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Classical Music

Life Has No Boundaries with Jen Shyu:…

Musician Jen Shyu conducts fieldwork on traditional music all around the world, and in her compositions, she likes to subvert the distinctions between the traditional and the contemporary. But, she says, "I truly believe that the process must come from, at least for me, very deep research: a very deep internalization process of learning from a teacher as if I were a baby learning from nothing."

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Classical Music

80th Birthday Reflections with Composer John…

To celebrate award-winning composer John Harbison’s 80th birthday today, we’re publishing this conversation between Mr. Harbison and WHRB Classical’s Allison Pao from earlier this year, in which they discuss the Harvard music scene, cultural shifts Harbison has experienced in his lifetime, the conflicts between the jazz, rock, and classical genres, what the priorities of composers should be, and more.

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Classical Music

Boston Week Recap

During WHRB’s inaugural Boston Week/Harvard Weekend, on classical air, we featured over 20 ensembles from Harvard, Boston, and Massachusetts, showcased musicians, conductors, and composers making great contributions to the local classical music scene, and gave away over 40 tickets to concerts in the Greater Boston area! We have compiled some of the social media posts, exclusive interviews, and live recordings here.

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Boston Landmarks Orchestra: A Mission of Public…

​Join WHRB Classical as we speak with Christopher Wilkins, the music director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. This summer, the orchestra's series of free outdoor concerts at the Hatch Memorial Shell includes a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing presented with the Museum of Science Hayden Planetarium, a feature of songs and spirituals of African-American composers presented alongside a series of panels and discussion about representation in music, and a collaboration with the New England Aquarium which will raise awareness of climate change.

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1969 Orgy: A Radio Documentary

This semester, WHRB produced a radio documentary about the year 1969 jointly produced by the seven on-air departments of WHRB. In this first station-wide Orgy in WHRB's recent memory, we reviewed 1969's Apollo 11 landing, Woodstock Music Festival, Harvard Strike, Nixon’s inauguration, Vietnam Moratorium, and other pivotal history-defining moments through hundreds of popular songs, speeches, and recorded broadcasts, including materials from Harvard’s own archives. If you missed the Orgy, we're sharing our 12 produced montages here!

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Classical Music

Denk, Bell, Isserlis: Conflict and Resolution in a…

On CM's weekly show Beyond the Stage, we spoke with pianist Jeremy Denk. The Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship as well as the Avery Fisher Prize, Denk performs frequently as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and in recent seasons has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has 20 released albums, including his most recent release on Nonesuch records called 1300-2000, which traces 700 years of music history.