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 a...

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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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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Saint-Saens Carnival

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Camille Saint-Saens’s Carnival of the Animals shows up in numerous cartoons, including "Bugs and Daffy’s Carnival of the Animals," which also stars a young Michael Tilson Thomas.

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The Romantic Piano with David Dubal in The Greene Space

Thursday, May 30, 2013

In a companion to his weekly series "The Romantic Piano," piano authority David Dubal comes to The Greene Space at WQXR to discuss the milestones of the Romantic piano literature.

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Café Concert: Richard and Mika Stoltzman

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Richard Stoltzman really wants to feel that he's connecting with his audiences – even if it means resorting to nudity.


The New York Youth Symphony Celebrates 50 Years

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Today at 5 pm, hear the New York Youth Symphony, conducted by Joshua Gersen, in concert at Carnegie Hall celebrating the orchestra's 50th anniversary.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 'Fantasia's' Finale

Saturday, May 25, 2013

This Saturday's cartoon is the tranquil conclusion to Walt Disney's "Fantasia," featuring a procession of monks walking through a forest to the music of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria."