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 produced concert broadcasts from Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; reported on “indie opera” for the newsroom; and produced a series of Soundcheck broadcasts from Berlin.

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:

Riccardo Muti Quits as Rome Opera Conductor

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The conductor Riccardo Muti has abrupty resigned as the chief conductor of the Rome Opera, citing ongoing management and labor turmoil at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
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Replay: Why People Listen to the Same Music Over and Over

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nostalgia, force of habit and sometimes sheer laziness play a significant role in the kinds of music, movies and books that we consume on a regular basis.

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Tibor Rudas, Impresario Who Brought Opera to Casinos, Dies at 94

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tibor Rudas, the concert promoter who booked Luciano Pavarotti in venues from Madison Square Garden to a circus tent in Atlantic City, died on September 8.
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Injured Hilary Hahn Cancels Additional Concerts

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hilary Hahn, usually a mainstay of opening-night orchestra galas, has cancelled performances through September. "I am extremely sad that I am unable to give concerts," she said.
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Park Hyatt NY Hotel Pool Plays Underwater Classical Music

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Swimmers who prefer Brahms with their backstroke may have a new place to take a dip in Midtown Manhattan: the 25th-floor pool of the new Park Hyatt New York.
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Metropolitan Opera Cuts 22 Administrative Jobs

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera says it is cutting nine percent of its administrative staff in order to save money.
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The Met Opera's Cheap-Seat Program Goes Online

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera said on Thursday that it is moving its rush ticket program online this season, so that patrons will no longer have to physically wait in line.
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You Said What on Facebook? Musicians Discover Perils of Oversharing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's no secret that social media can help classical musicians promote their work. But when artists cross certain boundaries, they can find their careers at risk.

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Conductor 'In Shock' Over Plans to Shutter Danish Orchestra

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Like most of those affected I have only now heard of the plans to close down the Danish National Chamber Orchestra," said Adam Fischer. "Right now I am in a state of shock."
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Apple Launches iPhone 6 with Strauss-Themed Ad

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

When Apple unveiled its two larger-screened iPhone models, it turned to a well-known soundtrack of grandeur: Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra.
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Qatar Philharmonic Music Director Abruptly Quits Mid-Tour

Monday, September 08, 2014

Conductor Han-Na Chang resigned Monday from her post as music director of the Qatar Philharmonic, one day after the orchestra's appearance at the BBC Proms in London.
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Atlanta Symphony Locks Out its Musicians

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and management were unable to reach a settlement on a new contract on Saturday.
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Franz Welser-Möst Quits as Vienna State Opera Music Director

Friday, September 05, 2014

The conductor Franz Welser-Möst is resigning as music director of the Vienna State Opera, citing artistic differences with the company’s director, Dominique Meyer.
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Why Deals with Unions Won't End Met Opera's Challenges

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The labor deals that the Metropolitan Opera and 16 of its unions tentatively reached last month meant that a lockout was averted. But its financial travails have not vanished.
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Colorado Symphony Drops Tuxedos, Adds Drinks in the Hall

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Starting this fall, the orchestra will ditch tuxedos and institute a somewhat more casual look of dark suits with long ties for men. Drinks will also be permitted.
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Susanna Mälkki, Fabio Luisi Get New Conducting Gigs

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Nordic dining scene may be stealing news headlines and Michelin stars these days but on Monday, the region’s classical music scene was also drawing international attention.
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'Maestro' or 'Conductor?' Terminology Sparks Critical Spat

Saturday, August 30, 2014

One critic says the word "maestro" (and "maestra") has been overused and it's time to give it a rest. Another critic accuses him of sexism.
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Fall Preview: 20 Classical Music Concerts to Watch For

Saturday, August 30, 2014

With autumn comes a fresh new lineup of symphonic, vocal and chamber music concerts to hear in New York. Below are 20 notable events taking place around the city.
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Minnesota Orchestra Announces $13.2 Million in Gifts

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra signaled a new step in its post-lockout recovery on Wednesday when the board said it had received $13.2 million in four separate donations.
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Throwback Thursday: WQXR Discusses 'The Lincoln Center' in 1961

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's "Throwback Thursday" and here's an excerpt from "A Year in Music," in which the conductor Erich Leinsdorf weighs in on the opening of Lincoln Center.
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