Jennifer Higdon Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 12, 2010

Composer Jennifer Higdon has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto. Higdon is one of America's most frequently performed composers. She spoke to WNYC's Soundcheck about winning the prize.

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George Jellinek Memorial Concert

Monday, April 12, 2010

George Jellinek, former WQXR Music Director and host of the station’s long-running program The Vocal Scene, will be remembered at a free public concert on Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan.

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Anthony LaPaglia Visits WQXR

Friday, April 02, 2010

You may have seen Anthony LaPaglia as FBI agent Jack Malone in Without a Trace. These days, you can see him on Broadway in Lend Me a Tenor. He visits with Naomi Lewin at 5:30 p.m. today.

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Classical Absurdity for April Fools' Day

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Wanted in three states for unearthing the work of the hitherto unknown P.D.Q. Bach, Professor Peter Schickele thumbs his nose at the authorities and helps WQXR celebrate April Fools' Day with an hourly dose of classical absurdity on WQXR.

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The Vienna Philharmonic Hasn't Made History...Yet

Friday, March 26, 2010

Many classical music fans thought the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra had made history this week by permanently hiring a female Concert Master into its ranks. If classical music's not your beat, it's a mistake easily made.

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A Look at the Sound Man Behind Kentridge's Films

Friday, March 19, 2010

To many in the art world, William Kentridge is a household name. Less well known is Philip Miller, the South African composer who created the scores for many of Kentridge’s short films and other works.


William Christie and the Art of Baroque Opera

Thursday, March 18, 2010

William Christie and his world-famous ensemble Les Arts Florissants are currently headlining a two-week immersion into the 17th century at BAM. Christie stopped by the WQXR studio to chat with Naomi Lewin about his music, his travels and the art of the Baroque opera.


Music Helps Vets Control Symptoms of PTSD

Monday, March 08, 2010

In the last five years, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has more than doubled the number of music therapists at its clinics. The VA uses music therapy to help veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, control their symptoms.

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George Manahan Named ACO Music Director

Sunday, March 07, 2010

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NEW YORK -- George Manahan, who has been a fixture in the pit of New York City Opera for the past 12 seasons, will add a more visible podium in 2010-11, as music director of the American Composers Orchestra.


Conductor's Choice

Sunday, March 07, 2010

WQXR’s new Conductor’s Choice series launches with Maestro George Manahan in the driver’s seat. Manahan will lead listeners through Finnish composer Jean Sibelius's Symphony No. 7 and Finlandia, Friday, April 9 at 8p.m.

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Happy Birthday Chopin!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

WQXR is celebrating Frédéric Chopin's 200th birthday with 3 hours of special programming. The party kicks off on tonight, March 1 at 7 p.m and includes a performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto #1 in E Minor and a recital by Garrick Ohlsson.


Celebrating Chopin: Garrick Ohlsson in Recita

Sunday, February 28, 2010

This hour-long special features the American pianist Garrick Ohlsson, the first and only American to win the prestigious Chopin International Competition, playing a program of Chopin compositions. Monday, March 1 at 9 p.m.


Cellist David Soyer Dies

Friday, February 26, 2010

Soyer was a founding member of the Guarneri Quartet and he played with the group until he retired in 2002.


WQXR's Bob Sherman Judges Chopin Competition

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WQXR’s Bob Sherman is in Florida this week, listening very closely to music by the Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin.

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Exclusive Download from Measha Brueggergosman's Night and Dreams

Monday, February 15, 2010

Our offer has ended. Thanks to all who listened!

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George Jellinek's Vocal Scene

Thursday, February 11, 2010

In 1969 George Jellinek created The Vocal Scene, a weekly, one-hour show was devoted to opera and great opera singers. In Jellinek's honor, WQXR is revisiting prized segments from the archives of The Vocal Scene.

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Valentine's Day with Asteria

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Today at 4 pm: Love and passion -- from the 15th Century! For Valentine's Day early music duo Asteria performs 15th Century Burgundian love songs in the WQXR studio. 

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Performance Today: Philip Glass and Franz Schubert

Friday, January 29, 2010

This special edition of Performance Today marks the birthdays of Franz Schubert and Philip Glass with performances of music by each composer. Sunday, January 31 at 8PM.

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What is the Vienna Sound?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is known for its signature Viennese sound, which is defined by the instruments it plays and the way its musicians play them.


A Traditional Sound, the Old-Fashioned Way?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Whether a matter of affirmative action or simply a search for the best talent, the balance of gender in many American orchestras is moving closer to parity. Tradition dies harder in Europe, including at the Vienna Philharmonic.

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