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:

Contemporary Opera: Pleasing Both Connoisseurs and the Masses?

Monday, August 31, 2015

This week's episode explores the schism between modernist and melodic operas, and whether there's a dearth of great contemporary opera.

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On His 70th Birthday, Appraising Itzhak Perlman's Influence

Monday, August 31, 2015

Perlman's 70th birthday on Monday has brought fresh appraisals of a violinist who has been a media fixture ever since he came to New York in his early teens.
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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and Author Who Explored Music's Impact on Brain, Dies at 82

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oliver Sacks, the British neurologist and author who explored the bond between music and our brains, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. 
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Daniel Barenboim Faces Protests from Israel Over Plans for Iran Concert

Friday, August 28, 2015

Daniel Barenboim, the conductor and pianist who in 1999 co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra now faces a new challenge.
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Airline Drops Pianist from In-Flight Entertainment Over Controversial Tweets

Thursday, August 27, 2015

KLM has dropped a pianist from its in-flight entertainment system after receiving complaints about her Twitter commentary.
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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Composers' Super-Fans?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Forget Beliebers and Directioners. How about Mahlerians and Brucknerites? Take our quiz and see where you fall.
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Jamie Barton to Replace Elina Garanca in Metropolitan Opera's 'Anna Bolena'

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The company has said that the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will play Giovanna Seymour in its upcoming run of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
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In-Studio: Alina Ibragimova Performs Bach and Ysaÿe

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova in recent years has developed a following in Europe, especially in the U.K., where she studied and came of age. Here's why.

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Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado Talks New York Orchestras, Praetorius and Tweet Seats

Friday, August 14, 2015

The young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado has been on many critics' wish lists for a major orchestra post.
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Metropolitan Opera Promotes Mary Jo Heath to New Radio Host

Thursday, August 13, 2015

An internal promotion that takes a behind-the-scenes producer to the forefront of the longest-running classical music radio series in the U.S.
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John Scott, Organist Who Led Music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, Dies at 59

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Scott had returned from a European tour, reported not feeling well and was rushed to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, where he died of a heart attack.
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Watch: Opera Singer Performs During His Own Brain Surgery

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Joined by a pianist in the operating room, tenor Ambroz Bajec-Lapajne delivers the first and last couplets of Schubert's "Gute Nacht" while undergoing surgery.
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As Newspapers Cut Music Critics, a Dark Time for the Arts or Dawn of a New Age?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Classical music fans can look back on to a time when every major newspaper, and many smaller publications as well, had a classical music critic. This world is being quickly left behind.

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Tenor Fractures Spine After Stage Platform Collapses at Puccini Festival

Sunday, August 09, 2015

A stage platform collapsed near the end of a performance of Turandot on Friday night at the Puccini Festival in Italy, seriously injuring the tenor Marco Voleri.
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Disbelief Suspended? Met Opera Abandons 'Blackface' Makeup in 'Otello'

Friday, August 07, 2015

At a time when symbols of racism are being banished, blackface makeup at the opera is disappearing too. But how should companies portray Otello?

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Surgeons Perform Better with Music, Study Finds

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

If you are headed for the operating room, you’d better hope your surgeon is a music lover.
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Kevin Puts, Composer, Mork Superfan, Writes Tribute to Robin Williams

Monday, August 03, 2015

"I think the piece embodies his spirit and his humor and also the kind of darkness that is underneath," said Kevin Puts.
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Boston Symphony Extends Andris Nelsons' Contract Through 2022

Monday, August 03, 2015

Less than a year after Andris Nelsons became the Boston Symphony's music director, the orchestra has taken the unusual step of extending his contract to eight years.
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Music Festivals Increasingly Promote Their Value to Tourism and Economy

Friday, July 31, 2015

"Art for art's sake?" Not any more.

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Metropolitan Opera Drops Free Simulcast at Lincoln Center; Adds to Times Square

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera has said that it will no longer host a free opening night simulcast on Lincoln Center Plaza. More seats are coming to Times Square, however.
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