The Decade in Classical Music

Thursday, December 31, 2009


It was the decade when Luciano Pavarotti died, the New York Philharmonic went to North Korea and Gustavo Dudamel became the director of the LA Philhamonic. WNYC's Soundcheck looks at the decade in classical music and opera.


Classical Countdown

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Continuing a favorite holiday tradition, WQXR celebrates the final hours of 2009 with the Classical Countdown. The Countdown lasts until Midnight, December 31. See a list of the pieces that have already been played.

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Trinity Church’s Messiah

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

David Garland hosts a performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah by New York's Trinity Baroque Orchestra and the Trinity Choir.


Happy Birthday, Ludwig!

Friday, December 11, 2009

In honor of Ludwig van Beethoven's birthday, WQXR is holding a week-long party. Each night at 8PM, we'll play a different Beethoven concerto.

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WQXR's Classical Countdown of 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

Continuing a favorite holiday tradition, WQXR announces the 2009 Classical Countdown. Vote for your favorite piece of classical music and we'll countdown your choices beginning at 9AM on December 30.

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David Lang Explains Bach Connection

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

WNYC's John Schaefer talks to the composer about his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece "Little Match Girl Passion" and the story that influenced him.


A Conversation with Sir James Galway

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Elliott Forrest interviews the renowned flutist Sir James Galway on the occasion of his 70th birthday. WQXR presents an hour of conversation and music.


Oh Come All Ye Curious

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The genesis of some holiday songs is pretty self-evident, but others don't reveal themselves so easily. Here are the stories of fifteen classic songs and carols. 

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WQXR Holiday Programming

Thursday, December 03, 2009

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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A Chorus of Thanks

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This Thanksgiving, WQXR is saying a big 'Thank You!' to all the listeners who participated in The Gratitude Project. We'll be playing your selections throughout the holiday weekend.

Naomi's Award-Winning Pie

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Host Naomi Lewin blew away the competition at the second annual WNYC/WQXR Thanksgiving Pie bake-off on Tuesday. She's been kind enough to share the recipe for her winning Black Pepper Maple Walnut pie with us.


Meet Elliott Forrest

Monday, November 23, 2009

In the latest in our series of interviews with WQXR’s hosts, we turn to weekend announcer Elliott Forrest. Even by broadcasting standards, Elliott has an unusually broad resume. Here he tells us about his diverse career.

Haydn Trio Eisenstadt Play Live on Soundcheck

Monday, November 23, 2009

Austria's Haydn Trio Eisenstadt perform two of their namesake's works on WNYC's Soundcheck.

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Lang's Passion Makes U.S. Choral Debut

Monday, November 09, 2009

It’s part Bach, part Hans Christian Andersen and whole lot of New York. The New York Virtuoso Singers performed the choral version of the composer's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Little Match Girl Passion Sunday night at The Greene Space.

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Sharon Isbin on Performing at the White House

Friday, November 06, 2009

This week, Grammy Award winning guitarist Sharon Isbin was part of a day of classical music at the White House. She spoke with WQXR's Elliott Forrest about the experience.

A Conversation with Robert Spano

Friday, November 06, 2009

WQXR presents a special, Web-exclusive interview with Robert Spano, Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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Meet Midge Woolsey

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

As WQXR's midday host, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Midge Woolsey is a steady presence throughout many listeners' workdays. In the latest of a series of profiles on our hosts, we ask Midge about her work as a singer, interviewing Pavarotti, and the difference between radio and TV.

The Gratitude Project: Music We’re Grateful For

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

This Thanksgiving, there's much to be grateful for: family, friends, and even in-laws. There's also music. As we prepare for another Thanksgiving holiday, WQXR reflects on Music We’re Grateful For. Find out how to participate.

Alan Gilbert Conducts Mahler's Ninth

Friday, October 23, 2009

Alan Gilbert's arrival as music director of the New York Philharmonic has been one of the major stories of the new fall season. Tonight at 8pm, Symphony Hall gives you a chance to decide on how he handles the monumental works of the repertoire.

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The Pacifica Quartet Plays "Intimate Letters" Live on Soundcheck

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Pacifica Quartet joins WNYC's John Schaefer for a live performance on Soundcheck.