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The great South African trombonist and composer Jonas Gwangwa, who was an ambassador for his country's music around the globe and an advocate against apartheid at home, died today. Gwangwa's death was announced in a statement published on the web site of the presidency of the Republic of South Africa. He was 83 years old.

The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a different space.


There's a distinct dissonance between the bucolic setting of this lovely Max Richter Tiny Desk (home) concert and the reality he references after his performance.

Osvaldo Golijov is a MacArthur "genius" composer who's written for Yo-Yo Ma, Kronos Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw. But in 2012, he was accused of plagiarism, and he disappeared from the scene. Only now, nearly a decade later, is Golijov reemerging — with a work that could not have a more timely subject: it's a meditation on grieving and loss.

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MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by Yoshiaki Onishi and Carolina Heredia of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. They joined us to discuss the upcoming Monday Mashup Concert that will feature the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, The Mizzou Cello Choir, and the American Wild Ensemble.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by MU Professor of Choral Conducting R. Paul Crabb and graduate student Michael Sauer. We talked about broadening the musical repertoire outside of the traditional Western European choral canon, and how to make the arts relevant to today’s social climate.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On Mizzou Music this week we were joined by MU Assistant Teaching Professor of Voice, Steven Jepson. We discussed how the Voice Department is adapting it’s teaching during the pandemic and also the intersection of Contemporary Commercial Music and the Classical  Repertoire.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by the Director of the MU School of Music, Dr. Julia Gaines. She came by to tell us about how the school is adapting to current guidelines and also about the new Monday Mashups, a series of streaming concerts put on by the School of Music.


Mizzou Music: MICF 2020

Jul 30, 2020
MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by Jacob Gotlib and Carolina Heredia. They stopped by to tell us all about the exciting events of this years Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Reservations for Friday’s Drive-In style event, “Under Twilight” can be made here: Under Twilight

Or you can tune in to Classical 90.5fm or stream at MUClassical.org

Reservations for Saturday’s streaming Finale Concert can be made here: Finale Concert


MU School of Music

Joining us this week on Mizzou Music is MU’s Assistant Teaching Professor of Bassoon, Leigh Muñoz. She joined us by phone to discuss one of her favorite pieces of music and to tell us about she is staying connected and building a community during this time of social distancing.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by phone by Jacob Gotlib, Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. He joined us to discuss what the MNMI has been up to lately and to tell us about a new piece of music he enjoys, which has its roots in a much older work.


MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke to MU Post-Doctoral Fellow Yoshiaki Onishi. He joined us by phone to talk about what he’s been doing during this time of social distancing and to tell us about one of his favorite pieces.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

This week on Mizzou Music we spoke with MU Professor of Choral Conducting R. Paul Crabb and Graduate Student Marques Jerrell Ruff. They joined us to discuss a powerful performance of William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him On A Tree at this year’s SWACDA.


Dale Lloyd, MU School of Music

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music, we were joined by MU’s Associate Professor of Voice, Steven Tharp. He joined us by phone to discuss one of his favorite pieces, Elgar’s First Symphony, as part of our Community Listening Project.


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