Café Concerts

Watch videos of preeminent classical artists recorded live in the WQXR café.

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Café Concert: Julian Rachlin

Thursday, December 06, 2012

After a difficult prodigy phase, violinist Julian Rachlin has matured into a career that includes many things: chamber music, concertos, conducting and teaching. Watch him perform in the WQXR Cafe.

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Café Concert: The Canellakis-Brown Duo

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Canellakis-Brown Duo plays chamber music and has an online comedy series "Conversations with Nick Canellakis." Watch them perform in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Maya Beiser

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Her Twitter account is called "Cello Goddess" and one of her crossover successes was the Led Zeppelin tune "Kashmir." Watch Maya Beiser perform in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Classical Jam

Monday, September 17, 2012

Classical Jam, a freewheeling ensemble of five young New York chamber musicians, wants to bring classical music to new audiences. See how they do it when they perform in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: New York Polyphony

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vocal ensemble New York Polyphony evokes an otherworldly place with a program of sacred Renaissance music as well as a modern lullaby. Watch the videos here.

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Café Concert: James Ehnes

Sunday, July 15, 2012

He performs with major orchestras, runs his own string quartet and is artistic director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. But James Ehnes is also a regular guy.

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Café Concert: Avi Avital

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When you think mandolin, bluegrass pickers and old-timey music frequently comes to mind. But when Avi Avital sat down to play in the WQXR Café, the sounds of Bach and Bloch filled the air.

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Café Concert: Michael Slattery

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

John Dowland is often considered the pinnacle of refined Elizabethan music. But for Michael Slattery, the composer may not represent England at all, but Ireland. He shows why in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Steven Isserlis

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Steven Isserlis, the English cellist, came to embrace Beethoven and Bach comparatively late in his busy career. He told us why, and performed live in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Nathan Gunn

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Nathan Gunn is known for such roles as Billy Budd, the Count in Marriage of Figaro and Lancelot in Camelot. Outside the opera world, he's the proud holder of a spot in People magazine’s “sexiest men alive” issue.

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Café Concert: Tim Fain

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tim Fain accompanied Natalie Portman in Black Swan and has been a regular collaborator with Philip Glass in recent years. Watch this video of him performing Glass's Partita.

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Café Concert: Quartet New Generation

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Using some 40 different types of instruments, the Berlin-based quartet is just as likely to play the Renaissance canon as it is to tackle outrageously theatrical new works by today's composers.

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Café Concert: Alexandre Tharaud

Thursday, April 12, 2012

French pianist Alexandre Tharaud has a particular fascination with the music that emerged from Le Boeuf Sur le Toit cabaret in the 1920s. Watch him play "Le Jazz" in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: So Percussion

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The percussion quartet So Percussion performs Inlets, John Cage's Zenlike score for water-filled conch shells and burning pine cones, in the WQXR Café. Watch the video here.

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Café Concert: Ryu Goto

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ryu Goto opened his Café Concert with Kreisler's Liebesleid, a bittersweet waltz that evokes a kind of aristocratic grace from another era. But Goto is hardly a violinist stuck in the past.

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Café Concert: Xuefei Yang

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Classical guitarist Xuefei Yang is on a mission to make her instrument more visible in the classical music mainstream. See her perform in the WQXR Café in two videos.

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Café Concert: Brentano String Quartet

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Brentano String Quartet has taken abandoned pieces by Bach, Shostakovich, Haydn and Mozart, and commissioned several composers to write individual responses to them.

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Café Concert: Fretwork

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The English viol consort Fretwork had much to celebrate as it entered its 25th anniversary season last year. But the group suffered a tragedy from which it now strives to overcome.

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Café Concert: Shenyang

Thursday, January 26, 2012

To see Shenyang in an opera house, you might not guess that he's capable of delivering delicate art songs with subtle expressions. But he has begun championing Chinese art songs, as these videos show.

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Café Concert: Beijing Guitar Duo

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Beijing Guitar Duo hails from China, studied in the US with a Cuban guitar legend, and plays music ranging from Scarlatti to Brazilian samba. Watch the duo play live in the WQXR Cafe.

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