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:

Met Opera Building Workers Rally at Lincoln Center

Friday, July 25, 2014

The rally by the union representing the Metropolitan Opera’s janitors, ushers and security guards came a day after the company's management warned of a potential lockout.

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Are Virtuosos Born or Bred? New Paper Renews Debate Over Practice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Becoming an expert takes more than practice, according to a new scientific paper. In fact, success mostly reflects other factors, like innate talent, age or competition experience.

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Met Opera Warns Unions of a Lockout

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Met's union negotiations will enter a tension-filled new phase on Friday when lawyers for management and orchestra musicians return to the bargaining table for the first time since early May.

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Obama to Present National Medal of Arts to BAM, Bill T. Jones

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

President Obama will present the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including the Brooklyn Academy of Music during a White House ceremony on Monday at 3 pm.

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Key London Symphony Musician Killed in Car Crash

Monday, July 21, 2014

Roderick Franks, a trumpeter who anchored the London Symphony Orchestra's brass section for the past 25 years, died on Sunday after a car accident.

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‘Asian Blackface’ in The Mikado Stirs Controversy in Seattle

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Seattle theater troupe is defending Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado over charges that the operetta perpetuates racial caricatures.

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Eminent Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies at 84

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who became one of the most powerful, brilliant and enigmatic conductors of the late 20th century, died on Sunday in Castleton, Virginia. He was 84.

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For Soprano Cecilia López, a Path to Opera Through Mariachi

Friday, July 11, 2014

It’s not unusual for an opera singer to start out by dabbling in rock music or show tunes. But for the young soprano Cecilia Violetta López, the entrée to singing was Mexican mariachi music.

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Holocaust Opera The Passenger to Make Its NY Debut at Park Avenue Armory

Thursday, July 10, 2014

WQXR's Elliott Forrest spoke with Patrick Summers of the Houston Grand Opera, who is conducting this production, about the work's belated New York premiere.

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Why Parks Concerts Are No Picnic for Musicians

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Outdoor summer concerts present many hazards: relentless mosquitoes, noisy airplanes, chatty audiences, and stages baked by the afternoon sun. In this podcast, hear stories from the trenches.

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New York City Opera Creditor Seeks to Revive Company

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nine months after New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy and canceled its season, the company's board says that it has received five proposals to restart the shuttered organization.

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Mahler's Love Life Comes into Focus in Discovered Letter

Monday, July 07, 2014

A recently discovered letter from Gustav Mahler’s close confidante and sometime lover Natalie Bauer-Lechner spills many new details on the composer’s complicated love life – and names names.

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Conductor Riccardo Chailly out of Summer Concerts with Broken Arm

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly has withdrawn from his performances over the next two months after breaking his right arm in a fall.

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Los Angeles Promises New Subway Won't Disturb Disney Hall Concerts

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles appears to be on course to stemming a problem that is a familiar irritant to many New York concertgoers: subway noise.

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Arias in the Arena: Are Sporting Events Good for Opera?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

We're halfway into 2014 and opera has already worked its way into three of the year's biggest athletic events. In this podcast, two opera-watchers tell us what they think is driving the phenomenon, plus what's worked and what hasn't.

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Video: EU Parliament Members Turn Backs on Beethoven's Ninth in Protest

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

During the ceremonial opening of the European Parliament on Tuesday, lawmakers from Britain's Euroskeptic, anti-immigration party staged an unusual protest as an orchestra played.

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Brewery Launches Beer Series Inspired by Holst's The Planets

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The beer industry has previously offered such melodious brews as Rheingold, Amadeus Blanche and Falstaff Beer. Next month comes a series inspired by Gustav Holst's The Planets.

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One Last Curtain Call for New York Philharmonic Concertmaster

Monday, June 30, 2014

After 6,033 performances, 219 solo appearances and 34 years, Glenn Dicterow took his final bows with the orchestra on Saturday night.

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Julius Rudel, New York City Opera Impresario, Dies at 93

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The conductor Julius Rudel, who ran New York City Opera during its golden age, from 1957 to 1979, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 93.

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Met's Klinghoffer Cancellation Reignites Old Debates

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's decision last week to drop its HD and radio broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer continues to draw strong responses.

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