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 pian...


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...


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 H...

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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.


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...

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Decade 9/11: Responses in Classical Music

Sunday, August 07, 2011

In this feature, which ran in 2011, we looked at the specific challenges composers have faced in writing pieces about 9/11.

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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 Q...


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 Bocel...


Ann Patchett's Journeys in Opera, from the Page to the Stage

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Ann Patchett burst onto the literary scene in 2001 with her fourth novel, the award-winning Bel Canto. In a special podcast, she tells host Midge Woolsey about her latest novel, her m...


George Manahan Exits New York City Opera

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

George Manahan, New York City Opera’s music director, has left after thirteen years at the beleaguered company.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"

Saturday, July 30, 2011

On today's trip through cartoon-land, Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker. You may have first heard the piece in Disney's original Fantasia, though a younger generation might be more familiar with Barbie in the Nutcracker.


Brooklyn Philharmonic Goes Hyper-Local in 2011-12 Season

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Brooklyn Philharmonic has unveiled its 2011-2012 season, with performances in Brighton Beach, downtown Brooklyn and Bedford Stuyvesant, under its new artistic director, Alan Pierson.


Israeli Orchestra Breaks Cultural Taboo, Plays Wagner in Germany

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Israel Chamber Orchestra is set to perform a work by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Germany.

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At Marlboro, They Come to the Vermont Woods to Play, Not To Perform

Saturday, July 23, 2011

It is a rite of passage for elite chamber musicians that involves a pilgrimage to a hilltop in Vermont where cell phone reception is spotty and meandering dirt roads pass stands sel...

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