Café Concert: Imani Winds

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Imani Winds was a novelty when it first arrived on the scene in 1997, a wind quintet that veered away from the customary European classical fare. Now they've reached a turning point.

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WQXR Expands its Reach into Westchester with New WQXW 90.3 FM

Monday, July 29, 2013

Beginning today, WQXR expands its reach into central and northern parts of Westchester County on the new WQXW 90.3 FM.

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Wagner Week: A Dozen Definitive Wagner Interpreters

Sunday, July 28, 2013

To close the week of all-things Wagner, WQXR brings you the most definitive Wagner interpreters. From 8 am to 7 pm, we offer 12 Wagnerian conductors and performers from various recordings.

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National Youth Orchestra of the US Makes UK Debut

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Listen to the archived broadcast of the National Youth Orchestra of the U.S. making its London debut at the Proms.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Wabbits and Wagner

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Of course, it wouldn't be Wagner Week without mentioning the 1957 Warner Brothers classic "What's Opera Doc?"

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Wagner Week: Becoming a Pop Culture Staple

Saturday, July 27, 2013

"If Wagner had lived in this century, he would have been the No. 1 film composer," the Hollywood composer Max Steiner once said. Today, we explore some of many film and television appropriations of Wagner's work.

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Wagner Week: The Non-Operatic Music

Friday, July 26, 2013

Today we go beyond the "hits" and consider the neglected corners of his catalog, including his overtures, marches, a piano sonata and even a Symphony in C.

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Wagner Week: Bayreuth Remains a Colorful, Controversial Mecca

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The 2013 edition of the Bayreuth Festival opens with a new production of the Ring Cycle that's expected to be as colorful and contentious as anything this annual event has seen.

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Wagner Week: Do Not Grab This 'Ring' Casually

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Written over 26 years, the Ring Cycle takes 16 hours to perform from start to finish. Today, we explore the work's subtleties in greater depth.

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Wagner Week: The Composer's Innovations

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

For the second day of Wagner Week, we turn our focus to Wagner's innovations -- dramatic, musical, structural and otherwise.

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Wagner Week: The Life of Richard Wagner

Monday, July 22, 2013

WQXR is focusing the week of July 22-28 on Richard Wagner, that consummate man of the theater who is one of history's greatest – and most controversial – opera composers.

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A Sea-Inspired Start to the BBC Proms

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Listen to WQXR's first broadcast in a series of performances from the BBC Proms festival in London. The program includes music by Rachmaninoff, Britten and a BBC commission by Julian Anderson.


Saturday Morning Cartoons: Madama Butterfly

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Today's Saturday at the Opera is Puccini's Madama Butterfly from the LA Opera, and this week's Saturday’s cartoon features Butterfly's famous aria “Un bel di."

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Weekend Rhapsody

Saturday, July 06, 2013

We're keeping the Fourth of July celebration going with a beloved American work, George Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue," which is featured, among many other places, in Walt Disney’s "Fantasia 2000."


American Original: A Salute to Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Thursday, July 04, 2013

July 4th provides an ideal opportunity to focus on the adventurous life and original music of American pianist and composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. David Dubal takes us on a musical tour.

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John F. Kennedy Reads the Declaration of Independence on WQXR

Monday, July 01, 2013

On July 4, 1957, senator John F. Kennedy appeared on WQXR, reading the Declaration of Independence as part of the station's observance of Independence Day.

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Joshua Rifkin, Onetime Early-Music Rebel, Looks Bach

Friday, June 28, 2013

Joshua Rifkin studied with Babbitt and Stockhausen, recorded with a jug band, and created arrangements for Judy Collins. This Sunday at 9 pm, he talks with David Garland about J.S. Bach.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Clanky Cantata

Saturday, June 22, 2013

In a 1980 episode of "The Muppet Show," Rowlf the Dog attempts a few minutes of musical profundity with Bach's famous chorale Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.


On-Demand Video: Verdi in The Greene Space

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

In celebration of the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, WQXR presents a special preview of the Caramoor Summer Music Festival’s "Bel Canto at Caramoor" series. Watch the archived webcast now.

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Café Concert: Conrad Tao

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Conrad Tao runs his own music festival, has a major-label debut and is working towards a double degree from Columbia and Juilliard. The overachieving pianist and composer turns 19 this week. See him play at WQXR.

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