1951: An Historic Vladimir Horowitz Recital, Packed With Encores

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

In 1951, WQXR gave the first-ever radio broadcast of a Carnegie Hall recital by the piano giant Vladimir Horowitz. Listen to it here.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Reimagining Pomp and Circumstance

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Although Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance is most familiar to people as the march played during graduation ceremonies it also had a prominent place in Disney’s Fantasia 2000.

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WQXR's Great Voices Contest Rules

Friday, October 07, 2011

HOW TO ENTER: No purchase or pledge necessary. Entries may be made on the Great Voices Contest page between the hours of 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, and 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 Eastern Standard Time.

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone 18 years of age or older can enter the Great Voices Contest except employees of WQXR and its related organizations, their immediate family or persons living in the same household. Void where prohibited by law.

PRIZE: QCard, the WQXR member discount card, valued at $75.

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNER: One winner will be selected by random drawing no later than 6 p.m. Wednesday of each week beginning, Oct. 12, 2011, through Dec. 7, 2011. Winner will be notified by telephone or email. Prize will be shipped by mail. The chances of winning are dependent upon the number of entries. A list with the winner’s name will be kept on file at WQXR and are available by writing WQXR Listener Services, 160 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013.

GENERAL: By participating in the Great Voices Contest, participants agree to the Official Rules, and that WQXR, its agents and employees will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind resulting from their use of the prize or their participation in the give-away. Prize is nontransferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. There can be no substitutions for a prize. WQXR Radio may use winner’s name for publicity purposes without further compensation.

RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply. By participating in the Great Voices Contest, a participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, and by all decisions of the contest judges. One entry per person per weekly contest, Oct. 12, 2011 to Dec. 6, 2011. Anyone who enters multiple times will be disqualified.

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WQXR's Great Voices

Friday, October 07, 2011

In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we’ve culled our archive of interviews and shows for some of the most recognizable voices from the station’s past.

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Live Webcast: Morehouse College Glee Club

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Morehouse College Glee Club performs a sold-out concert in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at 7 pm. WQXR's Terrance McKnight hosts the performance and conversation. Watch a live Webcast here.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Tom and Jerry Conduct Carmen

Friday, September 30, 2011

This Saturday’s cartoon features the cat-and-mouse slapstick duo of Tom and Jerry, this time at a Metropolitan Opera performance of Carmen. Where the cartoon was "shot," however, is a question for debate.

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Back in the Day: Artifacts through the Ages

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Did you know that WQXR used to have its own, in-house string quartet? Take a stroll through the WQXR audio and visual archives which has been digitally preserved. 

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Café Concert: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The duo of Malian kora player Sissoko and French cellist Segal combine African and European idioms to create a uniquely delicate style. Watch them perform in our Café Concert video.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Brahms' Lullaby

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Humming Brahms’s Lullaby is almost a hard-wired instinct by now for countless parents rocking their babies to sleep. But in the 1999 Disney cartoon Maestro Minnie, the piece goes through several musical treatments.

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1958: A Conversation with Van Cliburn

Friday, September 23, 2011

On May 26, 1958, WQXR program director Abram Chasins interviewed the Texan pianist Van Cliburn, just a few weeks after he won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition.

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Video: Jazz Trio Performs at WQXR in 1943

Friday, September 23, 2011

Decades before MTV, the Leonard Ware Trio came to the WQXR studios to record a song for a March 1943 edition of The March of Time newsreel.

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Tell Your WQXR Story

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Help us celebrate 75 years as New York’s classical station by sharing your WQXR stories. Do you have a favorite host memory? Was there a favorite recording that you first heard on the station? Please tell us about it.

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Paul McCartney Returns to Classical Music with Debut Ballet Ocean's Kingdom

Thursday, September 22, 2011

In advance of his first-ever ballet score premiere, Sir Paul McCartney gets to the heart of his musical processes in a lively conversation with WQXR's David Garland.

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Café Concert: Nicholas Phan

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nicholas Phan says that he’s as American as dim sum and souvlaki. A New Yorker born of Greek and Chinese parents, the young tenor is currently making his name as an interpreter of Benjamin Britten. Watch him perform live.

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The WQXR Radio, That Hi-Fi Wonder

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

In the late 1930s, WQXR branded a line of home radios, complete with mahogany cabinets, AC/DC operation and in some cases, built-in phonographs. Listeners were invited to visit the studios to come experience the technological wonder for themselves.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Alan Menken's Under the Sea

Saturday, September 17, 2011

For this Saturday’s cartoon we go tropical with Under the Sea. The Calypso-inspired song was composed for the score to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1989.

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Behind The Scenes: The Knights Rehearse Schubert and Golijov

Friday, September 16, 2011

As WQXR's ensemble-in-residence, The Knights spent several days rehearsing in The Greene Space at WQXR. In these two videos, the musicians run through Franz Schubert's beloved Octet and Osvaldo Golijov's gypsy-flavored Lullaby and Doina.

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Will A Sluggish Economy Keep You Away From Concerts?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In an economy in which consumers will do almost anything to save a buck, many orchestras, opera companies and concert venues will keep a weary eye on ticket sales this fall.

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Café Concert: Kristin Lee

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Plenty of violinists have evoked the sounds of other instruments. For violinist Kristin Lee, it was the gamelan, the musical ensemble from Indonesia known for its gently chiming percussive sounds, that caught her ear.

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The Knights: Residency Schedule

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

WQXR is launching a new Ensemble-in-Residence program this September with The Knights, one of New York’s most talked-about young music groups. The Knights will take up residence at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, from September 15 to 18, and the ensemble will appear across all platforms: on air, online and on stage before live audiences.

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