Saturday, December 08, 2012
It's back and bigger than ever: WQXR will help ring in the New Year with our 2012 Classical Countdown. From Friday through New Year's Eve, we're counting down your 105 favorite pieces.
Friday, December 07, 2012
WQXR is pleased to present special programming throughout the 2012 holiday season. Here is a calendar of the Chanukah and Christmas specials that you will hear in December.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
After a difficult prodigy phase, violinist Julian Rachlin has matured into a career that includes many things: chamber music, concertos, conducting and teaching. Watch him perform in the WQXR Cafe.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Johann Strauss II's Blue Danube Waltz appears in numerous cartoons. This week we're highlighting the 1960 Chuck Jones/Warner Brother’s cartoon, “High Note.”
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Here you can expect beloved carols and festive winter songs; opulent orchestral arrangements and pared-down period ensembles; grandiose choirs and intimate chamber groups.
Friday, November 30, 2012
To wrap our month-long survey of the 25 essential Beethoven recordings, we meet the composer's "folk" side. Read more and tell us about your favorite Beethoven recording here.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
All day Thursday, WQXR serves up pieces of Americana, songs of harvest, early American ballads, even a few odes to food.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Canellakis-Brown Duo plays chamber music and has an online comedy series "Conversations with Nick Canellakis." Watch them perform in the WQXR Café.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tonight from 6-9 pm, WQXR will present an all-Halloween-themed show featuring some of the spookiest pieces in the classical repertoire. Enter our Vvirtual Halloween Parade!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Halloween is this coming Wednesday and in that spirit, we have chosen Modest Mussorgsky’s thrilling A Night on Bald Mountain for this Saturday’s cartoon.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The LSO is marking the 100th anniversary of its first appearance in the US this week. Here are ten noteworthy recordings chosen by principal flutist Gareth Davies.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
This Saturday’s cartoon features Leos Janacek’s suite from his opera The Cunning Little Vixen. The opera was actually inspired by a comic strip character from the 1920s, the fox Vixen Sharp-Ears, so it is perhaps most appropriate to view it in cartoon form.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
This weekend, New Yorkers can compare the city's two major orchestras side by side. Concerts by the New York Philharmonic and the Met Orchestra are among the highlights of our concert calendar.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Orpheus commissioned this new work from Augusta Read Thomas in honor of the centenary of Gustav Mahler’s death in 2011. The subject and structure of Earth Echoes reflect Mahler’s final vocal composition, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Thomas adopted Mahler’s scoring for two vocalists and orchestra, and her work touches upon related themes of life, nature, and renewal. The texts feature selections from fourteen poets representing ten countries spread across thirteen centuries, including a Chinese poem from the eighth century that appears in Mahler’s work.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Her Twitter account is called "Cello Goddess" and one of her crossover successes was the Led Zeppelin tune "Kashmir." Watch Maya Beiser perform in the WQXR Café.
Saturday, October 06, 2012
The featured music in this Saturday’s cartoon is Frederic Chopin’s Fantasie-impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66. This piece is featured in a 1947 Woody Woodpecker cartoon.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
This weekend's concert calendar takes us from the Met Museum to the Met Opera, from the Chicago Symphony to the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
This Saturday's cartoon features Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung. Leitmotifs from this music can be found in an animated short called, “The Ring in 2.5 minutes — with leitmotifs!”
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Several concerts around New York this weekend have a visual bent, including a multimedia take on Pictures at an Exhibition, a tribute to Montsalvatge and a performance of David T. Little's opera Dog Days.
Friday, September 21, 2012
This week's cartoon features J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 846, from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier. We hear a performance by Glenn Gould.