Julie Amacher Feature Archive

Banjo player Bela Fleck has collaborated with classical musicians in the past. On 'The Impostor,' he goes even farther, with a full-fledged concerto. (08/28/2013)
According to the producer of this new disc, composers often save their innermost thoughts for the choral medium. (08/14/2013)
With their combined talents, imaginations and deep collaborative commitment, Alessio Bax, Simon Over and the Southbank Sinfonia pry out some fresh ideas — and new life — in these familiar works by Mozart. (08/07/2013)
Everyday life for Dobrinka Tabakova is centered on the thing she loves most - composing. Though <em>String Paths</em> is the first full album devoted to her original compositions, she says she has always known this would be her path. (07/30/2013)
Simone Dinnerstein is a classical pianist; Tift Merritt is a singer/songwriter who's been compared with Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris. What happens when they join forces? (07/17/2013)
Pianist Yundi Li made his name with Chopin. Now he explores another romantic master, Beethoven. (07/09/2013)
This new choral disc from The Singers serves up a collection of American melodies, in arrangements that sometimes give the old tunes an unexpected spin. (07/02/2013)
Conductor Leonard Slatkin comes back to the orchestral music of Rachmaninov, 30 years after recording it for the first time. (06/25/2013)
Carl Sagan, Philip Glass, J. S. Bach, Karl Jenkins, Yehudi Menuhin &mdash; they all played a role in shaping Daniel Hope's new disc, inspired by the ancient concept of the music of the spheres. (06/18/2013)
A new disc from a 19-year-old pianist includes standards by Rachmaninoff and Ravel, and his own music, some based on the strange dreams he had when going off to college. (06/11/2013)
Dawn Upshaw's new disc demonstrates where the conversation leads when a singer, a composer, and two poets blend their voices. (06/04/2013)
Jon Kimura Parker is trying something different with <em>The Rite of Spring</em> in its centennial year -- recreating this complex orchestral score at the piano. (05/28/2013)
It's been 100 years since the famous premiere of Stravinsky's <em>The Rite of Spring</em> (<em>Le Sacre du Printemps</em>). Simon Rattle talks about its historic opening night, and the music that still packs a punch. (05/21/2013)
Italian composers like Puccini and Verdi are often best known as opera composers. This new disc from the Quartteto di Cremono shows what they could do in the realm of chamber music. (05/14/2013)
Rachel Barton Pine is never at a loss for new musical projects. Her latest, titled <em>Violin Lullabies</em>, is one she's had in the back of her mind for years. (05/07/2013)