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Brian Wise

Brian Wise covers the classical music business for WQXR, including aspects of performance, technology, philanthropy and institutional trends. He produces the Café Concerts series and the podcast/show Conducting Business. He manages the station's homepage and makes sure what you hear on air is what you see online. Follow him on Twitter at @Briancwise.

Brian Wise came to WQXR Radio after having worked for several years as a producer at sister station WNYC, on the program Soundcheck.

Brian has worked as a print journalist and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Travel & Leisure, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, The Strad, Time Out New York, Opera News and other publications. At WNYC, he has reported on a various stories for the newsroom and has produced concert broadcasts from Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Brian has worked in various aspects of the music and media industries, including a custom publisher of program books and a dot-com in the early days of the field. He studied musicology and journalism at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, where he received his Master's degree. The son of two scientists in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he enjoys travel, hiking, running and almost any kind of ethnic cuisine.

Brian Wise appears in the following:

Youth Symphony Accused of Censorship After Canceling Piece With Nazi Song

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony’s decision to drop a newly commissioned piece days before its Carnegie Hall premiere has drawn accusations of censorship.
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What Do Orchestras Really Need in a Music Director?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Factors to consider include taste in repertoire, age, nationality, race, gender, fundraising skills -- and of course, musicianship.

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Avery Fisher Hall to Be Renamed David Geffen Hall

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Entertainment mogul David Geffen will donate $100 million toward the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall, transforming the 1962 building into David Geffen Hall.
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Final Bows for Frank Music, Midtown Sheet Music Retailer

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The cause is all too familiar: a world transformed by the growth of online retail and the slow decline of brick-and-mortar music sales.
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Simon Rattle to Take Over at London Symphony Orchestra in 2017

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The London Symphony Orchestra has named Simon Rattle as its next music director. But will London build a new concert hall at his request?
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Jonas Kaufmann Joins Carmen Sick List at Metropolitan Opera

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has cancelled his Wednesday performance as Don José in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Carmen.
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Korean Opera Chief Resigns After 53 Days on The Job

Friday, February 27, 2015

Ye-jin Han, the director of the Korean National Opera, has stepped down after only 53 days on the job.
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Violinists Surrender Their Prized Instruments as Prices Soar

Thursday, February 26, 2015

In the last week, two top violinists got a visit by the Repo Man. Find out what two industry watchers think is behind this.

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New York Philharmonic Names Joshua Gersen Assistant Conductor

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Less than three weeks after the New York Philharmonic announced that Alan Gilbert will be leaving the orchestra, another podium-related announcement landed on Wednesday.
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Expansion of New York Philharmonic Archives Reveals Colorful Programs of Yore

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concert programs during the first years of the New York Philharmonic often resembled freewheeling variety shows.
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Alexandre Desplat Wins Oscar for Best Original Score with 'Budapest'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Alexandre Desplat won his first Academy Award after eight nominations, taking home the Best Original Score trophy for “The Grand Budapest Hotel."
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With Charles Dutoit, Swiss Orchestra Returns After Long Absence

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In an effort to evoke the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande's storied past—and generate some buzz for its future—the orchestra is on its first U.S. tour since 2003.
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Did a Loss of People's Leisure Time Kill RadioShack?

Friday, February 13, 2015

RadioShack was once the place to get speaker wire, headphones, adapters, or even a Realistic-brand stereo system. But how times have changed.

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Musical Chairs: Who Will Replace Alan Gilbert at the Philharmonic?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alan Gilbert’s surprise announcement has brought an assortment of responses and a reckoning of the challenges the orchestra faces.
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Minnesota Orchestra to Perform Beethoven in Cuba

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cuba will hear its first American orchestra since President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the countries.
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Late '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon on His Love of Opera

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last year, the late Bob Simon was a guest on WQXR's Operavore show and spoke about his interests in classical music and opera. Listen to the interview.
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For Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winterreise Conjures Politics, Sex and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tenor Ian Bostridge has fused his backgrounds in academia and art song with a new book on Schubert’s Winterreise.
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And the Classical Grammy Winners Are...

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Albums featuring two of America’s best-known living composers – both named Adams – won top Grammy Awards in the classical categories.
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In Surprise, Alan Gilbert to Leave New York Philharmonic in 2017

Friday, February 06, 2015

The New York Philharmonic said Friday that Alan Gilbert will be resigning from his post as music director in August 2017, after eight years with the ensemble.
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American Orchestras Grapple With Lack of Diversity

Friday, February 06, 2015

Just over four percent of their musicians are African-American and Latino and when it comes to orchestra boards and CEOs, the numbers are even starker: only one percent.

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