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Carnival of the Animals (2017)

Leonard Bernstein, in one of his Young People’s Concerts, explored the question, “What makes music funny?” He goes on to suggest, “The first and simplest way that music can be amusing is by simply imitating nature. It’s one of the oldest ways of making you laugh —by imitating things.”

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Tallis Scholars: Heinrich Isaac at 500

“The music is enlivened by syncopations and complex internal rhythms, as well as some judicious word-painting…”

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Bach Piano Concertos

“This camaraderie is an element of Bach’s music that I usually don’t focus on so much myself when performing as a soloist.”

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Composer Portraits: Chen Yi

“It melts into air and light, it’s like the space in Chinese paintings, it’s lled into the dancing lines in Chinese calligraphy, it’s the spirit in a human being’s mind.”

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Vox Luminis: Royal Funeral Music

“Morley conveys beautifully the sense of grief at the inevitability of death mingled with the hope of the resurrection — a true apposition of light and shadow.”

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Composer Portraits: Marcos Balter

“I love coming across things that I don’t understand, because that gives me an opportunity to stop, and figure out this new thing, and maybe incorporate some of it into my life.”

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Orlando Consort: Loire Valley in Song

“For all the refinement of the poetry and the technical sophistication of the music, the overall impression is overwhelmingly one of irresistible melodies and luscious harmonies that reach out and charm the listener.”

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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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