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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A recent episode of Mizzou Music featured previews of  Show-Me Opera concerts and the Mizzou Horn Choir.

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A pair of concerts this weekend give classical listeners a chance to experience a wide range of repertoire. On a recent episode of Mizzou Music, Dr. Megan Arns previewed Sunday's Percussion Extravaganza and Julie Rosenfeld looked ahead to the next Music at the Museum: Graduate String Quartet recital. The Director of Jazz Studies at MU, Dr. Sam Griffith was also on the show talking about the repertoire for next Monday's MU Concert Jazz Band show.

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Each week on Classical 90.5, Trevor Harris interviews members of the MU School of Music community about upcoming recitals, training performers and teachers and musical inspirations. On a recent episode of Mizzou Music, a trio of faculty previewed upcoming recitals.


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John Richards is the violist for new music ensemble JACK Quartet. Classical 90.5's Trevor Harris recently visited with Richards in advance of the group's recent Columbia concert.


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This Tuesday, the University Band and Symphonic Band perform at the Missouri Theater. The Associate Director of Bands at MU is Amy Knopps. On a recent episode of Mizzou Music, Knopps - a Lee's Summit native - previewed tomorrow's 'Nostalgia' program that features five standards from the wind band repertoire.


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Peter Miyamoto has released several CDs featuring works from Mozart, Schubert and Chopin. The piano faculty member at the MU School of Music has a recital this weekend. Miyamoto visited the Classical 90.5  studios to discuss how he keeps his repertoire sounding fresh and preview the Friday recital.


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The final vocal works from Franz Schubert and a program of trombone works from the 17th century highlight a pair of MU School of Music faculty recitals this weekend in Columbia.


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