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

Reprinted with permission from MusicalAmerica.com

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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Ottorino Respighi's The Three Botticelli Pictures

Friday, January 15, 2010

This morning, Elliott Forrest is featuring Ottorino Respighi's The Three Botticelli Pictures. Each movement is insprired by one of Sandro Botticelli's paintings. Here are links to each painting so you can view them while listening.

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A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

In this musical biography, host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work.

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Kerry Nolan's Fiery Sweet Potatoes

Friday, January 08, 2010

We received a lovely letter this week from a listener asking about Kerry Nolan's sweet potato recipe, which was mentioned on the air at Thanksgiving. Here it is so you can try it, too.

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An Atrium Gets an Extreme Makeover

Thursday, January 07, 2010

In recent years, entering the glass-enclosed atrium across from Lincoln Center could be a dismal experience, but now that bleak facility is a memory.


Grammy Month: Best Classical Album

Monday, January 04, 2010

Each week leading up to the Grammy Awards on January 31, WQXR will spotlight one of categories in which classical performances are nominated. This week's category: Best Classical Album.

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The Classical Countdown

Friday, January 01, 2010

Throughout the month of December, we asked listeners to vote for 50 favorite pieces of classical music. Here are the results.