Spring for Music

A Seven-Part Series of Live Orchestral Concerts on WQXR

If you’ve ever attended an orchestra concert and it felt it was hampered by formulaic programming or tired repertoire, a new festival plans to offer a refreshing alternative.

From May 6 through 14, Carnegie Hall will be home to the Spring for Music festival, a showcase for the most creative programming ideas among North American orchestras. The debut edition will feature the orchestras of Albany, Dallas, Montreal, Portland, OR, St. Paul, MN, Toledo, OH, as well as New York’s own Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. WQXR will broadcast the entire series live, which will also be heard nationally through American Public Media.

All broadcasts start at 8 pm. Visit WQXR.org for a live chat during the concert, which will also be presented in 3D sound. Explore the programs and special features below.

May 6 - Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
May 7 - Toledo Symphony Orchestra
May 10 - Albany Symphony Orchestra
May 11 - Dallas Symphony Orchestra
May 12 - Oregon Symphony Orchestra
May 13 - Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
May 14 - Montréal Symphony Orchestra 

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