China in New York

January 22-27, 2012

In China today, interest in classical music is exploding: More than 50 million Chinese children study classical instruments, concert halls are popping up in the major cities and the provinces and Chinese composers and musicians are forging new paths on the global stage. Through an in-depth look at composers and musicians who were born in China and are now active in New York, WQXR celebrates how these artists are influencing the world of classical music and fusing age-old traditions with a potent sense of discovery.

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Oboist Liang Wang and his Life in New York

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Just shy of 31, Liang Wang is the youngest person to earn the principal oboist chair in the history of the New York Philharmonic. He studied at the Beijing Central Conservatory before moving to the U.S.

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On-Demand Video: Lang Lang and Quintessenso

Monday, January 23, 2012

Join Lang Lang and the Quintessenso, the Mongolian children's choir, for a special Chinese New Year’s celebration featuring traditional folk songs and audience favorites.

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Interview: Beijing-Born Composer Zhou Long

Monday, January 23, 2012

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Beijing-born composer Zhou Long has been a fixture of the American contemporary music scene for almost 30 years. Composer Huang Ruo intervi...


Hitting the Right Note in China: The Arts and Censorship

Monday, January 23, 2012

Do Western arts organizations have an obligation to speak out against censorship and government controls in China? Or can they help spread democratic values by working there?

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The Year of the Dragon

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kung Hei Fat Choi! When I was in kindergarten, my super awesome teachers Ms. Danielson and Ms. Doane had us bring in paper bags, in which we cut holes three holes (a big one in the very bottom and two smaller ones on the sides), adorned with construction paper scales, and pulled over our heads to march down the hallway of our school as a giant, kindergartener-fueled Lunar New Year dragon. It was pretty much the best day of kindergarten.

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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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Evoking China

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hear film music by Tan Dun, Lee Tzung Chen, and Wong Fei-hung, as well as Rachel Portman, Alexandre Desplat, and others, from films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Joy...

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Top Five Musical Appearances of Dragons

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chinese lore claims that the Year of the Dragon will be an auspicious one, full of particularly favorable happenings. We’ve gathered our favorite musical appearances of the mythological beast.

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China in New York: Calendar of Events

Friday, January 06, 2012

WQXR's China in New York festival (Jan. 22-28) will encompass a variety of concert events, on-air features and online specials.

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