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 produced concert broadcasts from Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; reported on “indie opera” for the newsroom; and produced a series of Soundcheck broadcasts from Berlin.
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.
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The 71-year-old Jansons has led the Dutch orchestra since 2004. The orchestra and conductor stated that they are parting on excellent terms.
Eight-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal joined countryman David Ferrer on Monday for an unusual promotional event.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was best known as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist. But the prolific Colombian writer also had ties to opera.
A new book argues that Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah was designed not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus but to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem.
J&R has apparently gone the way of Tower Records, HMV, Virgin Megastore, Sam Goody and other brick-and-mortar shops in New York. As Record Store Day returns, here's where classical shoppers can turn.
WXQR listeners donated about 2,500 instruments.
John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music. Commissioned by Seattle Symphony, it carries a message about the impact of climate change.
An unnamed accident has caused Lorin Maazel to drop out of a series of high-profile concerts this spring, the latest being the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 10-day tour to Japan and China.
WFMT hit a one-day record for a pledge drive by relying solely on the music of Vera Gornostaeva, an 84-year-old Russian pianist who spent the peak of her career shrouded behind the Iron Curtain.
This Monday, the Pulitzer Prize in music will be handed out, the most high-profile – and debated – composition award around. It arrives in the midst of a busy awards season.
Only a small handful of American works are staples of the orchestra repertoire. Some feel this not just an oversight, but a disgrace.
J&R, the legendary Lower Manhattan music and electronics store, is shutting its doors after 43 years in business.
Mark O'Connor dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to go on stage Monday night in Sioux Falls, SD, causing several major cracks in the wood. He tells Elliott Forrest how it happened.
John Shirley-Quirk, a singer known for his elegant, mellow bass-baritone which he frequently applied to English repertoire, died on Monday in Bath, England. He was 82.
WQXR listeners were extra generous in helping to bring the station's 10-day instrument drive to a strong finale on Monday night.
So you think you can tell a fine Stradivarius from a modern violin without reading the label? If not, you're in good company: Neither can several professional violin soloists.
Days after an airline worker abandoned Itzhak Perlman with his violin, crutches and luggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Air Canada has offered an apology and a donation.