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4:20am

Sun June 3, 2012
Music Interviews

Noah Stewart: From 'Opera Boy' To Singer

Originally published on Sun June 3, 2012 8:37 am

Noah Stewart's debut album is entitled Noah.
Courtesy of the artist

When tenor Noah Stewart was growing up in Harlem, N.Y., his friends called him "opera boy." They were onto something.

Earlier this year, he became the first black singer to hit No. 1 on the classical music charts in the U.K.

But Stewart's musical tastes aren't confined to Puccini, Bizet and Strauss, and his new, self-titled album gives him a chance to put his mark on everything from American spirituals to Top 40 hits.

Stewart says he doesn't mind being called an opera singer, but that he would rather just be called a singer.

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3:05pm

Sat June 2, 2012
Music Interviews

The Beach Boys: The Harmony Is Endless After All

The Beach Boys' new album — the first collaboration in decades between founding members Brian Wilson (third from left) and Mike Love (second from right) — is called That's Why God Made the Radio.
Guy Webster Courtesy of the artist

The Beach Boys are in harmony again. The group is recording and performing together, after years of disputes and estrangement.

Brian Wilson and Mike Love tell Guy Raz, host of weekends on All Things Considered, that they're not surprised at the reunion.

"We've had 50 years' practice," Wilson says, "not just in music but in being guys."

Love says once they got back in the studio and started writing again, it felt like they had never left.

"It was nuts," Wilson says. "It was a nutbuster."

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10:28am

Sat June 2, 2012
Marc On The Blues

Nine O'clock Blues: The Greeley Blues Jam

Greeley Blues Jam

It’s time for the Greeley Blues Jam, which runs next Friday and Saturday (June 8th & 9th). Coming up this week on The Nine O’clock Blues we’ll hear a couple of songs from each of this year’s headliners.

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9:51am

Sat June 2, 2012
The Record

A Nerdier Guide To 2012 Summer Music Festivals Than You Require

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:29 am

The dance party that erupted as Chromeo played the main stage at Sasquatch in May of 2011.
Alex Crick for KEXP

In summer music festivals, as with TMZ news scoops and the vintage car market, exclusivity is the name of the game. The thinking goes like this: Festival attendees are looking for a good time and a good deal.

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12:03am

Sat June 2, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

A (Very) Young Composer Gets His Chance At The New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 2:51 pm

Very Young Composer Milo Poniewozik at the New York Philharmonic's School Day Concerts, where his piece was performed in front of more than 2,000 kids.
Michael DiVito New York Philharmonic

What would it be like if you were 10 years old and composed a piece of music that was played by the New York Philharmonic? For a few New York City school kids, including one fifth-grader, it's a dream come true, thanks to the orchestra's Very Young Composers program.

Composer Jon Deak, who played bass with the New York Philharmonic for more than 40 years, says the idea for Very Young Composers came when he and conductor Marin Alsop visited an elementary school in Brooklyn several years ago.

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