James Bennett, II

James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.

James is a noted pineapple enthusiast and native of the original (read: Chesapeake) Bay Area. At the impressionable age of 17, he moved to New York in search of concrete pastures and scooped up a BA in history from Columbia University. Classical music had always been an interest, but it really switched on after he heard Yo-Yo Ma rip “Fear” from Astor Piazzolla’s Four Tango Sensations. It popped up on shuffle, and he listened to it no fewer than 40 times in a row.  He’s also game to talk about jazz, hip-hop, and wave (chill, synth, vapor, or otherwise). James is also fond of funky ales, fall foliage, all things nautical, and harsh winters. Some would say he has a passing interest in the post-romantic situational comedy Friends

James Bennett, II appears in the following:

‘The MoMA for Classical Music’: How PONY is Using Tech to Change the Concert Experience

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Philharmonia of New York's "Symphonic Storyboards" merges orchestral performance with film.
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Lute Music by Adam Cockerham Gets Us Into the Shakespearean Mood

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Adam Cockerham joins us in the studio for a lute performance that sets the mood for our upcoming Shakespeare Weekend.
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20 Great Music Compositions Inspired by Shakespeare

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sunday is Shakespeare's 453rd birthday. WQXR celebrates The Bard with music inspired by his work and characters. Here is a sample of 20 great ones.
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Classical Comedy: Here are our 10 Fave #ClickBaitASymphony Tweets!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Get ready to restore your faith in Twitter. Check out #ClickBaitASymphony!
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So Sweet: These Cats Love Cuddling and Keyboards

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sarper Duman, like many of you, enjoys playing music at his keyboard. But unlike many of you, he makes sure his cats are always around.
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Watch: Composer Hans Zimmer's Intense Film Medley at Coachella

Monday, April 17, 2017

He did it. Hans Zimmer got up there, and had bodies moving to film music.
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This Piano Ensemble's Bach Interpretation of Vivaldi Has to Be Seen

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Israeli ensemble MultiPiano performs Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins as arranged by Bach for four Harpsichords.
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Watch Leontyne Price on 'What's My Line?' from 1966

Friday, April 14, 2017

The long-running game show saw many celebrities during its 17 season run. In 1966, Leontyne Price appeared as a mystery guest before the panel of guessers.
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Watch: Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider Perform Excerpt From Juno Concerto

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Béla Fleck, joined by Brooklyn Rider, dropped by the WQXR studios to discuss his new album and share a few selections.
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Finding Bach's Passion

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bach's "St. Mark Passion" is lost to time. Who lost it, and how are some composers reconstructing it?
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Listen to This St. Matthew Passion Aria Like You've Never Heard Before

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Ebarme dich" is a powerful, aching aria, and when it's sung in Arabic you can really understand the transcending power of music.
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Watch This Bassist's Delightful Introduction to His Instrument

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

We need more double bass in our lives. Bret Simner gives an overview of the instrument, and gives a wonderful demonstration, too!
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Watch Piano Duo's Roller Disco Cover of Daft Punk's 'Lose Yourself to Dance'

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Anderson and Roe embraced their disco souls with a four-hand cover of Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself to Dance."
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Watch This Rarely Performed Cello Concerto by A Composer Who Fled Fascist Italy

Monday, April 10, 2017

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Cello Concerto hasn't had a professional performance since its 1935 premiere. The Houston Symphony and its principal cellist feel it's time to change that.
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The Takács Quartet Brings Levity To Its Tour With a Wes Anderson Favorite

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Takács Quartet took a break from their Beethoven String Cycle with a piece so colorful that it earned a spot on a Wes Anderson film.
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These 5 Composers Knew Their Way Around the Local Bar Scene

Friday, April 07, 2017

It wouldn't be too far of a stretch to include music from these composers on your next party playlist — if they were around, they'd get down too.
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#MaskOffChallenge is Showcasing Fun Musical Talent All Over Twitter

Friday, April 07, 2017

Musicians of all backgrounds are having fun with the #MaskOffChallenge, and the internet is definitely better for it.
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5 Performances that Prove André Previn Can Do Anything

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

André Previn is one of music's most versatile talents. In honor of his 88th birthday, here are five videos that showcase his wide creative range.
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Watch: Percussionist's Mesmerizing Tribute to Philip Glass and Steve Reich

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Peter A. Bauer's “80 Years in 80 Bars” attempts to capture the minimalist essence of the two composers' work.
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