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.

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.