Café Concerts

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

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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. Here's why.


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.


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...


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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Café Concert: Joseph Calleja

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja has a voice unlike any other in opera today. Critics point to a rapid vibrato combined with an appealing sweetness that comes through on the high n...

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Café Concert: Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The violinist and pianist have been honing a partnership for seven years. In the WQXR Café, they play the blistering finale from Franck’s Sonata in A Major.

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Café Concert: Charlie Siem

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

While chatting with Charlie Siem, one gets the feeling the English violinist is yearning to quote that old shampoo commercial: Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

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Café Concert: Cypress String Quartet

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Cypress String Quartet turns 15 this year with an unusual venture: a nationwide radio tour. The ensemble joined us in the cafe as part of the first leg of that journey to perform music by Beethoven.

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Café Concert: Daniel Hope's 'East Meets West' Ensemble

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

East and West met, in a manner of speaking, in the WQXR Café recently. The occasion was a performance by violinist Daniel Hope, sitarist Gaurav Mazumdar and tabla player Vishal Nagar.

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Café Concert: Miró Quartet

Friday, November 11, 2011

After a dramatic personnel change, the Austin, Texas-based Miró Quartet is reconnecting with its roots in the music of Beethoven. Watch them perform in the WQXR Cafe.

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Café Concert: Mikhail Simonyan

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

He has played for Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace, launched a foundation in war-torn Afghanistan and just released his first album on Deutsche Grammophon. Watch him in the WQXR Cafe.

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