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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:

Cecilia Bartoli to Sing Maria in 'West Side Story'

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Italian opera star will sing the role of Maria in a new production of West Side Story at its 2016 edition.
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Valery Gergiev Remains Top-Paid Cultural Figure in Russia

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Valery Gergiev leads a list of the top-paid cultural figures in Russia – out-earning nearly 800 leaders of theaters, museums, orchestras and circuses.
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After Cuba, Minnesota Orchestra Renews Contracts with Players, Vänskä

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Minnesota Orchestra said Tuesday that it has renewed its contracts with both its music director and its musicians, two days after returning from a whirlwind trip to Cuba.
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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Music Festivals for 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer means concerts in the hills, near beaches and in air-conditioned halls. Consult our guide to 15 of the summer's classical music festivals around the region.
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Detroit Symphony to Webcast Mahler Rehearsal – For 15 Minutes

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Wednesday, Internet audiences can watch 15 minutes of Leonard Slatkin's morning rehearsal with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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Reynold Levy Delivers Frank Assessment of Lincoln Center and Its Leaders

Monday, May 18, 2015

Former Lincoln Center president Reynold Levy is blunt about some of New York's most powerful arts leaders in a new book. He tells us why.

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Chicago Symphony Plans to Broadcast Concerts in China

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chicago’s WFMT-FM is reportedly on the verge of a deal to broadcast Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts in China, joining a group of three other major American orchestras.
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Q&A: Stephen Hough on Grieg, Piano Shopping and the Death of Record Stores

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Stephen Hough talks about choosing Grieg pieces and the pianos on which to play them. Read more and get a free download.
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Musician's Tweet About Missing Violin in Amtrak Crash Sparks Backlash

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A violinist who was on board the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday night is facing a backlash for complaining on social media about her missing violin.
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Gustavo Dudamel and Eloísa Maturén to Team Up for 'Death and the Maiden'

Monday, May 11, 2015

A new production of the 1991 play by playwright Ariel Dorfman is expected to open this fall with an unlikely pair of collaborators.
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Berlin Philharmonic Deadlocked on Choice of New Chief Conductor

Monday, May 11, 2015

When orchestra officials emerged around 3:25 pm ET (9:25 pm Berlin) the message was clear: "no result."
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New Williamsburg Concert Hall, National Sawdust, to Open in October

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A long-delayed plan to turn a disused sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn into a venue for classical and contemporary music appears to finally be taking shape.
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Orchestra Musician's Cello Damaged in Airline Mishap

Thursday, May 07, 2015

An orchestra musician's prized cello was badly damaged on a flight from LaGuardia on Wednesday, and he blames the airline’s baggage workers for recklessly handling it.
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Collegiate Chorale, Chorus that Robert Shaw Founded, Inches Towards Broadway

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Collegiate Chorale's two performances this week at Carnegie Hall of Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise represent the latest shift towards a more theatrical direction.
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Tchaikovsky: Does His Sex Life Matter to His Music?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

It's hard to talk about Tchaikovsky, who was born 175 years ago last Thursday, without getting into, well, sex.

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At Baltimore Symphony's Request, Design Students Restyle Orchestra Attire

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A project involving the Baltimore Symphony and the design school Parsons aims to create concert attire that is more lightweight, breathable and contemporary.
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Leave Rotterdam Philharmonic Post in 2018

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Rotterdam Philharmonic said on Tuesday that its in-demand principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will step down in 2018, his tenth year on the job.
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Leipzig Quartet Violinist Pleads Not Guilty in Manhattan Court

Monday, May 04, 2015

Stefan Arzberger, the first violinist of the Leipzig String Quartet, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, assault and strangulation in court on Friday.
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Tubas for Girls, Harps for Boys: Shaking Gender Roles Among Instrumentalists

Friday, May 01, 2015

Young musicians are still conforming to traditional gender stereotypes in their choice of instrument, according to a number of studies.

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12 Composers Who Were Inspired (or Injured!) by Bicycles

Friday, May 01, 2015

Sunday marks the 38th annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour and here are 12 connections between classical music and cycling.
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