Alex Ambrose

Alex Ambrose is a producer for Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station and website devoted to discovery, curiosity and vibrant 21st-century music.

Alex oversees the overall programmatic direction of Q2 Music and works with WQXR and NYPR staff to produce live webcasts; conceive and execute large-scale festivals with local and international partners; develop new shows, podcasts and hosts; craft features, interviews and profiles; and ensure the vitality of music playlists.

He graduated from Brown University in 2002 with a double major in Musicology and Comparative Literature and received a master’s degree from Université de Lumière Lyon 2 in France in 2004. In addition to working in publishing and arts administration, he was the associate producer for WNYC’s Evening Music with hosts Terrance McKnight and David Garland from 2007 to 2009. During that time, he produced the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-winning 24:33: A John Cage Celebration.

Alex Ambrose appears in the following:

A World Apärt: 24-Hour Arvo Pärt Marathon

Thursday, May 15, 2014

All day today, we're repeating A World Apärt: a 24-hour sonic celebration of the music of Arvo Pärt, one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century. The marathon culminates with a 7 p.m. live stream of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir at the MET Museum.

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Inside Timo Andres's Shy and Mighty Bed-Stuy Apartment

Monday, March 17, 2014

For this opening episode of Season Two of Q2 Spaces, composer-pianist Timo Andres takes us on a tour of his sharply decorated apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Watch the full episode now.

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Lutosławski 101 with Esa-Pekka Salonen

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Host Nadia Sirota explores three critical works in Lutosławski's catalog, Musique funèbre, Concerto for Orchestra and Les Espaces du sommeil, while offering insights and anecdotes from Esa-Pekka Salonen on what makes the Polish icon so special.

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Lutosławski at 100: VII. Last Thoughts

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Seven explores his last thoughts. 

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Lutosławski at 100: VI. The Late Style

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Six explores his late style. 

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Lutosławski at 100: V. Heroism and Dissent

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Five explores heroism and dissent. 

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Lutosławski at 100: IV. Consolidating the Mature Style

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Four explores the consolidation of his mature style. 

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Lutosławski at 100: III. Breakthrough to Modernism

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Three explores his breakthrough to modernism.

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Lutosławski at 100: II. The Postwar Period

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part Two explores the postwar period. 

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Lutosławski at 100: I. Early Works and World War II

Monday, November 04, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Q2 Music presents Lutosławski at 100 – a seven-part series hosted by Nadia Sirota celebrating the centenary of Polish icon Witold Lutosławski. Part One explores early works and World War II.

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Music Boxes, Toys and Found Sounds with Angélica Negrón

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Combining found sounds and toy instruments with electronics and orchestral instruments, Angélica Negrón's compositions a sound both futuristic and nostalgic. Take a video tour of her apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Inside Tristan Perich's Home and 1-Bit Workshop

Monday, April 29, 2013

Visit the home and work space of Tristan Perich – a sound, visual and installation artist residing in New York City who mixes live sound with 1-bit computer music.

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Michel van der Aa Wins 2013 Grawemeyer Award

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa has won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. He is the second consecutive Dutch composer to win the $100,000 prize.

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Interview: Original Music Workshop's Founder, Kevin Dolan

Monday, September 10, 2012

In order to get a better idea of the genesis of and programmatic philosophy behind Williamsburg's upcoming, $15.6 million Original Music Workshop, we asked its founder Kevin Dolan, a soft-spoken, former international tax attorney, a few questions.

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Listen: Alarm Will Sound Perform John Cage and Edgard Varèse

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Sunday, March 18 at 3 pm, Alarm Will Sound performed music by John Cage, Edgard Varèse, Conlon Nancarrow, Elliott Sharp and Charlie Wilmoth. Hear the entire concert now on-demand.

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Powerhouse Piano Concertos

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

For WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month, Q2 Music gets back to its "500 Years of New-Music" roots and pays homage to the genre where the many strands of the composer's creative persona come into sharpest focus -- the piano concerto. Every night at 10 pm throughout November, Q2 Music streams back-to-back piano concertos, the first from the 19th century and behind the imposing shadow of Beethoven's own five masterworks and the second from today's active, international repertoire.

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The Ambiguity of Excerpting

Monday, August 29, 2011

As we take all the generous musical suggestions you've provided and strive to channel them into a cohesive, fluid stream of music for the 9/11 weekend, we acknowledge a complicated, but inevitable, decision. We have an idea how to proceed; however, we want to hear your thoughts as to the most appropriate, respectful course of action.

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Requiems Discovered

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Over the next few weeks, as we listen to your requiem suggestions and start to sketch out the 9/11 anniversary weekend programming, a ton of new music will be crossing our desks. But some of our recent discoveries are simply too moving to wait an additional moment before sharing: including work by a Polish film composer, a Ukrainian romantic, and a requiem based on Latvian folk songs.

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A Musical Memory Space

Friday, August 12, 2011

John Adams was one of the first major composers to take on the challenge of writing a work to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001. His Pulitzer Prize-winning work On the Transmigration of Souls is something of a sound collage, performed by orchestra and choirs along with pre-recorded ambient sound: we hear a voice reading names of people who were lost in the towers, the choirs singing reminiscences of their family members.

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Two Boys Provoking Debate

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Though New Yorkers will unfortunately have to wait until the Met Opera's 2013-2014 season to see a local production of Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher's staging of Nico Muhly's first opera, Two Boys (premiering in late June at the English National Opera), it seems like we're now more than ever bombarded with the dark and lurid issues that this complex, cautionary tale raises. 

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