Tom Huizenga http://tpr.org en Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert http://tpr.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. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:57:25 +0000 Tom Huizenga 32752 at http://tpr.org Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt http://tpr.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>. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 14:01:56 +0000 Tom Huizenga 32703 at http://tpr.org The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day http://tpr.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> Sat, 24 May 2014 18:55:59 +0000 Tom Huizenga 32295 at http://tpr.org Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It) http://tpr.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. Tue, 13 May 2014 16:38:26 +0000 Tom Huizenga 31621 at http://tpr.org Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It) 10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals http://tpr.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? Thu, 01 May 2014 20:22:33 +0000 Tom Huizenga 31000 at http://tpr.org 10 Can't-Miss Classical Music Festivals Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies http://tpr.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 18:52:01 +0000 Tom Huizenga 30606 at http://tpr.org Angst And Excellence In Forgotten Soviet Symphonies Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' http://tpr.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 00:45:32 +0000 Tom Huizenga 30056 at http://tpr.org Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean' First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' http://tpr.org/post/first-listen-valentina-lisitsa-chasing-pianos Music is an aural medium, but the two musicians represented on this album have careers defined, at least in part, by visuals. Valentina Lisitsa, the 44-year-old Ukrainian-born pianist, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/03/11/174018651/the-classical-pianist-with-55-million-youtube-hits" target="_blank">revived her stalled career</a> by uploading videos of <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS_foc_NxI0" target="_blank">herself playing Chopin</a> to YouTube. After millions clicked, she landed a record deal. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:40:32 +0000 Tom Huizenga 29201 at http://tpr.org First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos' A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty http://tpr.org/post/kid-named-carl-stirs-bach-musical-dynasty When it comes to musical dynasties, it's tough to top the Bach family. From town fiddlers to court composers, the Bachs dominated German music for seven generations. Today, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach" target="_blank">Johann Sebastian</a> towers above all his relatives, but there's another important Bach we shouldn't forget — especially today, on the 300th anniversary of his birth.<p>Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, C.P.E. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 05:10:31 +0000 Tom Huizenga 27935 at http://tpr.org A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83 http://tpr.org/post/robert-ashley-operas-misunderstood-innovator-dies-83 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQBpire6jhw</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:03:43 +0000 Tom Huizenga 27691 at http://tpr.org Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83