Exclusive: City Opera's George Steel Rebuts Critics, Looks Forward

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The "people's opera" will have a reduced season next year, but George Steel, its general manager, hopes it's not for long.

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Kent Tritle Leaves St. Ignatius Loyola to Head Music at St. John the Divine

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine has chosen WQXR host Kent Tritle to become its Director of Cathedral Music and Organist. Tritle arrives three years after its post-fire rededication and the restoration of its organ.

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Café Concert: Jason Vieaux

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Until this year, the Curtis Institute of Music, the famed conservatory in Philadelphia, did not regard the guitar as an instrument worthy of a place in its curriculum. When the school changed its policy, it hired Jason Vieaux to co-run a guitar department.

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Franz Welser-Möst: Why Bruckner Matters

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This week, Franz Welser-Möst brings the Cleveland Orchestra to New York for four concerts pairing the music of Anton Bruckner with another master of the big orchestral sound: John Adams. Host Terrance McKnight asked him about it.

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City Opera Announces New Season While Performers Protest Move

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The financially-strapped New York City Opera announced on Tuesday its first season outside of Lincoln Center while musicians from the company staged a competing news conference nearby.

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Poll: Who Wrote the Greatest Epic Symphonies?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Despite mutual influences and a preference for the grand gesture, Bruckner and Mahler wrote very different music. Whose do you prefer? What draws you to one over the other?

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Martina Arroyo In Conversation with Midge Woolsey

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Soprano Martina Arroyo may have stepped back from a hectic performance schedule, but she remains active in the opera community. She joins Midge Woolsey to talk about her idols, including her experiences working with Luciano Pavarotti.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mozart's 'Sonata Facile'

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Today we feature Mozart's "Sonata facile," featured in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears." Raymond Scott created this arrangement for the cartoon in 1944 under the music direction of Carl Stalling.

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Café Concert: Arnaud Sussmann

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Like the proud owner of a new car out for a first spin, Arnaud Sussmann came to the WQXR Café with a violin that had barely nudged the odometer. Watch him put some quality miles on the instrument in our latest video.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: High Note

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The Chuck Jones score accompanying the cartoon High Note did such an excellent job supporting the visual action that it was nominated for an Academy Award.

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Musical Credentials: Outrageous Composers

Friday, July 01, 2011

Despite perceptions, classical music has been the domain of some pretty outrageous characters. Read the eccentric credentials of these composers-gone-wild and tell us who was truly the rock start of his day.

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Bernard Herrmann: Remembering an Original who Changed Film Music

Thursday, June 30, 2011

On June 29, the day that Bernard Herrmann would have turned 100, a panel of experts including the composer’s daughter gathered for a special event in The Greene Space exploring his life and musical legacy.

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New York City Opera Musicians Protest Company's Plans to Move

Thursday, June 30, 2011

After weeks of relative public silence, the orchestra and chorus musicians of New York City Opera have launched a campaign to protest the company's plans to move out of Lincoln Center.

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Stephen Collins Foster: America's Bard

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Get your Foster fix in our one-hour special devoted to the American songsmith on July 4 at 6 pm. Included are many of his classic songs, including Oh, Susannah, Beautiful Dreamer and Old Folks at Home.

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WQXR to Broadcast New York Philharmonic's 9/11 Anniversary Concert

Monday, June 27, 2011

On a weekend that is sure to be packed with commemorative concerts and cultural events, the New York Philharmonic is taking a large-scale approach to marking the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 has been immortalized on the small screen in many ways, but our favorite this week is "The Cat Concerto" featuring the cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry.

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From the Vaults: Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops

Friday, June 24, 2011

Conductor of the Boston Pops from 1930 to 1979, Arthur Fiedler defined the modern pops concert. For a snapshot of his style, listen to this WQXR concert broadcast of the Pops, recorded in 1965.

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Café Concert: Brasil Guitar Duo

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brazilian music draws on a rich fusion of influences, including African sounds, jazz and European classical influences. Those sounds come together in the music of the Brasil Guitar Duo, which recently visited the WQXR Café. Watch the video.

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Valentina Nafornita wins BBC Cardiff Singer Competition

Monday, June 20, 2011

A 24-year-old soprano from Moldova won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on Sunday night. Past winners include Karita Mattila, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Bryn Terfel.

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Sun, Sand and Summer Music

Monday, June 20, 2011

Every summer needs a soundtrack and this summer we've got yours right here. From Delius to Dvorak, Piazzolla to Prokofiev, we're digging into the WQXR library and finding some warm-weather essentials.

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