WQXR Announces First-Ever Partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic

WQXR Announces First-Ever Partnership with Berlin Philharmonic

Exclusive 12-part radio series of concerts recorded live at the Philharmonie in Berlin to launch Tuesday, October 7 at 9pm ET on WQXR 105.9 and WQXR.org

Kick off event with the Berlin Philharmonic
Tuesday, September 30 at 7pm ET
at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR


(New York, NY—September 23, 2014) – This fall, the Berlin Philharmonic will partner with a US media company for the first time when it joins with WQXR, New York City’s classical music station, to present a robust roster of recorded concerts never before broadcast in the US.

Beginning on Tuesday, October 7, WQXR presents “The Berlin Philharmonic in Concert”, a two hour radio show featuring music recorded live at the Philharmonie in Berlin.  This exclusive 12-part series, airing on consecutive Tuesdays at 9pm ET, allows listeners a rare chance to hear the Berlin Philharmonic on its home turf.  Hosted by WQXR’s Annie Bergen, each broadcast includes a complete concert, drawn principally from the current 2014-2015 season. The never-before-available broadcasts will be available for on-demand streaming for one week on WQXR.org.  

The schedule is as follows:

  • October 7:      Schumann Symphony No. 1 & Brahms Symphony No. 1
  • October 14:    Mozart Piano Concerto in B-flat major, K. 456; Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques; Haydn, Selections from his symphonies, The Creation and Seven Last Words (featuring soloist Mitsuko Uchida)
  • October 21:    Ives The Unanswered Question; Strauss Metamorphosen; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 (featuring soloist Daniel Barenboim)
  • October 28:     Schumann Symphony No. 2 & Brahms Symphony No. 2
  • November 4:   Bach St. Matthew Passion
  • November 11: Strauss Burleske & Also Sprach Zarathustra; Mozart Piano Concerto in E-flat major K. 449 (soloist Emanuel Ax; guest conductor Andris Nelsons)
  • November 18: Bach St. John Passion
  • November 25: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D-minor “Choral” & Szymanowski Stabat Mater
  • December 2:   Schumann Symphony No. 3 & Brahms Symphony No. 3
  • December 9:   Bach Cantata No. 58; Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3; Nielsen Symphony No. 3 (guest conductor Alan Gilbert)
  • December 16:  Mendelssohn Ruy Blas Overture; Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor; Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3 (soloist Martha Argerich; guest conductor Riccardo Chailly)
  • December 23: Schumann Symphony No. 4 & Brahms Symphony No. 4

To celebrate this unprecedented partnership, WQXR will host a live performance by the orchestra’s The Varian Fry String Quartet on Tuesday, September 30 at 7pm in the station’s intimate event venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon hosts an evening that includes a sampling of the orchestra’s recent CD and DVD releases of music of Schumann and Bach, as well as the quartet performing music of Haydn and Schubert.  Tickets are available at www.thegreenespace.org.

In addition, WQXR will live broadcast the Berlin Philharmonic’s season opening concert at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, October 1 to kick off this season’s Carnegie Hall Live series.

The appearance of the Berlin Philharmonic in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR is supported, in part, by The Max Kade Foundation.

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