Jeff Spurgeon

WQXR Host

Jeff Spurgeon appears in the following:

Branford Marsalis On Performing in Central Park

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Branford Marsalis spoke with Jeff Spurgeon ahead of his performance with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park. Hear his thoughts on working with the Philharmonic and the composers whose music he will be performing and get his take on the difference between the jazz and classical disciplines.

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How Do I Do It?

Monday, July 05, 2010

People ask. How do I get up in the middle of the night to come to work?

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Strange Nostalgia

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I felt it a few years ago at a concert where Robert White and Dick Hyman shared memories of the Golden Age of Radio, the time when Bobby was a child singer and actor and Dick was playing the piano and organ on live radio soap operas. I felt it recently, attending South Pacific, when the orchestra struck up that amazing overture.  And I feel it every time I hear live music at the Naumburg Band Shell in Central Park.

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The Weird Uncle of Instruments

Monday, June 07, 2010

I have a few musical guilty-pleasures--the accordion, the musical saw and certain kinds of close harmony singing among them. But I’m sure the one that most marks me as, shall we say, a bit odd, is--I’m hesitating to say it, actually--the theater pipe organ.

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Setting the Spotlight on Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe

Friday, June 04, 2010

It’s rare to hear a voice with the depth and power of Stephanie Blythe’s. But it’s even rarer to hear that voice for free.

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Music in Summer, No Charge

Monday, May 31, 2010

It’s Memorial Day, the traditional start of the summer season. Elsewhere on this website is a guide to great summer music festivals in New York City, the surrounding area, across the country and around the world.  But today I’d like to highlight a few specific performances here in town this week which have the added attraction of being free of charge.

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Beethoven Project Trio

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It’s not every day that New Yorkers are treated to the premier of a work by Ludwig Van Beethoven. Jeff Spurgeon sat down Beethoven Project Trio pianist and leader George Lepauw to find out rediscovered treasures.

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Community Spirit

Monday, May 10, 2010

A student recital I recently attended has really stayed with me. Such performances are music-school requirements, and to complete them successfully is a big relief for the performers, I’m sure. But there was a sense of exultation in the room after the senior recital of Rollin Simmons, a cantorial student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and that feeling has continued to buoy up my spirits ever since.

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Exclusive Interview with Eric Jacobsen of The Knights Chamber Orchestra

Monday, May 03, 2010

Jeff Spurgeon nabbed an exclusive interview with Eric Jacobsen, the cellist and conductor of the chamber orchestra The Knights. They discuss the ensemble's unique style and what the future may hold.

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Unusual Performance Venues

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tonight at 8 o'clock, WQXR offers a Web cast--a broadcast exclusively on our Web stream at WQXR.org--of a concert by the Emerson String Quartet.

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Frederica Von Stade on Her Career, Her Legacy and Her Decision to Retire

Monday, April 19, 2010

In the music world, there are great singers and there are beloved singers. Mezzo soprano Frederica Von Stade happens to be both. Morning host Jeff Spurgeon talks with Flicka about her career, her legacy and why she is choosing to retire now.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Day is this Friday. The idea has come a long way in the four decades since it was first observed, but it seems to me that one of the most obvious consequences of Earth Day must be New York City’s recycling laws, which have us all sorting the paper from the glass, and the glass from the plastic (and the plastic from the plastic--nothing is easy).

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Remembering George Jellinek and The Vocal Scene

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I spent a few hours this weekend in renewed admiration and affection of George Jellinek. We’re planning to re-broadcast some of The Vocal Scene this summer. What are some of your favorite memories of George and of The Vocal Scene?

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George Jellinek Memorial Concert

Monday, April 12, 2010

George Jellinek, former WQXR Music Director and host of the station’s long-running program The Vocal Scene, will be remembered at a free public concert on Sunday, April 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan.

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WQXR's Bob Sherman Judges Chopin Competition

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

WQXR’s Bob Sherman is in Florida this week, listening very closely to music by the Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin.

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Name That Lyric!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Earlier today on WQXR, we brought you a set of variations by Johann Nepomuk Hummel on this familiar tune.

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How Has Classical Music Added Romance to Your Life?

Monday, February 01, 2010

See what WQXR hosts have to say about romance and romantic music. Then tell us about the classical music that has added romance to your life. We'll play some of your selections on Valentine's Day.

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WQXR Marks 400th Anniversary of "Vespers"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The year 2010 brings important classical musical anniversaries, perhaps chief among them the bicentennials of Chopin and Schumann. But there's a quadricentennial of note this year, too: The publication of a collection of works by Claudio Monteverdi.

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WQXR Music Host George Jellinek, 90, Dies

Monday, January 18, 2010

Former WQXR music director George Jellinek, best-known for hosting WQXR's The Vocal Scene, has died. He was 90 years old. Tune in to WQXR Saturday, January 23 between 10AM and 1PM to hear excerpts from The Vocal Scene archives.

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An Atrium Gets an Extreme Makeover

Thursday, January 07, 2010

In recent years, entering the glass-enclosed atrium across from Lincoln Center could be a dismal experience, but now that bleak facility is a memory.

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