'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...


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 ...


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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What's Your Favorite Chamber Music Venue?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's great to hear chamber groups and Powerhouse Pianists live around New York City, but a brilliant hall can really enhance how you experience a performance. Let us know where you mo...

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Carnegie Hall Announces 2011-12 Season; WQXR Broadcasts

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Carnegie Hall announced its 2011-12 season on Wednesday, plans which include celebrations of the hall's 120th anniversary, a $200 million renovation project, and the launch of a new b...

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Conductor Jean-Marc Cochereau Dies During Rehearsal

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The music director of the Orléans Symphony died Jan. 10. He reportedly collapsed while rehearsing the Funeral March of Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony.


That Was Then: Zeffirelli on La Traviata

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Met’s new La Traviata signals the retirement of a 1998 production by director Franco Zeffirelli. In this 1983 WQXR broadcast, Zeffirelli discusses his film version of La Traviata,...


Name Your Top Ten Composers

Friday, January 14, 2011

Today at 11 am New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini joins Elliott Forrest to talk about his list of the 10 greatest classical composers of all time, unveiled this weekend.

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Metropolitan Opera Settles Disability Lawsuit Within an Hour of Filing

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera House settled a federal lawsuit Thursday that charged the theater with discriminating against people with disabilities.

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Ten Questions for Byron Janis

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Along with Van Cliburn, Leon Fleisher and Gary Graffman, Byron Janis is a leading light in the generation of American pianists who burst onto the international scene in the 1950s. Yet almost from the start he faced incredible odds.

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What's the Most Virtuosic Piano Piece Ever Written?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

As we mark the bicentenary of Franz Liszt in 2011, many pianists are daring to tackle his immensely difficult and diabolical compositions. But they're not the only "extreme" pieces in the repertoire.

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Love that Symphony? Your Brain Does Too

Monday, January 10, 2011

Can’t get enough of Chopin or Brahms? New research suggests the music you love doesn’t just sound good, it can actually provoke natural chemical reactions in the brain associated with...

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From Deep in a Mountain, a Cache of Classics

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some 200,000 recordings, including an as-yet unknown volume of classical tracks, are now being transferred from a subterranean storage facility to the Library of Congress, in what the...

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Raphael Hillyer, Juilliard Quartet Violist, Dies at 96

Friday, January 07, 2011

Raphael Hillyer, a founding violist of the Julliard String Quartet, died on Dec. 27 in Boston. He was 96.


Quiet Since the Floods, A Nashville Hall is Back

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center has been a mecca and sanctuary to classical music fans in Nashville since its opening in 2006. After floodwaters ravaged the hall last May, it is now ...

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