Café Concerts

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

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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 notes. See him perform in two videos.

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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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Café Concert: David Finckel and Wu Han

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One of classical music's reigning power couples, David Finckel and Wu Han run a concert series, a festival, a record label and separate performing careers. Watch them perform in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Vilde Frang

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Watch the rising young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang perform the colorful music of Albéniz in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The duo of Malian kora player Sissoko and French cellist Segal combine African and European idioms to create a uniquely delicate style. Watch them perform in our Café Concert video.

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Café Concert: Nicholas Phan

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nicholas Phan says that he’s as American as dim sum and souvlaki. A New Yorker born of Greek and Chinese parents, the young tenor is currently making his name as an interpreter of Benjamin Britten. Watch him perform live.

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Café Concert: Kristin Lee

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Plenty of violinists have evoked the sounds of other instruments. For violinist Kristin Lee, it was the gamelan, the musical ensemble from Indonesia known for its gently chiming percussive sounds, that caught her ear.

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Café Concert: Jennifer Choi

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ethel, the New York string quartet known for its use of improvisation and amplification, has just welcomed Jennifer Choi to the group. Watch a video of this dynamic young violinist performing in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: International Contemporary Ensemble

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble arrived in the WQXR Café to present Stravinsky's arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor. It's a piece that sounds so lush and romantic that it scarcely resembles Bach.

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Café Concert: Music From Copland House

Friday, July 22, 2011

For the last dozen years, Aaron Copland's house has been turned into a center for scholarship and performance, most notably as the headquarters of the chamber group Music From Copland House. Watch them perform in this video.

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Café Concert: Jason Vieaux

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Until this year, the Curtis Institute of Music, the famed conservatory in Philadelphia, did not regard the guitar as an instrument worthy of a place in its curriculum. When the school changed its policy, it hired Jason Vieaux to co-run a guitar department.

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Café Concert: Arnaud Sussmann

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Like the proud owner of a new car out for a first spin, Arnaud Sussmann came to the WQXR Café with a violin that had barely nudged the odometer. Watch him put some quality miles on the instrument in our latest video.

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