Top 5 Revolutionary Pieces for Bastille Day

Monday, July 13, 2015

In honor of France’s national holiday, here are five works inspired by the events of the French Revolution. And tune in to WQXR Tuesday for more French music.

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Top Five Classical Music Tumblrs

Thursday, July 09, 2015

With a bulk of musicians heading out of town and concert season slowing down, here are five favorite Tumblrs for a classical music fix over the summer.

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Who Is Kirill Petrenko? Five Things to Know About the Berlin Philharmonic's next Chief Conductor

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Though he is in line to become one of the most visible figures in classical music Kirill Petrenko is still a mystery to most audiences.

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Five Classical Music Biographies and Memoirs for Your Summer Reading List

Thursday, June 25, 2015

As you plan your summer reading, there are several new biographies and memoirs written about and by musicians to dive into over the next few months.

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Top 5 Intriguing Historical Facts About 'Tristan and Isolde'

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Even before it was unveiled Tristan had attained a legendary status, and through its history, it has maintained its mysterious aura. Here are five juicy tidbits.

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Five Ways to Celebrate Carl Nielsen’s 150th Birthday

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Tuesday marks the 150th birthday of Denmark’s most important composer, Carl Nielsen, and numerous organizations are marking the occasion. Here are five highlights.

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Top Five Pianists Who Developed Personalized Instruments

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Little has changed in piano design over the past century and a half, but over that time several distinguished pianists have tinkered with the instrument to serve their needs.

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Top Five Jet-Setting Classical Musicians This Summer

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As the weather heats up, so do travel schedules for a number of performers on the summer festival circuit. These five are among the busiest.


Top Five Fresh (or Refreshed) Ideas for the Concert Hall

Thursday, May 14, 2015

As the 2014-15 season comes to a close, a number of inventive projects have brought forth some inspiring ideas for the future of classical music. Here are five highlights.

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Top 5 Musical Treats for Mom on Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Rather than just treat Mom to brunch this Sunday, serenade her with one of a number of classical music performances around the city. Here are five options, plus WQXR's on-air plans.

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Top Five a Cappella Versions of Classical Standards

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

From the King's Singers to Bobby McFerrin, here are five impressive a cappella and vocal arrangements of classical standards.

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Top Five Epic Classical Works for Electric Guitar

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

In honor of April being International Guitar Month, we’ve collected our five favorite compositions featuring the electric guitar.

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Help Wanted: Top Five Conductor Vacancies

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Opportunity abounds for the ambitious maestro. A number of prestigious jobs are available right now and in in the near future, though more than a few have serious strings attached.


Five Works about Sheep & Goats to Ring in the Lunar New Year

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year to ewe! To celebrate, here are five works featuring these auspicious animals.

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Top 5 Classical Cameos on Film

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In honor of Hollywood’s big night and our love of classical music, here are our five favorite movie cameos by famous musicians.

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Five Buzz-Worthy Debuts and Premieres in the Next 12 Months

Friday, February 06, 2015

We’ve combed through the last half of the 2014–15 season and announcements for the 2015–16 one, to find five of the most anticipated debuts and premieres.

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Five Futuristic Musical Instruments That Are Now Real

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Here are five high-tech instruments that seem to come straight out of a science fiction movie. Will these become the norm?

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Top Five Misbehaving Fictional Maestros

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The rabble-rousing fictional conductors in the Amazon Prime series "Mozart in the Jungle" follow a notorious tradition going back to "Seinfeld" and "Bugs Bunny."

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5 Independent Music Shops in NYC That Have Beaten the Odds

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Strolling down 48th or 58th streets has become less musical, the result of rising rents and online shopping. However, there are mom and pop instrument stores fighting the changing tides.

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Top 5 Club Nights for Classical Music

Friday, November 21, 2014

With the New York launch of a new classical music club night series, the field of concerts in non-traditional music is growing. Here are five standouts.