Helga Davis

Q2 Music Host

Helga Davis is a principle actor in the 25th anniversary re-staging of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass's seminal work Einstein on the Beach. In 2012, Ms. Davis appeared twice in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, in both Einstein on the Beach and Maya Beiser's Elsewhere with music by Missy Mazzoil.

She will have her second appearance at the Barbican in 2012 when she returns in May to star in an opera written for her by Paola Prestini, Oceanic Verses, with libretto by Donna DiNovelli and video by Ali Houssani (Voom Portraits, Robert Wilson). After London, Ms. Davis will travel in the summer of 2013 to Antwerp and Hamburg to work on a new opera by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with libretto by Andrew Ondrejcak.

Ms. Davis’s  past work has included The Blue Planet (2008), a multi-media theater piece written by Peter Greenaway and directed by Saskia Boddeke, and was co-star in The Temptation of St. Anthony directed by Robert Wilson, with libretto and score by Bernice Johnson Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

In February 2008,  Davis conducted a special feature interview with artist Kara Walker for the  WNYC program Morning Edition on the eve of Ms. Walker’s Whitney Museum retrospective. David Keenan, of Wire Magazine, describes Ms. Davis as “a powerful vocalist with an almost operatic range and all the bruised sensuality of Jeanne Lee.”


Helga Davis appears in the following:

Watch: Brooklyn Youth Chorus Celebrates 25th Anniversary Season

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Watch a live video-stream of the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus celebrating the launch of its 25th anniversary season with music by Jeff Beal, Nico Muhly and Caroline Shaw.

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Encore Stream: Einojuhani Rautavaara Commemorative Marathon

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Q2 Music commemorates the passing of Einojuhani Rautavaara, with a 12-hour marathon stream of music by the great Finnish composer. Today at 4 pm and Saturday at 10 am.


Watch: Yale School of Music Premieres Works by David Lang and Hannah Lash

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm, watch a live videostream of a special edition of the Yale School of Music's new-music series, New Music New Haven, from The Greene Space at WQXR.

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Listen: 16 World Premieres with Jennifer Koh's 'Shared Madness'

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Listen to violinist Jennifer Koh's exploration of virtuosity in the 21st century with 16 world premieres from dynamic, celebrated composers live from National Sawdust.


Watch: Peter Sellars and Friends from The Greene Space

Monday, May 09, 2016

Watch a live videostream of a conversation with opera director Peter Sellars and performances by Ojai Festival musicians as recorded at The Greene Space at WQXR on May 13.


Interview: Beth Morrison on Prototype and Harnessing Creative Passion

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The annual Prototype festival of new opera returns to New York this week. Creative producer Beth Morrison joins Helga Davis to discuss her professional path and the value of community.


Listen: Arvo Pärt at 80 with New Juilliard Ensemble

Friday, September 11, 2015

Listen to the archived audio of the Met Museum's all-Arvo Pärt concert featuring chamber works performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble.

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A World Apärt: 24-Hour Arvo Pärt Marathon

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Celebrate the 80th birthday of Arvo Pärt today with an encore stream of A World Apärt: a 24-hour survey of one of the most revolutionary voices of the 21st century.

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Watch: NOW Ensemble Unveils New Album 'Dreamfall'

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday, June 15 at 7 pm, indie-classical standard-bearers NOW Ensemble celebrated the release of their latest album "Dreamfall" with a performance live from The Greene Space.


Watch: Bang on a Can All-Stars Unveil 'Field Recordings'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Watch the archived performance of "Field Recordings," the latest album from the Bang on a Can All-Stars, live from The Greene Space.


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Q2 Music Presents: Bang on a Can All-Stars "Field Recording" Album Release

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

7:00 PM

Wed, May 13 | Be the first to hear the upcoming release from the ensemble with a performance of the complete album live from The Greene Space at WQXR. A live webcast will be available.

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Battle of the Boroughs 2015: Queens

Friday, February 20, 2015

7:00 PM

Fri, Feb. 20 | Queens takes the stage in our quest to find New York City's best up-and-coming musical act. Come for a party, hear great music, then vote for your favorite performance.

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Battle of the Boroughs 2015: Manhattan

Friday, February 6, 2015

7:00 PM

Fri, Feb. 6 | Sold Out- Manhattan is sold out, but join us for the Bronx on Feb. 13. Manhattan takes the stage in our quest to find New York City's best up-and-coming musical act. 

Raised Voices: 24 Hours to Satisfy Your Choral Fixation

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Join us all day today (Jan 30) for an encore presentation of Raised Voices:  24 hours of today's wild and ravishingly beautiful music for vocal and choral ensemble.

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On-Demand Video: Q2 Music's 'Become Ocean' Listening Party with John Luther Adams

Friday, September 26, 2014

Watch Q2 Music's exclusive conversation and listening party with the Pulitzer Prize winner, hosted by Helga Davis.


Finn-to-Finn: 24-Hour Marathons of Einojuhani Rautavaara and Kaija Saariaho

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

All day today, we celebrate the upcoming birthday of influential Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho with a 24-hour survey of her music, hosted by Phil Kline.

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'Become Ocean' Listening Party with John Luther Adams

Friday, September 12, 2014

8:00 PM

Fri, Sept. 12 | Experience the Pulitzer Prize winner's expansive work in this exclusive event, featuring engulfing surround-sound, just as the composer meant for it to be heard. 

On-Demand Video: Become Ocean Listening Party with J.L. Adams

Monday, September 08, 2014

Watch the archived webcast from The Greene Space, of John Luther Adams's Pulitzer Prize-winning Become Ocean in engulfing 5.1 surround sound.


Listen: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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On-Demand Video: Q2 Music Presents Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kronos Quartet, one of the most renowned and influential new-music groups of our time, celebrated its 40th anniversary with an exclusive evening of music and conversation in The Greene Space on March 24.