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Michael Shobe

Assistant Program Director, WQXR

Michael Shobe is the assistant program director for New York’s classical music radio station WQXR.

When New York Public Radio acquired WQXR in 2009, Shobe was hired to build the digital music library and database in preparation for the station’s re-launch at 105.9FM. Shobe has handled the operational responsibilities for WQXR, produced the station’s fundraisers and worked on live broadcasts from Carnegie Hall to The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. He's programmed the internet stations devoted to holiday music, Mozart, Beethoven, Great Symphonies, Vintage WQXR, the WNYC/WQXR September 11th Decade of Remembrance: Measuring Time and worked on the launch of Operavore. Most recently, he has worked with Jonathan Schwartz on the launch of The Jonathan Channel, the new home for the American songbook at WNYC.org.

Prior to joining WQXR, Shobe worked in music programming at Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and held positions at L'Oreal and Epic Records. He also currently writes and performs the music for Louis CK's hit comedy "Louie."

Born in San Francisco, Shobe holds degrees in music business & management and music performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston. His work as a musician has taken him across the US, Europe, South America and Japan. He has performed and recorded with Oh Land, Cage the Elephant, SweetPro, Amazing Baby, Wu Li, Dana Leong, the Dymaxion Quartet, Tam Lin, Maxfield Gast and others. Michael lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog and cat.

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When Pavarotti Reigned as the Classical Crossover Duet King

Monday, October 17, 2016

Luciano Pavarotti was the undisputed king of classical crossover. The duets from his Pavarotti and Friends benefit concerts raised money for victims of war and violence in the 1990s.
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Für Elise and Moonlight Sonata Like You've Never Heard Them

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Swedish music producer and remixer Seth Everman is a "classical pianist who listened to hip hop once." He takes making music seriously but keeps whimsy in his re-mixing videos.
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2Cellos Take Classical Crossover Videos to the Next Level

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Croatian duo 2Cellos are the de facto bad boys of classical crossover whose videos have evolved into short-form art films.
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5 Great Videos to Begin Exploring Classical Crossover

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What is this genre called classical crossover? We found five videos that are exploring the idea of classical-meets-pop.
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When Gershwin and Schoenberg Played Tennis Together

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The U.S. Open tennis tournament wraps up this weekend in Queens and that has us thinking about the story of two famous composers who struck up a surprising friendship on the court.

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Listen: Honoring Seiji Ozawa on His 81st Birthday

Thursday, September 01, 2016

WQXR
Ozawa, the longtime Boston Symphony Orchestra music director, was once described as 'calligraphy in motion.' We speak to the BSO's Larry Wolfe on the occasion of Ozawa's 81st birthday.

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9 Classical Music Works Inextricably Linked to the Olympics

Friday, August 05, 2016

WQXR
From pieces written exclusively for the games to others that have become identified with them, here are nine works whose history is tied to the Olympics.
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Listen: Music Jumps from the Console to the Concert Hall

Thursday, July 21, 2016

WQXR
Composer Austin Wintory, who wrote the Grammy-nominated score to the game Journey, is one of a new generation of artists finding success and creative freedom in video games. 

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The Classical Music Influences Inside John Williams' 'Star Wars' Score

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Take a listen to the classical music inspirations behind John Williams' music for the "Star Wars" films.

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Classical Commute: James Murphy

Monday, August 24, 2015

All summer long, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: James Murphy

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Classical Commute: Double Entendre

Sunday, August 16, 2015

All summer long, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: Double Entendre.
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Classical Commute: Washington Square Winds

Sunday, August 09, 2015

All summer long, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: the Washington Square Winds.

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Classical Commute: James Graseck

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: violinist James Graseck.
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Classical Commute: Emily Hopkins

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Today we are profiling a subway musician who makes our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music: Harpist, Emily Hopkins.
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Classical Commute: Helvetica String Trio

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. Today: The Helvetica String Trio.
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Classical Commute: Luellen Abdoo

Monday, July 13, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music.
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Classical Commute: Eganam Segbefia

Monday, July 06, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music.
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The Headliner: Partners from Barbra Streisand

Monday, October 20, 2014

This week, we're taking a look at the new studio album from Barbra Streisand, Partners. 

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Everything Old is New Again with Kat Gang

Monday, October 13, 2014

This week, we're featuring the second release from jazz vocalist Kat Gang, Dream Your Troubles Away. 

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Celebrating Sarah Vaughan: The Divine One Meets Cécile McLorin Salvant

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The annual Jazz In July festival at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan has had an abundance of great programs this year. Bill Charlap is celebrating his 10th anniversary as artistic direc...

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