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.
According to an audit by the New York State Comptroller, many city schoolkids do not receive the required amount of hours of instruction or are taught by non-certified teachers.
The Andris Nelsons era at the Boston Symphony Orchestra began to take shape on Wednesday, as the BSO's 15th music director announced plans for his first season.
Conductor David Robertson has renewed his contract with the St. Louis Symphony through 2018, reflecting a national trend of major orchestras holding onto their long-serving music directors.
A concert Monday night in San Francisco by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic was interrupted by a gay rights activist.
“The Lady in Number 6," a film portrait of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest classical pianist and Holocaust survivor, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.
Leonard Slatkin tells WQXR how he's been surprising patrons during the Detroit Symphony's six-date South Florida tour this week by inviting them to take photos of the performances on their phones.
While the Vienna Philharmonic has confronted its Nazi-era activities, questions remain about its lack of present-day diversity.
The Little Orchestra Society is looking to rename itself and is asking audiences for their input. "We’re looking at everything afresh," said the group's new music director.
Paco de Lucia, widely considered to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died on Wednesday at age 66, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.
The crossover cello duo known as 2Cellos has scored a viral video hit with a theatrical cover of the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck.”
The pianist Denis Matsuev, violist Yuri Bashmet, soprano Sumi Jo and conductor Valery Gergiev were among the performers in the Olympics closing ceremony.
Gustavo Dudamel has responded to sharp criticism that he conducted a high-profile concert in his native Venezuela on the same day that anti-government protests in Caracas had spawned violent clashes.
While many former homes of history’s composers have been destroyed by war, natural disaster or workaday real estate development, campaigners have increasingly sought to preserve what remains.
The fallout continues from the scandal involving Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted that he’d faked his own deafness and paid someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.
One of the most controversial operas of recent decades will be staged at the Metropolitan Opera this fall.
It's not quite the curse of the Ring, but frequent Wagner conductor Daniele Gatti has been struck down by a repetitive strain injury in his shoulders, forcing him to cancel two months of concerts.
The cast for a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of New York City Opera's first performance just got a bit more star-studded.
The Beatles helped to erase the once rigid boundaries between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. Check out a timeline that outlines some of the major intersections between their work and classical music.
Ready or not, Russia kicked off the Winter Olympics on Friday with a sumptous historical pageant scored to a number of the country’s great composers.
The union representing the singers, dancers and production staff at the Metropolitan Opera is telling its members to expect an “epic battle” in upcoming contract talks.