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:

Thanksgiving Leftovers: A Classical Music Playlist

Friday, November 24, 2017

We've made you a playlist to pair with your Thanksgiving leftovers — because nothing goes better with turkey sandwiches than the unfinished works of Bach, Mahler, Mozart and more.
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Remembering Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Siberian baritone died at the age of 55 on November 22. We remember his powerful voice and incredible spirit.
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Remembering Della Reese And Her Puccini-Inspired 'Don't You Know?'

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The actress and singer passed away at the age of 86, and we can't stop listening to her opera-inspired 1959 hit.
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Listen: Cecilia Bartoli Just Became the First Woman to Perform in the Sistine Chapel

Monday, November 20, 2017

Her performance of a piece of early music by Perotin breaks an over 500-year-old taboo.
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A 10-Piece Playlist to Fill You Up This Thanksgiving

Monday, November 20, 2017

Because we all need a little more Thanksgiving music in our lives, enjoy this full spread of music inspired by America.
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Stravinsky's 'Firebird' Got a Scream From This Concertgoer

Friday, November 17, 2017

Calling the opening of this movement “startling” is a bit of an understatement.
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 11 and 12: Celebration of Life and the Consequences of Power

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Because in this life, don't forget you're allowed to feel good. 
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 10: Pilgrimage of Life

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The tenth program was the only one to feature Psalms sung in sequential order — which was appropriate, considering that these are known as the "Songs of Pilgrimage."
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Why Are We So Obsessed With Child Prodigies?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Why are we so obsessed with absurdly talented kids ... and what does that say about us?
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 9: Security and Trust

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

To paraphrase the program's opening remarks, security isn't simply something one has, but something one continually seek.
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Explainer: Why Do Orchestras Wear All Black?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

And do they actually find it comfortable?
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 8: Lamentation

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

To paraphrase the Reverend Winnie Varghese, lamentation, like passion, is longing and desirous ... but for grief.
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 7: Abandonment

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In which music deals with the pain of being left alone in this huge world.
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Check out This Orchestra Playing 'The Rite of Spring' Without a Conductor

Monday, November 13, 2017

This takes a crazy amount of talent and discipline to pull off.
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 6: Gratitude

Sunday, November 12, 2017

"Gratitude" doesn't just imply thanks — it also means you're ready to return that kindness.
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'The Psalms Experience' Recap Program 5: State of Humankind

Friday, November 10, 2017

Humanity's existence can be incredibly dark, light and everything in between. Here's how several composers have handled it.
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Leonard Slatkin Speaks About His New Book and the 'Passion and Devotion' of Conducting

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The maestro joined WNYC's Leonard Lopate to discuss his new book, music and society.
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