Baritone Thomas Hampson: A Met 'Mastersinger'

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Today at 4:30 pm, hear host Midge Woolsey's interview with baritone Thomas Hampson. He talks about his company role debut as Verdi's Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Café Concert: Ryu Goto

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ryu Goto opened his Café Concert with Kreisler's Liebesleid, a bittersweet waltz that evokes a kind of aristocratic grace from another era. But Goto is hardly a violinist stuck in the past.

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SXSW: Where Rockers Meet, 'Indie Classical' Gains a Foothold

Monday, March 12, 2012

Representing one of the many micro-niche musical genres at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX, is the hybrid known as indie classical. WQXR's Kim Nowacki looks at this year's event.


Saturday Morning Cartoons: Popeye's Full-Contact Conducting

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Franz von Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture is featured in the 1935 Popeye cartoon “The Spinach Overture.”

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Operavore Celebrates Rossini's Leap Year Birthday

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Today, our Operavore special stream is celebrating the 53rd leap-year birthday of Gioachino Rossini, born Feb. 29, 1792.

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Café Concert: Xuefei Yang

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Classical guitarist Xuefei Yang is on a mission to make her instrument more visible in the classical music mainstream. See her perform in the WQXR Café in two videos.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Debussy's Deleted Fantasia Scene

Saturday, February 25, 2012

French composer Claude Debussy's Suite bergamasque may be one of his most famous piano suites, but its third movement, Clair de Lune, unfortunately landed on the Fantasia cutting room floor.

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Live Webcast: Langston and Zora's Unsung Collaboration

Friday, February 24, 2012

Host Terrance McKnight takes us on a multimedia journey to the Harlem Renaissance, the burgeoning cultural era for African Americans that was the setting for an ill-fated partnership.


Dmitri Hvorostovsky Discusses New Album, The Met's Ernani

Friday, February 24, 2012

Russian Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky stopped by the WQXR studios to chat with host Naomi Lewin. Hvorostovsky is currently singing the role of Don Carlo in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's Ernani

A live broadcast of that production will air at 1 pm this Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Live Chat: Watch the Oscars with WQXR and WNYC

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tonight at 8 pm, join WQXR hosts Jeff Spurgeon, Elliott Forrest and David Garland for an unbridled discussion of the Academy Awards' winners and losers.

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100 Years with the Morehouse Glee Club

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WQXR's Black History Month celebration continues with a broadcast at 10 pm Wednesday, Feb. 22, of the Morehouse College Glee Club, recorded live in The Greene Space.


Saturday Morning Cartoons: Bugs Bunny Brings Down the House

Saturday, February 18, 2012

For this week's cartoon, we have selected the Beautiful Galatea overture by Franz von Suppe. This piece can be heard in the 1948 Looney Tunes cartoon Long-Haired Hare.

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Mahler's Second: The Story within the Symphony

Friday, February 17, 2012

We place Mahler's program notes against the music to see if we can gain a greater understanding of the ideas in the composer's mind as he wrote the work.

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Café Concert: Brentano String Quartet

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Brentano String Quartet has taken abandoned pieces by Bach, Shostakovich, Haydn and Mozart, and commissioned several composers to write individual responses to them.

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The Knights' Found Sound Project

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Knights, WQXR's ensemble-in-residence, want your help for an upcoming performance of John Adams's composition, Christian Zeal and Activity.


Saturday Morning Cartoons: Home Building to Brahms’s Hungarian Dances

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Brahms's Hungarian Dances are featured in the 1943 Warner Brothers cartoon Pigs in a Polka, based on the story of the Three Little Pigs.


Which Classical Piece Sets the Mood for Romance?

Thursday, February 09, 2012

In a poll we asked, what's the most sensual piece of classical music? Several hundred listeners weighed in. View the results along with your write-in selections.

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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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