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WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the 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 Companies 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.

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Today is opening day for the Virtual Gateways Music Festival! The Festival's mission is to connect and support professio...
11/09/2020

Today is opening day for the Virtual Gateways Music Festival! The Festival's mission is to connect and support professional classical musicians of African descent and enlighten and inspire communities through the power of performance. For tickets and more info, visit: https://gatewaysmusicfestival.org/

You may be more accustomed to hearing Thomas Hampson on the opera or concert stage, giving voice to some of the great ba...
11/05/2020

You may be more accustomed to hearing Thomas Hampson on the opera or concert stage, giving voice to some of the great baritone roles. But tonight at 7 pm ET, he sits in the WQXR host chair, filling in for Terrance McKnight! During this hour, you'll hear his expertly curated program of songs by Schubert, Mahler, Ives, and more. 📻 🎤 🎶 https://bit.ly/2TRyEOP

Take a music break with two very talented young stars in the making ⭐⭐ : 14-year old violinist (& New York City local!) ...
11/04/2020

Take a music break with two very talented young stars in the making ⭐⭐ : 14-year old violinist (& New York City local!) Ana Isabella España and 15-year old Georgia native, cellist Brandon Leonard. LIVE at 8 pm ET on YouTube, presented by our friends at From the Top: https://bit.ly/2I49xWu

11/03/2020
From the Top

Tomorrow at 8 pm ET, here on our page!

Hey From the Top fans! 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤'𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐓𝐮𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝗪𝐞𝐝𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟏/𝟒 𝐚𝐭 𝟖𝐏𝐌 (𝐄𝐓).

Take a break with us and tune in for an evening of Bach, Paganini, and more, performed by two talented young musicians.

WQXR Sphinx Organization Kaufman Music Center Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

10/31/2020
Alan Gilbert in conversation with Christoph von Dohnányi & Thomas Morris

Join Alan Gilbert, Chief Conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Music Director Designate of the Kungliga Operan as he is joined by Christoph von Dohnányi, Honorary Conductor for Life of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Music Director Laureate of The Cleveland Orchestra, along with Thomas Morris, former CEO of both The Cleveland Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Retired Artistic Director of the Ojai Music Festival, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the NDR Elbphilharmonie.

10/30/2020
To America: A Live Performance in Green-Wood Cemetery

Join us for "To America" - a night of music, spoken word, and dance from Brooklyn's historic The Green-Wood Cemetery inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, who is buried there and best known for his anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Featuring performances by The Harlem Chamber Players, violinist Jessica McJunkins (Lady Jess), singers Danielle Buonaiuto, Freddie June, Paul Grosvenor and many more talented souls.

Following the event there will be a discussion about the creation of “To America” with Liz Player, Executive Director and Artistic Director of The Harlem Chamber Players and Death of Classical Founder and General & Artistic Director Andrew Ousley. Hosted by WQXR’s James Bennett.

New York may still be on paws and so are the Cats of WQXR! These felines are working hard behind-the-scenes every day (i...
10/29/2020

New York may still be on paws and so are the Cats of WQXR! These felines are working hard behind-the-scenes every day (in between naps) to bring their humans some comfort, entertainment, and snuggles while they work from home. We salute you and thank you! Happy #NationalCatDay!

We are thrilled to welcome award–winning chef, restaurateur, and NY Times bestselling author Marcus Samuelsson to the ho...
10/29/2020

We are thrilled to welcome award–winning chef, restaurateur, and NY Times bestselling author Marcus Samuelsson to the host chair this evening! Tune in at 7 pm ET to hear his special playlist featuring music by composers of African descent — with a special nod to his adopted home of Harlem — plus some food-inspired repertoire as well! 🍳 🎵 📚 🎵 🙌 https://bit.ly/35HdGrE

This Friday evening at 7 pm ET we're streaming a site-specific event called "To America" from The Green-Wood Cemetery  -...
10/28/2020

This Friday evening at 7 pm ET we're streaming a site-specific event called "To America" from The Green-Wood Cemetery - a pre-Halloween evening of music, dance, and spoken word based on the, ahem, permanent residents of the cemetery and their lives in the grand arc of American history. Both the NY Times & NY Magazine gave it glowing reviews and our webcast is the only way for you to now experience it. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3kEd8J8

Tune in to WQXR at 5 pm ET today as pianist Lang Lang - 郎朗 takes us on a tour of his most recent project: a quadruple al...
10/25/2020
Lang Lang and the Goldbergs | WQXR Features | WQXR

Tune in to WQXR at 5 pm ET today as pianist Lang Lang - 郎朗 takes us on a tour of his most recent project: a quadruple album featuring both live and studio versions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

The pianist takes us on a journey of discovery about the essential Bach keyboard work.

10/23/2020
Michael Tilson Thomas

Tonight conductor Michael Tilson Thomas gets the spotlight in PBS's award-winning biography series, American Masters. Who knew James Brown had such an influence?!

James Brown and Stravinsky? It's all in "Michael Tilson Thomas: Where NOW Is," premiering on PBS's American Masters tomorrow at 9/8c! https://to.pbs.org/3kPbEeL

Tonight at 7 pm ET, the amazing Kelly Hall-Tompkins Violinist fills in for Terrance McKnight! She'll be sharing the spec...
10/22/2020

Tonight at 7 pm ET, the amazing Kelly Hall-Tompkins Violinist fills in for Terrance McKnight! She'll be sharing the special works and recordings that inspire her by Mahler, Debussy, Brahms, Price, and others. https://bit.ly/37wnneR

10/22/2020
"Mindful Minutes": The Overlook performs Juba by Trevor Weston

For today’s “Mindful Minutes,” by GatherNYC, The Overlook - String Quartet performs “Juba” by Trevor Weston. The Overlook, formed in June 2020, has spent the last several months rehearsing, filming and performing outdoors in Upper Manhattan. This performance in the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion is the quartet’s first time in an indoor space since its inception.

Tune in from the beginning to hear remarks from one of the group’s violinists, Monica Davis, as well as the composer himself, Trevor Weston!

10/21/2020
Virtual Concert: Bach, Gershwin, and more!

Tonight From the Top presents an evening of music by Bach, Gershwin, Saint-Saëns, and more - featuring flutist Nadira Novruzov, an 18-year-old NYC local (& 2020 Bard High School grad), and 14-year-old violinist Esme Arias-Kim from Hoffman Estates, IL, a recent Sphinx Organization laureate.

Hosted by Peter Dugan Piano.

From the Top is America’s largest national platform celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians.

10/20/2020
John Holiday performs Gershwin’s Summertime

ICYMI - countertenor John Holiday CRUSHED his @NBCTheVoice audition last night and made it on to Team John Legend! 💪 🙌 Here he is at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR in 2019 bringing down the house with his rendition of Gershwin. Congrats, John! 👏👏👏

Recorded on February 28, 2019 as part of WQXR’s Classical Beer Jam: New York State of Mind edition at The Jerome L. Greene Space in New York City. Watch the ...

10/19/2020
'I Had a Huge Crush On You," Alan Gilbert to WQXR Host Nimet Habachy

Tonight at midnight marks the 40th anniversary of our beloved host Nimet Habachy on the WQXR airwaves. 🎉 Congratulations on this milestone, Nimet! Apparently we're not the only ones with a huge crush on you. 💖 😉

TFW conductor and music director Alan Gilbert fanboys over YOU (you, in this case, is longtime WQXR host Nimet Habachy. Gilbert was the special guest at an e...

10/19/2020
"Mindful MInutes": Carr-Petrova Duo plays Rebecca Clarke

For the next episode of “Mindful Minutes” from GatherNYC, escape into the lush sound of viola and piano as the Carr-Petrova Duo plays “Morpheus” by Rebecca Clarke. Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova put on a jaw-dropping concert for GatherNYC’s Fall 2019 season, and it is our honor to welcome them back to our virtual stage.

10/19/2020

For today’s “Mindful Minutes”, escape into the lush sound of viola and piano as the Carr-Petrova Duo plays “Morpheus” by Rebecca Clarke. Violist Molly Carr and pianist Anna Petrova put on a jaw-dropping concert for GatherNYC’s Fall 2019 season, and it is our honor to welcome them back to our virtual stage.

Until we can Gather in person, we are pleased to be able to share new material by our incredible artists. We would be so grateful for your support so we can keep bringing you these meaningful musical moments. Thank you so much!

https://www.facebook.com/donate/1229288204113256/

Hey kids and parents - it's WQXR Bingo time! Download a Bingo card at our website, turn on the radio, and listen to the ...
10/19/2020
WQXR Bingo | WQXR Features | WQXR

Hey kids and parents - it's WQXR Bingo time! Download a Bingo card at our website, turn on the radio, and listen to the music. 🎻 🎶 🎺 🎹 🎵 Does it match one of the squares on the card? Keep listening, and when you've marked 5 squares in a row - BINGO! 🏆 🌟 🙌 Parents - send a photo of your child's completed card to us and we'll send a set of cool composer stickers to your little one!

Try your hand at WQXR Bingo!

10/16/2020
American Modern Opera Company: El Cimarrón

'Die Welt' from American Modern Opera Company's production of Hans Werner Henze's EL CIMARRÓN is now streaming. This rarely performed chamber opera is "a tour-de-force based on the oral autobiography of Esteban Montejo, an enslaved Afro-Cuban who escaped bondage on a sugar plantation, survived in the jungle, fought for Cuban independence from Spain, and lived to tell about it all before dying at the age of 113." (AMOC) Featuring Davóne Tines, bass-baritone; Emi Ferguson, flute; Jonny Allen, percussion; and Jordan Dodson, guitar. Full performance link: https://bit.ly/3lLgZEC

This is the final installment in our 4-part series with La Blogothèque, providing up-close and intimate classical musical experiences. 🇫🇷 📹 🎶 🙌

10/16/2020
"Mindful MInutes": Neave Trio plays Schumann

For today's "Mindful Minutes" performance from GatherNYC, the acclaimed Boston-based Neave Trio treats us to the ravishing second movement of Robert Schumann's Piano Trio in G minor "ziemlich langsam".

Tune in from the beginning to hear remarks from Anna Williams, the trio's violinist, about the piece and why they chose to share it.

Did you know that WNYC's Brian Lehrer is not only a Peabody Award-winner, but also an amateur musician who grew up playi...
10/15/2020

Did you know that WNYC's Brian Lehrer is not only a Peabody Award-winner, but also an amateur musician who grew up playing the flute, the alto sax, AND the electronic wind controller (pictured here)?! He’ll be filling in for Terrance McKnight tonight, who's working away on his new book. This is Brian's first time hosting for WQXR and he'll be sharing his favorite music for winds. Tune in - TONIGHT AT 7PM ET!

Our evening host Terrance McKnight is going on leave for a few weeks to work on a book (!), so he's invited a few friend...
10/14/2020
With Terrance McKnight on Book Leave, WQXR Announces Guest Hosts | WQXR Features | WQXR

Our evening host Terrance McKnight is going on leave for a few weeks to work on a book (!), so he's invited a few friends to fill in from 7-8 pm on Thursdays. We can't wait to hear the great music and stories that guest hosts Brian Lehrer, Kelly Hall-Tompkins Violinist, Marcus Samuelsson, and Thomas Hampson have to share!

Terrance is writing a book! So he’s called in a few friends to fill in for him while he’s out.

10/13/2020
American Modern Opera Company: With Care

The Chaconne from Bach's Partita in D Minor gets a powerful interpretation in this excerpt from American Modern Opera Company's "With Care" - created and performed by dancer Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with violinist Keir GoGwilt. The piece explores the complicated dynamics of caregiving and loss and also features original music by Matthew Aucoin. Link to the full video: https://bit.ly/2GKlZdT

This is the third in WQXR's four-part video series produced in partnership with La Blogothèque, known for their intimate and up-close style of music film-making. 🎻 🎥 🎵 🔊

10/13/2020
“Mindful Minutes”: The Westerlies play “Moondreams”

For today's "Mindful Minutes" from GatherNYC, the ever-inventive brass quartet The Westerlies premiere their own, socially-distant arrangement of "Moondreams" by Miles Davis. This performance is dedicated to Lee Konitz, a member of Davis's band who passed away earlier this year from COVID-19.

Tune in to the full video to hear members of the ensemble speak about the song, its significance to them, and the arranging process.

10/10/2020
Calidore String Quartet - Lincoln Center New Stages Livestream

Live music has returned to Lincoln Center’s outdoor plazas! Presented by Lincoln Center in partnership with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Calidore String Quartet performs an intimate afternoon of chamber music.
Tune in as the Avery Fisher Career Grant and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winners perform Janáček’s “Kreutzer Sonata“ String Quartet alongside an elegant pairing of Mozart’s Divertimento in F and Schumann’s Quartet in A major.

Video Production by Nel Shelby Productions

More Bach, Less Talk!We have condensed our Fall membership drive from 9 days to just 5… and this is the last day. If you...
10/09/2020

More Bach, Less Talk!
We have condensed our Fall membership drive from 9 days to just 5… and this is the last day. If you can, please make your donation to WQXR right now: https://bit.ly/30vh0Ev
THANKS FOR HAVING OUR BACH.

With unexpected expenses high as we built remote home studios from scratch for our hosts (see Elliott Forrest, pictured ...
10/08/2020

With unexpected expenses high as we built remote home studios from scratch for our hosts (see Elliott Forrest, pictured here!), the importance of solid support from music lovers has no measure. We recognize that these are tough times for so many people, but if you can, please give now and support our shortened Fall Fundraiser. https://bit.ly/30vh0Ev

10/08/2020
“Mindful Minutes”: Sandbox Percussion performs “Bell Patterns” by Victor Caccese

For today's "Mindful Minutes" from the team at GatherNYC, the Brooklyn-based percussion quartet Sandbox Percussion premieres "Bell Patterns" by Victor Caccese. A member of the quartet himself, Victor first conceived this piece to be played by 4 players on one vibraphone, but reimagined it for these socially-distanced times, turning all sorts of unlikely objects into percussion instruments.

10/07/2020
Carnegie Hall Opening Night Virtual Gala

Tonight Carnegie Hall celebrates Opening Night with its first-ever Virtual Gala! Join the Carnegie Hall community in New York City, across the United States, and around the globe to commemorate the 130th Anniversary Season. Bringing all of us together through a shared love of music, this free event will present inspiring performances—both new and from the Hall’s illustrious past—to honor its 130-year history and future.

10/07/2020
The Philadelphia Orchestra

Big congratulations to Yannick Nezet-Seguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra for being named Gramophone's 2020 Orchestra of the Year! 👏👏👏

BIG NEWS! Your Philadelphia Orchestra is officially Gramophone's Orchestra of the Year 2020! 🎉 We couldn't have won without your votes, so from Yannick Nezet-Seguin and everyone at The Philadelphia Orchestra: THANK YOU!

Host Jeff Spurgeon has been asking you a New York City trivia question on Monday mornings for years. Now, for a gift of ...
10/07/2020

Host Jeff Spurgeon has been asking you a New York City trivia question on Monday mornings for years. Now, for a gift of $20/month to WQXR, you can compete in a full-on evening of trivia with Jeff and Kerry Nolan! Friday Nov 13 - online, of course. There will be prizes! 🗽 🏆 🎵 This special offer is only available this morning, and space is limited, so please donate now, if you can! https://bit.ly/30vh0Ev

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So, in addition to my running complaint about the bias against vocal music, I also always wonder why a "non-commercial" (despite all the hospital ads) station cannot indulge in the luxury of playing full length works during the day. Today, as usual, we heard one movement of a symphony (Mahler's fabulous Second), and that was that. Are you afraid of losing the people with short attention spans who, I fear, are the audience you are seeking these days?
Please provide more information on your announcement at about 9 this morning re: “live-streaming To America from Greenwood Cemetery Friday, October 30.” Are tickets available for this event?
You're doing it again!! That annoying "Verdi without words" nonsense, perhaps pretending to be a bone tossed out to opera lovers, but, in fact, an insult. I know that you refrain from playing too much opera because a lot of listeners don't like it. Well, a lot of other listeners DO like it, and want to hear more. So why can't you play Verdi WITH words, since that is what he did best: write for the voice!!
Hey... I didn't donate just to hear a Russian Tea Room commercial every 30 minutes...
Music to comfort all who have suffered due to the COVID pandemic. Hope you like it!
The woman currently presenting on #WQXR just wished a #happyColumbusDay, if one is #celebratingColumbusDay! Really?! It’s unfortunate New York is yet to outlaw this holiday, and even more so the name. Nevertheless this was unnecessary given it’s a weekend, and makes it a non-event from a “time-off” perspective for most people. Thus it becomes even more of a distilled sentiment primarily upholding the horror that was unleashed upon the Native Americans, the stealing of their lands, the extermination of their peoples. This is one of the reasons classical music is dying. So out of touch and offensive these people are that even if they have no innate sense of fairness to see the horror behind this day, they have to be tone deaf with current society’s thankfully improved sense of right and wrong, which has clearly progressed since these people’s times, and/or intentionally malicious to do so, especially on a #NewYorkTristate area public radio station. #NewYorkPublicRadio #banColumbusDay
enjoying your show xx
My daughter, really enjoying your mug.
Wonderful, thank you for playing my favourite 'Song to the Moon' by Lucia Popp, lovely start to my day 🐝
Nice coincidence: right now, WXQR is broadcasting music from Wagner's opera Parsifal, *exactly 100 years* after the first radio broadcast in Argentina, which was a live performance of this opera. Greetings from Argentina :)
Verdi without words, which you guys seem to love, doesn't compare at all well to Verdi with words! He was an opera composer, you know, who wrote extremely well for . . . Singers!! The music lacks a lot without the words.
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