Classical music can be a little stuffy. You don’t typically see a lot of classical concertgoers movin’ and groovin’ along to the music in their seats.
But in the 21st century, composers have taken a cue from funk, jazz, folk, and the blues—and they’re learning some new moves. On this week’s episode of Second Inversion, we’ll hear music you can groove to. Tune in for toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes from today’s top composers.
Blinding sun, shimmering sands, prickly plants and an endless, open sky—there is something magical about the desert.
It’s difficult to put it into words, to capture it on paper, or to sum it up in a song. The music of the desert slips through your hand like sand, evaporates like a mirage—but composers have never stopped trying to capture it. This Saturday on Second Inversion: Desert Mirage. From singing sands to desert duets, cactus needles to cricket songs, we’ll hear music and stories from deep within the desert.
The human voice may be the original musical instrument, but in the 21st century composers are taking it to new heights—literally.
On this week’s episode of Second Inversion: Expanding the Human Voice. We’ll hear new and novel approaches to vocal music, including music that loops, layers, and transforms the human voice—plus artists who speak volumes without ever using words.
As we inch closer to the summer solstice, we’re celebrating the longer days this weekend on Second Inversion.
On this Saturday’s episode: Let There Be Light! From shimmering sunbeams to bright white prisms of sound, we’ll “lighten things up” with music inspired by the sun. We’ll get lost in 24-hour daylight from the Arctic Circle, ruminate on spiritual illuminations, and brighten our evening with brassy, golden beams of light. Plus, one instrument that requires a very “light” touch.
April showers bring May flowers—and we’re celebrating the new blooms this weekend on Second Inversion!
On this Saturday’s episode: wildflowers. Join us for a musical bouquet of pieces inspired by rare blooms, exotic bulbs, and vibrant blossoms. From the delicate gardens of Pennsylvania to the superblooms of South Africa, we’ll hear musical flowers from all around the world.