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:

Playlist: From Copland to Golijov, Cuba's Influence on Classical Music

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Classical music's fascination with Cuba has been sporadic but easy to spot. As a diplomatic thaw begins, here are a dozen pieces to consider.
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The Highs and Lows of 2014 in Classical Music

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The year 2014 saw plenty of highs and lows in classical music, as we hear from music critics Anne Midgette, David Patrick Stearns and Zachary Woolfe.

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New York City Ballet Names Andrew Litton Music Director

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New York City Ballet announced on Tuesday that Andrew Litton will be its next music director.
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Nuns Vied With Bach For Top-Selling Albums of 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As music critics assemble their best-of 2014 lists, another, probably very different barometer of musical taste has been revealed.
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Enough of Handel's Messiah? Try One by Monty Python's Eric Idle

Monday, December 15, 2014

Eric Idle, the famous member of the absurdist-comedy collective Monty Python, talks with WQXR's Elliott Forrest about his work in comedy and classical music.
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Poll: What Was the Biggest Classical Music Story of 2014?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Next week our Conducting Business podcast will be looking back at 2014 with three top music critics. But first, we ask you to weigh in.
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New York Philharmonic Names Oscar Schafer Chairman

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hedge fund mogul Oscar S. Schafer, who has been the lead supporter of the New York Philharmonic's parks concerts since 2007, will become the next chairman of the orchestra's board.
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A Second Act for City Opera?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

There are still hoops to be jumped through, but it looks like, as Monty Python would say, New York City Opera is not dead yet.

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London's Donatella Flick Conducting Competition Lauds First Woman

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For the first time in its 25-year history, the first place prize in the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition has gone to a woman.
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Anna Netrebko Supports Theater in Ukrainian Separatist Region

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Anna Netrebko is responding to critics of a controversial donation she gave to a theater in Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk region, asserting that the gift was "not a political act."
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Grammys 2015: List of Classical Nominees

Friday, December 05, 2014

In-house orchestra labels had a particularly strong showing in the nominations for the 57th Grammy Awards, which were announced on Friday afternoon.
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New York Times Arts Critic Edward Rothstein to Take Buyout

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Edward Rothstein, a longtime critic at large at the New York Times and previously, one of its most prolific music critics, has accepted a buyout offer.
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Cash Aside, Are Music Prizes Meaningful?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

How many big-money awards are given because of altruism and how many are, to put it frankly, good marketing gimmicks? Hear what two observers of the awards business have to say.

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Violinist's Comeback Recital Halted By Outburst at Coughing Child

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

An incident involving the violinist Kyung Wha Chung Tuesday night raises the ongoing question of how international artists should best handle audience distractions.
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New York Philharmonic and University of Michigan Announce Residency

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The New York Philharmonic and the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, MI, on Tuesday announced a three-season partnership.
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Wolfgang Rihm Wins $100K Grawemeyer Award

Monday, December 01, 2014

A composition that celebrates a concert hall's "vineyard"-style seating design wins a major award.
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Classical Holiday Concerts for Every Taste in 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

From medieval Christmas fare to tuba carolers and countless versions of Handel's Messiah, here are some concerts around New York to help you get in the holiday spirit.
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Sale of New York City Opera's Remaining Assets Expected in Early 2015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A sale of New York City Opera's remaining assets is expected take place as soon as January, after a bankruptcy court gave the company a Dec. 18 deadline.
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Bayreuth Festival Opts for a Less Provocative Parsifal

Monday, November 24, 2014

Days after the Bayreuth Festival parted ways with the theatrical provocateur Jonathan Meese over his planned production of Parsifal, the festival announced a replacement.
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Five Bach Pieces That Sound Better on a Piano than a Harpsichord

Monday, November 24, 2014

Angela Hewitt, a pianist particularly distinguished for her Bach performances, shares her top five Bach pieces that sound best – yes, best! – on a modern grand.

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