Top 5 Non-Musical Irish Influences on Classical Music

Thursday, March 17, 2011

For a country with a robust musical heritage, Ireland is underrepresented in the classical music canon. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are our Top five non-musical Irish influences on classical music.

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Daniel Hope's Top Five Violin Works

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

British violinist Daniel Hope has performed with the world's major orchestras and conductors, but these days he's got his mind on Joseph Joachim, the violinist he calls "perhaps the greatest of the 19th century." Here are Hope's Top Five violin pieces.

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Top Five Spots for a Surprise Serenade

Friday, March 11, 2011

Whether opera in a Lower East Side dive, chant in a Belgian beer bar, impromptu chamber performances in Chelsea Market, here are our Top Five surprise corners to listen to classical tunes.

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Top Five Film Scores that Thrive as Concert Works

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

It takes a certain skill to compose a great film score. It takes an even more precise one to compose a great score that can be appreciated in a concert hall. Here are the top five scores that hold up on their own.

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Top Five Works About American Presidents

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It’s unfortunate to think that Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays were conflated into one Presidents’ Day, but on the other hand, it does give an excuse to celebrate all America’s leaders. Here are a top five.

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Top Five Valentine's Day Concerts

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Finding that Valentine’s Day performance that truly delivers a romantic evening without being banal or even worse, a rip-off, can be tough. To help out, we offer five Valentine’s Day performances that don’t compromise quality.

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Top Five Trailblazers

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In recognition of Black History Month, we’re looking at individuals who helped break down racial barriers on stages, orchestra pits and podiums. Here are the top five black artists who broke barriers.

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Top Five Brooklyn Happenings

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Brooklyn has long held a spot in the independent music firmament. Increasingly, symphonies, operas and experimental venues are growing alongside the indie rock scene. Here are our top five storylines we are following in Brooklyn:

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Top Five Piano Prodigies

Monday, January 17, 2011

As we celebrate the current class of the keyboard world this month with our series Powerhouse Pianists, here are five up-and-coming prodigies -- and recent prodigies -- who could be selling out concert halls in the years to come.

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Top Five New Music Events for a New Year

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

This may be the year of the rabbit, but it also seems to be a great year for contemporary music. Here are the top five new music events sure to generate some heat these winter months.

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Top Five Composer Anniversaries in 2011

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

As 2011 gears up, another group of birthdays and anniversaries are receiving their due on stages, with one composer hanging around for a second straight year.

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Top Five Christmas Day Musical Events

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean the music has to stop. Here are our top five ways to get your music fix on Dec. 25, from the spiritual to the irreverent.

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Top Five Modern Christmas Works

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tired of standard Christmas fare? Fortunately, there is a discography of lesser known Christmas-themed works to shake up the seasonal soundtrack. Here are our top five.

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Top Five Holiday Sing-Alongs

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

There’s probably no better display of the holiday spirit than singing it at the top of the lungs. A number of upcoming concerts promise the opportunity to break into song as loudly and festively as possible.

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Top Five Pierre Boulez Works

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pierre Boulez will be the subject of an upcoming "Composer Portrait" concert at Miller Theater. Alex Lipowski of the New York-based Talea Ensemble discusses five works that manifest different facets of Boulez’s career.

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Top Five Celebrations of Song

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.

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Five Pieces that will Change Your Mind about the Bassoon

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."

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Top Five Fanfares

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hot Air, our month-long celebration of woodwind and brass sections on WQXR, might as well be called a fanfare for these instruments. Here are five notable fanfares, from Mouret to Verdi and Adams.

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Top Five Serenades to Food

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Composers have been honoring food well before Telemann wrote his Tafelmusik, or table music. Here are five works certain to whet the palate. Plus: get a head start on Thanksgiving with Naomi Lewin's Praline Pumpkin Pie recipe.

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Top Five Devilish Treats

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.

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