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Brian Wise

Brian Wise covers the classical music business for WQXR, including aspects of performance, technology, philanthropy and institutional trends. He produces the Café Concerts series and the podcast/show Conducting Business. He manages the station's homepage and makes sure what you hear on air is what you see online. Follow him on Twitter at @Briancwise.

Brian Wise came to WQXR Radio after having worked for several years as a producer at sister station WNYC, on the program Soundcheck.

Brian has worked as a print journalist and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Travel & Leisure, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, The Strad, Time Out New York, Opera News and other publications. At WNYC, he has reported on a various stories for the newsroom and has produced concert broadcasts from Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Brian has worked in various aspects of the music and media industries, including a custom publisher of program books and a dot-com in the early days of the field. He studied musicology and journalism at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, where he received his Master's degree. The son of two scientists in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he enjoys travel, hiking, running and almost any kind of ethnic cuisine.

Brian Wise appears in the following:

Paris Philharmonie Wins Legal Battle Against Architect

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Philharmonie de Paris, the sleek concert venue in the outskirts of Paris which opened in January amid much controversy, has won a court battle with its architect.
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Three Key Takeaways from the $52 Million Grants to U.S. Arts Groups

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Wallace Foundation says it will give $52 million to 26 nonprofit arts organizations, earmarked for initiatives aimed at attracting younger and more diverse audiences.
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Renée Fleming Sends Up Opera World in 'Living on Love'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Soprano Renée Fleming—who has worked in the worlds of opera, indie rock and even a Super Bowl — is opening next week on the Broadway. She spoke with Elliott Forrest backstage.
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Do Broadway Musicals Have a Place on the Opera Stage?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Chicago Tribune chief theater critic Chris Jones says that nothing lights up his e-mail inbox like an opera company staging a Broadway musical using full amplification.

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Carnegie Hall Live: Jordi Savall And Le Concert Des Nations

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hear a consummate master of early music, conductor and viola da gamba player Jordi Savall, lead his ensemble Le Concert des Nations in an exhilarating array of 17th- and 18th-century French music.

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Philip Glass Wins $100,000 Glenn Gould Prize

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The composer Philip Glass has been named eleventh recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize, a lifetime achievement award given out every two to three years.
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Strange Violin of the Future to Debut in New York This Week

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Piezoelectric Violin, a prototype instrument built using a 3D printer, appears this week in New York. Have a look.
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Valentina Lisitsa Episode: Lessons in Damage Control

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Orchestras and arts organizations find themselves walking a fine line with protecting their brand when they hire an artist with controversial views.

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BAM Turns to Orchestra World for Next President

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The arts center on Thursday said that Katy Clark, the executive director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, will become its next president, effective June 30.
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Toronto Symphony President Defends Decision to Drop Controversial Pianist

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Toronto Symphony president Jeff Melanson tells WQXR's Conducting Business that Valentina Lisitsa's politics had nothing to do with the orchestra's decision to drop her.

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New York Philharmonic Names Frank Huang Concertmaster

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday named Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony Orchestra as its next concertmaster, replacing Glenn Dicterow.
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Orchestra Drops Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Over 'Deeply Offensive' Tweets

Monday, April 06, 2015

The ensemble has cited concerns over her "provocative" commentary supporting the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.
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Forget the iPod. Was the Sony Walkman the Real Game-Changer?

Friday, April 03, 2015

If you're a music fan of a certain age you’ll remember your first Walkman: likely a cassette player with a belt clip and possibly a built-in radio.

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Leipzig Quartet Violinist Appeals for Help with Legal Fees After Arrest

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Leipzig Quartet on Thursday launched an online fundraising campaign to assist their violinist who was arrested last week in Manhattan.
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Boston Symphony Signs with Major Label for Shostakovich Cycle

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has signed an unusual, five-year recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
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Disadvantaged Children in Harmony Program to Study with New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Members of the Harmony Program, an after-school project, will study and perform with members of the New York Philharmonic. Here's why.
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Leipzig Quartet Violinist Accused of Naked Attack in Midtown Hotel

Monday, March 30, 2015

A violinist in the Leipzig String Quartet was arrested early Friday morning and charged with assaulting another guest at a Midtown Manhattan hotel.
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Audra McDonald Takes to Twitter to Criticize Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

Friday, March 27, 2015

Audra McDonald has taken to Twitter to sharply criticize Indiana's new law that allows businesses the right to deny service to gays and lesbians.
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Opera World Mourns Germanwings Plane Crash Victims

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The opera world is mourning the loss of Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak, the two singers who were among the 150 victims of Tuesday's Germanwings plane crash.
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Can a Performance Simulator Train Musicians for High-Stress Gigs?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Virtual reality technology is being used to try and help musicians prepare for the cutthroat classical music world.

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