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Goldberg Variations

“[Bach] confronted his spiritual and intellectual questions, stated his vision of the universe, and perhaps even grappled with the joys and disappointments of his life through the medium of the written note.” 

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JACK Quartet: Soundscape America

The string quartet provides an ideal medium for exploring the fluid identity implied by being “American.”

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Opening Night: Bach + Glass

“Bach articulated the language of music in the most complete and richest and complex form that any single person has ever been able to do.”

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The Bremen Town Band

Read about Miller Theatre’s production of The Bremen Town Band.

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Composer Portraits: Klas Torstensson

“For me, variation is one of the most important compositional techniques. The point at which a new variation starts is the ‘reset’ point. It is the point at which we recommence with a (relatively) blank slate.”

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Composer Portraits: Johannes Maria Staud

This is music quick, alive, and magical – and fully characteristic in showing that philosophical speculations, and their expression in other art forms (poetry, visual art), can generate new worlds of sonority and energy.

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Rediscovering Compère

The Orlando Consort performs a program of Compère including his stately “Magnificat,” moving motets, and a range of secular songs.

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Composer Portraits: Misato Mochizuki

“My artistic practice is served by curiosity and thought about realms outside my own —photography, genetics, popular music, astronomy, cooking — which is to say that I borrow principles and adapt to music systems that speak to my imagination.”

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Stile Antico: The Voice of Melody

Each of the 12 members of Stile Antico has chosen one musical gem drawn from five centuries of glorious repertoire.

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Composer Portraits: Beat Furrer

Perhaps Furrer’s main theme is the anxiety of separation, felt by two people who have been close, by instruments whose relationships with others are strained, by sound leaving the instrument that was its source, by regular, reiterative rhythms amid others that are fluid and vice versa.

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Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass

New York Polyphony takes on a landmark work: Palestrina’s “Missa Papae Marcelli,” along with a new work by Ivan Moody.

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Carnival of the Animals (2016)

Read about this classic Saint-Saëns work, reinvigorated through the vision of director and designer Lake Simons.

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