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Bach: Solace and Inspiration

Sunday, September 11, 2011

As the intense emergency of the 9/11 attacks subsided, David Garland turned to the music of 18th Century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Moved by Bach's deep emotion, the beauty of Bach's musical logic, and the profound way Bach's music is able to express the truths and ideals of humanity, Garland created "Bach: Solace and Inspiration," to inaugurate WNYC's return to music programming on September 23, 2001. For this tenth anniversary of 9/11, Garland has assembled highlights from the original program.

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20 Concerts To Hear This Fall

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera returns to the "Ring," Valery Gergiev probes Tchaikovsky's symphonies, the London Symphony offers epic choral music and Lincoln Center celebrates spiritual sounds. Here are 20 reasons why you won’t miss summer.

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We Are The Knights' Documentary Explores Orchestra's Origins

Friday, September 09, 2011

A new documentary film explores WQXR's first ever Artist-In-Residence, The Knights. Titled We Are The Knights, it chronicles the lives and story of how Colin and Eric Jacobsen came to form the Brooklyn-based chamber orchestra.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Pictures at an Exhibition

Friday, September 09, 2011

Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is a ten-movement suite for piano (and later orchestra) inspired by a series of drawings and watercolors by Russian artist ViktorHartmann. The piece itself has inspired some animated works of its own.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2

Friday, September 02, 2011

In the Disney film Fantasia 2000 Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 makes an appearance in the segment "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen.

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September 11th Anniversary Concert Calendar

Friday, September 02, 2011

There is a wide selection of cultural events being planned around the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Here's a list of concerts around New York City.

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WQXR Classical Comedy Contest

Monday, August 29, 2011

An hour-long version of the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest will air on Public Television this Thursday through Saturday. The event took place at Carolines on Broadway last month.

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A Little Night Music: Jennifer Koh and Shai Wosner

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WQXR brings you special web-exclusive concerts from the Mostly Mozart Festival. Listen to a performance recorded live in the Kaplan Penthouse featuring violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner playing three Mozart sonatas.

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A Little Night Music: Jenny Lin

Saturday, August 20, 2011

WQXR brings you special web-exclusive concerts from the Mostly Mozart Festival. Listen to a performance recorded live in the Kaplan Penthouse featuring pianist Jenny Lin playing works by Mozart, Stravinsky, and Silvestrov.

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Rosalind Elias: From Opera Stages to Broadway

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Almost 60 years after she made her professional debut, mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias makes her Broadway debut in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" in September. She talks with Midge Woolsey.

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A Little Night Music: Juho Pohjonen

Friday, August 19, 2011

WQXR brings you special web-exclusive concerts from the Mostly Mozart Festival. Listen to a performance recorded live in the Kaplan Penthouse featuring pianist Juho Pohjonen playing Haydn variations and sonatas by Haydn and Mozart.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Grieg's Anitra's Dance

Friday, August 19, 2011

This Saturday we explore Anitra's Dance from Greig's Peer Gynt. It was featured in a 1996 episode of Cartoon Network's What a Cartoon! show called "Tales of Worm Paranoia." See if you can pick out some of the other musical references.

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Café Concert: Jennifer Choi

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ethel, the New York string quartet known for its use of improvisation and amplification, has just welcomed Jennifer Choi to the group. Watch a video of this dynamic young violinist performing in the WQXR Café.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette

Saturday, August 13, 2011

You may remember Charles Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette as Hitchcock's theme, but it's also been used in cartoons over the years.

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Café Concert: International Contemporary Ensemble

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble arrived in the WQXR Café to present Stravinsky's arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor. It's a piece that sounds so lush and romantic that it scarcely resembles Bach.

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Decade 9/11: Responses in Classical Music

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Writing a piece about a major disaster, war or other crisis is one of the bigger challenges a composer may face. In this guide to pieces about September 11, we explore how every composer faced a specific hurdle and how they arrived at a given solution.

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A Little Night Music: Takács Quartet

Saturday, August 06, 2011

WQXR brings you special web-exclusive concerts from the Mostly Mozart Festival. Listen to a late-night performance recorded live in the Kaplan Penthouse by the world-renowned Takács Quartet of Schubert's Quartettsatz and Beethoven's String Quartet in C-sharp minor.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Stravinsky's Firebird Suite

Saturday, August 06, 2011

The dissonances in Stravinsky's Firebird Suite caused an uproar at its premiere in 1910, but you might be more familiar with it from a more benign presentation in Disney's Fantasia. Watch it now.

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Is Andrea Bocelli an Opera Singer?

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Andrea Bocelli, the blind tenor who gets no respect from the classical establishment, will sing with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park on September 15. But that doesn't change the basic question: can you call him an opera singer?

Fans will point out that his 2003 album “Sentimento” was the best selling classical album of the year. A record-setting seven of his recordings have topped the Classical albums charts in the United States where he also holds the record for having three recordings listed in the top three places of charts. Last year he sang a selection of arias, lieder and art songs on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

Bocelli's detractors argue that he's pop through and through: he generally uses a microphone when he performs, and his repertoire leans toward lighter material. Bernard Holland of The New York Times criticized his "poor phrasing, uneven tone and lack of technique." Baltimore Sun music critic Tim Smith has said: "unaided by electronics, he produced an undernourished, often under-pitch tone. Top notes were strained, phrases monochromatic. Bocelli's most loyal fans presumably didn't mind any of the weaknesses, but, frankly, I found most of his singing embarrassing."

What do you think? Is it fair to judge Bocelli by the standards of opera? Or should he be considered according to his repertoire? Take our poll:

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Bocelli Fans Line Up in Times Square to Score Free Central Park Tickets

Thursday, August 04, 2011

An estimated 1,000 people lined up Thursday morning in Times Square to receive tickets for a free concert in Central Park featuring the Italian tenor and crossover artist Andrea Bocelli. Watch the final moments in this audio slideshow.

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