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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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Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University

Last week, the composer Robert Sirota was in town for the premiere of a new work. He sat down with painter and long-time friend Simon Dinnerstein to discuss 'The Fulbright Triptych', a three panel work on display now through the end of the year at Columbia's MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.


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American composer Amadeus Regucera is in Columbia this week for a world premiere of his new work, CRVD. Alarm Will Sound premieres Regucera's new work and that of seven other Resident Composers this Saturday. On a recent episode of Mizzou Music, Regucera discussed his experience with the gateway drug that is contemporary music, his influences and technology in his music.


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Toronto-based composer Christopher Mayo is influenced by a range of diverse sounds including bluegrass, electronic music and architecture. Mayo is one of eight resident composers who will be in Columbia this week for the Mizzou International Composers Festival. He was a recent guest on Mizzou Music.

SundayBaroque.org

We recently welcomed a new program to the airwaves here in Columbia: Sunday Baroque. The show features works composed before and during the baroque era. Music written between 1600 and 1750 is the focus of our new Sunday morning addition to your programming mix on Classical 90.5.

Baroque music has a special feel in that it often feels timeless and can serve as a great reprieve from the myriad of ever-present challenges in today's world. Join host Suzanne Bona for Sunday Baroque each Sunday morning between 8:00 and noon on Classical 90.5.

Dan Visconti

American composer Dan Visconti stays busy with commissions, musical installations and lectures. He will be a guest composer for the 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival. On a recent episode of Mizzou Music, Visconti talked about his community work as a concert curator and his works that will be performed at the July 24-29 festival in Columbia.

CharlesPeckMusic.com

Contemporary American composer Charles Peck will be in Columbia as a Resident Composer for the July 24-29 Mizzou International Composers Festival. He talked about his style and influences with Trevor Harris on a recent episode of Mizzou Music.

Aaron Parker

British composer Aaron Parker writes instrumental and electronic music inspired by studies of the environment and place. Alarm Will Sound will premiere his new work at this summer's Mizzou International Composers Festival. Parker was a guest on a recent episode of Mizzou Music.


Clare Glackin

The composer Clare Glackin talked on this week's Mizzou Music about her musical roots and her upcoming commission. Glackin will be in Columbia as one of eight resident composers during the upcoming Mizzou International Composers Festival.

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The Mizzou International Composers Festival is coming up at the end of next month. This week on Mizzou Music, Jacob Gotlib looked ahead to the annual festival that brings ten guest and resident composers to Columbia to premiere new works. Gotlib is the managing director of the MU School of Music's New Music Initiative.

The Columbia Heart Beat

Kirk Trevor was our guest on the final episode of the second season of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour. The MSO maestro talked about why Richard Strauss and Mozart go together and highlights from the current Hot Summer Nights Music Festival.

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