A Conversation with Simon Rattle

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Conductor Simon Rattle talks with Jeff Spurgeon about making his long-awaited Met Opera debut, his work with the Berlin Philharmonic, and why he learned to stop worrying and love The Nutcracker.

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Traditional Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

These sugar cookies can be as simple or as decorative as your fancy dictates. The dough is ideal for rolling and cutting into special shapes. Now is the time to get out your favorite Christmas cookie cutters. For an extra-special touch, add to your loved ones' cookie cutter collection by tying one or two cutters with gold ribbons to the cookie tins when you give the cookies as gifts. More »


WQXR's 2010 Classical Countdown

Monday, December 13, 2010

This Thursday morning at 9 am, WQXR begins its long-standing tradition of counting down the top 50 classical favorites as chosen by listeners. There's still time to vote for your choice.

Honolulu Symphony Files Chapter 7 Liquidation

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Honolulu Symphony's board of directors have voted to abandon efforts at bankruptcy reorganization and effectively dissolve the 110-year-old organization.

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Mocha Cocoa Brownies

Monday, December 13, 2010

There are many wonderful recipes for this American classic, and the truth is, chocolate doesn't ever get better than in the form of a brownie. Everyone has a favorite brownie recipe; in fact, I have several. But this one really is tops. It is chewy yet slightly spongy and cakey - a miracle of textures. My friend Brigitte Weil, who created and ran Dean & Deluca's bakery department for years, commented that what makes these brownies particularly unusual is that they don't even need milk to wash them down. More »

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Ten Questions for Kent Tritle

Friday, December 10, 2010

As always, Handel's Messiah is everywhere during the holiday season - from concert halls to shopping malls. Conductor and organist Kent Tritle tells us why its appeal goes well beyond its religious message.

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Poll: Redefining the Pops Concert

Thursday, December 09, 2010

On Monday, the Cincinnati Pops named John Morris Russell as its next music director. He arrives at a time when pops concerts are becoming far more eclectic. Take our pops poll.

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WQXR Mobile App Poll

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

We are designing an application for mobile devices (iPhones, iPads, Droids, etc.) and would like to get your input. What features would you most like to see on a WQXR app?

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Thai Court Ends Case Against Mikhail Pletnev

Sunday, December 05, 2010

An investigation has been dropped against Russian conductor and pianist Mikhail Pletnev, who was arrested last summer in Thailand on suspicion of molesting a teenager.

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Puccini's Wild West Opera Returns, with Horses

Friday, December 03, 2010

Like any good Italian, Puccini loved his American Westerns. The result was a cowboy opera, La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West). This week, the opera returns to the Met for a series of performances marking its 100th anniversary.

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Norman Lebrecht on Mahler's Songs

Friday, December 03, 2010

Gustav Mahler's bittersweet songs are getting renewed attention this year. To get some insight on this, Naomi Lewin talks with Norman Lebrecht, author of the new book, Why Mahler?

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Leif Ove Andsnes 'Rachs' Out

Thursday, December 02, 2010

When it comes to classical piano concertos, nearly everyone agrees which is the hardest to play: Rachmaninoff's Third. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes talks with Naomi Lewin about tackling this work.

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WQXR's Holiday Channel

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Welcome the holiday season with our 24-hour stream dedicated to classical Christmas favorites. Enjoy the sounds of orchestras, choirs, brass ensembles and more as we celebrate the sacred and secular sounds of the season. To listen, click on the "Special" tab of our player.

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Poll: Cell Phones in Concert Halls

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Forget turning off phones in concerts. Some arts groups are allowing – and even inviting - listeners to send text messages and update their Twitter accounts during performances. How do you feel about this?

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WQXR's 2010 Holiday Programming

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

WQXR is pleased to present special programming throughout the holiday season. Here is a listing of the Chanukah and Christmas music you will hear in December.

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Culture at the Cash Register

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Long before Muzak, major American department stores were once hubs of musical activity. String quartets, pianists, choirs and full orchestras serenaded shoppers during the early 20th century.

Louis Andriessen Wins Grawemeyer Award

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has won the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for La Commedia, his 2008 opera based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The work received its U.S. premiere in concert last April in Carnegie Hall.


Cheer and Loathing: Holiday Music Poll

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday traditions tend to bring out strong emotional responses. And none do so more than the arrival of holiday music. How do these Yuletide offerings make you feel?

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Music to be Thankful for This Year

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In conjunction with the Gratitude Project we've polled artists and experts from the classical music world about which pieces of music they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To minimize the pain of holiday shopping, we've simplified your search and found something for every classical music fan on your list, and at every price point.

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