Jeff Spurgeon has been the morning host of WQXR since 2006. He joined WQXR in 1997 and during his 30-year career in radio, Spurgeon has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer and producer. In addition to hosting Around Broadway each Wednesday with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, Spurgeon hosts remote broadcasts in New York City and internationally.
His New York radio career began when he joined Mix 105’s Morning Team in 1989. Spurgeon also taught and developed a course in broadcast journalism at Townsend Harris High School at Queens College in Flushing. Outside the station he has been a member of an a cappella quartet with a wide-ranging repertoire, and he continues to sing and play the piano for his own pleasure, though seldom for anyone else. Originally from western Nebraska, Spurgeon now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Judy.
Ninety years to the day after its world premiere, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, along with the rest of the works on that 1924 concert, are being performed Wednesday at Town Hall.
On January 8, 2014, Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz was named the recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, one of the classical music world's most distinguished honors and one given only every four years.
Brooklyn's Pratt Institute will continue its tradition of blowing steam whistles to usher in the New Year.
It usually happens around Thanksgiving. Some Christmas tune starts running around in my head and just doesn’t let go. Host Jeff Spurgeon tells us why Britten is on his mind.
In an exclusive New York performance, the legendary Canadian Brass, beloved for their virtuosity, versatility and mad-cap showmanship, perform from their all-new CD Christmas Time is Here, featuring classics from some of the most popular animated specials created for the holidays.
Benjamin Zander is known for being many things: a late-blooming conductor, a motivational speaker, an educator and Mahler specialist. What he’s not known for is shyness before a microphone.
Johann Sebastian Bach may have been quite a brawler as a teenager. So writes John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and noted Bach interpreter, in a new book about the German baroque composer.
In an interview with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, Domingo called Otello his favorite Verdi role of all time. Listen and find out why.
Tonight at 9 pm, tune in for a special broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Wagner and his contemporary Verdi.
"Sad songs say so much,” Elton John once sang. But what do they say, and why do they speak to us? In a recent study published in the journal “Frontiers of Psychology” researchers tried to find out. Jeff Spurgeon, the morning host for WQXR, shares his thoughts on this new study and shares some if his own sad music picks with The Takeaway.
When Sir Kenneth Branagh decided to adopt Mozart's opera The Magic Flute for film in 2006, an unlikely setting came to mind: the trenches of World War I.
Tonight at 8 pm, tune in for a special re-broadcast of this one-hour program exploring the differences between this year's big anniversary composers: Verdi and his contemporary Wagner.
The Emerson String Quartet performs in The Greene Space, in their final public New York City appearance with cellist David Finckel. They discuss their legacy and plans for the future. Featuring guest artists Paul Neubauer on viola and Colin Carr on cello. Watch on-demand video now.
During his recent visit to The Greene Space, András Schiff joined WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss and perform the music of J.S. Bach — a composer who has long been central to the Hungarian pianist's artistry.
In this video, Juilliard organ department chairman Paul Jacobs shows us how Bach is played on the pipe organ.
Here in New York, WQXR, the sister station of our co-producer WNYC is launching something they're calling Bach 360°. It's a proper Bach-a-thon — a ten-day Bach marathon festival that explores what Johann Sebastian's music means to modern listeners.
Earlier this week, classical pianist Van Cliburn died at age 78. In a piece written on the day of his death, Soundcheck host John Schaefer described him this way:
"...one classical pianist was a larger-than-life, rock-star figure on at least two continents. He was a pop-music phenomenon, with a debut album that went triple platinum. Everyone knew who he was."
The pianist, who became a household name by winning the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War in 1958. WNYC's classical sister station, WQXR, recorded Van Cliburn's triumphant post-victory concert at Carnegie Hall that year -- we take a listen with WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon.
It was 1958. In the midst of the Cold War, the inaugural Tchaikovsky International Competition took place in Moscow. Amid a climate of fear and mutual suspicion between Americans and Russians, a 23-year-old Texan named Van Cliburn performed a breath-taking rendition of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto.