Top Five Ways to Open a 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.

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Top Five New Pre-Concert Restaurants

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.

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Top Five Famous (and Infamous) Violins

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.

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Top Five Fall Reads

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.

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Top 5 Themed Subscriptions for the 2010-11 Season

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.

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Top 5 Odes to the Working Man (and Woman)

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.

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Jeremy Denk’s Top 5 Piano Works

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.

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Top 5 @ 105 End of Summer Operas

Friday, August 13, 2010

It ain’t over until the fat lady sings -- even though the proverbial “fat lady” seems to have dropped several dress sizes. As we move from the dog days of August to the beginning of fall these operas will help usher in the autumn.

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Top 5 Classical Events of 1964-65

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.

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Top Five Musical Recyclers

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.

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Top 5 Musical Works that Set Paris Aflame

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.

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The Summer's Top 5 Hidden Lincoln Center Gems

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Each summer, Lincoln Center brings bold-faced names to its campus along with upcoming artists, new ensembles and honor under-recognized artists. Here's a guide to some of the surprises coming up this year.

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Top Five Pieces That Create Their Own Fireworks

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

John Philip Sousa marches, John Williams movie scores and maybe a Gershwin tune or two will surely appear on more than a few fireworks soundtracks this Independence Day. But here is a Top 5 @ 105 list of works that create their own fireworks.

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Top Five Soccer Pieces

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The World Cup is a highly musical event, full of national anthems and novelty songs. As the events begin in Brazil, here are five classical pieces to get you pumped.

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Top Five Classical Music Summer Reads

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

While there is no shortage of important books that explore music and composers, some volumes are a bit too heavy--both topically and in terms of actually poundage--for the park or beach. Here are five recommendations for lighter fare this summer.

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Top 5 Songs for the Seashore

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Are you going to the shore this week to keep cool? If a trip to the beach isn't on your calendar, there is plenty of classical music available to conjure the experience. Here are WQXR Top 5@105 songs for the seashore.

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Five Classical Memorials You Should Know

Thursday, May 27, 2010

As long as there is war, there will be music honoring the fallen and decrying the horrors of battle. Here are five works that respond to a range of eras and events. Tune in to WQXR this Memorial Day for music marking the holiday.

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Top 5 Al Fresco Music Festivals

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The spring concert season may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the music stops. Instead, it heads outdoors. Check out our list of the top five outdoor area concert festivals this summer.

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Top 5 @ 105 Composer Museums

Monday, April 19, 2010

Inspect the room where Handel slept, see the last piano that Chopin composed on or check out Beethoven's viola. As you make your summer travel plans, here are five composer museums to consider, both near and far.

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Five Top Conservatories Offer Year End Performances

Monday, April 12, 2010

As the academic year comes to an end, conservatory students are unveiling the fruits of their studies in concerts, recitals and operas around New York. Check out events at five top conservatories to find an affordable and enjoyable performances.

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