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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:

Itzhak Perlman, Nicola Benedetti Leave Longtime Management Agency for Upstart Firm

Friday, January 23, 2015

A top manager at IMG Artists has left the management agency after 17 years and brought two of its biggest stars with her.
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Study Reveals Why the Arts Must Become More Accessible

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Some 31 million American adults said they wanted to go to an arts event in the past year but chose not to. The NEA has published a study exploring a few reasons why.

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Juilliard to Create Center for Entrepreneurship

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Juilliard School said Thursday that it has received a $5 million gift to create a new program aimed at developing students' entrepreneurship and business skills.
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Eric Owens, Esa-Pekka Salonen to Hold Posts with New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The bass-baritone Eric Owens and the composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will be featured presences at the New York Philharmonic next season, the orchestra said on Wednesday.
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30 Pieces: Frank Bridge's The Sea

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This month, WQXR is taking 30 pieces from the 2014 Classical Countdown and asking music experts to give us their "next step" compositions. Today: Frank Bridge's "The Sea."

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Ward Swingle, Founder of the Swingle Singers, Dies at 87

Monday, January 19, 2015

Ward Swingle, the American musician who founded the Swingle Singers, known for scat singing their way through the preludes and fugues of J.S. Bach, has died.
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Karl Jenkins: From Choral Classics to Classic Commercials

Friday, January 16, 2015

Karl Jenkins's knack for mixing different types of sounds has helped to make him one of today's most-performed living composers. The Welsh composer speaks about his unusual career.

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New Conductor of Alabama Symphony Asserts He Was Tortured in Venezuela

Friday, January 16, 2015

The 37-year-old Izcaray has built a wide-ranging conducting career but it comes after difficult experiences growing up in Caracas, Venezuela.
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As Critics Weigh in, a Video Webcast from Philharmonie de Paris

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Watch the archive of the third gala opening concert from the Philharmonie de Paris, the new concert venue in Paris, and read a summary of reviews.
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Protesters Greet Valery Gergiev on First Night of U.S. Tour

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg kicked off a month-long, 12-city U.S. tour on Wednesday night at BAM—and was greeted by protesters chanting "out, out, out.”
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New York Philharmonic, Lincoln Center To Co-Produce Modern Operas

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic said Wednesday they plan to co-produce three modern opera productions, starting this August and continuing in 2016 and 2017.
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New Battle Lines Drawn Between Press and Arts Organizations

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Usually, a polite discourse pervades arts journalism, but two cases underscore the tricky relationship between classical music organizations and the media that covers them.

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Festival of North American Orchestras Planned for Washington, DC

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Armed with nearly a million dollars in seed funding, the Kennedy Center and Washington Performing arts have announced a new three-year festival of North American orchestras.
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Russian Mezzo-Soprano Elena Obraztsova Dies at 75

Monday, January 12, 2015

The mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova, a leading opera singer of Moscow's Bolshoi Opera for more than two decades, died Monday in Germany.
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Listen: New York Philharmonic, London Musicians Pay Tribute to Charlie Hebdo

Friday, January 09, 2015

In New York, London, Paris and other world cities, classical music organizations have honored the victims of the terrorist attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Is New York City's Diversity Reflected in its Arts Organizations?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

New York's Department of Cultural Affairs is embarking on the first comprehensive effort to measure racial and ethnic diversity at the city's museums, venues and performance groups.

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Singer Interrupted During Tech Glitch at Met Opera

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Broadway singer Kelli O'Hara may made it through NBC's technically-complex broadcast of ''Peter Pan Live" last month with no major snafus. But opera is inevitably a different story.
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Violinist Sues Luthier for Snapping $80,000 Bow

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The violinist Leonidas Kavakos has sued a violin shop in Burbank, CA, claiming that the shop's owner snapped his bow, worth $80,000.
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Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Announces Engagement to Concertmaster

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A couple's office romance drew attention during their orchestra's 15-month labor dispute, which ended last year.
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New Rules for Musical Instruments on Planes Take Flight

Thursday, January 01, 2015

After nearly three years in legal limbo, the government has finalized federal rules for bringing musical instruments onto commercial flights.
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