Music Interviews

Conversations with the performers, the conductors, the composers and other people instrumental in creating today's live and recorded classical music. 

This year's production by the Yale Baroque Opera Project is L'Egisto by Cavalli, which tells the story of two pairs of lovers who are playthings of the gods.  Kate Remington talked with YBOP Music Director Grant Herreid, about why L'Egisto was such a hugely popular opera in 17th century Venice. Performances are Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th at the University Theater in New Haven.

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Enthusiastic animal lover Jason Graves jumped at the chance to create the soundtrack for Moss, a virtual reality game created by Polyarc Games.  He says he was brought in so early in the process that there was only concept art and a few videos of Quill, the lovable but fierce mouse heroine of the story, but he knew immediately that he wanted to write the music for her epic adventure!

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Rei Hotoda's passion for contemporary music, Saint Saens and Tchaikovsky, will be on display as she guest-conducts the Stamford Symphony on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. Kate Remington talked with Rei about her plans to get communities excited about their local orchestras, and what she loves about the music she'll be conducting.

Creating an immersive experience is the number one goal of studios that make virtual reality games, and that extends to the music, too.  I talked with composer Winifred Philips at this year's Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco about how she approaches writing the music for VR games that run the gamut from tense  first person shooters like Scraper to the cartoon-style Fail Factory.

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