Rob Kapilowconductor, Composer, Commentator
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What Makes It
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All You Have to
Do Is Listen:
Music from the
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~ September 22, 2015 Watch Rob's appearance on PBS NewsHour where he talks about Gershwin's Summertime.

~ April 2015 Roven Records released the next CD in the What Makes It Great?® series featuring Beethoven's Appassionata Sonatamore ]

~ On November 23, 2014 GDP records released CD, Chris Van Allsburg's "The Polar Express" together with Dr. Seuss's "Gertrude McFizz" (Music by Rob Kapilow) [ more ]

~ In Spring 2011, Rob Kapilow was commissioned by The Marin Symphony to compose Golden Gate Opus, a piece for orchestra, chorus and recorded natural sound to celebrate the Bridge’s 75th anniversary next year. The piece will have its world premier in May 2012, when it will be played from both sides of the bridge. [ more ]

~ Summer Sun, Winter Moon DVD available. A thought-provoking documentary film that exposes viewers to the reality of the American Indian perspective of Lewis and Clark’s legendary “Corps of Discovery” mission. Darrell Kipp, a writer and educator from the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, collaborated with Kapilow as librettist. [ more information ]


~ Gramophone, April, 2009
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~ Gramophone, January, 2009
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~ More about All You Have To Do Is Listen by Rob Kapilow

~ Rob Kapilow’s book All You Have To Do Is Listen receives a PROSE Award.
   At a special awards luncheon last week, Rob Kapilow’s book All You Have To Do Is Listen, published by John Wiley and Sons, picked up a prestigious PROSE Award, winning the highest honor in the category of Music & the Performing Arts.
   The Professional and Scholarly Publishing (PSP) Division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced the winners of the 2008 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (the PROSE Awards) at an awards luncheon during the PSP Annual Conference at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
   More than 35 PROSE Award winners were determined by a distinguished panel of 15 PROSE judges that included publishing professionals from such PSP member companies as McGraw-Hill, Wiley-Blackwell, and The Johns Hopkins University Press, and librarians and academics from universities such as the University of Arizona, the University of Toronto, New York University and Columbia University.
   Presented since 1976, and now newly renamed and rebranded, the 2008 PROSE Awards received a record-breaking 439 entries – over 100 more than in 2007 and more than ever before in its 33-year history – from 60 professional and scholarly publishers across the country.
   For further information about the book and about Rob Kapilow, please visit Rob’s book page,, or visit Rob on Facebook.

~ Rob Kapilow’s Jabberwocky premiered in Vancouver, BC, on January 18, 2009, as part of Music in the Morning’s Family Musik® series. Rob Kapilow, a chorus of young people, and choreographer Matt Kent’s Pickle Shoes Dance Company galumph the himbledy-jimbledy of Lewis Carroll’s uffish tale, Jabberwocky, into a new snicker-snack.
   ~ Rob Kapilow and Matt Kent discuss Jabberwocky. Here, you can listen to Rob and Matt Kent discussing the creation of Jabberwocky, and you can view a video of Matt Kent's Pickle Shoes Dance Company rehearsing a small section of the work.

~ Rob Kapilow’s All You Have to Do Is Listen: Music from the Inside Out, an engaging new book about listening to music, is available in book stores and online.
   Kapilow’s accessible and refreshing approach is designed to help today’s listeners – whether newcomers to classical music or experienced concertgoers – to understand music from the inside out – helping readers become great listeners by explaining and expanding on his belief that the core of real listening has less to do with musical terminology and historical facts than with our ability to pay attention and to listen closely.
   Kapilow demonstrates in this book how to listen to music from the inside out, from the composer’s point of view; he highlights the things composers intended to be heard but that listeners so often miss.
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~ Video podcasts of What Makes It Great?® with Rob Kapilow at Lincoln Center are available at iTunes and Lincoln Center's web site.
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~ Rob Kapilow featured in Gramophone, January, 2009
“Give this music life” by Vivien Schweitzer (Adobe Acrobat® pdf)

~ Rob Kapilow featured in Symphony, September-October, 2008
“Getting It Together” by Jennifer Melick (Adobe Acrobat® pdf)

~ Watch Rob Kapilow:
~ Live from Lincoln Center, Jan. 2008
~ The Today Show, 2004

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