Martina Arroyo In Conversation with Midge Woolsey

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Soprano Martina Arroyo may have stepped back from a hectic performance schedule, but she remains active in the opera community. She joins Midge Woolsey to talk about her idols, including her experiences working with Luciano Pavarotti.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mozart's 'Sonata Facile'

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Today we feature Mozart's "Sonata facile," featured in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears." Raymond Scott created this arrangement for the cartoon in 1944 under the music direction of Carl Stalling.

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Café Concert: Arnaud Sussmann

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Like the proud owner of a new car out for a first spin, Arnaud Sussmann came to the WQXR Café with a violin that had barely nudged the odometer. Watch him put some quality miles on the instrument in our latest video.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: High Note

Saturday, July 02, 2011

The Chuck Jones score accompanying the cartoon High Note did such an excellent job supporting the visual action that it was nominated for an Academy Award.


Musical Credentials: Outrageous Composers

Friday, July 01, 2011

Despite perceptions, classical music has been the domain of some pretty outrageous characters. Read the eccentric credentials of these composers-gone-wild and tell us who was truly the rock start of his day.

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Bernard Herrmann: Remembering an Original who Changed Film Music

Thursday, June 30, 2011

On June 29, the day that Bernard Herrmann would have turned 100, a panel of experts including the composer’s daughter gathered for a special event in The Greene Space exploring his life and musical legacy.


New York City Opera Musicians Protest Company's Plans to Move

Thursday, June 30, 2011

After weeks of relative public silence, the orchestra and chorus musicians of New York City Opera have launched a campaign to protest the company's plans to move out of Lincoln Center.


Stephen Collins Foster: America's Bard

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Get your Foster fix in our one-hour special devoted to the American songsmith on July 4 at 6 pm. Included are many of his classic songs, including Oh, Susannah, Beautiful Dreamer and Old Folks at Home.

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WQXR to Broadcast New York Philharmonic's 9/11 Anniversary Concert

Monday, June 27, 2011

On a weekend that is sure to be packed with commemorative concerts and cultural events, the New York Philharmonic is taking a large-scale approach to marking the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 has been immortalized on the small screen in many ways, but our favorite this week is "The Cat Concerto" featuring the cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry.

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From the Vaults: Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops

Friday, June 24, 2011

Conductor of the Boston Pops from 1930 to 1979, Arthur Fiedler defined the modern pops concert. For a snapshot of his style, listen to this WQXR concert broadcast of the Pops, recorded in 1965.

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Café Concert: Brasil Guitar Duo

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brazilian music draws on a rich fusion of influences, including African sounds, jazz and European classical influences. Those sounds come together in the music of the Brasil Guitar Duo, which recently visited the WQXR Café. Watch the video.

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Valentina Nafornita wins BBC Cardiff Singer Competition

Monday, June 20, 2011

A 24-year-old soprano from Moldova won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on Sunday night. Past winners include Karita Mattila, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Bryn Terfel.

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Sun, Sand and Summer Music

Monday, June 20, 2011

Every summer needs a soundtrack and this summer we've got yours right here. From Delius to Dvorak, Piazzolla to Prokofiev, we're digging into the WQXR library and finding some warm-weather essentials.

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Make Music New York... With WQXR

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Make Music New York festival brings free music to the streets and we’re inviting you to participate. Meet Jeff Spurgeon and Naomi Lewin by one of the public pianos by the New York Public Library and help us make some music. Bring your sheet music, bring a song or just bring your lunch. We’ll meet at the piano by the New York Public Library, located at Fifth Ave. and 41st Street on Tuesday at 12 noon.

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Play It Again, Man: Public Pianos Return to City Streets, Parks

Friday, June 17, 2011

What do the Jackson Heights Post Office in Queens, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights and the South Beach Boardwalk on Staten Island all have in common?

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Smurfs, a popular cartoon series that aired on NBC on Saturday mornings between 1981 and 1989, was well known beyond its memorable blue characters for its use of Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony.


Highlights from Vixen on Varick in The Greene Space

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jeff Spurgeon hosted a special preview performance and chat of the New York Philharmonic's production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in The Greene Space on Sunday, June 12. Watch Alan Opie sing the role of the Forester below and check out other highlights from the show on YouTube.


Café Concert: New York Polyphony

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When radio programmers discuss "urban music" formats, 14th-century Gregorian chant is generally not what immediately springs to mind. Don’t tell that to New York Polyphony, a group that prides itself on a hip, urban vibe. See them perform in two videos.


Bernard Herrmann: A 100th Birthday Timeline

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The music of composer Bernard Herrmann gave emotional depth to tragic characters, psychotic murderers and space aliens. In commemoration of his 100th birthday, we trace the milestones in his wide-ranging career.

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