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Flutist wins 2017 Avery Fisher Prize

Apr 28, 2017
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Claire Chase, a 38 year old flutist and founder of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), has just been awarded the 2017 Avery Fisher Prize, which is presented to solo instrumentalists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and excellence in music. Ms. Chase is the first flutist to have ever won the prize, joining such noted recipients as Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Yo-Yo Ma and Midori.

For this week's show, Bob Boilen and I throw open the studio door to welcome a parade of guests from the NPR Music team, each sharing their favorite April releases. This includes Jake Witz, one of our fabulous Spring interns, who has some relatively restrained music from U.K. grime artist Mr. Mitch.

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The New York Time writer Zachary Woolfe recently reviewed a concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall.  The concert included a set with art-rock band Sigur Ros, an Organ Concerto, and an a cappella choir, wrapping up the orchestra's two week Reykjavik Festival.  Woolfe says not only has the Los Angeles Philharmonic ascended to being one of the top American orchestras.  He said that the LA Philharmonic is "the most important orchestra in America, period."   In 2019 the LA Philharmonic will celebrate its centennial. 

What will Bill Murray do next?

The beloved actor's curiosity seems boundless. It should be no surprise, then, to learn that his new project finds him paired with a classical cellist.

The finals of the Lotte Lenya Competition, a competition for singing actors, are this Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.  The Daytime Round, the major portion of the competition, runs 11:00 AM to 3:45 PM.  The Evening Round, during which winners are announced and prizes are awarded, takes place from 8:00 to 10:00 PM, also in Kilbourn Hall.

Sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, the Lenya Competition has grown exponentially from its first years in the late 1990’s when it was composed primarily of Eastman School students, to a larger and highly competitive international competition.  In honor of this year, the 20th year of the competition, cash prizes have been increased to $20,000 for the First Prize Winner and $15,000 for the Second Prize Winner.  A distinguished panel of judges adjudicates, including  Tony award-winning actor and singer Shuler Hensley, renowned stage director Anne Bogart, and Broadway music director and conductor Rob Berman.  Special guest of honor this year is soprano Teresa Stratas, who has a long association with the Lenya Competition.  (read more)

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.


In the middle of National Poetry Month, we spend some time with poets and their work. We discuss upcoming events, and we talk about poetry's place in the classroom.

  • Craig Morgan Teicher, author of the collection of poems, The Trembling Answers
  • Banke Awopetu, author of Always Want More, and budding poet
  • Albert Abonado, poet and director of adult programs at Writers & Books

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Guitarist Raphaella Smits has been visiting Rochester for a few days to teach and perform, including a free concert tonight (7:30pm, Red Room, 1010 East Avenue, Rochester)

On this tour, she is playing music from her most recent album, which is particularly special to her because it marks her 60th birthday.  It’s all music that she has known since she was a young student – but feels that now is the right time for her to play it. 

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