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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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Tallis Scholars: A Renaissance Christmas

Before contemporary life made the festive season simple, Christmas was a time to celebrate the unknown.

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Composer Portraits: Zosha Di Castri

This is a composer for whom sound is elemental, a composer fired by the spectral imagination, a composer who wants to give us time to explore the soundscapes she puts before us, vistas sometimes enriched by electronics.

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Composer Portraits: Lei Liang

Composing is a way to free oneself from the artificial confines of cultural identity, a means to challenge perceived borders and convenient labels.

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Tim Munro: Recounting

If there’s one thing you might safely expect from a Tim Munro concert, it’s not merely that it will contain the unexpected, but that the unexpected will hold centerstage. Munro (b. 1978) has pointedly not organized a menu of greatest hits replete with virtuoso pablum for his New York solo debut.

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