Alex Ambrose

Alex Ambrose is the managing producer for Q2 Music, WQXR’s online station and website devoted to discovery, curiosity and vibrant 21st-century music.

Alex oversees the overall programmatic direction of Q2 Music and works with WQXR and NYPR staff to produce live webcasts; conceive and execute large-scale festivals and 24-hour marathons with local and international partners; develop new shows, podcasts and hosts; craft features, interviews and profiles; and ensure the vitality of music playlists.

He graduated from Brown University in 2002 with a double major in Musicology and Comparative Literature and received a master’s degree from Université de Lumière Lyon 2 in France in 2004. Alex cut his teeth in radio as a host for Overnight Music on WNYC and then, under executive producer Limor Tomer, as the associate producer for WNYC’s Evening Music with hosts Terrance McKnight and David Garland from 2007 to 2009. During that time, he produced the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award-winning 24:33: A John Cage Celebration.

Alex Ambrose appears in the following:

Stage Actress Sarah Jones Talks Dignity and Finding Home in Everyone

Monday, January 09, 2017

In Sarah Jones's one-woman shows, she seamlessly slips into characters of different classes, races and genders. Jones and Davis talk self-love in a culture that teaches self-alienation.

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Soprano Julia Bullock Talks Finding Your Voice and Place in the World

Monday, January 02, 2017

The young Juilliard-trained soprano Julia Bullock is making waves for her stunning performances and bold choice of roles. She talks with Davis about finding her place in today's culture.

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Conductor Hernandez-Valdez Channels the Power of Choral Singing

Monday, December 19, 2016

For conductor Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, an attentive and hungry audience is one of the essential parts of creating a transcendent musical experience. He talks with host Helga Davis.

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Conductor Alan Gilbert on Building Bridges and Letting Go Together

Monday, December 12, 2016

Alan Gilbert is in his final season as music director of the New York Philharmonic. He talks with Helga Davis about serving a community and the moments in performance he lives for.

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Singer-Songwriter Solange on Her Journey, Owning Her Body and Art

Monday, December 05, 2016

The pop star singer-songwriter Solange talks with Helga Davis about finding autonomy in the music business and about being black and beautiful in contemporary America.

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Violinist Jennifer Koh Discusses Determination and Empathy

Monday, November 28, 2016

Violin soloist Jennifer Koh has never cancelled a gig. Even when she had swine flu. Host Helga Davis speaks with Koh about determination and empathy in this episode of the Helga podcast.

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Jazz Icon Henry Threadgill Lets His Imagination Run Wild

Monday, November 21, 2016

Recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize, jazz composer Henry Threadgill talks with Helga about giving license to your imagination and pushing yourself to go beyond excellence to greatness.

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My Brightest Diamond's Shara Nova Leans into Vulnerability

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Singer, composer and My Brightest Diamond's frontwoman Shara Nova talks to Helga about choosing a new city, leaning into vulnerability, and how her new names translates to "new song."

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'Helga' Podcast Premieres with Opera Director Peter Sellars

Monday, November 14, 2016

Q2 Music's new podcast, Helga, features probing conversations with artists who have a unique voice and a stake in the matter of social change. The first guest is director Peter Sellars.

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Download: John Adams's Grooving String Quartet with Attacca Quartet

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Despite being one of relatively few chamber-music pieces in his catalog, John Adams’s String Quartet is one of the composer’s most compelling works.

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Download: Ted Hearne's 'Parlor Diplomacy' Featuring Timo Andres

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne and pianist Timo Andres highlight their longstanding relationship with old and new music alike, and the challenges of "messing" with it.

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Symphomania Redux: 24 Hours with the 21st-Century Orchestra

Monday, April 18, 2016

Join Q2 Music on Sunday, April 24 for our second annual Symphomania, a 24-hour marathon stream of music that offers a vision of orchestral repertoire composed in or after the year 2000.

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Download: David Lang Distills Late Friends in 'Memory Pieces'

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

David Lang breaks down two of his "Memory Pieces" – recollections of friends distilled into brief musical moments – and we join pianist Andrew Zolinsky for this episode of LPR Live.

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Watch: Sarah Cahill Performs Lou Harrison's Unpublished 'Range Song'

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Pianist Sarah Cahill stopped by the Q2 Music studio to perform Lou Harrison's rarely-heard (and perhaps never-before recorded) 'Range Song.'

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Download: Vivian Fung Concerto with Harpist Bridget Kibbey

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hear the world premiere performance of Canadian-born composer Vivian Fung's Harp Concerto, the fruit of a close collaboration with New York City-based harpist Bridget Kibbey.

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Download: Pianist Sarah Cahill Performs Terry Riley and Samuel Adams

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Terry Riley remains eternally youthful, continuing to work at an invigorated pace. Samuel Adams, the composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, wrote “Shade Studies” in his honor.

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Christopher Cerrone's 'High Windows' Finds an Elusive Balance

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Christopher Cerrone’s music strikes that elusive balance between intense emotion and meticulous craft, and combines ornamental dissonance with luminous triadic harmony.

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In-Studio: Marc-André Hamelin and the Composer-Pianist Tradition

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pianist Marc-André Hamelin stopped by the WQXR studios to perform his "Pavane Variée" and George Gershwin's "Liza," arranged by Earl Wild. Watch his performance on-demand.

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Download: John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti's Piano Sonatas

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti make for an odd juxtaposition. But where some might hear contrast in the sonatas of this unlikely couple, pianist David Greilsammer hears complement.

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Philip Glass on David Bowie and Trekking Across Central Asia

Monday, February 08, 2016

Philip Glass returns as curator for the 26th annual Tibet House Benefit at Carnegie Hall. He stopped by the studio to talk spiritual awakenings and performing with David Bowie.

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