Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Magical Maestro

Saturday, December 08, 2012

The aria "Largo al factotum" from Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville shows up in numerous cartoons. Here's a version featuring Poochini, a canine opera singer.

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WQXR's 2012 Classical Countdown

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.

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WQXR's 2012 Holiday Programming

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.

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Café Concert: Julian Rachlin

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.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: That's How Music Is Made

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.”


The Holiday Channel Returns with Carols, Festive Favorites

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.

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25 Essential Beethoven Recordings: The 'Pastoral' Symphony

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.

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What Music Do You Identify with Thanksgiving?

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.

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Café Concert: The Canellakis-Brown Duo

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.

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WQXR's Halloween Spooktacular

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 Morning Cartoons: Thrills and Chills on Bald Mountain

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.

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Ten Essential London Symphony Orchestra Recordings

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.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Cunning Little Vixen

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.


The WQXR Weekender: Oct. 11-14

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.


Texts for Earth Echoes by Augusta Read Thomas

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.


Café Concert: Maya Beiser

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 Morning Cartoons: Musical Moments from Chopin

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.


The WQXR Weekender: Oct. 4-7

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 Morning Cartoons: A Rapid Ring Cycle

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!”


The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 27-30

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.