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The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

December 2, 2016

Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.

Bringing A Christmas Classic To Wonderful Life — On Stage

December 1, 2016

Librettist Gene Scheer says the drama of George Bailey's life is "an operatic story." So he, along with composer Jake Heggie, turned It's a Wonderful Life into an opera.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Mozart Changed My Life

December 1, 2016

In the 1950s, Nikolaus Harnoncourt was a cellist in the Vienna Symphony, tired of playing Mozart in a style he could not stomach. He quit the orchestra and started one of his own.

Andrew Norman Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

November 28, 2016

The young California composer's expansive, boisterous Play pushes the orchestra to its limits in music both chaotic and serene.

Remembering Pauline Oliveros, Composer Known For 'Deep Listening'

November 28, 2016

American composer Pauline Oliveros died Thursday at the age of 84. Inspired by all kinds of sound, she was a pioneer of electronic music, committed to changing the way people listen.

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