Share Your Festival Photos

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Will you be attending any music festivals this summer? Let us know which ones you will be enjoying and share your festival photos.

Le Grand Macabre: A Comedy about the End of the World

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A night at the opera doesn’t get much more rollicking and unpredictable than György Ligeti's apocalyptic satire Le Grand Macabre. Here is what you need to know if you are attending the New York Philharmonic's performance this week.

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Beethoven Project Trio

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It’s not every day that New Yorkers are treated to the premier of a work by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Jeff Spurgeon sat down Beethoven Project Trio pianist and leader George Lepauw to find out rediscovered treasures.


Music in the Works of Bill T. Jones

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Bill T. Jones has been tackling thorny, complex subjects for more than 35 years, most visibly with the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company since 1982. Social politics, gender, race and religion -- no issue has been too divisive or too difficult to dance about. And as a special edition of Q2 reveals, musical values often take center stage in Jones's work, often in surprising ways.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Barber of Seville

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville easily lends itself to parody, as evidenced by Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker. Watch your favorite cartoon characters wreck havoc on unsuspecting hair style victims.

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Exclusive Interview with Eric Jacobsen of The Knights Chamber Orchestra

Monday, May 03, 2010

Jeff Spurgeon nabbed an exclusive interview with Eric Jacobsen, the cellist and conductor of the chamber orchestra The Knights. They discuss the ensemble's unique style and what the future may hold.


WQXR Mother's Day Giveaway: Official Rules

Saturday, May 01, 2010

The prize is a gift certificate to Balthazar.

WQXR Mother's Day Giveaway

Saturday, May 01, 2010

As Mother's Day approaches, WQXR wants to know how your mother influenced your musical taste. Did she take you to your first concert? Bestow a favorite recording? Tell us your stories of "Songs My Mother Taught Me" and enter to win dinner for four.

Jerusalem, City of Heavenly and Earthly Peace

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jerusalem, City of Heavenly and Earthly Peace by Jordi Savall is a performance that explores how the three major religions have shaped Jerusalem. WQXR presents a live broadcast hosted by Fred Child and Terrance McKnight, Monday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.

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Alisa Weilerstein performs Bach Cello Suite

Friday, April 23, 2010

Alisa Weilerstein joins John Schaefer on WNYC's Soundcheck for a live performance of Bach's Cello Suite No. 3, "Prelude."

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Frederica Von Stade on Her Career, Her Legacy and Her Decision to Retire

Monday, April 19, 2010

In the music world, there are great singers and there are beloved singers. Mezzo soprano Frederica Von Stade happens to be both. Morning host Jeff Spurgeon talks with Flicka about her career, her legacy and why she is choosing to retire now.

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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.