Matthew Liebendorfer

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Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?

This summer we've been chasing the idea of the Great American Symphony. Is there one? Who is still writing symphonies? And does anyone care about the state of symphonic music in this country? David Robertson cares deeply. He's the music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and a passionate …

Martha Wainwright On World Cafe

On this episode, Martha Wainwright joins us to talk about her late mother, Kate McGarrigle, and to sing us some of McGarrigle's songs.<p>McGarrigle, who died after a battle with cancer in January 2011, made a series of wonderful albums with her sister Anna during a career that spanned decades, …

The Vintage Cadillac With The Memphis Soundtrack

In the town where I grew up — Memphis, Tenn. — Tad Pierson has made a career out of his love for cars and American music by working as a tour guide. We meet in the grand lobby of the Peabody Hotel, the downtown landmark famous for its ducks and Southern elegance. But it's also considered the …

Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

Woody Shaw, who made his first recordings 50 years ago this summer, might be the jazz trumpet's least appreciated giant. Not among musicians, mind you; they recognize his genius whether they're horn players or not. Yet even hardcore fans often know Shaw's name more than his music.<p>Shaw, who died in …

Thistle And Shamrock: Song Beat

Hebridean tweed workers' songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music: their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms, easing the work and keeping the singers going. Get into the rhythm of the song this week, with Catherine-Anne MacPhee, Ossian, Christy Moore, The Poozies, Alasdair …

Daughn Gibson On World Cafe

Daughn Gibson is the alter ego of Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Josh Martin. The former stoner-rock drummer took on his <i>nom de plume</i> as an homage to country legend Don Gibson, which makes sense: Martin's life thus far sounds like a country song. He's worked behind the counter in an adult book …

Jimmy CobbWBGO

The drummer Jimmy Cobb is 84 — which, even if you didn't know his name, would signal that he's been around the jazz scene for a while. But he's been more than around: He was the drummer when Miles Davis recorded his late-'50s and early-'60s masterpieces, and then toured with Sarah Vaughan for …

African-American Musicians, More Than Just Jazz

Jazz or blues may be the first thing that comes to mind we think of the contributions that African Americans have made to American music genres, but that overlooks the rich heritage of African- Americans in classical music. For two decades the Gateways Music Festival has challenged that image. This …

Why Is One Of The World's Top Violinists Judging Miss America?

In today's weird news: We learned via our pal Brian Wise of member station WQXR that the august judges of Miss America 2014 in Atlantic City on Sept. 15 will include not just former *NSYNCer Lance Bass and comedian Mario Cantone, but also one of the world's most popular classical artists: violinist …

An American Maverick Turns The Symphony On Its Head

Jan Swafford Tells The Story of Composer Charles Ives And His Wife, Harmony<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>While Charles Ives was a music student at Yale in the 1890s, the question of finding an American symphonic music was coming to a boil. The celebrated Czech composer Antonin Dvorák had been …

The Current Presents: Valerie June The Current

Tennessee native Valerie June feels a deep connection — if not a responsibility — to her home state's musical traditions, as she points to pioneers such as Memphis Minnie, Elvis Presley and Booker T. Jones. "I have a lot to live up to, being from Memphis," she says.<p>While touring in support of her …

A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated

A movie last year called <i>A Late Quartet</i>told the traumatic story of what happens when a famous string quartet has to change personnel. But, in fact, most string quartets — like symphony orchestras, only more conspicuously — continually change players, because players retire, or die, or get more …

Fall Pop Preview: A 'Roar' Of 'Applause' For New Music

<i>Listen at the audio link to Ann Powers' conversation with NPR's Rachel Martin about</i> <i>the pair of singles that jump-started the fall 2013 pop season.</i><p>How do you know autumn is on its way? Turning leaves? Previews of Oscar contenders at the movie theater? The announcement of a new J.J. Abrams project? …