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 Bocelli. Watch the final moments in this audio slideshow.


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 musical inspirations and having drinks with Renée Fleming.


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 selling maple syrup and cheddar cheese.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Today we feature Rimsky-Korsakov's notoriously fast-paced and high-energy Flight of the Bumblebee, seen in multiple Disney cartoons, among others.

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Cash-Strapped Long Island Philharmonic Hopes to Strike a Chord With Funders

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Long Island Philharmonic has been performing for more than 30 years, but it's now one of many local music organizations left grasping for funds during a time of dwindling support from the government and local organizations.

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Café Concert: Music From Copland House

Friday, July 22, 2011

For the last dozen years, Aaron Copland's house has been turned into a center for scholarship and performance, most notably as the headquarters of the chamber group Music From Copland House. Watch them perform in this video.

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Roll Up, Sing Out: A Sushi Restaurant Delivers Opera Arias

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Since 2004, Tora Yi has been the owner of Ido Sushi in the West Village. His restaurant features a traditional Japanese menu but it’s the sideline that elicits stares and puzzled remarks from passersby.

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Measuring Time: Music for 9/11

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WQXR and WNYC want to enhance the spirit of this anniversary for all of our listeners. So we are creating a special playlist of music suggested by listeners to mark the occasion. We want you to be a part of it. You suggestions will be played on a special online stream that will launch in early September on and And the songs and compositions will be used to program both stations on September 11, 2011.

Musicians' Unions Take Battle with City Opera to Attorney General's Office

Monday, July 18, 2011

The unions representing performers at the struggling New York City Opera are taking their fight to the Attorney General's office. They believe the company has violated its endowment agreement, or committed other financial fraud.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: On The Trail

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Today, we look turn our focus to Ferde Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite. It can be heard throughout "The Mighty Hunters," a 1940 Chuck Jones cartoon.

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Paul Taylor Dance Company's Pas de deux With Koch Theater

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Paul Taylor Dance Company is moving into Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, now that the space has been vacated by the New York City Opera.


Exclusive: City Opera's George Steel Rebuts Critics, Looks Forward

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The "people's opera" will have a reduced season next year, but George Steel, its general manager, hopes it's not for long.

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Kent Tritle Leaves St. Ignatius Loyola to Head Music at St. John the Divine

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine has chosen WQXR host Kent Tritle to become its Director of Cathedral Music and Organist. Tritle arrives three years after its post-fire rededication and the restoration of its organ.

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Café Concert: Jason Vieaux

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Until this year, the Curtis Institute of Music, the famed conservatory in Philadelphia, did not regard the guitar as an instrument worthy of a place in its curriculum. When the school changed its policy, it hired Jason Vieaux to co-run a guitar department.

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Franz Welser-Möst: Why Bruckner Matters

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This week, Franz Welser-Möst brings the Cleveland Orchestra to New York for four concerts pairing the music of Anton Bruckner with another master of the big orchestral sound: John Adams. Host Terrance McKnight asked him about it.

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City Opera Announces New Season While Performers Protest Move

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The financially-strapped New York City Opera announced on Tuesday its first season outside of Lincoln Center while musicians from the company staged a competing news conference nearby.

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