Musician Jen Shyu conducts fieldwork on traditional music all around the world, and in her compositions, she likes to subvert the distinctions between the traditional and the contemporary. But, she says, "I truly believe that the process must come from, at least for me, very deep research: a very deep internalization process of learning from a teacher as if I were a baby learning from nothing."
To celebrate award-winning composer John Harbison’s 80th birthday today, we’re publishing this conversation between Mr. Harbison and WHRB Classical’s Allison Pao from earlier this year, in which they discuss the Harvard music scene, cultural shifts Harbison has experienced in his lifetime, the conflicts between the jazz, rock, and classical genres, what the priorities of composers should be, and more.
During WHRB’s inaugural Boston Week/Harvard Weekend, on classical air, we featured over 20 ensembles from Harvard, Boston, and Massachusetts, showcased musicians, conductors, and composers making great contributions to the local classical music scene, and gave away over 40 tickets to concerts in the Greater Boston area! We have compiled some of the social media posts, exclusive interviews, and live recordings here.