Spring for Music: A Retrospective

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The first annual Spring for Music festival featured unconventional programs by seven North American orchestras. Listen to each of the complete concerts here.

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The Montréal Symphony Explores Symphonies and Asks: What's in a Word?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Why is a symphony relevant for today? It's a question Kent Nagano poses as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra closes out the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall tonight. The program traces a history of the Symphony, ending with Beethoven's Fifth. Live broadcast at 8 pm.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: "Vesti la giubba" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci

Saturday, May 14, 2011

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

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Music Lessons as Child May Keep Aging Minds Sharp

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Tiger Mothers may have been right all along: Music lessons as a kid may make you sharper decades later. A new study finds that adults with musical training appear to have sharper thinking and hearing skills than their less musically inclined peers.

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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Mixes It Up With Jazz Composer, Intrepid Soprano

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tonight at 8 pm, our live broadcasts from Carnegie Hall continue. Soprano Dawn Upshaw joins the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for the New York premiere of Maria Schneider's Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories. Schneider is among today's leading jazz composers.

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Library of Congress Revives Thousands of Vintage Recordings

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Library of Congress has launched the National Jukebox, a new Web site offering more than 10,000 extremely rare recordings of American music. Fritz Kreisler, Marion Anderson and Enrico Caruso are among the classical standouts.

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Café Concert: Jennifer Koh and Anssi Karttunen

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Anssi Karttunen talk about the rich repertoire for violin and cello, including pieces by Ravel, Kodaly, Villa-Lobos, Honegger. See them perform a duo by Erwin Schulhoff in the WQXR café.

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What Can Orchestral Music Say About War? Ask the Oregon Symphony

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tonight the Oregon Symphony makes its Carnegie Hall debut with a war-themed program of Adams, Britten, Ives and Vaughan Williams. While it may seem ripped from the headlines, the theme resonates beyond current events, says its music director, Carlos Kalmar. Live broadcast at 8 pm.

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Poll: A Glass Ceiling for Women Conductors?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

JoAnn Falletta's appointment to the Ulster Symphony comes just weeks after the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera named Kayoko Dan as its new music director. Still, women are outnumbered by men on major podiums. Take our poll.

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An American, A Woman, A New Yorker: All Firsts for Ulster Orchestra’s Podium

Monday, May 09, 2011

Queens-born and New York-educated JoAnn Falletta has been appointed the new principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland. The appointment marks the first time that the ensemble will be led by an American, or by a woman.

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Slideshow: Spring for Music

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Carnegie Hall becomes part-laboratory, part-pep rally when seven orchestras -- and many of their fans -- arrive this month for the inaugural Spring for Music festival. View photos from the festival, which is being broadcast on WQXR.

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Reflections on Motherhood: Anne Akiko Meyers, Sarah Chang and Yuja Wang

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Anne Akiko Meyers and Sarah Chang are two of today's most in-demand violin soloists. Yuja Wang is a fast-rising piano virtuoso. For this Mother's Day, they shared their own reflections on the holiday.

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Lisa Batiashvili Reflects on Music and Motherhood

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Georgian-born violinist Lisa Batiashvili is a fast-rising international star, but also the mother of two young children: a six-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. On this Mother's Day, she reveals the difficult balance between career and parenting.

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Levine Pulls Out of Met Performance

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that James Levine is pulling out of Thursday night's performance of Die Walküre, due to illness. He'll be replaced by Derrick Inouye, who has conducted other performances at the Met including Tosca and Don Pasquale.

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Kronos Quartet Wins Prestigious Fisher and Polar Prizes

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The Kronos Quartet, a leading ensemble spotted at both Carnegie Hall and Le Poisson Rouge this season, have nabbed both the Avery Fisher Prize and the Polar Prize for 2011. Founder David Harrington spoke with us about it.

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Tony Awards 2011 Poll

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced today from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Tell us who you think will take home the awards in the musical categories.

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Poll: The Future of American Orchestras

Monday, May 02, 2011

As WQXR examines the future of American orchestras in a special Greene Space event on May 3 (webcast live on WQXR.org), please take our poll on what orchestras need to provide audiences.

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Too Big to Fail? Met Opera's 'Ring' Set Raises New Questions

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Met’s 45-ton set piece for its new Ring cycle, which opened the current season with a new production of Das Rheingold and now commands the stage in the cycle’s second opera, Die Walküre, continues to present unexpected challenges to performers.

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WQXR Presents Spring for Music Concerts in 3D

Monday, May 02, 2011

For our live audio streams of Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music concerts running Friday, May 6 through Thursday, May 14, WQXR is working in collaboration with the consulting, design and engineering firm Arup to bring innovative 3D sound live to the WQXR.org audience.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: To Itch His Own

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Carl Stalling composed one new cartoon score every week for twenty-two years at Warner Brothers. This Saturday, we hear his composition for "To Itch His Own," in which Angelo the Flea terrorizes unsuspecting dogs.

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