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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 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.

The nation's first commercial classical radio station began in 1936 when W2XR owner and founder John Hogan joined with advertising executive Elliott Sanger to create the Interstate Broadcasting Company. The company's chief asset was W2XR. In December 1936, W2XR's call letters were changed to WQXR. The FM station signed on in 1939 and both were sold to The New York Times Company in 1944. The Times Company completed the sale of the AM station to Radio Disney in 2007. The sale of WQXR-FM to WNYC was approved by the FCC on September 8, 2009 in a multipart deal including Univision; it closed on October 8, 2009.

Venice Baroque Orchestra is in concert this Wednesday with a Vivaldi-heavy program... for free! Head to Temple Emanu-El ...
07/08/2019
Venice Baroque Orchestra - Naumburg Orchestral Concerts

Venice Baroque Orchestra is in concert this Wednesday with a Vivaldi-heavy program... for free! Head to Temple Emanu-El for this season's second Naumburg Orchestral Concerts - Since 1905.

Venice Baroque Orchestra — Antonio Vivaldi, (1678-1741) Sinfonia in C Major for strings and basso continuo, from “L’Olimpiade”, RV 725 Allegro, Andante, Allegro — George Frideric Handel, (1685-1759) Concerto grosso in G major, Op.6 n.1, HWV 319 A tempo giusto, Allegro, Adagio, Allegro, All...

Happy Birthday, Gustav Mahler! 🍰Listen to our broadcast of Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic - התזמורת הפיל...
07/07/2019
Happy Birthday, Gustav Mahler!

Happy Birthday, Gustav Mahler!
🍰Listen to our broadcast of Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic - התזמורת הפילהרמונית הישראלית in Mahler's Symphony No. 3. We've also got some thoughts on this "monster of a symphony"!

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 7. Sandbox Percussion plays at 1 pm an...
07/05/2019
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UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled to Sunday, July 7. Sandbox Percussion plays at 1 pm and 3 pm! 🌞

The best time to make a Governors Island trip is during a free, outdoor Rite Of Summer Music Festival show! This Saturday, Sandbox Percussion plays Andy Akiho, Steve Reich and more.

Looking for a playlist to score your BBQ, fireworks spectatorship or [insert holiday activity here]? We compiled a worki...
07/04/2019
Essential American Composers, Part 1 | WQXR Blog

Looking for a playlist to score your BBQ, fireworks spectatorship or [insert holiday activity here]? We compiled a working list of essential American composers and their distinct sounds.

Are you more "The Stars and Stripes Forever" or "The Liberty Bell"? John Philip Sousa wrote more than 100 marches. Take ...
07/04/2019
Find Your Sousa March Match | WQXR Blog

Are you more "The Stars and Stripes Forever" or "The Liberty Bell"?
John Philip Sousa wrote more than 100 marches. Take our quiz to find yours!

Ever wonder which John Philip Sousa march you are? Find out with our quiz!

The best time to make a Governors Island trip is during a free, outdoor Rite Of Summer Music Festival show! This Saturda...
07/03/2019
Sandbox Percussion on Governors Island

The best time to make a Governors Island trip is during a free, outdoor Rite Of Summer Music Festival show! This Saturday, Sandbox Percussion plays Andy Akiho, Steve Reich and more.

The Rite of Summer Music Festival and Sandbox Percussion are coming to Governors Island for two concerts! Join us on July 6 at 1 PM and 3 PM.

Renée Fleming: "When I was 12 years old, I would soulfully sing through this aria. I absolutely loved it. I told my mom ...
06/25/2019
SPECIAL EPISODE - Floyd's Susannah: Hopeless in New Hope, featuring Renée Fleming | Aria Code

Renée Fleming: "When I was 12 years old, I would soulfully sing through this aria. I absolutely loved it. I told my mom that I was going to sing it for my voice recital... She said, 'No honey, it's not appropriate for you.' I didn't even know why."

Listen to the new episode of #AriaCode, where we examine past and present meaning of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah.

When the American composer Carlisle Floyd wrote his opera Susannah back in the 1950s, he had no way of knowing how the Biblical themes of shame, blame and lust would resonate today.

Errol Morris and The New York Times Opinion Section reveal yet another layer in the peculiar and melancholy life of Svia...
06/24/2019
Opinion | The Pianist and the Lobster

Errol Morris and The New York Times Opinion Section reveal yet another layer in the peculiar and melancholy life of Sviatoslav Richter, arguably the greatest pianist to lay their (giant) hands on the keys. 🦞

One of the world’s greatest pianists takes the stage. He panics. Where is the plastic lobster? He doesn’t know. He only knows he can’t play without it.

Check out our live broadcast of Brooklyn-based orchestral group The Knights! The program features pieces inspired by the...
06/22/2019
Listen: The Knights Live From Temple Emanu-el | Live Broadcasts | WQXR

Check out our live broadcast of Brooklyn-based orchestral group The Knights!

The program features pieces inspired by the poetry of Walt Whitman, a Britten composition, a world premiere from composer Lisa Bielawa, and Mendelssohn’s String Octet, op.20.

The Naumburg Orchestral Concerts summer series begins with a concert from The Knights.

Happy Birthday, George Walker! He was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, but Terrance McKni...
06/22/2019
Happy Birthday, George Walker!

Happy Birthday, George Walker! He was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, but Terrance McKnight remembers him for so much more.

You have until 5 pm today to enter our first round of Tanglewood Music Festival ticket giveaways!!
06/21/2019
Ticket Giveaway: Escape to Tanglewood This Summer | WQXR

You have until 5 pm today to enter our first round of Tanglewood Music Festival ticket giveaways!!

Tune in each week this summer for opportunities to win pairs of tickets to concerts at Tanglewood. The package includes one night's accommodation at the historic Red Lion Inn.

🚨JUST DROPPED🚨 A special, bonus episode of Aria Code!Our podcast devoted to revealing the magic of opera is back. Host R...
06/21/2019
SPECIAL EPISODE - Floyd's Susannah: Hopeless in New Hope, featuring Renée Fleming | Aria Code | WNYC Studios

🚨JUST DROPPED🚨 A special, bonus episode of Aria Code!

Our podcast devoted to revealing the magic of opera is back. Host Rhiannon Giddens joins legendary soprano Renée Fleming, biographer Thomas Holliday, and feminist writer Leora Tanenbaum to dissect the loss of innocence at the heart of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. In 1955, Floyd held a mirror to slut-shaming culture. That mirror is still on the wall.

+ hear both Fleming and Giddens sing versions of the role!

When the American composer Carlisle Floyd wrote his opera Susannah back in the 1950s, he had no way of knowing how the Biblical themes of shame, blame and lust would resonate today.

We can't stop thinking about those recordings we lost, nor this excellent The New York Times feature.
06/20/2019
The Day the Music Burned

We can't stop thinking about those recordings we lost, nor this excellent The New York Times feature.

It was the biggest disaster in the history of the music business — and almost nobody knew. This is the story of the 2008 Universal fire.

The Metropolitan Opera's final, free summer recital is tonight at 7 pm in Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island!
06/19/2019
Metropolitan Opera | Summer Recitals

The Metropolitan Opera's final, free summer recital is tonight at 7 pm in Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island!

The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks in all five boroughs kicks off on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets from a variety of operas. The first two recitals feature audience favorites baritone Nathan Gunn, tenor Ben Bliss, and sopra...

This Juneteenth, Terrance McKnight introduces us to the music of Tom Wiggins, also known as "Blind Tom," a musical prodi...
06/19/2019
Juneteenth | WQXR Features

This Juneteenth, Terrance McKnight introduces us to the music of Tom Wiggins, also known as "Blind Tom," a musical prodigy under slavery. The pianist became one of the highest earning entertainers in the country, yet he never received a cent.

As we celebrate and reflect, the sounds and story of Tom Wiggins provide a way in to understanding emancipation in our nation.

Terrance is live at 7 pm! 📻

On June 19, join Terrance McKnight for a celebration of the music of Tom Wiggins, in honor of Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, which marks the abolition of slavery.

06/18/2019
Ask Nicky

This week, ‘With Nicky’ becomes ‘Ask Nicky'! Nicola Benedetti answers your questions, from how to relax on stage to specific violin technique.

Franco Zeffirelli "lived for art and he lived for love." Fred Plotkin captures Zeffirelli's life and personality – reluc...
06/18/2019
Remembering Franco Zeffirelli (1923–2019) | Operavore | WQXR

Franco Zeffirelli "lived for art and he lived for love."
Fred Plotkin captures Zeffirelli's life and personality – reluctantly selling a Matisse print gifted by Coco Chanel to make ends meet, working in Italian parliament, and, most of all, his productions.

Head on over to Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens TONIGHT at 7 for one of The Metropolitan Opera's Summer Recitals! Spen...
06/17/2019
Metropolitan Opera | Summer Recitals

Head on over to Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens TONIGHT at 7 for one of The Metropolitan Opera's Summer Recitals! Spend an evening outdoors listening to your favorite arias and duets.

The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks in all five boroughs kicks off on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets from a variety of operas. The first two recitals feature audience favorites baritone Nathan Gunn, tenor Ben Bliss, and sopra...

Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky! 🎈Listen to the great artist himself, interviewed on WQXR in 1949 for his ballet Orpheus...
06/17/2019
Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky!

Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky! 🎈
Listen to the great artist himself, interviewed on WQXR in 1949 for his ballet Orpheus.

Happy Father's Day! In addition to calling them musical geniuses, many of our favorite composers also went by "Dad."
06/16/2019
Classical Dads

Happy Father's Day! In addition to calling them musical geniuses, many of our favorite composers also went by "Dad."

In addition to calling them musical geniuses, many of our favorite composers also went by "Dad."

The New York Times
06/15/2019
The New York Times

The New York Times

Breaking News: Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian director known for extravagant operas, film versions of Shakespeare and a supercharged social life, died at 96.

Join Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg, Joseph Lim, and Dimitri Dover in Williamsbridge Park in the Bronx tonight for the next fr...
06/15/2019
Metropolitan Opera | Summer Recitals

Join Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg, Joseph Lim, and Dimitri Dover in Williamsbridge Park in the Bronx tonight for the next free concert in the Met Opera's 2019 Summer Recitals. More info 👇

The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks in all five boroughs kicks off on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets from a variety of operas. The first two recitals feature audience favorites baritone Nathan Gunn, tenor Ben Bliss, and sopra...

06/14/2019
The Oldest Piano In Existence

What does the oldest piano in the world look and sound like? See for yourself!

When Bartolomeo Cristofori constructed his "gravicembalo col piano e forte" (harpsichord with soft and loud) in the early 1700s, he wasn’t trying to create a new instrument — he was actually trying to build a harpsichord with a little more control. WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon visited the The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Musical Instruments to speak with curator Jayson Dobney about the oldest piano in existence.

Looking for something fun, musical, and *free?* The Metropolitan Opera's 2019 Summer Recitals series continues tonight a...
06/13/2019
Metropolitan Opera | Summer Recitals

Looking for something fun, musical, and *free?* The Metropolitan Opera's 2019 Summer Recitals series continues tonight at 7 in Jackie Robinson Park with Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg, Joseph Lim, and Dimitri Dover. More info 👇

The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks in all five boroughs kicks off on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets from a variety of operas. The first two recitals feature audience favorites baritone Nathan Gunn, tenor Ben Bliss, and sopra...

Chopin fact of the day: the composer and virtuoso pianist always insisted on playing in the dark, even if he was at a pa...
06/12/2019
Essential Piano Recordings | WQXR Blog

Chopin fact of the day: the composer and virtuoso pianist always insisted on playing in the dark, even if he was at a party! 🕯
You don't have to turn out the lights to listen to our Essential Piano Recordings, but we do guarantee some of Chopin's best pieces.

With so many remarkable piano albums out there, it can be hard to know where to begin. That's why we did the legwork for you! Here are our favorites.

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow night? The Metropolitan Opera's 2019 Summer Recitals series of *free* concerts ...
06/11/2019
Metropolitan Opera | Summer Recitals

Looking for something fun to do tomorrow night? The Metropolitan Opera's 2019 Summer Recitals series of *free* concerts are BACK - the second is tomorrow night at 7 pm on Pier 1 of Brooklyn Bridge Park. See you there...😉

The Met’s popular concert series in New York City parks in all five boroughs kicks off on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets from a variety of operas. The first two recitals feature audience favorites baritone Nathan Gunn, tenor Ben Bliss, and sopra...

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