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Manhattan Times
September 22, 2016

They’re bringing the noise.

 

Ben Johnston with the Kepler Quartet
September 22, 2016

"At first listen some find Johnston’s pieces inaccessible and complex, seeming to require a sophisticated ear to appreciate. But given the theory behind his music, it is possible that the problem isn’t our ears, but the way they’ve been trained."

Guy Klucevsek: Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy
September 20, 2016

"People like Pauline Oliveros and Guy Klucevsek completely upended my notions of what this instrument is and what it can do"

The New Yorker
September 20, 2016

In a concert of lesser-known lieder that exemplifies the mission of the Forum, a venue with a reputation for self-reflection, the spotlight falls on Austrian composers exiled during the rise of Nazism, including Schoenberg, Schreker, and Zemlinsky as well as the obscure Karl Weigl. Steven Scheschareg, a first-generation Austrian-American bass-baritone who has recorded some of the works, sings with the pianist Mitchell Cirker; Arnold Schönberg-Greissle, a grandson of Schoenberg and godson of Zemlinsky, speaks about his family life and musical experiences.

James Matheson
September 19, 2016
MusicWeb International
September 14, 2016

This is my first encounter with the music of James Matheson, an American composer whose music is both colourful and accessible

Orli Shaham
September 13, 2016

Orli Shaham performs at Pacific Symphony’s Café Ludwig on Oct 2, 2016. It is her 9th season as curator of this wildly popular chamber music series that features musicians from the Pacific Symphony.

Guy Klucevsek - Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy
September 8, 2016
The Abso!ute Sound
September 6, 2016

All of Matheson’s music has a bold, cinematic flair.

Ben Johnston - String Quartets, 6,7,& 10
August 31, 2016

The American composer Ben Johnston has spent much of his musical career exploring the world of microtonality. His ten string quartets are incredibly challenging for the performers, but in 2002 the Kepler Quartet was formed to perform and record this complete cycle.

August 29, 2016

All in all, these ten quartets are unlikely to grace the concert hall near you anytime soon, or any other time either. The labor required to perform them is phenomenal, and only a few expert specialist players could try.

Victoria Woodhull
August 23, 2016

"It is unprecedented: A woman running for President of the United States. Her detractors call her 'Satan', and claim she belongs in jail."

It's 1872, and Victoria Woodhull is the first woman to make a bid for the White House. Her story is the inspiration for Victoria Bond's opera, Mrs. President.

Tod Dockstader
August 9, 2016

"The hardest part of this project was how to appropriately deal with music left behind by a talented, perfectionist composer who has passed on."

Marianna Prjevalskaya
August 9, 2016

"One suspects that an awful lot of fans of dark, troubled music will be adding this to their cd collection so as to experience its dips and swells and tormented flurries as an integral whole."

Kepler Quartet
August 1, 2016

Ben Johnston's string quartets, sonically weird yet beguilingly beautiful, are now recognized as major works in the genre, largely due to the Kepler Quartet's pioneering recordings.

Marianna Prjevalskaya
July 21, 2016

Prjevalskaya, who has performed internationally and with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra after winning the 2014 piano competition, will play pieces by Brahms, Chopin and Rachmaninoff during her recital on the festival’s opening day, July 24.

Marianna Prjevalskaya
July 20, 2016

"Inside The Arts", Prjevalskaya At MASNO Competition

Ben Johnston String Quartets
July 18, 2016

"This was, no doubt, a sorely demanding mission for the Kepler but they give every indication of having deeply imbibed this music. It is now part of their being and courtesy of these three discs it can be part of ours."

Kepler Quartet
July 15, 2016

"What the Kepler Quartet has accomplished on these three CDs is very unlikely to be repeated. They spared nothing in their shattering presentation of all the music"

Book of Hours
July 14, 2016

Small, a fine pianistic advocate of his own works, clearly has a deep-seated belief in and attraction to the line between sound and quiet; his music speaks most clearly to those who share that predilection.

Marianna Prjevalskaya plays Rachmaninoff
July 14, 2016

One of the great pianist/composers of the modern era was Rachmaninoff, and Marianna Prjevalskaya offers two of his virtuosic and elegant sets of variations.

Orli Shaham
July 14, 2016

The fifth in our series of interviews with the jurors for the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia.

Orli Shaham
July 14, 2016

Jurors set the bar daringly high for the 32 competitors with a masterclass in style and technique.

Kepler Quartet
July 12, 2016

"The Kepler Quartet...first joined forces to play some of the most amazing, extraordinary music you probably have never heard"

Kepler Quartet
July 7, 2016

"Johnston...is a contender for the title of great American composer, in the Maverick tradition of Ives, Harry Partch, and Henry Cowell."

Marianna Prjevalskaya
July 6, 2016

Marianna Prjevalskaya is interviewed on WBAA Classical's 'What's New' program.

The Choral Society of the Hamptons gave a “stirring 70th anniversary finale concert” on Saturday evening at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor.
July 6, 2016

Ms. Bond, a well-known conductor and music commentator, is also a composer of considerable ingenuity.

Marianna Prjevalskaya
June 29, 2016

A pronunciation guide for Marianna Prjevalskaya

Kepler Quartet
June 26, 2016

"Their (Kepler Quartet) intricately honed ensemble values, characterful solo turns, and wide palette of nuances extend far beyond merely playing the unplayable, setting performance standards that will keep young, enterprising quartets humble for decades."

June 23, 2016

"His [Ben Johnston's] quartets are created through an extremely complex methodology that – unlike the methods used by many other composers of recent times – is not necessary for listeners to know about or understand for them to find the music involving and highly effective."

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