WNYC Radio Host John Schaefer to Join the WQXR Lineup with the Launch of New Classical Music Program, “The Furthermore”

WNYC Radio Host John Schaefer to Join the WQXR Lineup with the Launch of New Classical Music Program, “The Furthermore”

Schaefer to Also Serve as Creative Advisor of Q2 Music,
WQXR 105.9 FM’s Online Contemporary Classical Music Channel

“The Furthermore” To Air Saturdays at 9pm ET Beginning January 21, 2017

(New York, NY – January 12, 2017) — For more than three decades, WNYC host John Schaefer’s New Sounds – hailed by Billboard as “The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – has been a cherished destination for musically omnivorous listeners.

Beginning Saturday, January 21 at 9pm ET, Schaefer will extend his deep musical expertise and diverse tastes to WQXR – New York’s only all-classical radio station and sister station to WNYC – with the debut of a new weekly program, The Furthermore.

On The Furthermore, Schaefer will take listeners on an expansive musical expedition; each episode will begin with a piece of standard classical repertoire and in a few turns take listeners on an exciting tour of sometimes surprising, always compelling music. Playing with the boundaries of classical music, The Furthermore will welcome listeners into a world where the next great discovery is never more than a few minutes away.

Schaefer will also now be heard on Q2 Music. New Sounds will stream every day at 9am and 6pm ET starting Monday, January 23 and as creative advisor, Schaefer will help shape the channel’s sound and programming through the expansion of musical genres and composers. He will also curate special Q2 Music events in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WQXR.

New Sounds will continue to be heard every night on WNYC 93.3FM, and Schaefer’s music reporting and daily Gig Alerts series on Morning Edition will remain as well.

“We’re thrilled to have John join the WQXR and Q2 Music programming team,” said Mikel Ellcessor, Interim General Manager, WQXR. “New Sounds and Q2 Music audiences share a similar curiosity for innovative music. And The Furthermore will allow John to bring his inventive approach to classical music. As a trusted source among musicians and fans across all genres, we know his presence will add a great deal to the listener experience.”

“I’ve always had a foot in the classical world – from classical segments on Soundcheck to hosting live radio broadcasts from the city’s great classical music halls for WNYC – so I’m excited to begin this new chapter with the launch of The Furthermore and new role at Q2 Music,” said John Schaefer. “I’ve always felt that if you like Bach, you might also like Björk’s choral music – if you had a chance to hear it.  The Furthermore will be about offering listeners those chances and forging connections through classical music. I also look forward to extending that spirit to Q2 Music, which has been a vital platform for living composers, and presenting audiences with the best and brightest emerging talent.”


John Schaefer Bio

John Schaefer joined WNYC in 1981. Over the course of his 35-year career at the station, he has hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982, the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986, and has hosted the former radio program and current podcast Soundcheck since 2002.

In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center's prestigious Letter of Distinction for his "substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad." In May 2006, New York Magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue.  He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog at soundcheck.org.

Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley.



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, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including New York Philharmonic This Week and 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, and videos.  The station’s free mobile app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go. As a public radio station, WQXR is supported by the generosity of its members and sponsors, making classical music relevant, accessible and inspiring for listeners in New York City and around the globe.