The summer of 2016 left Egemen Kesikli in shock. He responded by writing a string quartet.
The contemporary chamber ensemble yMusic set out to make a different kind of classical record with its latest release. The group enlisted one of its favorite collaborators, Son Lux, to compose an album of compositions with the feel of a rock LP. The result is called "First." Hear a CPR Performance Studio recording of two pieces from the album, and the story of the record's creation, in this episode of Centennial Sounds from CPR Classical and Colorado Public Radio.
A look at what makes Colorado an amazing destination for classical music in the warmer months -- from the biggest outdoor stages to the most rustic venues.
A five-hour look at one of history’s greatest musical geniuses, hosted by Scott O’Neil and Karla Walker.
A few years ago, composer Carter Pann heard the saxophonists in the Capitol Quartet in concert. The music blew him away. He convinced the group to collaborate with him, and the resulting piece -- called "The Mechanics" -- made Carter a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Hear a CPR Performance Studio recording of the piece by the up-and-coming Black Diamond Saxophone Quartet -- and the story of what inspired Carter's piece -- in this episode of Centennial Sounds from CPR Classical and Colorado Public Radio.
A stunning rendition of a beloved piece, filmed in the CPR Performance Studio.
Mark Campbell's career includes work on the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Silent Night” by Kevin Puts, an adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Shining” and a new opera about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Caroline Shaw's 'This Might Also Be A Form Of Dreaming' With Roomful Of Teeth And Playground Ensemble
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw writes music for the voice that catches you off guard. The singers in Roomful of Teeth talk over each other, break into huge chords and use stunning vocal techniques from all over the world. Caroline has a new piece for Roomful of Teeth, called "This Might Also Be a Form of Dreaming." Here's a live recording of that composition, featuring Roomful of Teeth and Denver's Playground Ensemble -- plus a look at why Caroline is so excited about the new piece -- in this episode of Centennial Sounds from CPR Classical and Colorado Public Radio.
Two chances to hear this unique, contemporary chamber opera about a transgender protagonist grappling with her identity.
Six new pieces reflect on a patriotic favorite written after a trip to the top of Pikes Peak.