Six Summer Reads for Classical Music Fans

Wednesday, June 06, 2012


Summer is prime season for reading. Whether you are headed to the beach or to your backyard, here are six recommendations for new music-related books to bring with you:

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Live Webcast: A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Tuesday at 12 pm, the outspoken trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director Wynton Marsalis joins Elliott Forrest for a conversation and performance in The Greene Space.

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At Steinway & Sons, Tradition is the Key

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Every day, the piano manufacturers at Steinway & Sons face an essential question: How to balance craftsmanship with making a profitable instrument. See how it happens in this video tour.

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WQXR Hosts Pick Music for a Road Trip

Friday, May 25, 2012

With the summer travel season underway, we asked the WQXR hosts to name the music they'd listen to when behind the wheel or riding shotgun.

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Twelve New York-Area Music Festivals in 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Whether you're headed to Vermont, the Hamptons or points upstate, it's the season for music festivals to flourish. Here are 12 highlights. Tune in to WQXR on Tuesdays at 9 pm for our weekly Summer Concert Showcase.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: House of Sam

Saturday, May 19, 2012

In this Saturday's cartoon, Bugs Bunny plays a terrible houseguest trying to push all of Yosemite Sam's buttons.


From the Vaults: George Jellinek's Tribute to Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Friday, May 18, 2012

In this 2003 edition of The Vocal Scene, George Jellinek presents song recordings by the late German baritone who died on Friday.

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Café Concert: Michael Slattery

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

John Dowland is often considered the pinnacle of refined Elizabethan music. But for Michael Slattery, the composer may not represent England at all, but Ireland. Here's why.


Movies on the Radio Live: A Slate Culture Gabfest Video Archive

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Last week, host David Garland talked about movies and music with three film experts from Slate, plus composer Howard Shore. Watch the archived webcast.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mickey's Grand Opera

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Richard Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin opens the 1936 Disney cartoon called "Mickey’s Grand Opera." Later in the cartoon, it's "Bella Figlia Dell’Amore," from Verdi’s Rigol...


Ringside Results: Your Reviews of The Met’s Ring Cycle

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera recently concluded its Ring Cycle, which went down as one of the most hotly debated opera events in modern times. Give us your review and read what others had to say.

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Café Concert: Steven Isserlis

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Steven Isserlis, the English cellist, came to embrace Beethoven and Bach comparatively late in his busy career. He told us why, and performed live in the WQXR Café.


Today at 2 pm: The Dude Conducts Brahms

Monday, May 07, 2012

We’re celebrating Brahms's birthday this week with the help of the young and charismatic conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: William Tell Wakes Up the Orchestra

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Gioacchino Rossini’s Overture for his opera William Tell has been featured in numerous cartoons, including this 1947 Walter Lantz "Wally Walrus" cartoon in which a flippered maestro tries to wake up his sleepy symphony orchestra.


Your Perfect Weekend: May 4-6

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

An unusual weekend is ahead, even by New York's varied and vibrant standards. Our picks include a Gertrude Stein-themed marathon, a New York Phil premiere and a YouTube competition winner.


Opera Stars Show Lighter Side at Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The seventh annual Opera News Awards took place Sunday night at the Plaza Hotel. Host Midge Woolsey caught up with the winners.

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Café Concert: Nathan Gunn

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Nathan Gunn is known for such roles as Billy Budd, the Count in Marriage of Figaro and Lancelot in Camelot. Outside the opera world, he's the proud holder of a spot in People magazine...


Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Wordless War

Saturday, April 28, 2012

For this week's cartoon, we have selected Richard Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" from Die Walkure, which is also today's Metropolitan Opera broadcast.


Opera News Awards Preview

Friday, April 27, 2012

F. Paul Driscoll, the editor in chief of Opera News magazine, gives us the inside scoop on this year's honorees. They are two sopranos, two baritones and a stage director.


Mischa Maisky: From Dissident Cellist to World Citizen

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mischa Maisky is known as a cellist that audiences turn to when they want a particularly soulful, passionate performance. In this one-hour special, he speaks with David Garland about his eventful career.

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