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:

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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How Attached Are New Yorkers to the Name Avery Fisher Hall?

Friday, November 21, 2014

With the recent announcement that Lincoln Center will release Avery Fisher Hall's naming rights, the question of brand recognition comes into sharper focus.

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One Pianist, Two Keyboards: Christopher Taylor's Bach Variation

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christopher Taylor, a pianist known for his marathon piano projects, talks about performing Bach's Goldberg Variations on an unusual piano.

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Marina Abramović to Perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at the Park Avenue Armory

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Provocative performance artist Marina Abramović and the young pianist Igor Levit are to collaborate on a presentation of Bach's "Goldberg Variations" in December 2015 at the Armory.
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Time for Three Bassist Denied Access to US Airways Flight

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A bassist who says that his instrument was barred from a US Airways flight has taken his grievances to YouTube.
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Utah Symphony Targets Ski Bums With Discount Program

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Utah Symphony and Opera on Monday announced a new ticketing promotion aimed at the many skiers who converge on Salt Lake City every winter.
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Is Faith Required To Perform Sacred Classical Music?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Do the best performances of Bach – or of any sacred work – come from musicians who identify with their spiritual message?

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Lincoln Center to Rename Avery Fisher Hall

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lincoln Center said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to rename Avery Fisher Hall after a large donor as it prepares for a $500 million-plus gut renovation.
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Steinway Leaving 57th Street Space for Times Square Area

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

After 90 years on West 57th St., Steinway & Sons is moving its showroom and offices to Sixth Avenue and 43rd Street.
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After Anna Netrebko Quits Munich Manon, Company Brings Her Back in Eugene Onegin

Monday, November 10, 2014

Since Anna Netrebko's 11th-hour withdrawal from the title role of Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera, the production has become the object of much speculation.
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As East Berliners Celebrated Freedom, Rostropovich Played Bach

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In recognition, our Albums of the Week include Rostropovich's Bach Suites, recorded in the aftermath.

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Atlanta Symphony Musicians and Bosses Reach Tentative Deal

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestras musicians and management have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, potentially ending a 10-week lockout.
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Opera Singer Montserrat Caballé Reaches Deal to Avoid Jail for Tax Evasion

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Opera singer Montserrat Caballé has reached a deal with the Spanish tax authorities that will have her pay a fine but avoid jail time over tax evasion charges.
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Dejan Lazic, Pianist Who Demanded Removal of Review, Confronts Critic

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The pianist Dejan Lazic wants Google to remove a critical review from its search results. He explains why to the critic, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post.

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Musical America Names Director Peter Sellars Artist of the Year

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Musical America has named opera and theater director Peter Sellars as its 2015 Artist of the Year. Four other honors were also announced Tuesday.
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Warner Music Group to Create $100,000 Prize For Classical Musicians

Monday, November 03, 2014

The third-largest music company is scheduled to announce a $100,000 prize for young classical musicians, funded by one of the world's richest men.
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Your Ultimate Guide to Bach Concerts in November

Saturday, November 01, 2014

As we explore the music and career of Bach on-air and online this November, consult our one-stop guide to Bach-related concerts in a neighborhood near you.

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How Young Is Too Young to Attend Concerts?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A recent incident in Florida caused quite a sensation on the Internet and raised questions including, what is the appropriate age for kids to start attending grown-up concerts?

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