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Radiohead and Steve Reich

If you happen to be in New York City November 16, be sure to check out the all-Reich event by Artist-in-Residence Alarm Will Sound at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It includes the New York premiere of Radio Rewrite, the critically acclaimed work that takes two Radiohead songs as its inspiration. Here are the composer’s notes of the […]

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BIS – Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 20

The Scandinavian label BIS Records consistently puts out some of my very favorite recordings.  I am always thrilled by the attention to detail put into every facet of their catalogue. Using the newest technology in high-resolution audio recording they “aim to reproduce the natural sound in a concert venue as faithfully as possible,” resulting in […]

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Super Choreography

It is our pleasure to fittingly honor the Ohio State Marching Band on the first-ever Education Monday blog. If you are reading this and you have not yet gotten to experience the artistry of this remarkable choreography please do yourself a favor and watch all 8 minutes. You will not regret it! Even Diaghilev would have been […]

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World Series Fever – Symphony Style

It’s October! The energy in the air as the temperatures begin to drop, the gorgeous foliage as the leaves change colors, and of course ‘get candy, get candy, get candy’. But this is America and October also means baseball… World Series Championship Baseball!!! And since this is our first post for Fun Friday, our weekly blog […]

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WELCOME to REFINERSFIRE

Music — and in particular, great music — does matter! Return here daily to keep track of monthly releases of new music by Chris McMurtry and Michael Linton (and other composers), heads-up about wonderful releases on other labels, and short blogs about music and culture and why excellence isn’t just nice, it’s essential. —  Mike Linton

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