Q2, The online “Living Music, Living Composers” arm of New York’s classical radio station WQXR (105.9 FM) is requesting some feedback from its listeners. Their Listener Survey (available online here), subtitled “Help Us Serve You!”, provides Q2 listeners with an opportunity to let the station know what’s working and what you would like to see changed. Please take a few minutes and let the good folks at Q2 know that you’re out there listening with discerning ears and an appetite for more contemporary classical listening fare.
Tonight at 6:30 PM, Phil Kline’s dreamcitynine, a new work for smartphone wielders and 60 percussionists playing a quiet accompaniment, will be premiered at the North (Hearst) Plaza of Lincoln Center in NYC. The work’s title is an anagram of the word ‘indeterminacy;’ appropriately, it is a Lincoln Center Dut of Doors commission to celebrate the Cage centenary.
The source material consists of sixty one-minute long stories, told by a range of artists, from Kline to Philip Glass to Andrei Codrescu. You can hear and download them via Q2 here.
Offbeat collaborations have become a hallmark programming preference for Merkin Hall’s Ecstatic Music festival. But the combination of a cappella group Anonymous Four with indie rock songwriter Josh Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and multi-instrumentalist/arranger Owen Pallett is a standout even in this season’s diverse set of offerings.
Our friends at WQXR were kind enough to share the concert on Q2: it’s streamable via the embedded player below.
Transcendental Youth (Darnielle)
Lection: Apocalypse 21:1-5
The Lord’s Prayer (John Tavener)
Motet: Salve virgo regio/Ave goriosa mater/[DOMINO]
Motet: Gaude virgo nobilis/Verbum caro factum/ET VERITATE
Benedicamus domino: Belial vocatur
Conductus: Nicholai presulis
Song: Novus Annus Adiit
Trope: Gratulantes celebremus festum
The Scientist (Richard Einhorn)
Religious Ballad: Wayfaring Stranger
Alexandre Lunsqui’s Fibers, Yarn, and Wire is receives its premiere performances tonight at the Met Museum and tomorrow at Symphony Space as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Contact! program. The Brazilian-born composer has been blogging about the preparing the work for Q2: his entries are titled “Contact! High.”