Tuesday, July 23, 2013
When a new production of the Ring Cycle is planned, opera administrators will bank on a significant portion of their audience coming from the ranks of Wagernites or "Ring nuts." Just what makes these fans tick?
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
A symphony orchestra gets a gleaming new concert hall. It’s a symbol of cultural ambition, civic pride and even urban renewal. Or, is it an albatross and a money pit?
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Some believe naming rights are a necessary part of philanthropy. Others argue that giving should be a selfless, anonymous act. In this podcast, a look at what's driving the trend.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Was the opera house in Düsseldorf right to cancel its Nazi-themed Tannhauser? When do radical updates of operas go too far? Listen and tell us what you think.
Monday, April 29, 2013
The Rite of Spring is practically an audience favorite and rioting in concert halls is unthinkable. But is this a good thing? Does classical music need more scandal?
Monday, April 08, 2013
From Atlanta and Minneapolis to Toronto and London, great composers are used to turn away vagrants and troublemakers drawn to bus stations, malls and parking lots.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
In recent months, symphony orchestras have returned to the music of J.S. Bach with a vengeance. Are they on the right track or should Bach be the domain of early-music specialists?
Thursday, February 07, 2013
For the first time a soundtrack for a video game has been nominated for a Grammy. And concerts of music from "Final Fantasy" and "Halo" are staples of pops concerts. Is it serious music?
Friday, January 11, 2013
With influenza reaching epidemic proportions in the United States — and the common cold not far behind — opera singers are dropping out of productions at an alarming rate.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In this podcast, three music critics review 2012: Anne Midgette, of the Washington Post; Steve Smith, of the New York Times and Time Out New York; and Heidi Waleson, from the Wall Street Journal.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Some WQXR.org readers think Lincoln Center should "tear the hall down and start over." We ask three experts for their views on the planned renovation of Avery Fisher Hall.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
What was Superstorm Sandy's larger impact on the arts? What can hard-hit cultural organizations do to recover? In this podcast, three experts discuss what resources are available for artists.
Friday, October 12, 2012
With a growing emphasis on HD-quality realism, what physical skills must an opera singer have to make it today? Is opera becoming too dangerous? Listen to our podcast and take our poll.
Monday, September 24, 2012
On the 80th anniversary of his birth, Gould continues to fascinate, with tribute albums, books and DVDs. How should we consider his impact on the music industry?
Friday, September 14, 2012
Recently, WQXR.org polled listeners on what's needed to help troubled orchestras in several American cities. In this segment, we pose your comments to three experts.
Monday, August 27, 2012
A recent incident involving a checked cello raised new questions of how airlines set rules about which musical instruments are allowed on board.
Monday, August 06, 2012
Classical music organizations throughout Europe have suffered from funding cuts in the wake of the euro crisis. Has the fat lady sung?
Thursday, July 12, 2012
As almost anyone with a Facebook account knows, classical music criticism is going from spectator sport to participatory activity. In this podcast, three experts ask whether this helps or hurts classical music.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Recently, a New York orchestra executive argued that audiences at classical music concerts have become stifled by ritual and protocol. Then came the response.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Web sites like Kickstarter are catching on but can they raise the needed funds?