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A linchpin of New York's indie-classical scene, violist Nadia Sirota shares her unique perspective on upcoming events, recent recordings and yet-to-be-fêted collaborations with an enthusiastic nod to their antecedents. Always game for discovery and dialogue, she shares the fruits of her travels with the musically curious.






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Onwards and Upwards: Two Brand-New Shows

I'll be hosting two brand-new shows this fall. I'm gonna miss our regular time together each week, but will be back soon in new radio clothes!

Duration: 01:22:39

The Pleasure (Notes From the Road)

When faced with a particularly lovely set of circumstances, a close friend of mine is wont to exclaim, "I have The Pleasure." This is a pleasure not in transition, it's an instant, almost a location of total contentedness.

Duration: 01:08:02

A Few Irrelevant Questions

Last week we talked a little about jockishness in music, while sort of casually mentioning beauty. What are the categorical elements of composition? What are the constituents of a plush musical idea?

Duration: 01:12:15

Greetings from Camp

Alarm Will Sound asked me to sub with them in Missouri for their annual Mizzou New Music Summer Festival.?In summer camp tradition, we have the luxury of rehearsing together for six or seven hours a day for two weeks.

Duration: 01:58:52

Controversies and a Conversation

Living legend Elliott Carter discusses his musical legacy, including his recently premiered commission at the Met Museum with Nadia Sirota, who also offers recordings of past CONTACT! performances.

Duration: 01:58:49

The Modern Multitasking Artist

The path from student to "professional musician" is notoriously poorly-paved. Composers, vocalists, instrumentalists and songwriters have supplemented the early stages of their careers with everything from arts admin to (in Philip Glass' notable case) plumbing and taxi driving.

Duration: 01:08:19

Q2 Music Spring Pledge Drive

Tune in this week for some really stunning music. We're highlighting our wonderful catalog of recorded NYC concert events, programs that literally put you in the front row for some of the most exciting performances happening today.

Duration: 01:08:55

Lousy With Microtones

Yep, it's that time again! Time to explore the placed between notes, the tunings that have existed on earth before we even existed, the non-Western-oriented, and the just plain weird. This week, my show will be lousy with microtones!

Duration: 00:59:30

On Language

One of the more provocative concepts introduced to me by a music teacher in my youth had to do with the Hungarian language and accent patterns in the music of Bartok. This week we consider whether a composer's spoken language affects his/her musical language.

Duration: 01:04:57

From Massive to Miniscule

This week we'll make our way through some stunning organ works, focusing on its ability to produce sounds massive and miniscule. There will be Messiaen, obviously, but also David Lang and Nico Muhly and a ton of surprises. Tune in and crank up the subs for the earth-shaking organ!

Duration: 01:06:08

Memory Pieces

Nothing brings to relief the joy of life more clearly that loosing a loved one. This is one of the hardest lessons of being human, and, not surprisingly, a rich ground for creative material. If you think about it, the Classical tradition, such as it is, has everything to do with revering the dead. We deify composers posthumously, lauding everything they have created in an ecstatic, ongoing memorial.

Duration: 01:02:58

Mexico at 200 with Alondra de la Parra

This Wednesday, Q2 Music begins its Winter Pledge Drive. In anticipation, we're revisiting some of our favorite guest-hosted shows on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, we heard Nico Muhly's Obsessive Choral. On Tuesday, we hear?Mexico at 200, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor?Alondra de la Parra's look at the birth and progression of Mexican orchestral music.

Duration: 00:58:17

No Cheaper Way to Travel

As numerous ads for sunny getaways in the subway temptingly imply, let's face it: there's no better time of year to get out of town than February. But if your wallet won't have it, here's a modest solution, let Q2 Music take you on a quick trip to some of New Music's hot spots around the world.

Duration: 01:01:49

Jherek Bischoff on David Byrne and Writing in Closets

We open this week's show with an interview with the multi-stylistic multi-instrumentalistJherek Bischoff, a performing guest in the upcoming Ecstatic Music Festival Preview concert in The Greene Space on Wednesday, February 1.

Duration: 00:58:44

The Year of the Dragon

Kung Hei Fat Choi! When I was in kindergarten, my super awesome teachers Ms. Danielson and Ms. Doane had us bring in paper bags, in which we cut holes three holes (a big one in the very bottom and two smaller ones on the sides), adorned with construction paper scales, and pulled over our heads to march down the hallway of our school as a giant, kindergartener-fueled Lunar New Year dragon. It was pretty much the best day of kindergarten.

Duration: 01:02:55

Titans of Polish Music: Past, Present, and Future

It may sound kind of obvious, but one of the perks of working at this station is constantly being exposed to new music. This week, we are celebrating Polish music from the past 50 years or so, and I'm happy to say that aside from the heavy hitters (cough,?Penderecki,?G?recki, cough) this music is basically all completely new to me! Not just new, but both awesome AND new.

Duration: 00:55:57

Composers Speak Out!

This is a really special week on the show. While I know you've become accustomed to my riffs on the providence of music written by people who are still alive, this week we get to hear about everything ? from inspiration to circumstance to execution ??right from the mouths of the creators. That's right, this week I'll be joined by a dozen or so composers who will guide us through the lion's share of this week's programming.

Duration: 01:00:00

Welcome to The Future!

Hey there, 2012, you're looking mighty fine! Every time I cross the threshold of a new year, I cannot help but think of it as a mild miracle of time travel. Remember the first time, in grade school, a classmate bid you farewell for the weekend with the remark ?see you next year?? It was mind-blowing!

Duration: 01:12:13