Brian Wise

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James Levine Pulls Out of Boston Symphony Season

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Boston Symphony Orchestra said on Tuesday that James Levine, its music director, will miss the remainder of the orchestra's season as a result of the back problems that have plagued him for months.


Detroit Symphony Musicians Offer to Return with No Contract

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Striking musicians with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra say they'll return to work without a contract. Cellist and spokesman Haden McKay says the issues will be worked out through binding arbitration, after a contentious, nearly five-month strike.

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'The Social Network' Wins Oscar for Best Original Score

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's synth-heavy, non-orchestral soundtrack for "The Social Network" was awarded Best Original Score at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The duo also won the Golden Globe this year for their work on the film.

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Café Concert: Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Friday, February 25, 2011

The 23-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs live in the WQXR Cafe, and explains why mental toughness is the key to mastering the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

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A Soundtrack Fit for a King

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

“The King’s Speech,” which won four Oscars on Sunday, punctuates a pivotal scene with a famous classical work – Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Yet its very prominence has fueled a growing online debate about the intent of the film's creators.

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Detroit Symphony Suspends Season after Latest Contract Offer is Rejected

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Detroit Symphony has suspended the remainder of its performance season after striking musicians rejected the latest contract offer on Saturday. No further meetings with management have been scheduled.

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A Magnet for Young Talent Turns 50

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Young Concert Artists has been such a fixture on the classical music landscape for so long, it’s easy to lose track of its milestones: creating the debut recitals and tours for pianists like Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Tokyo String Quartet and Dawn Upshaw.


Chicago Symphony, Riccardo Muti Top Grammys

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Days after undergoing emergency surgery, Riccardo Muti has won Grammy Awards in the Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance categories for his recording of the Verdi Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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New York Philharmonic Announces 2011-12 Season; Digital Archives

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The New York Philharmonic have announced a 2011-12 season that includes a Beethoven symphony cycle, a new residency by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and a nomadic touring schedule.

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Operas Ripped from the Headlines

Sunday, January 30, 2011

With the opening of John Adams's Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera this week, New York audiences will finally have a chance to hear the work that spawned a flurry of operas based on real-life events -- the so-called “CNN operas."

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Milton Babbitt, Avant-Garde Composer, Dies at 94

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Milton Babbitt, a composer known for his staggeringly complex yet lucid, jazzy and occasionally humorous work, died on Saturday in Princeton, NJ. He was 94.

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Hélène Grimaud: Dances with Pianos and Wolves

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As WQXR celebrates Powerhouse Pianists throughout January, we spotlight a pianist known to give the keyboard a workout. Hélène Grimaud is frequently admired for her enormous technical command and her keen musical curiosity.

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Composer A.R. Rahman Leads Oscar Nominees in Music

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Leading the music categories is A.R. Rahman’s music for the Danny Boyle film "127 Hours," which was nominated in both the Best Score and Best Original Song categories. "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" were among the other nominees.


Ten Greatest Composers: Beyond the Usual Suspects

Friday, January 21, 2011

For this special podcast, Terrance McKnight sits down with three experts from across the musical spectrum and asks them to rank the 10 greatest classical composers of all time.

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Carnegie Hall Announces 2011-12 Season; WQXR Broadcasts

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Carnegie Hall announced its 2011-12 season on Wednesday, plans which include celebrations of the hall's 120th anniversary, a $200 million renovation project, and the launch of a new broadcast arrangement with WQXR and American Public Media.

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Conductor Jean-Marc Cochereau Dies During Rehearsal

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The music director of the Orléans Symphony died Jan. 10. He reportedly collapsed while rehearsing the Funeral March of Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony.


Metropolitan Opera Settles Disability Lawsuit Within an Hour of Filing

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera House settled a federal lawsuit Thursday that charged the theater with discriminating against people with disabilities.

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Quiet Since the Floods, A Nashville Hall is Back

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center has been a mecca and sanctuary to classical music fans in Nashville since its opening in 2006. After floodwaters ravaged the hall last May, it is now reopening in a concert to be broadcast on WQXR.

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Mozart Fills London Tube Stations

Monday, January 03, 2011

Commuters on the London Underground are getting a dose of Mozart this month as part of a BBC Radio 3 Mozart festival. Classical performers are taking their instruments into four stations in an effort to spread the word about the 12-day event.

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A Soprano Plans to Deliver A Violetta to Die For

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Marina Poplavskaya was an unknown in the U.S. just five years ago. But this season she has the unusual distinction of headlining back-to-back Metropolitan Opera premieres of major new Verdi productions. She tells us how she prepared.

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