Anastasia Tsioulcas http://wnku.org en What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn? http://wnku.org/post/what-happens-when-350-musicians-meet-first-time-brooklyn We at NPR Music leave a lot of variables out in the wild when we make Field Recordings. That's especially true when we commission new music for the annual Make Music New York festival, as we have for three years.<p>Since we're not using a traditional stage and people are roaming around, we don't know exactly what the performance will sound like (though we're lucky to work with fantastic engineering colleagues). Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 37517 at http://wnku.org What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn? On A Magical Mystery Tour With Hassan Hakmoun http://wnku.org/post/magical-mystery-tour-hassan-hakmoun When we plan <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/144918893/field-recordings" target="_blank">Field Recordings</a>, we usually look far and wide to find off-the-beaten-path locations for filming musicians. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:07:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 36721 at http://wnku.org On A Magical Mystery Tour With Hassan Hakmoun Coffee And Mambo With Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta http://wnku.org/post/coffee-and-mambo-sergio-mendoza-y-la-orkesta Many of us at NPR Music fell hard for Arizona's Sergio Mendoza and his band La Orkesta <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/09/261088479/sergio-mendoza-y-la-orkesta-globalfest-2014" target="_blank">this year.</a> Together, they mix myriad Latin styles — what Mendoza calls "indie mambo," salted with generous handfuls of cumbia, merengue and ranchera — and then feed all that through a psychedelic prism. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 36469 at http://wnku.org Coffee And Mambo With Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years http://wnku.org/post/kronos-quartet-still-daring-after-all-these-years Kronos Quartet is celebrating 40 years of playing music together — and to mark the occasion, they're playing a celebration concert at Carnegie Hall in New York tomorrow night. Since their founding, the San Francisco-based string quartet has become one of the most visible ensembles in classical music. The players have done it by championing new and underheard music, and by coming up with a business model that was unheard of for a chamber group four decades ago.<p>Violinist David Harrington dreamed up the idea of a string quartet devoted primarily to contemporary music in 1973. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:01:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 33885 at http://wnku.org The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse http://wnku.org/post/welcome-yo-yos-playhouse When you're lucky enough to have cellist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15995808/yo-yo-ma" target="_blank">Yo-Yo Ma</a> and members of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/144696932/the-silk-road-ensemble-globalfest-2012" target="_blank">Silk Road Ensemble</a>, some of the world's premiere instrumentalists and composers, gather for an afternoon of offstage music making, you've got to think long and hard about where to put them. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 33846 at http://wnku.org Welcome To Yo-Yo's Playhouse On A Chilly Factory Floor, Yuja Wang's Piano Sizzles http://wnku.org/post/chilly-factory-floor-yuja-wangs-piano-sizzles Chinese-born pianist <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/122868506/yuja-wang" target="_blank">Yuja Wang</a> isn't one to do anything in half measures. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 13:28:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 32574 at http://wnku.org On A Chilly Factory Floor, Yuja Wang's Piano Sizzles Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl? http://wnku.org/post/guess-whos-singing-national-anthem-super-bowl She's probably not among your first, or second, or 10th, or 20th-round guesses, but the NFL <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000316164/article/renee-fleming-to-sing-national-anthem-at-super-bowl-xlviii" target="_blank">just announced</a> that American soprano <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15656760/renee-fleming" target="_blank">Renee Fleming</a> will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.<p>Fleming is the first-ever opera singer to be given the honor. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 31535 at http://wnku.org Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl? Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters http://wnku.org/post/talking-great-teachers-and-students-two-piano-masters The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. A teacher is part mentor, part manager — even a parental figure.<p>Recently, I had the unique opportunity to sit down with two piano greats who bring a special dynamic to this conversation: pianists <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2013/12/04/248792687/a-bumper-crop-of-classical-boxed-sets" target="_blank">Gary Graffman</a> and <a href="Lang%20Lang" target="_self">Lang Lang</a>. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 30633 at http://wnku.org Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan http://wnku.org/post/britten-goes-back-brooklyn-nicholas-phan Composer <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/91351892/benjamin-britten" target="_blank">Benjamin Britten</a>, whose 100th birth <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/246156290/britten-at-100" target="_blank">anniversary</a> falls on Nov. 22nd, is so deeply associated with his native England that he's on a <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/10278313/Benjamin-Britten-joins-the-Queen-as-only-person-with-full-name-of-50p-piece.html" target="_blank">new 50-pence coin</a> issued by the Royal Mint. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Anastasia Tsioulcas 29545 at http://wnku.org Britten Goes Back To Brooklyn With Nicholas Phan