Through the Lens of Joyce DiDonato

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Today, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will give the premiere of Jake Heggie's song cycle The Breaking Waves. Check out a series of photos that DiDonato took that were inspired by Heggie...

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From the Vaults: Composer John Barry with David Garland

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry, who wrote music for a dozen James Bond films, died on Sunday. He was the subject of these two special shows with David Garland in the early 1990s.

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Cairo Opera House Shuts Its Doors after Unrest

Monday, January 31, 2011

The lights have gone down at the Cairo Opera House, one of the African continent's most celebrated venues for classical and contemporary music, as unrest in Egypt continues.

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Operas Ripped from the Headlines

Sunday, January 30, 2011

With the opening of John Adams's Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera this week, New York audiences will finally have a chance to hear the work that spawned a flurry of operas b...

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Milton Babbitt, Avant-Garde Composer, Dies at 94

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Milton Babbitt, a composer known for his staggeringly complex yet lucid, jazzy and occasionally humorous work, died on Saturday in Princeton, NJ. He was 94.

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Sondra Radvanovsky Previews the Music of Tosca

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sondra Radvanovsky is the current star of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Tosca, which airs live on WQXR this Saturday. She stopped by to present some of her favorite Toscas an...

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15 Unusual Uses for Mozart

Thursday, January 27, 2011

In commemoration of Mozart's 255th Birthday, WQXR is presenting an all-day celebration of his music. Yet beyond the radio and concert hall, there are plenty of more unusual uses for h...

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The Piano Lesson

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

9-year-old Patrick and 7-year-old Julia are brother and sister and they are both taking piano lessons from Rebbecca Rossi.

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Hélène Grimaud: Dances with Pianos and Wolves

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As WQXR celebrates Powerhouse Pianists throughout January, we spotlight a pianist known to give the keyboard a workout. Hélène Grimaud is frequently admired for her enormous technical...

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A Lifetime at the Piano

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When Harriet Wingreen first sat down at the piano, America was repealing Prohibition and Mao Zedong was beginning the Long March. Almost 80 years later, she is still at it, as a member of the New York Philharmonic.

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Benjamin Bagby of Sequentia

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Medieval music maestro Benjamin Bagby joins David Garland to share his insights on the challenges and pleasures of bringing medieval music to life, and to present recordings by Sequentia.

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A Powerhouse Pianist Shakes Up the State Dinner

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

As diplomats and luminaries gathered last week to honor Chinese president Hu Jintao, they were treated to a performance by Lang Lang -- and a front row seat to perhaps the White House...

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'If all you do is follow, you’ll always be behind'

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Malcolm Martineau, one of today’s most sought-after pianists, gave a masterclass at Weill Hall on Friday evening. The program had a mostly French theme, with six fantastic young singers and pianists presenting Debussy, Poulenc, Weill, Liszt, Chausson and Ravel.

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Oscars Poll: Who Should Win in the Music Categories?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

On Tuesday, the Academy Awards committee announced the nominees for this year's Oscars. Who do you want to win in the Best Song and Song categories? Please let us know by voting in our poll.

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The Grammy Nominee Mixtape

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Grammy Awards are Sunday and, chances are, the nominees for Best Classical Album aren't on your radar. We're here to help. Listen to the contenders on our special mixtape and chec...

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Composer A.R. Rahman Leads Oscar Nominees in Music

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Leading the music categories is A.R. Rahman’s music for the Danny Boyle film "127 Hours," which was nominated in both the Best Score and Best Original Song categories. "The King's Spe...

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Nixon in China: An Insider's Perspective

Monday, January 24, 2011

U.S. diplomat Winston Lord had a nearly four-decade long relationship with China, including a front-row seat to the historic 1972 meeting between Nixon and Mao, the subject of John ...

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When Moving Pianos, Brains meet Brawn

Friday, January 21, 2011

Being a piano mover in New York City involves a host of special talents. Bill Hennessy, the owner of Keyboard Express, says that the biggest keys to moving a nine-foot concert grand a...

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Juilliard 415 Plays Vivaldi and Handel

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Juilliard 415, the resident ensemble of the Juilliard School's new Historical Performance program, directed by Nicholas McGegen, performs Vivaldi and Handel in The Greene Space. Listen on demand.

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Acoustics a Driving Force in New Gehry-Designed Hall

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This week, Miami’s New World Symphony unveils its just-completed concert hall, the work of famed architect Frank Gehry. But the facility’s acoustic design, as much as its physical one...

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