Kate Remington

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The Charles Ives Music Festival launches a nearly year-long season with a concert by cellist Julian Schwarz, pianist Marika Bournaki and friends on Saturday, November 2 in Ridgefield, Conn.

Kate Remington talks with Festival Music Director Paul Frucht about how the new festival continues Ives' legacy of musical curiosity and innovation. 

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Bungie's latest Desiny 2 expansion, Shadowkeep, brings Guardians back to the Moon, only to discover that it's plagued by terrifying living nightmares, and long-vanquished enemies that need to be conquered again. Composers Mike Salvatori and Skye Lewin told me that not only did they write some of the most terrifying music ever for Destiny, but they blended in subtle hints of sorrow and brash heroic moments as well.

Max Nielsen

In The Long Return, created by Max Nielsen, a young orphaned lion cub is retracing the last journey he made with his mother. Dale North composed the soundtrack, and he told me it was some of the most emotionally satisfying music he's written in a long time. 

Dale says the opportunity to write the score for The Long Return came at a busy time, but he was so taken by the story of the young cub, and the emotions he felt thinking about how the cub's mother is with him in spirit, that writing the music became a kind of refuge for his spirit.

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Michael Stern will be on the podium, making his debut as music director designate of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th.  

Kate Remington talks with Michael about the program, which includes Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Stephen Hough, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and Apu: A Tone Poem for Orchestra by contemporary composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Gearbox Software

There's lots to explore in Borderlands 3, the latest expansion in the game series that Gearbox Software began in 2009. Raison Varner has been with the series since the beginning as a composer, music supervisor and sound designer, and he says it's been an incredible experience to expand the music along with the games! For Borderlands 3, Raison worked with long-time collaborator on the series, Jesper Kyd, as well as Michael McCann and Finishing Move. Together they've created a diverse, eclectic soundtrack that still manages to feel familiar.

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