Instruments of Murder

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Why does the violin world provide such rich fodder for crime writers? Behind the fictional world of legendary instruments and the characters who deal them, steal them, and even kill for them.


20 Concerts You Can't Miss

Monday, September 13, 2010

After a gruelingly hot summer, New York's classical musicians are back to refresh and renew. Here are 20 selections from the fall's orchestral, vocal, chamber music and opera lineups.

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Stradivari vs. Guarneri: An Expert Explains the Difference

Monday, September 13, 2010

Even people who know nothing about the violin know the name of its most famous maker: Stradivarius. But don't count out the Guarneri family. Violinist Renaud Capuçon tells Jeff Spurgeon about the differences.


WQXR Hosts Share their Fall Picks

Monday, September 13, 2010

As WQXR previews the fall season, our hosts-about-town reveal some of what they're looking forward to.

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WQXR's 2010 Fall Preview: On-Air Schedule

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Fall is a time when New York puts its best foot forward. From September 22-29, WQXR tells you what you need to know about the 2010 fall season, series by series, venue by venue.


Saturday Morning Cartoons: Pines of Rome

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ottorino Respighi's symphonic poem Pines of Rome presents a sonic picture of pine trees throughout the city at different times of the day, like a sonic version of Monet's haystacks.


2010 Fall Preview Giveaways

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Throughout Fall Preview Week, WQXR will be offering special tickets, recordings and other items. Listen each day for your chance to win.

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9/11: Music of Reflection and Resilience

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Saturday we mark the 9/11 anniversary with a special morning of music. Tune in from 7 a.m. to 12 noon to hear music inspired by 9/11, pieces that explore the concept of mourning and loss, and works that typify the New York spirit.

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Barber’s Adagio: The Saddest Piece Ever?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is a piece of music frequently chosen to mark occasions of public mourning, including the funerals of F.D.R., J.F.K. and memorial concerts in the wake of 9/11.

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Using Science to Learn What Makes a Violin Sing

Monday, September 06, 2010

Does the secret to the pristine sound of an 18th century violin lie in the density of its wood? Probably not. But it's among the intriguing questions raised by a recent scientific study of the Vieuxtemps, an instrument described as the "Mona Lisa of violins."

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15 Essential Violin Concertos

Thursday, September 02, 2010

On Saturday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 6, WQXR kicks off our month-long ViolinFest by featuring 15 violin concertos that we consider essential. Tune in throughout Labor Day weekend to hear these pillars of the violin repertoire. Here we've included a suggested recording of each of the concertos. Tell us about your favorite violin concerto, your favorite recordings, and what we're missing.

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Style or Substance? Famed Piano Personalities

Saturday, August 28, 2010

The exuberant Lang Lang is the latest in a long line of pianists known for their flamboyance. Here are four other examples.

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A Conversation with Simon Trpčeski

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski spoke with WQXR's Naomi Lewin. Hear more about his homeland, how New York inspires his performances, and his unusual musical route to piano stardom -- via the accordion.


The Naumburg Bandshell: A New York Icon

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Naumburg Bandshell is one of New York City’s great cultural icons. Midge Woolsey recently spoke to Christopher London, great-grandson of the bandshell donor Elkan Naumburg, about his hopes for the preservation of the bandshell.

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Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras, 84, Dies

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Symphony and opera conductor Sir Charles Mackerras died on Wednesday of cancer at 84 years old. Anne Midgette, Classical Music Critic for The Washington Post, reflects on Mackerras's life and greatest achievements.

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Branford Marsalis On Performing in Central Park

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Branford Marsalis spoke with Jeff Spurgeon ahead of his performance with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park. Hear his thoughts on working with the Philharmonic and the composers whose music he will be performing and get his take on the difference between the jazz and classical disciplines.


Lang Lang and the Shanghai Symphony

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pianist Lang Lang speaks with Midge Woolsey about the Shanghai Symphony's historic performance in Central Park, what it's like to work in New York and his recording of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2.

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Concerts in the Park: Share Your Photos

Friday, July 09, 2010

This week, the New York Philharmonic is taking the show on the road--or at least to parks around the city--for a series of free concerts. 

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The Gustav Mahler Reading List

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Mad About Music host Gilbert Kaplan is a leading international authority on the music of Gustav Mahler. Kaplan created this annotated bibliography of works dedicated to Mahler's life and career.

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Martina Arroyo and Prelude to Performance

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Soprano Martina Arroyo is among those who will be receiving the National Endowment for the Arts' Opera Honors this fall. WQXR's Midge Woolsey spoke with Arroyo about her career and her lifelong interest in teaching.

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