WQXR & Carnegie Hall present "CARNEGIE HALL LIVE" - Live & Recorded Concerts Co-Hosted by Deborah Voigt, Alan Gilbert & David Hyde Pierce - Kicks off Wed, Oct 1, 7pm

WQXR and Carnegie Hall Present “CARNEGIE HALL LIVE”
Fourth Annual
Series of Live Radio Broadcasts and Webcasts
From New York City’s Premier Concert Hall on WQXR

Kicks Off with Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala Concert
Featuring Sir Simon Rattle, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and the Berliner Philharmoniker
On Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm ET

For the first time, luminaries including
to participate as co-hosts with WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon

WFMT Radio Network Signs on as Distributor of Live and Recorded Concerts to National Audiences


(New York, NY -- September 8, 2014) – This fall, WQXR, New York City’s classical music station and CARNEGIE HALL will once again bring concerts from the renowned concert hall to national and international audiences through live and recorded broadcasts and webcasts of 12 concerts from the 2014-15 season.

CARNEGIE HALL LIVE will kick off on Wednesday, October 1 at 7pm (ET) with a live WQXR broadcast of Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala concert by the Berliner Philharmoniker featuring Sir Simon Rattle and Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Other highlights from the series include piano recitals by Daniil Trifonov with masterworks by Bach, Beethoven, and Liszt, and Sir András Schiff, performing late sonatas by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert; orchestral concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony; and programs featuring eminent vocalists Joyce DiDonato and Thomas Hampson.

For the first time, the vibrant radio and digital series will be co-hosted by luminaries from the arts world. Soprano Deborah Voigt, who has previously guest-hosted on WQXR, will join WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon for Opening Night. Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce will co-host the Daniil Trifonov recital on December 9 and New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert will celebrate his birthday by joining Spurgeon at the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on February 23.  Other notable names will join for various performances throughout the series.

All 12 concerts in the season-long series will air and stream live on WQXR 105.9 FM, www.wqxr.org, and www.carnegiehall.org. This year, the WFMT Radio Network, the classical music and arts radio distributor and producer based in Chicago, has signed on to distribute four of the live concerts nationally, including the Opening Night concert on October 1. Carnegie Hall Live will also be available via WFMT Radio Network to public radio stations throughout the United States and internationally as a 13-part series starting in April 2015. Further details about the packaged series will be available at a later date.

During each broadcast, WQXR and Carnegie Hall will host live Twitter chats featuring behind-the-scenes insights by the broadcast team, color commentary by the hosts, and interaction with the broadcast/webcast listeners, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other. NPR Music will also join as a digital partner on select concerts.

Throughout the series, WQXR will produce rich web-exclusive content to enhance the listening experience, including short videos of solo performances by select musicians in WQXR’s “Café Concerts;” Carnegie Hall-produced video profiles; and a curated post-show archive of social media conversations.

“WQXR is delighted to continue our partnership with Carnegie Hall, bringing the energy and vitality of the New York City concert hall experience to both local and global listeners,” said Graham Parker, General Manager, WQXR. “This year’s edition of Carnegie Hall Live will be particularly engaging, as we are joined by music lovers and performers such as David Hyde Pierce and Deborah Voigt to help us share these special musical experiences with on-air and digital audiences. And we’re delighted to bring the concerts to the national radio audience with partner WFMT.”

“It’s always exciting to reach beyond our walls, bringing a range of extraordinary concerts from our stages to music lovers everywhere through Carnegie Hall Live,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director.  “We look forward to working in partnership with WQXR and WFMT to offer audiences worldwide the opportunity to take part in many exceptional musical experiences this season.”

Carnegie Hall Live is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. Additional support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, and Agnes Varis Trust.

WQXR 105.9 FM
, which streams live at www.wqxr.org, is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including the Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday Matinee Broadcasts, New York Philharmonic This Week, and The McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR operates Q2 Music, an online music stream dedicated to contemporary classical composers, cross-genre adventures, and performances from New York City's edgier venues. Operavore is WQXR’s opera site featuring news, interviews, and commentaries from the world of opera, as well as a 24/7 all-opera stream. WQXR.org provides essential playlist information and online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, videos, and a free app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go.


Since 1891, New York City’s Carnegie Hall has set the international standard for musical excellence.  From Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Mahler, and Bartók to George Gershwin, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, and The Beatles, the best of every form of music has filled Carnegie Hall throughout its history  Carnegie Hall continues this tradition today, presenting hundreds of exceptional musical performances each season on its three great stages—the renowned Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, intimate Weill Recital Hall, and the innovative Zankel Hall— with offerings ranging from orchestral concerts, chamber music, and solo recitals to jazz, world, and popular music.  In addition to Carnegie Hall’s presentations, the venue is also home to over 500 independently produced events each year.  Complementing its performance activities Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute creates extensive music education and community programs that serve close to 450,000 people in the New York City metropolitan region, across the United States, and around the world annually, playing a central role in Carnegie Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible.  For more information about Carnegie Hall, please visit www.carnegiehall.org.




For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Houlihan Roussel, WQXR: jhoulihan@nypublicradio.org, (646) 829-4497

Synneve Carlino, Carnegie Hall: scarlino@carnegiehall.org, (212) 903-9838


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