|  Say Hello |  Daily Playlists  | ComposersOn-Demand Concerts  |  Video Documentaries  |
Shows: Meet the Composer with Nadia Sirota | LPR Live | Phil Kline | The Brothers Balliett |

Q2 Music is your multi-platform home for dynamic and inspiring contemporary classical music. Discover countless new artists via our 24/7 stream – hand-crafted daily to reward your curiosity – and be surprised by the boldest new pieces on demand in the WQXR app or in our ever-expanding concert archive. Welcome to a world of new music. Tune in, won’t you?

Recently in Q2 Music

John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The composer got kicked out of multiple high schools and moved to the edge of society in Alaska, yet somehow managed to win a 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Here's how he did it.

Comments [5]

Johann Sebastian Is One of the Cool Kids in 'Red Hot + Bach'

Monday, June 23, 2014

The AIDS fundraising organization Red Hot has turned its focus to J.S. Bach. Stream "Red Hot + Bach," a collection of the baroque master's sounds re-imagined by artists like Gabriel Kahane and Shara Worden.

Comments [2]

Exploring the New Piano Concerto

Monday, June 23, 2014

Piano concertos reached their peak in the 19th Century but today they remain “alive and well” as modern composers continue their exploration of this beloved combination of instruments...

Comment

NY Phil Biennial Roundup: Sound if Safe Success

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The inaugural New York Philharmonic Biennial, a string of contemporary music performances held around the city, proved to be—while void of risk—an enjoyable event. Check out Daniel St...

Comment

It's Just One of Those Flute Days

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Let's face it. Some days you wake up and you say to yourself, "you know, this is just a FLUTE kind of day." Well, guess what, folks? Today is one of those days. We're taking a journey from solo flute through chamber music and clear out the other side into flute concerto territory. So buckle up and set your equalizers on "high."

Comments [2]

An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.

Comment

World Premiere Recording of Per Nørgård's Robust, Brilliant Eighth Symphony

Monday, June 16, 2014

Per Nørgård's Eighth Symphony shows how the young composer has evolved into a mature, unmistakably contemporary artist. Stream the entire album all this week. 

Comment

On-Demand Audio: Late 20th Century Works from AXIOM

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ensemble AXIOM and conductor Jeffrey Milarsky's second concert of their 2013-2014 series, featuring Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas and others in Alice Tully Hall on February 27.

Comment

Young Composers Go Solo at NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 13, 2014

Young composers had the spotlight, as did solo musicians, at the New York Philharmonic Biennial CONTACT! concert on Tuesday, June 3 at SubCulture. Join host Phil Kline in listening Fr...

Comment

Danish Composer Per Nørgård Wins $200,000 Prize from NY Philharmonic

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Composer Per Nørgård has received a hefty prize from the New York Philharmonic: a $200,000 cash award, a commission to compose a new work for the orchestra.

Comment

Preview: John Luther Adams: Bad Decisions and Finding Home

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Preview the first episode of Meet the Composer, featuring guest John Luther Adams. The podcast will be available on June 24 following the 7 pm kick-off event in The Greene Space. 

Comments [2]

Guerilla Composer Portrait: Barbara Harbach

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Brothers Balliett are diving into the work of Barbara Harbach this week, a prolific composer who runs her own publishing company. We'll hear a range of music from Ms. Harbach duri...

Comments [2]

NY Phil Biennial Connects Sound and Space in 'Beyond Recall'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The New York Philharmonic's Biennial featured this "Beyond Recall" concert, in which composers created works inspired by site-specific sculptures in Salzburg. Stream audio from the performance now. 

Comment

Mario Diaz de Leon on the Primal Force of Sound

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Mario Diaz is a frequent collaborator with International Contemporary Ensemble and has had his music performed by JACK Quartet and Eighth Blackbird.

Comment

Alexander Melnikov Exudes Warmth in Shostakovich's Preludes & Fugues

Monday, June 09, 2014

Pianist Alexander Melnikov's rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87, just reissued in a recent Harmonia Mundi recording, present the music of Shostakovich at ...

Comments [1]

Why Do Composers Always Use Low Woodwinds to Represent Monsters?

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Stop looking for monsters under the bed—look no further than the low woodwind section. Join the Brothers Balliet today at 3 pm.

Comment

Dawn of Midi on Tightropes and Intelligible Shapes

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Blending elements of free jazz, IDM and contemporary classical with the occasional house beat, Dawn of Midi have developed a sound uniquely their own. The trio performs at this month'...

Comment

Peter Eötvös's 'Kosmic' Take on Bartók and Zappa

Monday, June 02, 2014

On "Kosmos," a new compilation of Peter Eötvös's music for piano and percussion, the Hungarian composer draws inspiration from his heroes Béla Bartók and Frank Zappa. Stream the full ...

Comments [1]

Lisa Moore Presents Pan-Pacific Piano

Monday, June 02, 2014

Summer means light, leaves and the ocean. June on Hammered! begins with an exploration of composers with Pacific Ocean roots and sensibilities, with music inspired by the Pacific rim ...

Comment

Off the Grid with Suzanne Farrin Returns

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On Thursday, June 5 at 8 am/pm, join host Suzanne Farrin for the second season of Off the Grid – a special series that showcases new music by aspiring composers, young and old.

Comments [3]