William Bolcom has never allowed expectations about words such as "composer" or "classical" get in the way of writing the music that interests him. Join us as we celebrate the variety and color of Bolcom's musical world as he turns 80.
Brian Eno made his primary fame in rock music, but to consider him simply a "rock producer" is one of the biggest mistakes you could make. His influence on subsequent generations of musical free-thinkers in classical, jazz, electronic, and avant-garde music has been incalculable.
Tony Banks rose to prominence as the co-founding keyboardist of the British progressive rock group Genesis. But these days, you'll find him firmly planted in the classical world, with the recent release of his third all-orchestral album.
The video is an homage, by Chicago composer and video artist Patrick Lidell, to composer Alvin Lucier's 1969 piece I Am Sitting in a Room. Lucier's original piece uses two tape recorders and, as his "instrument," the room in which he sat. The composer recorded a short narration and then played that back from one tape recorder to another. Each repetition resulted in a slow and steady degradation until the only sound left was the haunting natural resonance of the room.
John Corigliano is one of America's most acclaimed composers. He's won a Pulitzer, an Oscar and five Grammys, and he's still hard at work, having turned 80 on Feb. 16. Composing just takes longer these days.
Cellist Maya Beiser's passion for staking out new territory in classical music is peerless in the equal respect she gives all the musical genres she brings into her fold. Classical host Steve Seel talked with Beiser about her new CD, 'TranceClassical,' which includes some adventurous interpretations of Bach, rock and more.
'For me, a kid who was into the disparate and non-converging worlds of rock and classical music, Steve Reich represented a merging of practically everything that I loved,' writes classical host Steve Seel. As Steve Reich turns 80, Seel writes about Reich's influence on himself and ' legions upon legions of musical grandchildren.'
Steven Mackey was a virtuosic electric guitarist who couldn't read music -- until he was transformed on hearing a Beethoven string quartet. Now hailed as one of modern classical's most exciting composers, Mackey spoke to Steve Seel ahead of the world premiere of Mackey's 'Orpheus Unsung'.