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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.

We are honoring the noble Dr. King today especially. Tune in to #AllOfIt at 12pm on wnyc.org to hear a broadcast from Ap...
01/20/2020

We are honoring the noble Dr. King today especially. Tune in to #AllOfIt at 12pm on wnyc.org to hear a broadcast from Apollo Theater, hosted by Terrance McKnight who gives us a special reading of a Langston Hughes poem. #MLK

Photo: Donald Uhrbrock/LIFE

“To many observers, myself among them, cinema is a direct descendent of opera more than any other art form.”A long read ...
01/19/2020
Cinema’s Operatic Maestro: Fellini at 100 | Operavore | WQXR

“To many observers, myself among them, cinema is a direct descendent of opera more than any other art form.”
A long read on Federico Fellini and his relationship to music, Italy and the art life. #Fellini100

Fred Plotkin on the operatic art of film director Federico Fellini, in honor of his 100th birthday.

🎂Happy Birthday, Sir Simon Rattle! 🎂Listen to an archival interview with one of the greatest conductors of our time.
01/19/2020
Happy Birthday, Sir Simon Rattle!

🎂Happy Birthday, Sir Simon Rattle! 🎂
Listen to an archival interview with one of the greatest conductors of our time.

Conductor Simon Rattle talks with Jeff Spurgeon about making his Met Opera debut, his work with the Berlin Philharmonic, and why he learned to stop worrying and love The Nutcracker.

Happy birthday to Emmanuel Chabrier, the French composer whose work left a mighty impression on his contemporaries, incl...
01/18/2020
Happy Birthday, Emmanuel Chabrier!

Happy birthday to Emmanuel Chabrier, the French composer whose work left a mighty impression on his contemporaries, including the trio of impressionists Satie, Ravel and Debussy.

Emmanuel Chabrier was born on Jan. 18, 1871. We're remembering his work by watching these four pianists take on his orchestral "España."

"Composers rely on musicians to bring their music to life. But musicians rely on composers just as much to continually p...
01/18/2020
Composers and Their Songbirds | WQXR Blog

"Composers rely on musicians to bring their music to life. But musicians rely on composers just as much to continually provide new, exciting material. The two exist — and always have — in a symbiotic relationship."

Who were the songbirds for whom some of our most well-known composers wrote?

01/17/2020

Watch (and breathe) as WQXR presents Beginner’s Ear, a guided, live music meditation series at The Greene Space. The inaugural session begins with 15 minutes of guided meditation led by Daoist teacher Thomas Droge, followed by Taka Kigawa, taking us on a sonic journey anchored by Debussy, Chopin and Bach.

01/16/2020

Watch (and breathe) as WQXR presents Beginner's Ear, a guided, live music meditation series at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR. The inaugural session begins with 15 minutes of guided meditation led by Daoist teacher Thomas Droge, followed by Taka Kigawa, taking us on a sonic journey anchored by Debussy, Chopin and Bach.

Unplug and recharge your batteries during a 60-minute guided, live music meditation. This edition will feature criticall...
01/15/2020
WQXR Presents: Beginner’s Ear | The Greene Space

Unplug and recharge your batteries during a 60-minute guided, live music meditation. This edition will feature critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa!

WQXR presents Beginner’s Ear, one hour of lunchtime bliss with guided meditation and a live performance by world-class musicians every Friday from January 17 through March 6. Each meditation will feature music from a different artist, to be announced. Taka Kigawa, an “enthralling but elusive pia...

#AriaCode is back with a brand new episode on #PorgyandBess!Hear about this great American opera and the Gullah communit...
01/15/2020
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess: Rise Up Singing | Aria Code | WNYC Studios

#AriaCode is back with a brand new episode on #PorgyandBess!
Hear about this great American opera and the Gullah community that inspired Catfish Row w/ Rhiannon Giddens, Golda Schultz, Eric Owens, Victoria Smalls of Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, and University of Michigan professor Naomi André.

The most famous American opera opens with one of the most famous American songs: “Summertime.” The Gershwins’ haunting lullaby from Porgy and Bess is a simple tune with a complex story.

JUST IN: Read an exclusive interview with the unstoppable Kanneh-Mason sibling musicians! Bassist and lecturer Jerrell J...
01/15/2020
Snap! Popping a String at Carnegie Hall: An Interview with Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason | WQXR Blog | WQXR

JUST IN: Read an exclusive interview with the unstoppable Kanneh-Mason sibling musicians! Bassist and lecturer Jerrell Jackson asks Isata Kanneh-Mason and Sheku Kanneh-Mason about the #royals, early musical memories, and what to do when something, er, *unexpected* happens on stage at Carnegie Hall!

Jerrell Jackson sat down with the brother-sister duo in Philadelphia before the final December performance of their sold-out U.S. tour. 

NEW EVENT:Join us in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR on 1/24 for the live premiere of composer David Cieri’s luminous new ...
01/15/2020

NEW EVENT:
Join us in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR on 1/24 for the live premiere of composer David Cieri’s luminous new score for 1928 classic La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc! Cieri will be joined by an ensemble of nine musicians including Sardinian vocal quartet Tenores de Aterúe. Stick around for a conversation with the composer and musicians, moderated by #AriaCode producer Merrin Layzan.
MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/2FQSkvh

Make Monday night a musical one. Her/Music; Her/Story shines a light on the music and stories of great women composers, ...
01/13/2020

Make Monday night a musical one. Her/Music; Her/Story shines a light on the music and stories of great women composers, past and present. Tonight at The National Arts Club!
MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/2tdKxFe

Make Monday night a musical one. Her/Music; Her/Story shines a light on the music and stories of great women composers, ...
01/12/2020

Make Monday night a musical one. Her/Music; Her/Story shines a light on the music and stories of great women composers, past and present. Tomorrow at The National Arts Club!
MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/2sioTPL

"Connect the dots one way, New York was Mahler’s nightmare and possibly his undoing. Connect the dots another way, and M...
01/11/2020
Did Gustav Mahler Take the A Train? | WQXR Blog

"Connect the dots one way, New York was Mahler’s nightmare and possibly his undoing. Connect the dots another way, and Mahler himself was a nightmare no matter where he was."

David Patrick Stearns on Mahler the New Yorker - including when the composer missing his subway stop at 72nd St.

"I’ve learned that when we quiet the analytical brain that tries to read music, we open ourselves up to receiving it wit...
01/10/2020
Beginner's Ear: A Mindful Way to Listen | WQXR Blog | WQXR

"I’ve learned that when we quiet the analytical brain that tries to read music, we open ourselves up to receiving it with heightened senses. We don’t just hear more of the music — we feel it more deeply." 🕊
Read why The New York Times classical critic Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim developed a new series, Beginner's Ear, for WQXR and The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR.

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, contributing classical music critic to The New York Times, introduces her new music and meditation series.

#NewMusicFriday: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason drops his album centered on #Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 w/ Lo...
01/10/2020

#NewMusicFriday: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason drops his album centered on #Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85 w/ London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle! We'll be playing the tracks all day, and the full concerto at 2 pm.

With the UK set to leave the EU on January 31, read Fred Plotkin Italiano's opinion piece on how #Brexit affects the ope...
01/09/2020
How 'Brexit' Affects Opera and the Arts | Operavore | WQXR

With the UK set to leave the EU on January 31, read Fred Plotkin Italiano's opinion piece on how #Brexit affects the opera world.

From artist contracts to work visas, Fred Plotkin looks at the implications of Britain's vote to leave the European Union in the opera world and beyond.

01/08/2020
Midday Masterpieces: The Kila Quartet

Watch the The Juilliard School’s Kila Quartet live from The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR in a program of Mozart and Bartók, part of WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces series.

🔊"We have found that, just as 'good wine needs no bush,' so good music needs no label. The plan of WQXR has been to broa...
01/08/2020
Music Speaks for Itself

🔊"We have found that, just as 'good wine needs no bush,' so good music needs no label. The plan of WQXR has been to broadcast all kinds of good music...reproduced as faithfully as modern radio science makes possible, and without too much comment."
A bit of #history from the WNYC #archives!

"The plan of WQXR has been to broadcast all kinds of good music...reproduced as faithfully as modern radio science makes possible, and without too much comment."

01/07/2020

Watch The Juilliard School’s Kila Quartet live from The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR in a program of Mozart and Bartók, part of WQXR’s Midday Masterpieces series.

Tomorrow: Enjoy a free concert on your lunch break with the Kila Quartet of The Juilliard School, in a program of Mozart...
01/07/2020
WQXR's Midday Masterpieces: The Kila Quartet | The Greene Space

Tomorrow: Enjoy a free concert on your lunch break with the Kila Quartet of The Juilliard School, in a program of Mozart and Bartók! 1pm in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR.

Every first Wednesday of the month, settle in for an hour of musical serenity with rising stars from The Juilliard School. Leave your emails and phone calls behind and join us for these free midday concerts featuring selections from some of classical music’s most beloved composers. Featuring The K...

Happy birthday, Francis Poulenc! Celebrate with music from the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine live from t...
01/07/2020

Happy birthday, Francis Poulenc! Celebrate with music from the Choir of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine live from the Medieval Sculpture Hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the '30s, Poulenc took a spiritual turn, rediscovering his Roman Catholic faith.
LISTEN: http://bit.ly/2QzUXbf

Tomorrow: Terrance McKnight hosts a free talk, ‘Inside Catfish Row: The Voices of Porgy & Bess’ at Schomburg Center for ...
01/06/2020

Tomorrow: Terrance McKnight hosts a free talk, ‘Inside Catfish Row: The Voices of Porgy & Bess’ at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. Go inside the stunning scenes of Gershwin’s opera w/ choreographer Camille A. Brown and principals Eric Owens and Angel Blue.
MORE INFO: https://on.nypl.org/2QsZ3ld

Congrats to Sam Mendes for #1917Film's #GoldenGlobes Best Drama win! We had Mendes on the #OpenEarsProject to discuss fi...
01/06/2020
11. On American Beauty | The Open Ears Project | WNYC Studios

Congrats to Sam Mendes for #1917Film's #GoldenGlobes Best Drama win! We had Mendes on the #OpenEarsProject to discuss film scoring, Carl Orff’s Gassenhauer, and the collision of American and European culture in his work.

Director Sam Mendes explains how Carl Orff’s Gassenhauer helped him establish the mood for his first film, American Beauty.

01/03/2020
The Benedetti Foundation Orchestra Performs 'Intermezzo' from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni

Listen to the beautiful ‘intermezzo’ from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni, performed by the Benedetti Foundation Orchestra. Available now on Decca Classics!

Words from Nicola Benedetti: "We are victims of too many categories - young and old, professional and amateur, teachers and performers – but actually, the collective feeling and sound broke all stereotypes and allowed for one of the most positive, relaxing yet engaging musical environments I’ve experienced."

Announcing a brand-new event series: Beginner's Ear, one hour of lunchtime bliss with guided meditation and a live perfo...
01/03/2020

Announcing a brand-new event series: Beginner's Ear, one hour of lunchtime bliss with guided meditation and a live performance by world-class musicians every Friday at 12:30pm w/ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim of The New York Times and Thomas Droge of Pathfinder Institute. We kick off on 1/17 with Taka Kigawa!
MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/2MPqlQM

Our #ClassicalCountdown top 5:5: Mahler, No. 2 in C, "Resurrection"4: Dvorak: No. 9 in E, "From the New World,"3: Beetho...
01/02/2020
WQXR's 2019 Classical Countdown | WQXR Features | WQXR

Our #ClassicalCountdown top 5:
5: Mahler, No. 2 in C, "Resurrection"
4: Dvorak: No. 9 in E, "From the New World,"
3: Beethoven: No. 5 in C, Op. 67
2: Beethoven: No. 7 in A, Op. 92
1: Beethoven: No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125 "Choral"
🤔Thoughts??

We're closing out 2019 by counting down your most-requested pieces.

“Now that all of the forced merriment is out of the way, concertgoers will have ample opportunities to get back to being...
01/01/2020
Must-See Classical Concerts This January | WQXR Blog | WQXR

“Now that all of the forced merriment is out of the way, concertgoers will have ample opportunities to get back to being their brooding, serious selves in these darkest days of the year.” These are the concerts to see in NYC this January!

Good concerts are a necessity in these dark days of winter, and clusters of earnest new works happen at times of the year when there’s less competition from elsewhere.

"The effect [of the Open Ears Project] is not dissimilar from the mood of a meditation app, but one that delivers though...
12/28/2019
The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019

"The effect [of the Open Ears Project] is not dissimilar from the mood of a meditation app, but one that delivers thought-provoking stories as well as relaxation."
Thanks to The Atlantic for naming the #OpenEarsProject one of the best podcasts of 2019! Listen to the entirety of season one for free at openearsproject.org.

The shows that kept listeners refreshing their apps this year

"[Elizabeth] Llewellyn’s interpretation of Bess was, to me, a confident assumption of a character who is often lacking i...
12/28/2019
In the Spotlight: Elizabeth Llewellyn | Operavore | WQXR

"[Elizabeth] Llewellyn’s interpretation of Bess was, to me, a confident assumption of a character who is often lacking in confidence." –Fred Plotkin on the talent of rising star Elizabeth Llewellyn, Soprano

Fred Plotkin honors the passion, beauty and intensity of British soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn.

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The news is propaganda; dispiriting ~ I guess it gets Shoveled Wholesale .. Ruins the VIBE
If this were so, Music would not be the Universal Language.🍃
I like music by Bruckner. I do not like music by Mahler that I consider like Arturo Toscanini worth only as toilet paper.
I'm trying to see your playlists on my AT&T LG android phone, but it doesn't work! What should I do?
Lauren RICO called the Tchaikovsky Symphony #4 the Mahler #1 at 5:00pm PST. My wife and I were enjoying the music when at the end it was mis identified
URGENT. For my page/Forumopera/link under, can you tell me if your LA BOHEME / MET/ 25.01.2020 is with ALAGNA / AGRESTA and the cast of the MET in january 2020 ? Because, on MET website they tell us that LA BOHEME is at 8pm and not at 1pm. Perhaps it's the same cast but not in live ? Thanks for your answer.
Loved the concert this morning
Listening to your broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonice, but the website says that it is the 2019 concert!!
So nice to spend yesterday and today with you my friends. Thank you for the Classical countdown. This town loves good music and fine good hearted people like you. Happy 2020.
Hey! What happened to numbers 13 & 14? You're cheating us! But, I'm glad to hear you playing full length works, and so many vocal works. What does this tell WQXR about what the audience wants?
How wonderful to hear Clayelle Dalferes quote Stéphane Mallarmé before playing Debussy's masterpiece! Ces nymphes, je les veux perpétuer. Si clair, Leur incarnat léger, qu'il voltige dans l'air Assoupi de sommeils touffus. Aimai-je un rêve?