New York Guitar Festival at Merkin Concert Hall

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Merkin Concert Hall's portion of the NYGF offers an eclectic tribute to a pair of late Rock n'Roll legends: Jerry Garcia and George Harrison. On September 19, the center presents "A long Strange Trip: The Legacy of Jerry Garcia," featuring guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, doo-wop singing outfit The Persuasions and banjo ...


The WNYC Guide to the New York Guitar Festival

Friday, September 13, 2002

Four Venues, Three Weeks, and Countless Guitarists, Presented in Conjunction with New Sounds® Live

Whether strummed, plucked, or played with a metal bar, the guitar easily finds a home in classical, jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock, country, and any number of international styles. That versatility is the point of the fourth ...


Billy Joel Highlights Central Park 9/11 Gathering

Thursday, September 12, 2002

On a day of solemn remembrances, hometown pianist and singer Billy Joel offered a hopeful note to Central Park audiences on Sept. 11, 2002, with an unforgettable performance of his signature tune, "New York State of Mind." Joel was joined by legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and members of the ...


Orchestra of St. Luke’s Highlights Central Park 9/11 Gathering

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

With the moon shining on the Great Lawn, the stars came out Wednesday night for a reflective and stirring program featuring New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Eric Stern and several distinguished guests. The performances capped a day of commemorative musical events marking the September 11 anniversary across ...


Live From Merkin Concert Hall

Monday, September 09, 2002

WNYC's 9/11 anniversary music activities get underway with tonight's special broadcast from Merkin Concert Hall featuring the Guarneri Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, and Musique sans Frontières, a new ensemble comprised primarily of middle-eastern musicians, who will present a mixed program under the aegis of Musicians for Harmony. Highlights of ...


John Adams in the Spotlight

Saturday, September 07, 2002

The composer John Adams has often been labeled a Minimalist, yet it's his ability to expand beyond those stylistic boundaries that has made him one of classical music's most influential and most performed living composers. In such major works as Nixon in China and El Niño, he has taken the ...


WNYC and NPR present: A New Era in New York: Lorin Maazel and the New York Philharmonic

Saturday, September 07, 2002

Airs Saturday, September 21 at 8PM and Sunday, September 22 at 3PM on 93.9FM

WNYC presents the opening concerts of the 161st season of the New York Philharmonic as Lorin Maazel begins his tenure as the orchestra's new music director. Featured will be the world premiere of a September 11 ...


John Adams: The Reluctant Symphonist

Friday, September 06, 2002

After a lengthy preoccupation with music theater and chamber music, composer John Adams appears to be reclaiming his roots as an orchestral composer, turning out big symphonic works that are full of color, lyricism, and Romantic intensity. At once restless, energetic and sensuously lyrical, his music speaks to both the ...


Evening Music Spotlights John Adams

Friday, September 06, 2002

The September 16-21 Evening Music focuses on five major works of John Adams. Here's a preview of what to listen for:

Air Date: Monday, September 16
Piece: Naive and Sentimental Music
Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Recording: Nonesuch 79636
Don't Miss: The ...


New Sounds Turns Twenty

Tuesday, September 03, 2002

-- John Schaefer's tastes and knowledge seem boundless, and his honesty, vitality and openness to the scene he chronicles have made ''New Sounds'' a part of that world in a way that no other program is. - The New York Times (October 15, 2000)

Twenty years ago, a renegade radio ...


Béla Bartók on Evening Music

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Each month this season on WNYC, Evening Music will turn its attention to classical music's unsung heroes: composers consistently acknowledged for their vast influence and ingenuity, yet who nonetheless elude the radar screens of mainstream concert programmers, musicians and critics. To kick off this focus, September spotlights Béla Bartók ...


The Best of the Fests

Thursday, August 22, 2002

As the summer 2002 winds down, music festivals across North America and Europe are a bright spot in the embattled world of classical music, providing an opportunity for musicians and audiences to rejuvenate amid awe-inspiring settings and lighter, outdoor-style programming. What's more, they're providing outlets for some of today's most ...


Recording Spotlight

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Renée Fleming's forthcoming new recital CD is titled Bel Canto, which translates literally as "beautiful singing." It certainly lives up to its title, not only because it showcases the music of the 19th-century bel canto school of composers - Donizetti, Bellini, and Rossini - but also because it aptly describes ...


Too Hot to Handel

Monday, August 12, 2002

Music lovers have taken to affectionately calling this year's Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center the "Heartily Handel Festival" - given its special focus on the music of Georg Frideric Handel. And although the concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra have been canceled in the aftermath of a strike ...


Schoenberg in the Spotlight

Thursday, August 08, 2002

The wildly controversial and misunderstood composer whom audiences either praise or blame for atonality receives special focus this week on WNYC, as Soundcheck and The Fishko Files delve into the works and career of Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951).

In Soundcheck, host John Schaefer sheds light on some of the ...


Playlist Highlights for Monday, August 5, 2002

Monday, August 05, 2002

Sunday’s Evening Music sets sail on a sea of music: of course there is Debussy’s “La Mer,” but also Mendelssohn’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage” Overture, Ravel’s “Une Barque sur l'ocean,” and other watery delights.

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What a Beautiful Morning

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Airs at 8PM on 93.9FM

"What A Beautiful Morning" is an hour-long tribute to the revolutionary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!, originally created to mark the 50th anniversity of its Broadway premiere. Oklahoma! was presented to the world at the St.James Theatre on March 31, 1943, and its unprecedented combination of ...


Easy to Remember

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Airs at 7PM on 93.9FM

With a career spanning over sixty years, Richard Rodgers (1902-79) was the most popular composer of American musical theater of the Twentieth Century. His lengthy collaboration with lyricist Lorenz Hart yielded dozens of songs which became integral to American popular culture such as “Manhattan,” “My Funny ...


This week a new 4-CD set has arrived.

Friday, June 14, 2002

The CD is devoted to Andres Segovia (Suh-GO-vee-uh). Just out this week, The Segovia Collection is on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Eliot Fisk will perform Bach and Paganini August 16th at the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York.


A guide for music to be played on WNYC FM on Monday, June 10, 2002

Monday, June 10, 2002

7:00 PM HOUR

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Concert No. 3 Jean-Philippe Rameau ORCHESTRA/ENSEMBLE: The Queen's Chamber Band SOLOIST(S): Elaine Comparone, harpsichord Lyrichord 8040

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Double-bass Concerto in b Giovanni Bottesini CONDUCTOR: Hugh Wolff ORCHESTRA/ENSEMBLE: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra SOLOIST(S): Edgar Meyer, double bass CBS/Sony 60956

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Simple Symphony," Op. 4 Benjamin Britten CONDUCTOR: Iona Brown ORCHESTRA/ENSEMBLE: ...