Summer Festivals 2012

WQXR highlights the summer festival season on-air and online. We want to hear about and see all your favorite summer music experiences. Tag your Tweets and Instagram photos with #WQXRsummer and also add to our Flickr pool. We'll share your photos throughout the summer.

WQXR In The Parks

July 17, 8pm - Van Cortlandt Park - New York Philharmonic (Broadcast July 19)

July 24, 7:30pm - Naumburg Bandshell - The Knights Live Broadcast (Broadcast July 24)

August 7, 7:30pm - Naumburg Bandshell - Lara St. John, Pablo Ziegler & Friends Live Broadcast (Broadcast Aug. 7)

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Summer Concerts Take a Final Bow

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tonight host Bill McGlaughlin takes a look at what’s going on at the closing concert of the Skaneateles Festival and previews upcoming concerts at Tannery Pond and the Green Mountain Mahler Festival.


Mostly Mozart And Mavericks in Woodstock

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On this week’s Summer Concert Showcase, host Bill McGlaughlin will introduce us to a horse named Maverick, previews the final concert of the Mostly Mozart Festival and heads to Lenox,...


Wrapping Up the Summer in Saratoga Springs

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Catch the Friday 6pm re-airing of  week’s Summer Concert Showcase. Host Bill McGlaughlin previews the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2012 residency at Saratoga Springs.


Still Plenty of Summer Left

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

On tonight's show, host Bill McGlaughlin previews the Bard Music Festival and the Skaneateles Festival. Then we head up the interstate to Vermont for the Marlboro Music festival.


On-Demand Audio: Lara St. John, Pablo Ziegler & Friends

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

On Aug. 7, WQXR returned to the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Lara St. John and Pablo Zeigler paid homage to tango master Astor Piazzolla. Listen to the full broadcast.

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Tonight: Mostly Mozart with Nelson Freire and Lawrence Brownlee

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Join us for a live broadcast from the Mostly Mozart Festival with tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist Nelson Freire.

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Music Festival Roadtripping

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

On this week’s Summer Concert Showcase, we head to the Caramoor Festival to hear the story of how Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring got its name.


Mostly Mozart And A Trip to the Hamptons

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lincoln Center is one of the world’s most iconic collections of stages for the arts. It’s home to the Juilliard School, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and for the past 47 years, the Mostly Mozart Festival.


On-Demand Audio: The Knights in Central Park

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Listen here to the archived broadcast of the Knights at the Naumburg Bandshell on Tuesday. • Exclusive Video: The Knights Perform Debussy  

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Kurt Masur Set for Early Return to Podium after Accident

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Three months after falling and fracturing his shoulder blade, the German conductor said that he's feeling "okay" and dismissed the significance of his early exit from the disabled list.

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On-Demand Audio: The Philharmonic in the Bronx

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Listen here to the New York Philharmonic's July 17 concert, featuring music by Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Brahms.

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More Time at Marlboro Music

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On this week’s Summer Concert Showcase, host Bill McGalughlin takes a look at Marlboro’s history, cafeteria etiquette and, of course, great music making.


On-Demand Audio: The Knights in Central Park

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On Tuesday, skaters and cyclists gave way to music by Wagner, Schumann, Debussy and Adès when the Knights came to the Naumburg Bandshell.

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Festival Season In Full Swing

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On this week's Summer Concert Showcase, we hear from the Artis Quartet, which performs at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, as well as from soprano Martina Arroyo and others.


Tonight: Opening Night at Tanglewood

Friday, July 06, 2012

Tonight at 8 pm, the Boston Symphony opens the 75th anniversary season of the Tanglewood Festival by re-creating the festival's very first concert, from August 5, 1937.

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Glimmerglass and Tanglewood Seasons Open

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

On this week’s Summer Concert Showcase, host Bill McGlaughlin previews the opening of Tanglewood’s 75th season, then takes a look at the final concerts of Aston Magna’s 40th season.


Meadowmount, Music Mountain and the Philharmonic

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This week's survey of New York-area summer festivals and concerts includes stops at a venerable summer camp, a long-running chamber music fest and Avery Fisher Hall.

Listen: Orpheus Opens Central Park Series

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

On Tuesday night, WQXR kicked off a summer of outdoor events with a live broadcast from the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Listen to the full concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

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Summer Music With Gil Shaham and Emanuel Ax

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Violinist Gil Shaham headlines the opening night of the Caramoor Festival, and pianist Emanuel Ax helps the New York Philharmonic close out its final concert of the subscription season.

A Different Kind of Water Music

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin previews upcoming concerts at Bargemusic, the Naumburg Bandshell and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut.