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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French Impressions: Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Interview and Performance

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk join WQXR's Elliott Forrest at 8 pm Tuesday, Jan. 10, to preview their new recording, French Impressions, which was released this week.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

To celebrate the launch of our new Operavore stream Saturday, we’re featuring several animated takes on the aria “Largo al factotum,” from Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

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China in New York: Calendar of Events

Friday, January 06, 2012

WQXR's China in New York festival (Jan. 22-28) will encompass a variety of concert events, on-air features and online specials.

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WQXR Introduces the 'Operavore' 24-7 Opera Web Stream

Thursday, January 05, 2012

On Sunday, Jan. 8, WQXR will launch a continuous, all-opera web stream, giving fans a place to indulge their passions and newcomers a resource to discover the art form.

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Café Concert: Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The violinist and pianist have been honing a partnership for seven years. In the WQXR Café, they play the blistering finale from Franck’s Sonata in A Major.

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New Year's Day from Vienna 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Vienna Philharmonic greets the New Year with its annual concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. The venerable concert features popular pieces the Strauss family.

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Results of the 2011 Classical Countdown

Thursday, December 29, 2011

For the past several weeks we asked listeners to vote for their favorite pieces of classical music. This weekend we count down the final results. Click through for regular updates.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Merry Christmas Charlie Brown

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Because, really, is Christmas truly complete unless you’ve watched for the billionth time A Charlie Brown Christmas? We think not.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Madama Butterfly

Saturday, December 17, 2011

This Saturday’s cartoon features the aria “Un bel di,” from Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, which just so happens to be Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera broadcast.

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