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Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

To emerge is to “become apparent, important, or prominent.” In classical circles, young composer contests might include 35 or 40 year olds. Emerging artists might be in their late 20s or 30s.

We’ll hear some amazing musicians you might not know, including Pultizer Prize winner John Luther Adams and pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe on today’s What’s New!

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A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.


What's New: Steve Reich

Sep 25, 2016
Dan Callister Rex

In 1994, Leonard Meyer described minimal music like this: “little sense of goal-directed motion, [minimal] music does not seem to move from one place to another. Within any musical segment there may be some sense of direction, but frequently the segments fail to lead to or imply one another. They simply follow one another.”

We’ll celebrate the 80th birthday of one of the architects of minimalism, composer Steve Reich on this episode of What’s New!


What's New 9/25 Preview

Sep 23, 2016
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A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.


Lacy Clare

eighth blackbird is a sextet based in Chicago, composed of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, and cello. The group derived its name from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens' poem Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird:

I know noble accents

And lucid, inescapable rhythms;

But I know, too,

That the blackbird is involved

In what I know.

2016 marks 20 years for the ensemble, and we’ll celebrate by talking with founding member, cellist Nicholas Photinos and hear some of their stellar recordings on What’s New!


What's New 8/28 Preview

Aug 26, 2016
Saverio Truglia

A new program airs Sunday nights on WBAA Classical: What's New. Host John Clare features new music, new releases, and interesting guests. Hear a special preview of this week's What's New, and let us know what you think.