WQXR & WQXR.org to Broadcast "SPRING FOR MUSIC" Concerts LIVE from Carnegie Hall

WQXR to Broadcast Spring For Music Concerts
Live from Carnegie Hall

Festival Runs from Monday, May 7- Saturday, May 12 at 7:30pm

(NEW YORK, NY – April 18, 2012)WQXR 105.9 FM and WQXR.org are proud to once again live broadcast the annual SPRING FOR MUSIC festival from Carnegie Hall.  The festival’s full concert series will air on 105.9 FM in New York and audio webstream on www.wqxr.org.

SPRING FOR MUSIC is an innovative festival of North American symphony and chamber orchestras, representing the best in distinctive musical programming and creativity.  The 2012 season will include unique performances that demonstrate the vitality of classical music today, from rarely heard works by Varèse and Busoni to New York premieres by Paul Lansky and Avner Dorman, paired with Beethoven.

The live broadcasts will be hosted by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest and will include intermission features and interviews.  Each night of the festival, Forrest will be joined by a different co-host from WQXR; Q2 Music, WQXR’s online contemporary classical station; or WQXR’s sister station, WNYC. 

Spring For Music is an exciting festival that brings together North America’s greatest orchestras, all performing adventurous repertoire,” said Graham Parker, Vice President, WQXR.  “As the voice of classical music in New York, we are delighted to present the concerts on-air and online.”

Full schedule below.

All “Spring For Music” concerts will be presented on-air on 105.9 FM and online at www.wqxr.org.

Monday, May 7 at 7:30pm
Hosted by Elliott Forrest and Nadia Sirota
Houston Symphony
Hans Graf, Music Director
Mikhail Svetlov, Bass
Antiformalist Rayok
Symphony No. 11, "The Year 1905"

Tuesday, May 8 at 7:30pm
Hosted by Elliott Forrest and Midge Woolsey
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
William Eddins, Music Director
ROBERT RIVAL  New Work (US Premiere)
JOHN ESTACIO  Triple Concerto (US Premiere)
ALLAN GILLILAND  Dreaming of the Masters III (US Premiere)
MARTINŮ  Symphony No. 1

Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30pm
Hosted by Elliott Forrest and Sara Fishko
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Jacques Lacombe, Music Director
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
Men of the Westminster Symphonic Choir
VARÈSE  Nocturnal
WEILL  Symphony No. 1, "Berliner Symphonie"
BUSONI  Piano Concerto

Thursday, May 10 at 7:30pm
Hosted by Elliott Forrest and Naomi Lewin
Alabama Symphony Orchestra
Justin Brown, Music Director
Quattro Mani
AVNER DORMAN  Astrolatry (NY Premiere)
PAUL LANSKY  Shapeshifters for Two Pianos and Orchestra (NY Premiere)
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7 

Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm
Hosted by Elliott Forrest and David Garland
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart, Music Director
MESSIAEN  Les offrandes oubliées
CHEN QIGANG  Iris dévoilée   

Saturday, May 12 at 7:30pm
Hosted by Elliott Forrest and David Garland
Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director
Tracy Silverman, Electric Violin
IVES  Universe Symphony (real. Larry Austin) (NY Premiere)
TERRY RILEY The Palmian Chord Ryddle for Electric Violin and Orchestra (NY Premiere)
GRAINGER  The Warriors 

For more information on Spring For Music, visit

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