David Garland hosts Saturday and Sunday evenings on WQXR. He is the host and producer of Movies On The Radio, Saturdays at 9 pm, a show that explores the art of music for film, from classics to indies to blockbusters. Garland presents Old School, an early music show on WQXR, Sundays at 9 pm. He also hosts and produces Spinning On Air for WNYC-FM. Garland came to WNYC from Columbia University’s radio station, WKCR in 1986.
David Garland juggles hosting and producing duties with his career as a composer, performer and artist. He has performed his music at New York City’s Knitting Factory and Carnegie Hall, in Europe, on WNYC’s New Sounds and elsewhere, and has recorded several albums of his songs. His most recent collection “Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton,” was released in 2012.
The Royal Wind Music of today is based in Amsterdam, and is comprised of 13 young players from around the world. They are, in a sense, a recorder orchestra. Hear them tonight at 9 pm.
Joshua Rifkin studied with Babbitt and Stockhausen, recorded with a jug band, and created arrangements for Judy Collins. This Sunday at 9 pm, he talks with David Garland about J.S. Bach.
Hear leading musicians from the classical, jazz and contemporary music worlds re-imagine and perform their favorite Bach. Part of WQXR's BACH 360 festival. Hosted by Terrance McKnight and David Garland. Watch the on-demand video now.
Learning an instrument isn't easy, but getting to fake one for a Hollywood film is no picnic either. Christopher Walken talks about his role as a cellist in "A Late Quartet."
There seems to be a trend in film scores these days. Instead of conventional melodies and themes, more and more composers are creating sonic atmospheres that blur the lines between score, sound design, and sound effects.
David Garland presents music from "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," "The Hurt Locker," "Another Happy Day," "The Grey," "Dark Shadows," and other contemporary films, plus earlier examples of the moody approach.
Q2 Music celebrated America’s great iconoclastic composers when San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas brought his “American Mavericks” tour to New York. In anticipation of their Carnegie Hall concerts, composer John Adams and Meredith Monk, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, pianist Jeremy Denk, and other guests joined Tilson Thomas ...
This 2001 episode of WNYC's Spinning on Air marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of composer Harry Partch. Host David Garland plays a mix of Partch's music and recorded speech, including introductions to and performances on Partch's exotic array of home-made instruments.
Tonight at 7 pm in The Greene Space, composer Huang Ruo joins host David Garland for an evening of conversation and premiere performances from New York and China-based composers.
Written on the Wind enfolds premieres from New York and China-based composers into a larger conversation of how place and tradition shape a composer’s style.
WQXR presents Lang Lang and Quintessenso: Join Lang Lang and the Quintessenso Children’s Choir of Mongolia for a special Chinese New Year’s celebration featuring traditional folk songs and audience favorites.
On Monday, March 26 at 7 pm, Q2 Music welcomes San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, composer John Adams and the St. Lawrence String Quartet to The Greene Space.
As the intense emergency of the 9/11 attacks subsided, David Garland turned to the music of 18th Century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Moved by Bach's deep emotion, the beauty of Bach's musical logic, and the profound way Bach's music is able to express the truths and ideals of humanity, Garland created "Bach: Solace and Inspiration," to inaugurate WNYC's return to music programming on September 23, 2001. For this tenth anniversary of 9/11, Garland has assembled highlights from the original program.
Join conductor John Mauceri, writer Dorothy Herrmann, director Josh Waletzky, composer Rob Schwimmer, and film composer Michael Giacchino for a celebration of composer Bernard Herrmann, best known for scoring Psycho, Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver.
British composer Gavin Bryars is internationally famous—except in the U.S., where his works still remain relatively under-appreciated. Tonight at 8:50, Q2 kicks off a week-long Bryars festival with a live broadcast from the Guggenheim Museum.
The list of Elizabeth Taylor's films includes daring, challenging stories, and they were scored with exceptional music. Here are a few of host David Garland's favorites.
WQXR brings you a live broadcast of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra from Carnegie Hall tonight at 8 pm. Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder joins the orchestra in the music of Mozart.
The Greene Space and WQXR welcome you to an exclusive and intimate concert with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. The evening's program will include the Bach Chaconne (arr. for the left hand by Brahms) and the Takacs Toccata and Fugue for Left Hand, Op. 56.
What touch! Pianist Garrick Ohlsson had an eloquent dialogue tonight with his instrument, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with all of us listening to his Carnegie Hall performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Ohlsson's fingers on the keyboard managed precise intricacies, each note articulated clearly, but I was so impressed with the way all notes integrated into a vivid, thrilling whole.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of recording an in-studio performance by composer Van Dyke Parks, which will broadcast on my WNYC show Spinning On Air this Sunday evening at 8 pm. My first exposure to Parks's work was when I heard The Beach Boys song “Heroes and Villains” on the radio while a kid back in the 1960s. Parks wrote the lyrics for that song, and subsequently worked on The Beach Boys’ “Smile” and his own 1968 album “Song Cycle,” and many projects since. Back when I first heard his music I knew it was new, exciting, and different, but I probably didn’t recognize that it was such an effective, natural blend of folk, pop, and classical influences.