Thursday, November 18, 2010
New York is bursting into song, or it seems that way with the number of song cycles, recitals, series and festivals around. Consider these five song-themed programs over the coming weeks.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monica Ellis, the bassoonist in the Imani Winds quintet, shares five pieces that take the bassoon beyond its clichéd role as the jovial clown of the orchestra. "We do get to difficult things and it’s not just this big, clumsy, cumbersome instrument."
Monday, October 25, 2010
Satan, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, or whatever you may call him gets credit for his share of spooky music. With Halloween around the corner, here are the top five devilish treats.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Though she succeeded in roles as diverse as Turandot and Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, there are certain roles that are synonymous with the late Joan Sutherland. Here are her top five operatic roles.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The national pastime has inspired poetry, novels, films, plays and, of course, its share of music. With the MLB playoffs underway, get in the spirit with these five classical pieces about baseball.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
For whatever fluke of scheduling, a number of Russian operas, symphonies and chamber works are popping up all over the city this month. Consider these five Russian-themed concerts.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Yes, the opera world can't seem to get enough of Wagner this year. But there are also new works adding a fresh voice to the repertoire. Consider these five world premieres taking place this season.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
For symphony orchestras, the opening concert often makes a statement on the season that's to follow. Here are five archetypes for symphonic season openers - from bold-face names to bombast.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Pre-concert dining can be a harried and sometimes uneven affair, but several new restaurants around Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall are providing fresh options for a variety of tastes and budgets.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù built creations that can eclipse their fiddlers in sheer stardom. Men will scheme, steal and pay large fortunes to behold these violins’ aural fruits.
Thursday, September 09, 2010
A composer who wrote memorable music for the mob, a pianist who had paranormal visions and a famous comeback -- those stories will be told in books coming out this fall. Check out five Fall reads for the classical music fan.
Friday, September 03, 2010
At this time of year, box offices at most concert halls, opera houses and recital venues in town are opening their registers to sell subscriptions. Here are the Top 5 @ 105 themed series and subscriptions of the 2010-11 season.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Throughout history, composers have recognized and celebrated the efforts of working men and women. Here are our top five, in honor of Labor Day.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
American pianist Jeremy Denk is known for his audacious programs and his thoughtful observances on music. Before hitting the stage for performances this week in New York, he spoke with WQXR and shared his list of his favorite piano works that he's playing right now.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
With the return of AMC's hit television show, Mad Men, references to the 1960's seem to be everywhere. Here are the Top 5 @ 105 classical music events that would have been taking place around Don Draper starting in the fall of 1964.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Gabriel Prokofiev’s new release is a series of pieces written for discarded items, including oil cans, plastic bags and Fanta bottles. He joins a continuum of composers who have taken musical detritus and folded it into their own work.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Allons enfants de la Patria, liberté, egalité and fraternité are noble causes, but they’re not the only qualities that can stir Parisians to a riot. In honor of Bastille Day, here are WQXR's top 5 musical pieces that incited Paris.