WQXR Brings Back "Beethoven Awareness Month" - on-air, online, and in-person festivities all throughout November
WQXR Brings Back “Beethoven Awareness Month”
Festival kicks off with an All-Beethoven Day on WQXR 105.9 FM
Includes a 12-Hour Beethoven String Quartet Marathon and
Beethoven Bhangra Remix in The Greene Space
(October 17, 2012 – New York, NY) – Following the success of last year’s celebration, WQXR, New York City’s classical music station, presents its 2nd month-long celebration of all things Beethoven. With a combination of live events, online content and on air features, “Beethoven Awareness Month” promises to be a tribute worthy of the great composer, full of the master’s music with some unexpected twists along the way.
There will be many chances to pay homage to Beethoven this November including an All Beethoven Day (November 1) on WQXR to kick off the festival, a 12-hour marathon of Beethoven’s string quartets (November 18) performed by some of today’s rising classical stars in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR, and even a Beethoven Time Machine Photobomb interactive feature in which Beethoven can be photoshopped to appear in the most unexpected places. Beethoven will get the party started with Beethoven Remixed (November 8), a special standing-room-only concert and dance party with DJ Rekha, DJ Spooky and Brooklyn Rider presenting their remixes that introduce the iconic composer’s works to the rhythms and beats of the 21st century.
The WQXR airwaves and live stream will feature some of the finest recordings of Beethoven’s works, as well as a live broadcast of Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique from Carnegie Hall. WQXR.org will offer an all-Beethoven stream for the entire month.
“Beethoven is the quintessential gateway composer, inspiring ardent aficionados but also inviting newcomers to experience the breadth and depth of his music,” said Graham Parker, General Manager of WQXR, “During our month-long festival, we will engage with Beethoven the artist, Beethoven the rebel, Beethoven the master with a full range of events from the reverent to the cutting-edge to the humorous, featuring artists from Sir John Eliot Gardiner to DJ Spooky.”
The Legal Referral Service of the New York City Bar Association is the Signature Sponsor of Beethoven Awareness Month.
Highlights are below. The full schedule will be available at www.wqxr.org/beethoven.
The Living Beethoven
Thursday, November 8, 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm)
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
Beethoven meets the 21st century! Beethoven’s music – monumental and personal, awe-inspiring and soul-touching, intimately familiar, yet ever-ripe for discovery -- has inspired and intimidated composers through the ages. Taking the string quartets as their inspiration, the DJs of the evening include DJ Rekha, hailed by the New York Times as the “Ambassador of Bhangra” and founder and headliner of Basement Bhangra at SOB’s, in a set titled “Beethoven meets Bhangra Bass.,” and DJ Spooky, the resident DJ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who will present three original remixes crafted specially for the event. Brooklyn Rider, the Brooklyn-based string quartet will perform Seven Steps, written in response to the string quartet Op. 131. Audio webcast live over Q2 Music and video webcast live over WQXR.org. Beer is on the haus.
Beethoven String Quartet Marathon
Sunday, November 18, starting at 10am
Hear all of Beethoven’s string quartets in a special 12-hour marathon at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. The Orion Quartet, the Amphion Quartet, the Attacca Quartet, Afiara Quartet, Jasper Quartet, and other notable Beethoven interpreters will perform. Last year’s piano sonata marathon was one of the highlights of Beethoven Awareness Month, and you won’t want to miss this year’s epochal journey. Broadcast live on WQXR 105.9 FM and video webcast live on WQXR.org.
On-Line at WQXR.org
Beethoven Time Machine/Photobomb
Beethoven pops up in the most unexpected places! The signing of the Declaration of Independence – the first moon landing – winning the New York Marathon or the presidential election – you decide, in this Beethoven-fun-with-Photoshop interactive feature.
24/7 Beethoven Stream
All-Ludwig, all the time – enjoy masterpieces and little-known works by classical music’s most iconic composer on WQXR. In addition, I Heart Radio and Tune-in will be carrying the live concerts and all-Beethoven stream.
Top 20 Beethoven Recordings
Each weekday, WQXR will unveil a new addition to an ongoing list of the 20 greatest Beethoven recordings of all time. The recording will be played on-air, and a review and additional info will appear on WQXR.org, where listeners will be invited to debate our choices and name their own favorites.
On Air at 105.9 FM
Beethoven- the best recordings and live from Carnegie Hall
All Beethoven Day
Thursday, November 1
Beethoven Awareness Month kicks off with an all-Beethoven Day celebrating classical music’s most iconic composer.
Every Sunday in November, it’s wall-to-wall Beethoven, from the symphonies on November 4, to the piano sonatas on November 11, to the string quartets live from The Greene Space on November 18, to the concertos on November 25.
Carnegie Hall Live: Belcea Quartet
Wednesday, November 7, tape delayed to air at 8pm
The Belcea Quartet, a group that approaches everything it plays with “timeless daring” (The New York Times), performs two of Beethoven’s epoch-making late quartets, the E-flat–Major Quartet, Op. 127—the first of the five final quartets that changed the string quartet genre forever—and the B-flat–Major Quartet, Op 130.
Carnegie Hall Live: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique / The Monteverdi Choir
Saturday, November 17, tape delayed to air at 8pm
With blocks of massive choral forces and contrasting moments of repose, the Missa solemnis is uniquely Beethovenian in its ability to convey a broad faith in humankind. Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, and The Monteverdi Choir come together to perform this grand plea for peace.
Leif Ove Andsnes’s Beethoven Journey
Tuesday, November 20 at 8 pm
Hailed by The New York Times as “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight,” Leif Ove Andsnes has embarked on a major multi-season project to perform and record the complete Beethoven piano concertos for Sony Classical. Recorded live in The Greene Space in his only New York solo appearance this season, he performs Beethoven Sonatas No. 21, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”) and No. 22, Op. 54, and discusses his deep dive into Beethoven’s music. Jeff Spurgeon hosts.
Monday- Friday from November 5 to November 30, 10pm
Explore Beethoven’s piano music, string quartets and other Beethoven lore in Bill McGlaughlin’s richly-rewarding series. In addition, Bill McGlaughlin will offer daily insights and little-known facts about the man and his music throughout Beethoven Awareness Month. Also available daily on our web page, www.wqxr.org.
Online at Q2 Music (WQXR.org/q2music)
WQXR’s online station devoted to contemporary composers offers a fresh take on Beethoven
Transformative Use: Remixes and Reappropriation (November 5-11)
Beginning Monday, November 5, Q2 Music presents a weeklong focus on how composers have taken the music of their predecessors and contemporaries and channeled it through a personal style and vision to produce a new work of art. Composers whose music has undergone such radical transformation and who will be featured in vividly reimagined form this week include Beethoven, Mozart, Vivaldi, but also Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
Q2 Music host and composer Phil Kline will devote each week of his show to examining the current day manifestations and breakthroughs in genres that Beethoven so ruthlessly pioneered. For the week beginning November 5: contemporary, and internationally-inflected symphonies; November 12: lyrical and experimental piano sonatas; November 17: modern day string quartets; November 26: the vast range of today’s concertos, from double bass to piccolo.
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