Music Interviews

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


Eagle Flight, Ubisoft's new Virtual Reality game, lets you soar as an eagle above a future Paris, populated only by animals. Inon Zur composed the score, which he told me presented some interesting challenges:

The American Chamber Orchestra, based in Fairfield, Connecticut, opens its new season on Saturday, November 5, with a program that includes Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony. Kate Remington talked with conductor Christopher Hisey, who says pairing the music of these two composers was a natural fit because they both heroically overcame their personal obstacles.

As Destiny, the epic adventure from Bungie enters its third year with the Rise of Iron expansion, composer Mike Salvatori says the music has expanded as well, to over 250 minutes of new material, written along with Skye Lewin and C. Paul Johnson.  The main theme is especially compelling, and as Mike explains it was kind of like a "gift from the universe!"

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For the opening concert of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 29, conductor Jonathan Yates reunites with his Harvard buddy, cellist Matt Haimovitz, who will be the soloist in the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich. The program also includes Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Kate Remington talked with Jonathan about what ties these two heartbreaking works together.


Burly Men at Sea, created by David and Brooke Condolora of Brain & Brain isn't your typical seafaring adventure, and Plied Sound's original music isn't your typical soundtrack either. Nate Sandberg and Matt Joynt had lots of fun creating a "handcrafted" soundtrack and sound design and it shows, as you'll hear in our conversation.