Music in Lincoln’s White House

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Though he couldn’t sing or play any instruments himself, he surrounded himself with music during the turbulent 1860s, seeking solace from the turmoil of the Civil War.


5 Times Abraham Lincoln Showed His Love of Opera

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Unlike other musical presidents, Abraham Lincoln could neither read music, sing, or play an instrument. He was nonetheless a great music lover, particularly opera.

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Midday Masterpieces By Beethoven, Bach and Schumann

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Take a respite from your busy work day with this great performance by Julliard cellist Khari Joyner and pianist Cherie Roe.

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Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green Inspires with Story and Song

Monday, October 03, 2016

Wednesday at 7 pm, join us for an evening of song and conversation with Ryan Speedo Green and writer Daniel Bergner, author of Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family.


The Most Musical Presidents

Thursday, September 29, 2016

We kick off a five-part series on Music in the White House with the most musically talented presidents of the 19th and 20th centuries: Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman.

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Timeline: The History of Music In The White House

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Explore a timeline of notable musical events throughout the history of the White House, from George Washington through the present day.


Watch: The Makers and Stars of 'Joe's Violin' in Conversation

Friday, September 23, 2016

At 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 23, watch a discussion with the filmmakers and stars of the award-winning short documentary "Joe's Violin."

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Watch: WQXR's Bachtoberfest Classical Beer Jam

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Watch the legendary group Canadian Brass perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and Wagner, while you got a sudsy history of the great composer.


Watch: Soprano Anna Netrebko Celebrates New Solo Album

Monday, September 19, 2016

Watch opera superstar Anna Netrebko's performance and interview in The Greene Space at WQXR to celebrate the release of her new solo recording, "Verismo."

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NYC Cultural Figures on Their Must-See Events of the Season

Friday, September 09, 2016

What do Louise Mirrer, David Lang, Bryce Dessner and many others, look forward to in the upcoming season?


When Gershwin and Schoenberg Played Tennis Together

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The U.S. Open tennis tournament wraps up this weekend in Queens and that has us thinking about the story of two famous composers who struck up a surprising friendship on the court.

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WQXR Introduces Midday Masterpieces with a Trio of Musical Fantasies

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Missed our first Midday Masterpieces concert? No problem. Watch the archived video concert now.

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6 Classical Themes and Composers To Watch This Fall

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

From prominent figures in classical music to prevalent subjects, here are a half dozen trends in classical music and opera during the 2016 fall season.


Listen: Honoring Seiji Ozawa on His 81st Birthday

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Ozawa, the longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra music director, was once described as 'calligraphy in motion.' We speak to the BSO's Larry Wolfe on the occasion of Ozawa's 81st birthday.

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Photo Gallery: Digging Classical Music On National Dog Day

Friday, August 26, 2016

We asked listeners to send in photos of their pups enjoying classical music in celebration of National Dog Day; check out some of our favorite submissions.

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Listen: Neil Sedaka's Musical Career Comes Full Circle

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Best known for his pop hits like "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," Neil Sedaka started his musical career as a concert pianist. These days he's returned to the concert hall. 

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Meryl Streep Explains Our Fascination with Florence Foster Jenkins

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The stars of the movie 'Florence Foster Jenkins' talked to Elliott Forrest about this infamous tone-deaf opera singer. 

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Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk Perform Brahms and Schumann

Monday, August 08, 2016

On Oct. 7 at 9 pm tune in to hear Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk perform works by Schumann and Brahms from Bell's new album, For the Love of Brahms.

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Quiz: Which Classical Music Era Are You?

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Which classical music era should you have been born in? Take our quiz and find out.

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An Alternative Timeline of Classical Music History

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Along with its legacy of beautiful and moving works, the history of music has also sparked scandals, outrage and even riots. Here's a timeline tracing some of those moments.

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