Five Famous Orchestra Tours in the Name of Diplomacy

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.

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An Eyeful of Sound: Top Five Multisensory Performances

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.

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Top Five Flying Disasters for Musicians

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.

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Top Five Notable Composer Anniversaries in 2014

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.

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Top Five Musical Pieces for Toys

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.

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Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

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.

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Top Five Ways to Commemorate the Britten Centenary

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.

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Top Five Longest-Serving Music Directors

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.

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Top Five Encores that Overshadowed the Performance

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Sometimes the encore overshadows the scheduled performance. Here are five noteworthy encores that eclipsed their programs.

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Top Five Pieces to Raise the Dead (or Undead)

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.

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Five Musical Talks to Hear This Fall

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.

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Five New York City Opera Productions That Made History

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.

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Top Five Google Doodles on a Classical Theme

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.

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Top Five Most Eccentric Crossover Duets

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.

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Top Five Key Dates to Mark on the Calendar this Fall

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.

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Top Five New or Refreshed Concert Venues for Fall 2013

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.

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Top Five Odd and Little-Known Facts about Westchester Music History

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.

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Top Five Cookbooks For Classical Music Fans

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.

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Top Five Most Disruptive Five Natural Disasters in Classical Music

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.

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Louis Langrée Picks Beethoven’s Five Most Mysterious Compositions

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.

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