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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.

TUNE IN ALERT: Yannick Nezet-Seguin is back with Episode II of his summer show on WQXR. The theme today is HOPE. - NOW o...
07/19/2020

TUNE IN ALERT: Yannick Nezet-Seguin is back with Episode II of his summer show on WQXR. The theme today is HOPE. - NOW on WQXR.org or 105.9 FM.

At the beginning of the pandemic, Yannick was struck by how we so often turn to music in this time of isolation in order to find a sense of connection and hope. This reminded him of the power of music to shine a light even during the darkest moments, getting us through to the other side. The music on this program features some of the pieces that Yannick has turned to in times of struggle – music that’s helped him keep his faith in life, humanity, and the triumph of goodness in the world.

IN CONVERSATION – With Anna ThorvaldsdottirThis week you can join James Bennett in his conversation with Icelandic compo...
07/19/2020
IN CONVERSATION – With Anna Thorvaldsdottir | Classical New York | WQXR

IN CONVERSATION – With Anna Thorvaldsdottir

This week you can join James Bennett in his conversation with Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir about her chamber opera UR_ (which was due to have its US premiere at this year's Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center which has since been cancelled), the role technology played in this collaboration with International Contemporary Ensemble and Nokia Bell Labs in enhancing the musical experience, what it means to be a composer during a pandemic and of course taking inspiration from nature.

https://www.wqxr.org/story/conversation-anna-thorvaldsdottir/

This week you can join James Bennett in his conversation with Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

Pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear joined Zev Kane In Conversation. They talked about his love of Beethoven and his "...
07/17/2020

Pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear joined Zev Kane In Conversation. They talked about his love of Beethoven and his "Sonatahons," in which he performs the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas in a single concert, his own compositions, and his experiences as a Black classical musician. His new recording of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos is out now on Orchid Classics.

https://www.wqxr.org/story/conversation-stewart-goodyear/

“This is the time to unleash my voice again.”The more one finds out about Shirley Graham Du Bois' (1896–1977) outspoken,...
07/17/2020
Shirley Graham Du Bois: Rediscovering a Lost Voice Through a Very Grand Opera | WQXR Blog | WQXR

“This is the time to unleash my voice again.”

The more one finds out about Shirley Graham Du Bois' (1896–1977) outspoken, globe-circling life as a composer / novelist / racial equality activist, the more you could believe that her shade is indeed restless and insists on being heard. LEARN MORE HERE: https://www.wqxr.org/story/shirley-graham-du-bois-rediscovering-lost-voice-through-very-grand-opera/

“This is the time to unleash my voice again.”

07/16/2020
Artist Check-In with Sharon Isbin

ARTIST CHECK-IN: Elliott Forrest sat down with Grammy winning guitarist Sharon Isbin who once again branches out with two new albums: "Strings for Peace" is a collection of Indian Ragas with the sarod player Amjad Ali Kahn and the other new album is all World Premieres, from such composers as Chris Brubeck and Tan Dun.

The arts are in trouble. LET's SAVE THEM!  Karissa Krenz explains what's going on, what it means for the economy, the pe...
07/16/2020
The Arts Are Big Business — and in Real Trouble | WQXR Blog | WQXR

The arts are in trouble. LET's SAVE THEM! Karissa Krenz explains what's going on, what it means for the economy, the people directly affected, the many adjacent industries and individuals and calls for action!
https://www.wqxr.org/story/arts-are-big-business-and-real-trouble/

#SaveTheArts #ArtsHero #SaveOurStages

Be An Arts Hero League of American Orchestras Local 802 AFM AFM Records The Actors Fund Actors' Equity Association
IATSE SAG-AFTRA
NIVA - National Independent Venue Association Néa Art's Made in NY NYC: The Official Guide

The performing arts and entertainment industry is in real trouble due to COVID-19 — the sector’s workers, venues, and organizations are in desperate need of help because of the shutdown.

07/15/2020
Learn with Carnegie Hall: All Together

Learn With Carnegie Hall: Watch an episode of music and conversation around Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Visionary conductor Marin Alsop hosts a celebration of “All Together: A Global Ode to Joy,” a project honoring the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. She is joined by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, former US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, Baltimore-based rapper and musician Wordsmith, London-based poet Anthony Anaxagorou, and songwriters from across NYC.

07/14/2020
Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: Bastille Day Celebration

CONCERT WATCH: Celebrate Bastille Day with violinist Lara St. John, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and the Ulysses Quartet, presented by Naumburg Orchestral Concerts and streaming live from WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio in Boston!

07/14/2020

Celebrate Bastille Day with violinist Lara St. John, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and the Ulysses Quartet, presented by the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts and streaming live from WGBH's Fraser Performance Studio!

TUNE IN ALERT! The first episode of “This Week with Yannick,” (an eight-week radio series hosted by acclaimed conductor ...
07/12/2020
Sunday on Air: This Week with Yannick – Episode 1 | This Week with Yannick | WQXR

TUNE IN ALERT! The first episode of “This Week with Yannick,” (an eight-week radio series hosted by acclaimed conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin) 😎🎶🥳 live NOW on 105.9 FM, wqxr.org, or on WRTI 90.1 FM.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin – Music Director of the The Metropolitan Opera, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal – has spent his career building connections between orchestras, singers, and audiences. Yannick now brings his passion for building connections through music outside of the concert hall and onto the airwaves.

This Week With Yannick airs on WQXR and WRTI in Philadelphia every Sunday at 12pm, launching July 12th.

https://www.wqxr.org/story/week-yannick-episode1/

This episode is a biographical journey through Nézet-Séguin’s development as a musician and conductor, exploring some of his major influences and collaborations.

TUNE IN ALERT! Tonight at 9pm, WQXR takes you inside America's most famous concert hall once again, for a re-broadcast f...
07/09/2020
RE-PLAY: Carnegie Hall's Opening Night 2019 with the Cleveland Orchestra in Beethoven, Strauss, and Nicolai | Carnegie Hall Live | WQXR

TUNE IN ALERT! Tonight at 9pm, WQXR takes you inside America's most famous concert hall once again, for a re-broadcast from Carnegie Hall's Opening Night Gala concert from 2019.

This performance is part of series of re-broadcasts during the summer, every Thursday from July 9 through October 1.

Tonight Conductor Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a program of Nicolai, Strauss, and Beethoven, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and cellist Lynn Harrell. WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon and Clemency Burton-Hill host.

https://www.wqxr.org/story/listen-carnegie-hall-opening-night-cleveland-orchestra-beethoven-strauss-nicolai/

WQXR takes you to Carnegie Hall once again with a series of re-broadcasts during the summer, every Thursday from July 9 through October 1

07/09/2020
Orpheus & Nobuyuki Tsujii | FULL CONCERT

CONCERT WATCH: Enjoy this performance of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii at Hong Kong University, originally filmed on April 13, 2019.

PROGRAM
Arensky: Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. 35a
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 (arr. Shuying Li Music)
Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano
Tchaikovsky: Chamber Symphony #1 in D Major after String Quartet Op. 11 (arr. Christopher Theofanidis)
.
.. and a few encores!

WQXR and WRTI, Philadelphia’s classical music and jazz station, have come together to launch “This Week with Yannick,” a...
07/09/2020

WQXR and WRTI, Philadelphia’s classical music and jazz station, have come together to launch “This Week with Yannick,” an eight-week radio series hosted by acclaimed conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin. 😎🎶🥳

Nézet-Séguin – Music Director of the The Metropolitan Opera, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Orchestre Métropolitain of Montreal – has spent his career building connections between orchestras, singers, and audiences. Yannick now brings his passion for building connections through music outside of the concert hall and onto the airwaves.

As host and curator of “This Week with Yannick,” Nézet-Séguin offers listeners an intimate listening experience through music and storytelling. It is a personal and intimate listening experience, joining Nézet-Séguin’s insights with the inspiration that only the music can provide.

This Week With Yannick will air on WQXR and WRTI in Philadelphia every Sunday at 12pm, launching June 12th.

https://www.wqxr.org/story/week-yannick-episode1/

SUNDAY, 7pm on WQXR: The mighty Mahler is a symphonic force with a deeply personal connection to New York City — he was,...
07/08/2020

SUNDAY, 7pm on WQXR: The mighty Mahler is a symphonic force with a deeply personal connection to New York City — he was, after all, the Music Director of the Philharmonic in the final years of his life. Fitting, then, that on the anniversary of his birth, we’ll have some special programming. Join producer and host Aaron Cohen on Sunday, July 11, at 7 pm for “Embrace Everything: Mahler’s First Symphony.” For one hour, Cohen will host conductors, musicians, and scholars to dive deep into the inner workings of the First Symphony.

You can listen to the podcast version of this show wherever you get your podcasts.

And all through the week, we’ll be programming plenty of the Bohemian composer’s music — and a few nifty audio bites to boot.
https://www.wqxr.org/story/tuesday-air-embrace-everything/

07/08/2020
Living Music: Pirate Radio Edition Episode 25

Watch a new episode of Living Music: Pirate Radio Edition with host Nadia Sirota. Featuring a WORLD PREMIERE by Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry performed LIVE over Zoom by musicians in Berlin, Montreal, New York and Los Angeles, music and performances by Clarice Jensen, plus a spiritual reimagined by RRP via Charles Mingus. More info at livingmusicshow.com.

Slow New Way Ensemble is:
André de Ridder
Ayumi Paul
Justin Peters
Pemi Paull
Jannina Kara Norpoth
Newsha Khalaj
Jennifer Thiessen
Anna Atkinson
Jonah Sirota violist
Drew Alexander Forde
Nadia Sirota
Richard Reed Parry
Clarice Jensen

07/06/2020
The Dream Unfinished

Watch a live community reading of Frederick Douglass's speech, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Featuring guest readers from the worlds of classical music and activism, musical improvisation performed by violinist Curtis Stewart of PUBLIQuartet, and an interview with Donita Judge, Associate Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight.

07/06/2020

Elliott Forrest's latest Artist Check-In is with actor, pianist, singer, producer Hershey Felder. His current one-person show is about Beethoven and will be streamed live from Italy on July 12th. In this video we find out about the show and catch up with Hershey as well. More info at www.hersheyfelder.net

07/03/2020
4th of July on WQXR

ON-AIR, tomorrow, July 4th Celebration (all-day Saturday, 7/4): Spend this Independence Day with WQXR! Tune in for a beautiful summertime playlist and music that celebrates the American spirit throughout the day! The soundtrack to your Fourth of July, is Classical New York, WQXR.

07/03/2020
“Mindful Minutes”: Lara Downes presents “Oh Beautiful”

For today's "Mindful Minutes" from GatherNYC, Lara Downes presents "Oh Beautiful: A Summertime Celebration of American Music" featuring works by Florence Price, John Wineglass, William Grant Still, Irving Berlin and more. GatherNYC Artistic Directors, cellist Laura Metcalf and guitarist Rupert Boyd, make a special guest appearance.

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About the performance, In Lara's own words:

“This American summer is one of uprising and upheaval, crisis and chaos. We’re revisiting our history, reckoning with our essential ideals: Unalienable Rights... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
This is a summer of change.

I want to celebrate the beauty that we create as we move along this American journey, always changing.

These are the sounds of summer by some great American composers."

Summertime is for the Children!!! 😎☀️🤸‍♂️🎺🎧Schools out for the summer. The kids are no longer busy in their frantic Zoom...
07/02/2020
Virtual Summer Vacation: Online Camps, Classes, and Concerts for Kids | WQXR Blog | WQXR

Summertime is for the Children!!! 😎☀️🤸‍♂️🎺🎧

Schools out for the summer. The kids are no longer busy in their frantic Zoom classrooms. What’s a parent or guardian to do to keep these precocious minds active? An array of our city's greatest musical minds and institutions have special activities up their sleeves to keep young and curious minds occupied all summer. Our intern, Sophie Ewh, rounded a few of them up:

https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/jOijC0RmW2SGJ7PLIwD8oHg?domain=wqxr.us5.list-manage.com

This break won’t be as hard as you think.

06/30/2020

From our friends at Carnegie Hall: Join alumni from the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz as they reflect on their experiences and share where they are now! Enjoy archival performances of these three acclaimed ensembles, preview activities from this summer’s online session, and sit in on conversations between alumni and the artists who coached them, reflecting on how their experiences in the ensembles have shaped the trajectory of their lives and careers. Tuesday, July 1 at 2 pm ET.

Our on-air celebration of Juneteenth was capped off by a live conversation about race and classical music, hosted by Ter...
06/30/2020
Juneteenth: “The Black Experience in the Concert Hall” | WQXR Features | WQXR

Our on-air celebration of Juneteenth was capped off by a live conversation about race and classical music, hosted by Terrance McKnight. 𝗜𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄, you can listen to it now on our website. Terrance spoke with. special guests, including soprano Martina Arroyo, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and composer Alvin Singleton, and took calls from listeners who shared their own stories as musicians, concert-goers, and fans of classical music. Listen to The Black Experience in the Concert Hall.

On Friday, June 19th, WQXR honors Juneteenth with a live call-in special, “The Black Experience in the Concert Hall” hosted by Terrance McKnight. 

06/29/2020

Tune in Today at 4 for Elmer Bernstein’s score for the 1960 film,
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐒𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐭 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫❗️

Check out James Bennett's story about what we, the music-buying public, think we think about classical music. It’s about...
06/29/2020
The Classical Crossing, Part One: CDs and Happy Accidents | WQXR Blog | WQXR

Check out James Bennett's story about what we, the music-buying public, think we think about classical music. It’s about new technologies, and how classical music got flipped and turned upside down.

As a concept, classical crossover isn't new. But the 1980s and its technological innovation, insatiable corporate hunger, and glitzy commercials set the stage for something different.

On this new episode of IN CONVERSATION Host Zev Kane talks with the violinists of Quatuor Ebène, Pierre Colombet and Gab...
06/29/2020
IN CONVERSATION: Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure of Quatuor Ebène | Classical New York | WQXR

On this new episode of IN CONVERSATION Host Zev Kane talks with the violinists of Quatuor Ebène, Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure about
their Beethoven Around the World project which was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic, their favorite quartets, the origins of Beethoven Around the World, and what it's like to start rehearsing together again after spending several months apart.

Zev Kane talks with Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure of Quatuor Ebène about Beethoven's string quartets, the impact of spending time apart due to COVID19.

06/28/2020
#MemorialForUsAll - Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra

The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, led by Louis Langrée, leads Lincoln Center's ninth #MemorialForUsAll, performing works by Mozart & Arvo Pärt to honor those lost to COVID-19.

Memorial For Us All is a secular community remembrance, welcoming all to celebrate the lives of those who have left us too soon.

If you would like to submit the name of someone to be honored, go to http://LincolnCenter.org/MemorialForUsAll

06/28/2020
Mindful Minutes: Boyd Meets Girl plays Messiaen’s “Louange”

GatherNYC Co-Artistic Directors Laura Metcalf - cellist and Rupert Boyd - classical guitarist perform "Louange a l'Éternité de Jesus" by Olivier Messiaen. The piece, written while the composer was imprisoned in a POW camp during the Second World War, is the one movement from his "Quartet for the End of Time" scored just for cello and piano.

For more information on GatherNYC and supporting their artists, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/donate/324303348556582

06/26/2020
Assad: Metamorfose for Viola and Piano

In honor of #Pride month we’re happy to share this video from violist Matthew Lipman, accompanied by pianist Henry Kramer (who performed on last week’s Pride show). Metamorfose, written by Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad, was commissioned by Matthew in memory of his late mother. Assad has said “…the idea of the metamorphosis of a butterfly came into my mind, as a metaphor, and how this incredible natural phenomenon, might relate to the difficult, though inevitable art of letting go.”

Filmed live in the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio on November 29, 2018. Video produced by Tristan Cook. Artists: Matthew Lipman, viola (http://matthew-lipm...

06/26/2020

Watch an encore stream of our concert featuring all-women composers, with performances by pianist Olga Kern, singer Lucy Dhegrae, tenor Nick Phan and the Vuillaume Trio.

06/26/2020
Lift Every Voice and Sing - Gateways Music Festival

For 27 years, Gateways Music Festival’s mission has been to connect and support professional classical musicians of African descent and enlighten and inspire communities through the power of performance. Through a series of more than 50 orchestra and chamber music concerts in Rochester, NY, Gateways creates a space where black musicians are heard, affirmed, and celebrated.
WQXR and the classical music world broadly have a long way to go to reach true equity and inclusion for all people of color. But Black musicians have been engaged in classical music since before Beethoven composed his first piece. Classical music is not white – period. And at WQXR we want to hear classical music that is from and for all people in all its richness and diversity of tone and color. This special performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was recorded by members of the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra from their homes and put together by WQXR to send a message of hope and unity to communities throughout the world.

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profoundly disappointed to find on investigating this page that is filled with posts emphasizing race as the primary factor in classical musicians/composers/performers. 'juneteenth' doesnt have anything to do with classical music. polarizing racial politics shouldnt either. you keep your station on the air by enthusiastically begging the general public for money several times a year. you might get more money from the general public - and maybe from me - if you didnt antagonize and alienate them.
Some hosts of WQXR say stupid things that can be offensive to some listeners. They should be reminded to abstain to say things offensive politically because WQXR might get involved in messy conflicts.
Don't like this Yannick fellow. I tune into WQXR for the music, not to hear some narcissist gas off about how great he is.
I have to remark on the rather insipid way in which you are acknowledging Mahler's birthday. Why not do something ambitious that would truly show appreciation for the splendor of Mahler's work, from the expansiveness of his symphonies to the delicacy of his songs? Why not just set aside large blocks of time to (imagine this!!) just play through everything? And not at 3:00 AM, but during "prime time"? Like what WKCR does every year with it's Bach Festival? But, as with other composers who have been celebrated here, you don't do this. I guess you need to leave too much air time for hospital ads and the like. Sigh . . .
GUYS at WQXR! What's up (or, more precisely, DOWN) with the live stream? No audio out here in Nevada. I'm a member and I'm CRYING right now. (Well, almost.) HELP!!!!
Great Memories of being a GUEST a few times w/ BOB SHERMAN - alone & w/ my friend ED JABLONSKI, definitive Biog, "GERSHWIN "prior to my TULLY HALL debut . Also BOB was the 1st to play my recording of FRANZ XAVER MOZART's Concerto in C, op.14 . I turned on Piano Personalities -as usual 9:30 AM.., and WHAT a SURPRISE!!.❤, I called to Thank him . That's how we met. He's on tonight at 11PM !.
Around 1980, WQXR created a series of station ID jingles - each with a different style of "classical" music. I sang on one of them - as part of a SATB quartet - the "Gilbert & Sullivan" styled one. I have a memory of I think Kathleen Battle singing hers after us - hers a take on I think "Caro Nome". Are there any audio archives of these commercials? Any way to hear them again? Please let me know. thanks.
https://www.francemusique.fr/emissions/relax/portrait-de-nathalie-stutzmann-84754 I encourage you to find and play the wonderful CDs of this incredible singer AND conductor.
How far this station has sunk since Greg Whiteside's departure , almost totally agenda driven now ; the FB page may as well have a name change to reflect the politics . Regarding the constant reminders , especially by McKnight , of whether a composer was of African descent , why not just play an unfamiliar piece and see what reaction it gets ? People do inquire when something especially soothing catches there attention ( like so many Vaughn Williams pieces , as we are sometimes reminded ) . I now use the station as background music when I leave the house , and make computer connections for classical when I return .
Why was the excellent David Dubal not on tonight? Reflections on the keyboard. Perhaps your finest hour