A New Yorker's Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

One of the great WQXR traditions: Host Nimet Habachy's reflections on Christmas in New York.


An Early Music and Baroque Christmas

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Host David Garland presents an hour of Christmas and wintertime music from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras.


Saturday Morning Cartoon: 'Christmas Time is Here'

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The graceful strains of Vince Guaraldi's jazz soundtrack to the TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" continue to be a emblematic part of the holiday season.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 'What's Opera, Doc?'

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This Saturday’s cartoon features Richard Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman. This music opens the 1957 Chuck Jones/Warner Brothers cartoon, “What’s Opera, Doc?”

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A Christmas Carol Live From The Greene Space

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A star-studded cast from WQXR and WNYC present a dramatic reading of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

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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.