Café Concert: Benjamin Verdery

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Guitarist Benjamin Verdery recently stopped by WQXR to play the music of J.S. Bach, Prince and Randy Newman. Watch and listen to the performances.


Clash of the Titans: An Exploration of Verdi & Wagner

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tonight at 8 pm, tune in for a special re-broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Verdi and his contemporary Wagner.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Ride of the Valkyries

Friday, May 10, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon, we spotlight the Ride of the Valkyries, from Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle opera, Die Walkure. This music is featured in “What’s Opera Doc.”

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Video: The Emerson Quartet in The Greene Space

Monday, May 06, 2013

Today at 5 pm, we re-broadcast the Emerson Quartet's final New York performance with cellist David Finckel. Catch performances of Schubert, Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky.

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Café Concert: Brooklyn Rider

Monday, May 06, 2013

The genre-bending string quartet Brooklyn Rider arrives at the WQXR Café to perform exuberant pieces inspired by the sounds of Eastern Europe, ancient Persia and beyond. Watch the videos.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: An Animated Operavore

Saturday, May 04, 2013

The late Emanuele Luzzati was a painter, animator, Academy Award nominee and an Operavore. For today’s cartoon, we look at his 1973 Academy Award-nominated animated short film "Pulcinella."


Songs Your Mother Taught You

Saturday, May 04, 2013

In advance of Mother's Day (May 12), we'd like to know: what comes to mind for you when you mix classical music and Mom? Leave your comments.

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Webcast: Imani Winds in Concert in The Greene Space

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Watch the archived webcast of the Imani Winds in concert and conversation as they join pianists Roy Eaton and Donal Fox, and bass-baritone Joe Damon Chappel in The Greene Space.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Snow Maiden

Saturday, April 20, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon we feature Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Clowns” from his opera The Snow Maiden.


WQXR to Broadcast BBC Proms Concerts in 8-Week Series

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WQXR is taking listeners to the world's biggest classical music festival this summer.


Video Webcast: Gil and Orli Shaham Play Jewish Music in The Greene Space

Monday, April 15, 2013

Tonight at 8 pm: our rebroadcast of the violinist Gil Shaham and his sister, the pianist Orli Shaham, performing an evening of Jewish and Jewish-themed music.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Sibelius and the Cat

Saturday, April 13, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon we have selected Jean Sibelius’s Valse triste, Op. 44. 


On-Demand Video: András Schiff Plays Bach in The Greene Space

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On Wednesday, the pianist András Schiff joined host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss and perform the music of J.S. Bach. Watch the archived video.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Going for Gold

Saturday, April 06, 2013

For this week’s cartoon we feature the Entry of the Gods into Valhalla, from Wagner’s Das Rheingold, as featured in "Operavox Rhinegold,” a 1995 condensed, animated version of the ope...


'The Iceberg' Opera Drifts into Newark

Monday, April 01, 2013

On Sunday evening at the Park & Bark Arts Center in Newark, NJ I heard a performance of what is, without question, the most unusual opera I’ve ever heard.

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Bach 360°: Chorales, Cantatas and an Oratorio for Easter

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Two things are certain about the classical music calendar: Handel at Christmas and Bach at Easter. For the final day of Bach 360°, read more about the Easter-themed works.

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Bach 360°: What Type of Singers Did Bach Prefer?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

What kinds of voices did Bach have in mind for his vocal works? Which voice type is most capable of communicating the composer's music: boy sopranos, countertenors or women?

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Bach 360°: The Passions, Ravishing and Disputed

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bach's St. John Passion is among the great monuments of the choral literature but it is also controversial for its setting of the St. John Passion. Find out why and leave a comment.

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Bach 360°: How Bach Scored with the Keyboard

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beyond religion, beyond duty, beyond fashion lies J.S. Bach’s music for keyboard. Read David Patrick Stearns's take on the composer's epic keyboard works and get a free download.

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Bach 360°: Cross-Genre Reinventions

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

No other composer has spurred as many reinterpretations as Bach, from jazz and bluegrass to rock. Author Paul Elie considers why. Plus: get a free Bach download.

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