Tom Huizenga http://ualrpublicradio.org en Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pacifica-quartet-tiny-desk-concert With this Tiny Desk Concert by the Grammy-winning <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17368104/pacifica-quartet" target="_blank">Pacifica Quartet</a>, we have the opportunity to explore the world of a single composer. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:09:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 28380 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert First Listen: Cameron Carpenter, 'If You Could Read My Mind' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/first-listen-cameron-carpenter-if-you-could-read-my-mind <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq_cy-ztcHc</p> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 03:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 28317 at http://ualrpublicradio.org First Listen: Cameron Carpenter, 'If You Could Read My Mind' Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/soul-searching-music-serene-desert-monastery Inspiration can come from unlikely places. For composer Robert Kyr, the silence of a desert monastery is key to the radiant music on his new disc of recent choral works performed by the vocal ensemble Conspirare and its director Craig Hella Johnson.<p>Kyr travels frequently to the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, in northern New Mexico, from his home in Eugene, Ore., where he teaches composition at the University of Oregon. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:23:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 28122 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery Drum Fill Friday: Classical Headbanging Edition http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/drum-fill-friday-classical-headbanging-edition Sooner or later it had to happen — an all-classical Drum Fill Friday. This week's puzzler proves that the world of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15232481/ludwig-van-beethoven" target="_blank">Beethoven</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15162684/igor-stravinsky" target="_blank">Stravinsky</a> and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15228868/bela-bartok" target="_blank">Bartók</a> can serve up beats as thunderous as any double drummer metal band.<p>Try to identify the classical pieces that spotlight the timpani (kettledrums), bass and snare drums. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 27862 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Drum Fill Friday: Classical Headbanging Edition Ask Us Anything About Beethoven http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ask-us-anything-about-beethoven What do you know about <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15232481/ludwig-van-beethoven" target="_blank">Beethoven</a>? He wrote <em>the</em> Fifth Symphony (<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/11/19/165495617/beethovens-famous-4-notes-truly-revolutionary-music" target="_blank">da da da dummmm ...</a>) and he became deaf.<p>There's obviously a lot more to the man and his music, and one person who surely knows is composer and writer <a href="http://janswafford.com/" target="_blank">Jan Swafford</a>. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 18:50:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 27702 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ask Us Anything About Beethoven Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/meet-cast-met-operas-labor-drama Think opera plots are tough to follow? Try wading through <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/07/31/336586571/on-the-eve-of-a-possible-lockout-met-opera-talks-remain-contentious" target="_blank">the complicated drama</a> playing out offstage at the Metropolitan Opera. At its most basic, it's the story of management and labor unions fighting over a supposedly dwindling pot of money. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 27544 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/great-war-100-music-conflict-and-remembrance One hundred years ago today, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. The conflict drew in country after country and grew to an unprecedented scale. An estimated 9 million combatants lost their lives and more than 21 million were wounded in what came to be known as The Great War and, eventually, World War I.<p>Among the dead and the survivors were musicians. We've been listening to some of their creations. The extraordinary level of destruction inspired them in myriad ways. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 27224 at http://ualrpublicradio.org The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance 'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/la-marseillaise-unmasked-bastille-day-puzzler "The Star Spangled Banner" turns 200 this year, and the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2014/06/13/321696397/join-a-nationwide-performance-of-the-national-anthem" target="_blank">attention it's been getting</a> is again a reminder of how <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvQ5hZadFok" target="_blank">difficult it is</a> for many Americans to sing our national anthem.<p>Not so for the French, who have <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mW8D0UNyLk" target="_blank">"La Marseillaise,"</a> composed by Claude Joseph de Lisle in 1792 as the French Revolution was in ful Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 26443 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90 http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/voice-velvet-and-bronze-carlo-bergonzi-90 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94e1ARaqJx8</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 26304 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90 Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/best-songs-year-so-far-puzzler The year is half over and that means NPR Music and our public radio partners have been obsessing over our favorite songs of the year so far. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 25790 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler