This November, WQXR is giving itself over to “the one.” Beethoven’s music – monumental and personal, awe-inspiring and soul-touching, intimately familiar yet ever-ripe for discovery – encompasses so many facets of the human spirit.
Through a broad range of live events, on-line features, and of course, music, “Beethoven Awareness Month” will present programming that celebrates the iconic composer who is at once among the most exalted in the canon as well as classical music’s top crossover artist. Below are some highlights:
Live from Grand Central Terminal
November 1 from 7:30 am to 9:30 am
WQXR kicks off Beethoven Awareness Month at Grand Central Terminal. The Escher String Quartet will perform and WQXR host Elliott Forrest will offer special giveaways and live updates from Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.
Carnegie Hall Live: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
November 16 at 8 pm
The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique have won over countless skeptics by showing that a period-instrument orchestra can perform Beethoven along with the best of the modern bands. Here John Eliot Gardner leads the ORR in three Beethoven staples: the Egmont Overture, Symphony No. 5 and the Symphony No. 7.
Beethoven Sonata Marathon in The Greene Space
November 20, 11 am to 11 pm
Journey with us through all of Beethoven’s piano sonatas in a special 12-hour marathon at our Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Inon Barnatan, Alessio Bax, Jonathan Biss, Jeremy Denk, Benjamin Hochman, Joyce Yang and other notable Beethoven interpreters will perform along with rising stars from Juilliard.
All Beethoven Thanksgiving Day
November 24: All Day
Be thankful for Beethoven! We'll feature holiday greetings from musicians and WQXR staff.
WQXR Café Concerts
Violinist Mikhail Simonyan, the Miro Quartet and the Cypress Quartet will present programs with Beethovenian tie-ins.
24/7 Beethoven Stream
A 24-hour, all-Beethoven stream will be available on WQXR.org throughout November, featuring not only the masterpieces, but also seldom-heard works.
Beethoven and Schnitzel: Austrian Favorites Combined
Mondays in November
The Schnitzel & Things food truck will park in WQXR's Soho neighborhood and join in the month-long celebration. From 11:30 am to 3 pm, the truck's radio will be tuned to 105.9 FM for customers to enjoy while waiting in line.
On Q2 Music: Spotlight on Game-Changing Composers
Throughout November, this program will feature composers Michael Gordon, Timothy Andres, Missy Mazzoli and Tyondai Braxton on “Rewriting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.”
Other highlights include special episodes of Movies on the Radio, All Ears with Terrance McKnight, the Showdown at High Noon, Symphony Hall, Exploring Music and more.