Café Concert: Fretwork

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The English viol consort Fretwork had much to celebrate as it entered its 25th anniversary season last year. But the group suffered a tragedy from which it now strives to overcome.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Wagner Musical Mash-Up

Saturday, February 04, 2012

This Saturday’s cartoon features the Overture to Wagner’s Tannhauser. The music is included in the 1957 Warner Brothers cartoon, What’s Opera, Doc?

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I, Too, Sing America: Music in the Life of Langston Hughes

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

WQXR kicks off Black History Month with the premiere of a special that shines a light on writer Langston Hughes's lesser-known musical compositions.

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Shenyang Makes His Mark on Opera Stages

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

At 27, bass-baritone Shenyang is a powerful voice with an enormous classical music record collection.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Animated Inspiration

Saturday, January 28, 2012

This week’s cartoon is the 1946 Tom & Jerry ’toon The Cat Concerto featuring Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor.

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Café Concert: Shenyang

Thursday, January 26, 2012

To see Shenyang in an opera house, you might not guess that he's capable of delivering delicate art songs with subtle expressions. But he has begun championing Chinese art songs, as these videos show.

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Interview: Conductor Long Yu

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Born in 1964, Maestro Long Yu has a lot on his plate. He is currently the artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic, music director of the Shanghai and Guanzho...

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Video: The Shanghai Quartet Comes to Flushing, Queens

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WQXR kicked off the China in New York festival in the heart of Flushing’s Chinatown with a performance event by the Shanghai String Quartet.

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Audio Slideshow: China's New Concert Halls

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Architectural historian Victoria Newhouse spent time touring China's "grand theaters." She discusses the more noteworthy facilities in this slideshow.

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Composer Chen Yi Remembers the Cultural Revolution

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Born in 1953, violinist, composer and professor Chen Yi grew up during the cultural revolution in China, which left its mark on her family life and her music.  At age 13 she was sen...

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China's Embrace of Western Classical Music: A Timeline

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Entwined with national politics, the story of Western music in China is surprisingly modern. This timeline highlights the major developments:

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Oboist Liang Wang and his Life in New York

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just shy of 31, Liang Wang is the youngest person to earn the principal oboist chair in the history of the New York Philharmonic. He studied at the Beijing Central Conservatory before moving to the U.S.

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Café Concert: Beijing Guitar Duo

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Beijing Guitar Duo hails from China, studied in the US with a Cuban guitar legend, and plays music ranging from Scarlatti to Brazilian samba. Watch the duo play live in the WQXR Cafe.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 'Vesti la giubba' from Pagliacci

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The clown Pagliacci sings this aria in Leoncavallo's opera, but it has also been commandeered to express sadness and frustration throughout popular culture.

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Café Concert: Joseph Calleja

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja has a voice unlike any other in opera today. Critics point to a rapid vibrato combined with an appealing sweetness that comes through on the high n...

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Martin Luther King Concert with Yo-Yo Ma

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tune in Monday night at 8 pm for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's musical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins conductor Robert Spano and the ASO.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Bugs Bunny Wields a Mighty Baton

Saturday, January 14, 2012

In the 1959 Warner Brothers cartoon Baton Bunny, Maestro Bugs Bunny won't tolerate a coughing audience member.

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Michael Giacchino Responds to Listeners' Questions

Friday, January 13, 2012

Michael Giacchino recently joined David Garland on Movies on the Radio to talk about his work in the film music business, including his latest project, "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." A number of listeners had questions for him that we didn't have time for, but Mr. Giacchino has agreed to answer these afterwards. Below follows the queries and his responses.

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Operavore Special: Gershwin's Porgy and Bess

Thursday, January 12, 2012

If you didn't score tickets for opening night of Porgy and Bess on Broadway, tune in tonight at 8 pm to our Operavore Web stream to hear a classic 1976 recording of the opera.

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Make an Operavore Request

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Send us your requests for the Operavore Web stream. In the comments box below, tell us what great opera aria, scene, chorus or instrumental number you'd like to hear. Or send us the name of a singer or opera company that particularly gets your operatic juices flowing (please be as specific as possible).

Thanks for listening!

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