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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:

Houston Symphony Hires New York Philharmonic Clarinetist

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mark Nuccio, the New York Philharmonic's associate principal and solo E-flat clarinetist for the past 16 years, is leaving for the Houston Symphony.
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Royal Opera House 'William Tell' with Gang-Rape Scene Draws 'Unprecedented' Booing

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The opening night performance of a new production at London's Royal Opera House was marked by loud and prolonged booing.
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Bayreuth Adds Parking Space, Prematurely Reveals next Music Director

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Bayreuth Festival on Monday made official what was known for several days in opera circles, that the conductor Christian Thielemann will become its music director.
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On Her Birthday, Watch Anne-Sophie Mutter Play From Her Point of View

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The violinist, who is turning 52, has released a video offering a rarely-seen perspective of her playing, filmed with a GoPro camera mounted on her head.
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Collegiate Chorale Plans to Change Its Name

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Collegiate Chorale, a 175-voice chorus founded in New York City in 1941, plans to change its name, according to a source close to the organization.
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Sharon Isbin on Gay Marriage, Bach and Protecting Her Hands

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sharon Isbin's resume is a long list of groundbreaking firsts. In an interview with WQXR's Elliott Forrest, the guitarist expresses her hope for another first this year.
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Valentina Lisitsa Gives Concert in Ukraine's Rebel-Held Donetsk

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The pianist gave an open-air concert Monday night in Donetsk, the rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine.
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Video Webcast: Classical Music Unfiltered in The Greene Space

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Watch the archived webcast of four astute music industry watchers discussing the year's highs and lows in classical music.

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Gunther Schuller, Pioneer of Third Stream Jazz-Classical Fusion, Dies at 89

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gunther Schuller, the composer and performer who advocated a fusion of jazz and classical, died on Sunday.
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Hartford Symphony Musicians Rail Against Proposed 40% Pay Cuts

Friday, June 19, 2015

Musicians of Connecticut's largest orchestra have sharply criticized a new budget that they say calls for up to 40 percent cuts in their pay.
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After Ronald Wilford, Classical Music's Super-Agent, Who Calls the Shots?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

This week's episode looks at the legacy of Ronald Wilford and the future of artist management with two present-day managers.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Classical Fathers

Thursday, June 18, 2015

How well do you know your famous dads in classical music? Take our quiz, and tune in Sunday for Father's Day-themed music.

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Composer Hopes to Put Listeners to Sleep with 8-Hour Piece

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

British composer is writing a piece intended to be heard while sleeping. Audience members will be asked to listen from beds rather than seats.
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A Photo History of the New York Philharmonic Parks Concerts

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The New York Philharmonic opens its 50th anniversary season of free summertime performances in New York City's parks Wednesday. Check out this photo history of the series.
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Google Signs Deals with Five Major Orchestras for New Online Music Store

Monday, June 15, 2015

Google has announced deals with five major orchestras to release exclusive recordings through a new classical music storefront on its Google Play Music store.
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BP Protesters Get Inside Royal Opera House

Friday, June 12, 2015

Protesters disrupted a performance of "La Boheme" at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday night, when two of them stood up and unfurled a banner.
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How Music School Grads Can Beat a Tough Job Market

Friday, June 12, 2015

In this week's Conducting Business, we explore career prospects for the class of 2015 with two recent conservatory graduates and a researcher.

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Orchestre de Paris Names Daniel Harding as Next Music Director

Thursday, June 11, 2015

With the new job, Harding becomes the top maestro at the Philharmonie de Paris, a dramatic new 2,400-seat hall on the northeastern edge of Paris.
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Classical Music Could Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The music of Beethoven, Puccini and especially Verdi can contribute to lowering blood pressure, according to a new study by Oxford University scientists.
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Love and Death, Wagner-Style: 'Tristan und Isolde' at 150

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" premiered 150 years ago Wednesday in Munich. Listen to this (highly condensed) synopsis of the opera.
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