Jeff Spurgeon


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Throwback Thursday: Friederich Nietzsche's Birthday

Thursday, October 15, 2015

On this date in the year 1844, in a small town near Leipzig, Germany, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born. The rest is (music) history.
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Throwback Thursday: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats' Opens on Broadway

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Love it or hate it, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'CATS' set all kinds of musical theater records. Jeff Spurgeon looks at its phenomenal run.

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Throwback Thursday: Walt Disney World Opens

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Walt Disney World opened on this date in 1971. Jeff Spurgeon considers its place in popular culture, including its influence on classical music.

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Throwback Thursday: The Last Home Game Played by the Brooklyn Dodgers

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24, 1957: A date that will forever live in baseball infamy.

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Throwback Thursday: Music for the IND Subway Line

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Eighty-three years ago, on September 10, 1932, the IND subway line began servicing commuters along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan


In-Studio: Alina Ibragimova Performs Bach and Ysaÿe

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova in recent years has developed a following in Europe, especially in the U.K., where she studied and came of age. Here's why.


Left-Handedness Leaves its Fingerprints All Over Classical Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In honor of Left Handers Day, host Jeff Spurgeon considers one violinist who had to switch hit out of necessity – and who thrived doing so.
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Berlin Philharmonic Names Kirill Petrenko as Chief Conductor

Monday, June 22, 2015

The 43-year old Russian maestro Kirill Petrenko will succeed Simon Rattle as chief conductor and music director when Rattle steps down in 2018. 
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Love and Death, Wagner-Style: 'Tristan und Isolde' at 150

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" premiered 150 years ago Wednesday in Munich. Listen to this (highly condensed) synopsis of the opera.
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Ethan Hawke: Live Concerts Are the Savior for Classical Music

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ethan Hawke, the actor recently nominated for an Oscar for "Boyhood," is back in movie theaters, but this time he's behind the camera.
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For Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winterreise Conjures Politics, Sex and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tenor Ian Bostridge has fused his backgrounds in academia and art song with a new book on Schubert’s Winterreise.
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Wagner's 'Ride of the Valkyries': The Sound of NYC Before a Blizzard

Monday, January 26, 2015

For WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon, Richard Wagner's surging rhythms evoke the sound of New Yorkers in the hours before the blizzard.

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Karl Jenkins: From Choral Classics to Classic Commercials

Friday, January 16, 2015

Karl Jenkins's knack for mixing different types of sounds has helped to make him one of today's most-performed living composers. The Welsh composer speaks about his unusual career.

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Replay: Why People Listen to the Same Music Over and Over

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nostalgia, force of habit and sometimes sheer laziness play a significant role in the kinds of music, movies and books that we consume on a regular basis.

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West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Plays Wagner

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Listen to the archived broadcast of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble that brings together young musicians from Israel and Palestine and other Arab countries.

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Musicians from the Middle East Unite through Music

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Four musicians from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra tell Jeff Spurgeon about how they seek to overcome national and ethnic differences through music.
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3-Minute Opera: Strauss's 'Salome'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. The WQXR morning host breaks down Strauss's "Salome" in a New York minute (or three).
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3-Minute Opera: Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. Spurgeon breaks down Der Rosenkavalier in a New York minute (or three).

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A Kiss for 'QXR

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It’s quite a surprise, seeing these faces on the WQXR website, isn’t it? But it’s no accident, although our connection is to only one of the members of the rock band KISS.

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Concert to Recreate Rhapsody in Blue Premiere on its 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ninety years to the day after its world premiere, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, along with the rest of the works on that 1924 concert, are being performed Wednesday at Town Hall.

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