The WQXR Weekender: Sept. 6-9

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Bawdy drinking songs, Jack Kerouac readings and a helping of Beethoven cello sonatas are among the musical offerings around New York this weekend.


Saturday Morning Cartoon: Grieg's 'Anitra’s Dance'

Saturday, September 01, 2012

“Anitra’s Dance” from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt appeared in a 1996 episode of the Cartoon Network's "What a Cartoon!" show called "Tales of Worm Paranoia."


The WQXR Weekender: Aug. 30-Sept. 3

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The holiday weekend promises several concerts in and around New York, from Bargemusic to Governor's Island to Woodstock, NY.

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The Colors of Claude Debussy

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Classical New England's Cathy Fuller and Performance Today's Fred Child join an audience in our Fraser Performance Studio to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy

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Saturday Morning Cartoon: Debussy in 'Fantasia'

Saturday, August 25, 2012

For this week’s cartoon we offer Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune from Suite bergmasque to continue this week’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part V

Friday, August 24, 2012

For the final installment of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," David Dubal takes a deep dive into the personal life of the composer during the period spent composing his greatest works.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part IV

Thursday, August 23, 2012

In this, the fourth of five installments of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," David Dubal examines the composer’s life through his correspondences with patrons and colleagues.

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The WQXR Weekender: Aug. 23-26

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Late August may appear to be a cultural dead zone in New York City, but this weekend promises several events to occupy your days and nights.


Debussy and the Piano: Part III

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

In this, the third of five installments of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," host David Dubal presents performances of Debussy’s piano music, and a comparative performance of “The Dance of Puck” with a performance by the composer.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part II

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

In this, the second of five installments of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," David Dubal explores Debussy’s piano music that deals with pictures of the natural world, and also reveals how Debussy was a man of difficult ways.

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Debussy and the Piano: Part I

Monday, August 20, 2012

In this, the first of five installments of WQXR's special series, "Debussy and the Piano," David Dubal presents a vintage recording of Debussy playing from the Children’s Corner Suite, an explanation of why Debussy wasn’t a fan of Beethoven, and an exploration on how France and French culture influenced his aesthetic.

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Claude Debussy and the Piano

Monday, August 20, 2012

To mark Debussy's 150th birthday, WQXR is presenting a week of programs dedicated to his works for piano hosted by David Dubal.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Carnival of the Animals

Saturday, August 18, 2012

This week's Saturday morning cartoon is Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, which is used in the flamingo scene in the movie "Fantasia 2000."


The WQXR Weekender: August 17-19

Thursday, August 16, 2012

This weekend's highlights include a Beethoven Clarinet Trio, an ensemble from Juilliard doing Vivaldi, and another Mostly Mozart performance with Joshua Bell.


Saturday Morning Cartoons: 'Chariots of Fur'

Saturday, August 11, 2012

For this Saturday’s cartoon we celebrate the end of the 2012 Olympics with "Chariots of Fur," a 1994 Looney Tunes cartoon that features Bedrich Smetana’s "Dance of the Comedians".


The WQXR Weekender: August 9-12

Wednesday, August 08, 2012


Our picks for this weekend include Pablo Heras-Casado at Mostly Mozart, chamber music at the Norfolk Music Festival, the Avalon String Quartet at Bargemusic and The Music Man at Glimmerglass.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Waltzing Mouse

Saturday, August 04, 2012

The 1952 Tom and Jerry cartoon "Johann Mouse" begins, "This is the story of a waltzing mouse. His name was Johann and he lived in Vienna in the home of Johann Strauss."

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The WQXR Weekender: August 2-5

Thursday, August 02, 2012


This weekend's highlights include a jazz arrangement of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, the JACK Quartet on Governor's Island, and three performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

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The Bad Plus Bring Jazz Touch to Rite of Spring

Wednesday, August 01, 2012


The Bad Plus's jazz cover of The Rite of Spring probably won't incite the rioting seen at the work's 1913 premiere, but it's still a risky undertaking.


Profile: For Natasha Paremski, Brahms Meets Boldface Names

Monday, July 30, 2012


Since the early days of her career, the 25-year-old pianist Natasha Paremski has had a knack for making friends in high places. Here's how she does it.