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Led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, Oakland based Hip-Hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj creates metamusic by sampling principles from the Hip-Hop and Classical genres.

Since 2010 Ensemble Mik Nawooj has attracted some of the most excellent classical musicians and MCs in the San Francisco Bay Area while gaining national attention.

 

Their new album “Death Become Life” is available today. Some of the music on the album deconstructs iconic classical repertoire - works by Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart - given the JooWan Kim treatment and featuring, of course, the ensemble’s MC: Sandman. 

 

The album release is accompanied by 5 live performance music videos, and a virtual release party in collaboration with Asian Art Museum x Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. The videos were filmed at the museum and feature turf dancers and Ensemble Mik Nawooj in the exhibitions.

 

JooWan Kim and Sandman joins us.

Julianne Lee
Marco Borggreve

Julianne Lee has a distinctive career as both a violinist and violist, appearing frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. Currently assistant principal second violinist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Lee has been a member of the violin section since 2006.

She will perform in a "BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood" concert featuring works by Mozart, Roumain and Schubert. The recital will be hosted by Lauren Ambrose and will be online at tanglewood.org on August 20.

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra has been part of the cultural landscape of the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts since 1944 and performs a series of classical and popular music concerts at Springfield Symphony Hall.

The orchestra kicks off its 76th season with an opening night gala concert on October 5 featuring works by Rachmaninoff, Dvořák, and Strauss. Pianist John Novacek joins the orchestra to play the romantic Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1.

Conductor Kevin Rhodes is celebrating twin 18th Anniversary Seasons as Music Director of Massachusetts’ Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Michigan’s Traverse Symphony Orchestra and his ninth season as Principal Conductor of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in Boston.

This Saturday, March 9, The Albany Symphony will be at The Palace Theatre in Albany, New York presenting a program which features Hindemith’s “Mathis der Maler,” Morton Gould’s “Fall River Legend,” Ravel’s “Boléro,” and the World Premiere of Robert Honstein’s Percussion Concerto, “Juvenalia.”

Robert Honstein co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective, co-directs the Times Two Series, and teaches composition at NYU. “Juvenalia” was commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University for percussionist Colin Currie and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Albany Symphony Music Director and Conductor, David Alan Miller, joins us now along with composer Robert Honstein.

Modfest, Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries, celebrates its 17th season with the theme, “In Motion.” Assorted arts events take place through February 10th and include a panel discussion and concert by Ensemble Mik Nawooj on Saturday, February 9. The 4 p.m. Panel Discussion: Method Sampling and a New Aesthetic will take place at Skinner Hall on the Vassar Campus, and the 8 p.m. concert will be performed at the Trolley Barn in downtown Poughkeepsie, New York.

Oakland based Ensemble Mik Nawooj is led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim. EMN creates Meta Music by sampling principles of Hip-Hop and Classical music. The ensemble features MC/lyricists Do D.A.T. and Sandman along with a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums and bass.

Composer and pianist JooWan Kim began his formal training in composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.M. in composition in 2003. He continued his education in composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, from which he received a M.M. in 2006. JooWan founded Ensemble Mik Nawooj in 2010.

Paul Lewis
Jack Liebeck

Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.

Andris Nelsons leads the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Concert on Sunday, August 20, in the Shed. Brilliant English pianist Paul Lewis joins Mr. Nelsons and the orchestra for Beethoven's dramatic and tumultuous Third Piano Concerto.

Acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the young, virtuosic Havana Lyceum Orchestra led by José Antonio Méndez Padrón will bring their remarkable cross-cultural Mozart in Havana tour to Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center on June 20 at 7 p.m., in a concert co-presented by Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Skidmore College. 

Simone Dinnerstein joins us to tell us more.

Bard College Orchestra Opens To Community

Sep 11, 2016
Courtesy of Bard College Conservatory of Music

A college orchestra in the Hudson Valley is expanding to include community musicians.

  The Empire State Youth Orchestras’ mission is to challenge and inspire young people to achieve excellence in music through intensive instruction and high level performance opportunities.

Each season, more than 320 talented musicians, ages 9-18, from the greater Capital Region of New York and western New England, enjoy outstanding educational and performance opportunities as members in one or more of ESYO’s two full orchestras, wind orchestra, string ensemble, two jazz ensembles, and three percussion ensembles.

The month of March has been officially designated Music In Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation.

This morning we find out what the Empire State Youth Orchestra is up to to commemorate. Helen Cha-Pyo is Music Director for ESYO and joins us along with John Connolly – CHIME (Creating Harmony, Invigorating Music Education) Program Director.

  The Albany Symphony Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall on May 7th. But, they will be giving a sneak preview tomorrow night at the Palace Theatre in Albany. Their Carnegie Hall Preview is an all-American program celebrating the infusion of jazz in orchestral music – featuring Gershwin, Gould and Harbison – with Kevin Cole on piano. 

Lets face it, the ASO is one of the finest orchestras in the country led by one of the nation’s finest conductors – Maestro David Alan Miller.

The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra’s 34th season is underway and they have performances this coming Friday and Sunday. This weekend’s concert will include works by Schickele, Bruch, Vaughan Williams, and Mendelssohn.

We are joined by Nathan Madsen, the new Music Director of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and Greg Dinger, president of the WCO's board.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra is kicking off their 2012-2013 season this weekend. You can't look much further than the names of Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky for great music! They have stuffed two incredible blockbusters into one amazing concert that will move you with some of the most tender, most compassionate, and most achingly beautiful music ever written. The program will feature pianist Valentina Lisitsa - a Rachmaninoff specialist.

Earlier this summer, The Empire State Youth Orchestra traveled to China and South Korea. By the time the trip was over, the musicians had performed seven times in outstanding concert halls in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Yeosu. They also played for U.S. service people and their families on the Army Base in Seoul. We spoke with Conductor Helen Cha-Pyo before the tour and she’s back now to with two student musicians to tell us how it went.