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The globalization of pop music has been under way for a while now, with the sounds and sensibilities of K-pop, reggaeton and myriad other Latinx styles serving as major sources of fuel.

Conductors, like most music lovers, keep discovering music that is new to them. My own latest discovery is the Turangalîla-Symphonie, a mind-blowing 75-minute orchestral piece by Olivier Messiaen, written in the 1940s. It's a rare treat for me to be able to work on a piece from the middle of the 20th century that I have never even heard performed live.

How do you play an instrument you never physically touch? Watch Carolina Eyck. She's the first to bring a theremin to the Tiny Desk. The early electronic instrument with the slithery sound was invented almost 100 years ago by Leon Theremin, a Soviet scientist with a penchant for espionage. It looks like a simple black metal box with a couple of protruding antennae, but to play the theremin like Eyck does, with her lyrical phrasing and precisely "fingered" articulation, takes a special kind of virtuosity.

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MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we were joined by Brian Silvey, Director of Bands at the MU School of Music. We discussed a tour that the University Wind Ensemble and the University Singers are taking to St. Louis on January 17 and 18.

MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke with Brandon Boyd, Assistant Director of Choral Activities, about the upcoming Concert Chorale performance on Saturday, December 1.


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This week on Mizzou Music Julia Gaines, Director of the University of Missouri School of Music, stopped by. We talked about just a few of the amazing performances coming up this semester at Mizzou.


On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we got to speak to Rachel Hahn about the Experiencing Piano program at Mizzou. The program provides entry level piano lessons for the community.


This week on Mizzou Music we had a chance to meet the new voice faculty, Mary Kathryn Brewer. We talked about her favorite music, her first impressions of Mizzou, and her dogs Poochini and Moose.


Mizzou Music: Amy Knopps

Aug 16, 2018
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This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by Dr. Amy Knopps Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Missouri School of Music. We talked about the upcoming Concert on the Quad and what we can expect to hear from Marching Mizzou this year.


Dale Lloyd

This week on Mizzou Music we had the chance to speak with Jacob Gotlib, the managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. We discussed what the initiative does, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, and how to best enjoy the festival’s events.


On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we were joined by Douglas Osmun, one of the resident composers at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. We discussed some of his past works and the piece that he’ll be premiering at this year’s festival.


Mizzou Music: Chen Yi

Jul 17, 2018

This week on Mizzou Music we had a chance to speak with Chen Yi, whose piece Near Distance will be performed as part of the Mizzou International Composers Festival on July 27 at the Missouri Theatre.


This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by Igor Santos, a resident composer at the upcoming Mizzou International Composers Festival. We talked about the piece he’s written for Alarm Will Sound, some of his past works, and video game soundtracks.


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