Tom Huizenga http://wwno.org en Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.org/post/simone-dinnerstein-tiny-desk-concert Almost any pianist, from a budding beginner to a pro like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/17022250/simone-dinnerstein" target="_blank">Simone Dinnerstein</a>, will tell you that one of the basic techniques of keyboard playing is also the toughest to master: making your hands to do separate things simultaneously.<p>The great <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> knew this to be true. That's the primary reason he composed his Two-Part Inventions. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:36:14 +0000 Tom Huizenga 63617 at http://wwno.org The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt http://wwno.org/post/silence-and-awe-arvo-p-rt <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/16070552/arvo-part" target="_blank">Arvo Pärt</a> is one of the few living composers to find popularity beyond the borders of classical music. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15155026/r-e-m" target="_blank">R.E.M.</a>'s Michael Stipe and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15191158/bjork" target="_blank">Bjork</a> are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BVACGWgN4U" target="_blank">big fans</a>. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:23:52 +0000 Tom Huizenga 63603 at http://wwno.org Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day http://wwno.org/post/asleep-dress-blues-music-memorial-day <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCSMCgqlc-0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnlgRQdfONs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n21PsFsL_Gw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJb1_EGnapY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChTqYlDjtI</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:29:28 +0000 Tom Huizenga 62737 at http://wwno.org Iestyn Davies: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.org/post/iestyn-davies-tiny-desk-concert The Bee Gees did it. So do <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15398278/smokey-robinson" target="_blank">Smokey Robinson</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15394157/prince" target="_blank">Prince</a> and Justin Vernon of <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/18073513/bon-iver" target="_blank">Bon Iver</a>. They all sing in the high register usually associated with female singers.<p>Men have cultivated their upper range in falsetto for centuries. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:36:37 +0000 Tom Huizenga 62553 at http://wwno.org Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It) http://wwno.org/post/anonymous-4-breaking-hard-do-theyre-doing-it In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15182954/anonymous-4" target="_blank">Anonymous 4</a>, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.<p>Today the group announced that the 2015-16 season will be its last together. But this isn't the first time Anonymous 4 has thought about calling it quits. Sun, 25 May 2014 18:18:55 +0000 Tom Huizenga 61350 at http://wwno.org 10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals http://wwno.org/post/10-cant-miss-classical-music-festivals In much of the country it still feels like summer is a long way off, but it's not too early to plan on hitting the road and hearing great music. From bucolic college campuses in New England to musical rafting trips down the Colorado, these are 10 of the most intriguing classical festivals. And below them is a listing, by region, of many of the best fests. Been to one we missed? Sat, 03 May 2014 15:14:45 +0000 Tom Huizenga 59955 at http://wwno.org Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies http://wwno.org/post/angst-and-excellence-forgotten-soviet-symphonies Soviet composer Vadim Salmanov is little more than a footnote outside Russia, but his four energetic, skillfully orchestrated symphonies are making a small comeback. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:30:24 +0000 Tom Huizenga 59319 at http://wwno.org A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion' http://wwno.org/post/visitors-guide-bachs-st-matthew-passion <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16318115">Johann Sebastian Bach</a> wrote his <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> for a single purpose — to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday vesper services.<p>Bach's <em>Passion</em> continues to move audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:35:31 +0000 Tom Huizenga 58748 at http://wwno.org Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' http://wwno.org/post/alaskan-composer-wins-pulitzer-become-ocean <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/120995813/john-luther-adams" target="_blank">John Luther Adams</a>, whose music is inspired by — and sometimes <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAk527M-INA">performed in</a> — natural landscapes, has <a href="http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2014-Music" target="_blank">won the Pulitzer Prize</a> for music for his symphonic work <em>Become Ocean<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGIEvUOf-JU"></a></em>. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:16:23 +0000 Tom Huizenga 58561 at http://wwno.org Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert http://wwno.org/post/joseph-calleja-tiny-desk-concert Malta, the island nation 50 miles south of Sicily, may be small, but it's home to one of the biggest stars in opera, tenor Joseph Calleja. And like his country's name, which may originate in the Greek word for honey, Calleja's voice is a potent mix of Italianate passion and sweetness. Just listen to how he pulls the volume back to a slender golden ray of tone several times in Tosti's gorgeous "Ideale," and especially the word "disciogliea" in the Puccini aria that closes this performance. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:29:35 +0000 Tom Huizenga 56910 at http://wwno.org