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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 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.

Brian Wise appears in the following:

Fall Preview: 20 Classical Music Concerts to Watch For

Saturday, August 30, 2014

With autumn comes a fresh new lineup of symphonic, vocal and chamber music concerts to hear in New York. Below are 20 notable events taking place around the city.
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Minnesota Orchestra Announces $3.2 Million in Gifts

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra signaled a new step in its post-lockout recovery on Wednesday when the board said it has received $13.2 million in four separate donations.
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Throwback Thursday: WQXR Discusses 'The Lincoln Center' in 1961

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's "Throwback Thursday" and here's an excerpt from "A Year in Music," in which the conductor Erich Leinsdorf weighs in on the opening of Lincoln Center.
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Recovering Addicts Confront Their Demons through Classical Music

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The refined world of classical music is not usually linked to addiction. But a British TV documentary opens the door to a lesser-known side of the business.

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Atlanta Symphony Labor Talks Approach Nervous Crescendo

Monday, August 25, 2014

In news that has an aura of deja-vu about it, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are approaching a September 6 contract deadline.
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Met Opera, Remaining Unions Reach Contract Deals

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera has now reached tentative labor agreements with all of its remaining unions.
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B.K.S. Iyengar, Yehudi Menuhin's Guru, Has Died

Thursday, August 21, 2014

B.K.S. Iyengar, the yoga guru who Yehudi Menuhin called "my best violin teacher" has died.
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Sorry, Memorizing Doesn't Make You a Better Musician. Or Does It?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Memorization can liberate a performer, but it can also inhibit them, creating an unnecessary fear of forgetting the music.

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Met Opera and Stagehands Reach a Deal, Allowing Season to Open on Schedule

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera and the stagehands union have reached a deal on a new contract, ending the prospect of a work stoppage and assuring that the fall season will get underway.
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Actress's Head, Cellist's Body Digitally Fused in Film 'If I Stay'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A new film raises one the perennial challenges actors face when playing classical musicians: how to look convincing in performance scenes.
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The Terms: Unions Make Concessions, Met Opera Agrees to Oversight

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera won't comment on the terms of the contracts reached with its two largest unions. But sources with the unions have been sharing details.
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Met Opera Reaches Tentative Deals With Two Largest Unions

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with its unionized orchestra musicians, singers, dancers and directors, following an all-night bargaining session.
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Licia Albanese, Soprano Who Specialized in Puccini Roles, Dies at 105

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Licia Albanese, an opera singer whose Puccini and Verdi interpretations came to symbolize for a generation the sound of an Italian soprano, died on Friday.

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Adrian Romoff, 9-Year-Old Pianist, Makes His Mark on Reality TV, YouTube

Friday, August 15, 2014

Adrian Romoff, the nine-year-old pianist who parlayed classical training into a showy reality TV act, departed this week from "America's Got Talent" on NBC.

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How to Solve the Met Labor Dispute: Three Views

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Where will the Metropolitan Opera labor dispute end up? And how are the different parties making their cases? In this week's podcast, three views on the topic.

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Listen: When Robin Williams Played the Metropolitan Opera

Monday, August 11, 2014

In 1986, Robin Williams appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House, in which he parodied opera singers, the ballet and his training at Juilliard.

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Musical Surprises Await in Iceland

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iceland is full of musical wonders, as a trip to the country's oldest music festival, and its newest concert hall, demonstrated.

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Beethoven's Ninth Inspires Nike Basketball Shoe

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Your grandmother's fringed piano scarf may no longer appear so lonely in the hallway coat closet.

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What's at Stake If There's a Lockout at the Met Opera

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A lengthy lockout at the Metropolitan Opera would mean more than a loss of work for the company's staff. Some question whether audiences would return after a settlement.

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Met Opera Proposes Federal Mediator in Contract Talks

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As part of an eleventh-hour effort to resolve a bitter labor dispute at the Metropolitan Opera, the company has proposed to bring in a federal mediator.

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