Meet the String Section Backing Up the Boss

Friday, September 16, 2016

WQXR
Eight Pittsburgh-based violinists performed "New York City Serenade" with Bruce Springsteen. How was it? "Best gig ever," they said.
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Behind the Scenes of Daniela Mack's ROH Debut

Thursday, September 15, 2016

WQXR
American mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack made her Covent Garden debut on Sept 13 as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. We spoke to her about how she got ready for the big day.
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The Operatic Ernest Hemingway

Thursday, September 15, 2016

WPSU
Fred Plotkin travels to Ketchum, Idaho, where Ernest Hemingway lived and is buried, and considers which of the great author's works would translate well in opera.
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How to Get Kids to Fall (and Stay) in Love with Music

Monday, September 12, 2016

WQXR
As school swings back into session, so does music lessons for a number of students. We spoke to the Brooklyn Youth Chorus' Dianne Berkun Menaker about getting kids to love music.
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We Asked Parents: How Do You Get Your Kids to Practice?

Monday, September 12, 2016

Back-to-school time also means back to music class and private lessons for a lot of students, so we asked parents for their tips on getting kids to practice his or her instrument.
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6 Programs This Fall for Classical Music Lovers

Monday, September 12, 2016

WQXR
Deepen your knowledge and passion for classical music and opera with six programs around New York that take audience members behind the scenes and into the artistic process.
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NYC Opera's Double Bill: Stick Around After Intermission

Friday, September 09, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the New York Opera's double bill of Rachmaninoff's "Aleko" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci."
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Remembering Opera Singer Johan Botha

Friday, September 09, 2016

Fred Plotkin remembers Johan Botha, a favorite heldentenor of many, who died on Sept. 8 in Vienna at the age of 51.
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Fall Preview: Voices of Autumn

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This fall, the New York area is brimming with enticements for people who love to hear the human voice in opera and recital. Fred Plotkin highlights what to look for.
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WQXR Staffers' Favorite Summer Memories

Friday, September 02, 2016

WQXR
This Labor Day, WQXR will play selected highlights from our favorite broadcasts recorded this summer. Read what staffers picked as their favorite musical memories from the season.
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The Presidential Candidates’ Silence About the Arts

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

As we get closer to the 2016 presidential election, Fred Plotkin investigates the candidates' stance — or lack thereof — on funding for the arts. 
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Happy 100th Birthday Everett Lee, Trailblazing Conductor

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WQXR
On Aug. 31 Everett Lee, one of the first African-American conductors to lead an integrated Broadway cast, turns 100 years old. Terrance McKnight spoke to him on his big day.
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Watch: Andris Nelsons Conducts Beethoven's Ninth at Tanglewood

Monday, August 29, 2016

WQXR
Andris Nelsons became the first music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to close out a Tanglewood season with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony since 1969. See how he does.
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Lenny's Legacy: An Appreciation of Bernstein on His 98th Birthday

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WQXR
'Everyone with any connection to music in New York encountered Bernstein,' writes Fred Plotkin, who shares his personal memories of the maestro in honor of his birthday.
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Chiara String Quartet Forgoes Sheet Music to Play by Heart

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WQXR
For its new CD, 'Bartok by Heart,' the Chiara String Quartet memorized the composer's six string quartets, totaling approximately 150 minutes of music.
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9 Musical Events Celebrating the National Park Centennial

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WQXR
The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary with several new commissions, including 'Natural History' by Michael Gordon, who spoke to us about his piece.
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Broadway Scam Centers Around Soprano Kathleen Battle

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A talent agent is accused of stealing $165,000 after claiming that he was raising funds to produce a play about Kathleen Battle's tumultuous final day at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Watch: ICE Members Compete in 'Stupid Musician Tricks'

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Musicians in the International Contemporary Ensemble presented an Olympics-style competition as part of its residency at this year's Mostly Mozart Festival.
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Remembering Italian Soprano Daniela Dessì

Monday, August 22, 2016

WQXR
The great soprano Daniela Dessi, who died on Saturday, Aug. 20, was a great example of a singer blessed with a rich 'vita interiore,' writes Fred Plotkin.
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Watch: Pianist Yoonie Han Plays Debussy's 'Clair de Lune'

Monday, August 22, 2016

WQXR
Pianist Yoonie Han visited the WQXR studios to perform Debussy's famous 'Clair de Lune.' Watch her performance in honor of the composer's 154th birthday.
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