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A Poetry Contest?

This particular lightning bolt did not strike me when I was a kid. Oh there was electricity in other things–painting, sculpture, music, novels–but not poetry. A year ago, I attended the Neighborhood Writing Alliance Gala. Studs Terkel had just passed. We were all feeling the void he had left behind. But that night, at that more…

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: Week 4

In week 4 of our concerts from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival we hear music by Beethoven, and a couple of unusual duets, too. Jennifer Frautschi, Giora Schmidt, Teng Li, Lily Francis, and Sophie Shao join together to play Beethoven’s C Major String Quintet known as “The Storm.” Bella Hristova and Milena Pajaro-van de more…

Cameron Carpenter

Fastest feet in the west….

It’s Shakespeare’s birthday (again) and everybody’s getting into the act.

HOW TO TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE Instead of you, say thou or thee (and instead of y’all, say ye). Rhymed couplets are all the rage. Men are Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormenters jackanapes or canker-blossoms or poisonous bunch-back’d toads. Don’t waste time saying more…

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival – Week 3

Week 3 of our radio concerts from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival features music of Béla Bartók and Carl Maria Von Weber. Violinist Benny Kim plays Bartók’s Sonata No. 2 in collaboration with pianist, composer, and Festival artistic director, Marc Neikrug, and Todd Levy joins the Miró Quartet for a performance of Weber’s B-flat more…

Natalie Merchant sings old poems to life

“What I really enjoyed about this projectis reviving these people’s words,taking them off the dead, flat pages,bringing them to life, bringing them to light.” – Natalie Merchant – Those attending the recent 2010 TED conference had the opportunity to hear Natalie Merchant sing from her new album, “Leave Your Sleep” in which she pairs lyrics more…

Somali Radio Stations Halt Music

By MOHAMMED IBRAHIMPublished: April 13, 2010 MOGADISHU, Somalia — At least 14 radio stations here in the capital stopped broadcasting music on Tuesday, heeding an ultimatum by an Islamist insurgent group to stop playing songs or face “serious consequences.” The threat left radio stations scrambling to scrub even the briefest suggestion of music from their more…

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival – Week 2

You could say the second 2010 broadcast from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is all about the idea of songs without words, or how different composers express feelings, experience, patriotism, or even animals through music. Beginning with Anne Marie McDermott’s performance of “Spinning Song” from Mendelssohn’s beloved cycle Songs Without Words, the program also more…

Opera scholar salvages long-lost Italian masterpieces

Opera scholar salvages long-lost Italian masterpieces Were it not for University of Chicago musicologist Philip Gossett, a long-forgotten opera titled Stiffelio might have been lost forever. Giuseppe Verdi wrote the tale of religion and sex in 1850, and immediately it prompted heavy censorship from Roman Catholic authorities who objected to its themes of adultery and more…

Welcome to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Our 5th season of radio concerts from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival begins with music by the Festival’s artistic director, Marc Neikrug. The work is called Green Torso, and he composed it especially for the musicians of the piano quartet OPUS ONE on a commission from another New Mexican chamber festival, Music From Angel more…