Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Pittsburgh Symphony is considering a return trip to Iran. If accomplished, it would be just the latest of goodwill tours that orchestras have taken to hostile nations, acting as cultural ambassadors.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Throughout human history, cultural thinkers have tried to find connections between the five senses. Now, some musicians are trying to intermingle sound, colors and scents.
Thursday, January 09, 2014
Anyone traveling with an instrument, especially an expensive one-of-a-kind type model, knows the perils of flight. Here are five devastating accounts of air travel.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
The year 2014 brings about a new crop of honorees. Here are five anniversaries that classical music lovers should mark on their calendars.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
For more than two centuries, composers have been writing children’s playthings into their scores. Here are five pieces that incorporate non-traditional instruments.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Expressing thanks through music requires nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, there have been plenty of composers up to the task.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
On Friday, Benjamin Britten would have turned exactly 100 years old. Here are five ways to celebrate his life and legacy, including special programming on WQXR.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Despite the trend towards youth, these five conductors have shown both longevity and loyalty, becoming synonymous with the major ensembles they’re still leading.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Sometimes the encore overshadows the scheduled performance. Here are five noteworthy encores that eclipsed their programs.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
It’s not pure coincidence that classical composers wind up on soundtracks to horror flicks and slasher movies. Their music can raise the hairs of listeners even without scary special effects.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
As we reach the heart of the fall season, a lot of verbiage will be created around the musical topics. Here are five venues to catch these discussions over the next several weeks.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
New York City Opera filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Thursday, beginning the formal process of dissolving the company and paying off millions of dollars to a range of creditors.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Over the past 10 years, the company’s insignia has been adapted to honor a number of our favorite composers and musical innovators. We selected our five favorite illustrations.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Well before Oscar Madison mussed up Felix Ungar’s spotless existence, odd couplings have provided the inspiration for surprising theater, dance, film and music. Here are the top five strangest pairings.
Monday, September 16, 2013
The start of the 2013-14 season is filled with question marks. Some point to the uncertainty of the future of classical music; others anticipate what we hope will be triumphant returns.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
As the city’s opera houses and concert halls get ready to for the 2013-14 season, here are five venues to make sure to add to your list in the coming months.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Now that WQXR is expanding its reach into Westchester with WQXW 90.3FM, we're familiarizing ourselves with the 'hood. Here are five people and things that have enriched the area.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Cookbooks have long appealed to classical music and opera buffs who know their way around the kitchen, or are just curious what renowned musicians cook when not touring. Here are five standouts.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
This summer's heat has been disruptive but even when concerts are indoors, Mother Nature can wreak havoc. Here are our top five most disruptive natural disasters in recent memory.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
This season, the Mostly Mozart Festival's music director, Louis Langrée, has Beethoven on his mind. He talks about which of the composer’s works are the most mysterious to him.