Café Concerts

Watch videos of preeminent classical artists recorded live in the WQXR café.

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In-Studio: Kirill Gerstein Plays Liszt's Transcendental Etude No. 12

Friday, March 13, 2015

For most pianists, the day after a major recital typically means rest, relaxation or perhaps, a plane flight. For Kirill Gerstein, it meant Liszt. Watch and learn.

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The Jake Schepps Quintet's Classical Hoedown

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Classical musicians have been mixing it up with fiddlers, banjo players and mandolin pluckers in growing numbers. The latest to explore this hybrid is the Jake Schepps Quintet.

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Café Concert: The Demenga Brothers and Luka Juhart

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The Swiss cellists Thomas and Patrick Demenga join forces with accordionist Luka Juhart to play Bach at WQXR. Watch their Café Concert.


Watch: American Boychoir Presents Songs of the Season

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The American Boychoir, fresh off an appearance at the Toronto Film Festival, comes to WQXR to perform some festive holiday music. Watch the videos.

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Café Concert: Mivos Quartet

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

When a new-music ensemble plays Bach, a centuries-old composer suddenly sounds rather modern. Watch the Mivos Quartet's performance at WQXR to find out why.


Café Concert: Dublin Guitar Quartet

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Performing at WQXR, the Dublin Guitar Quartet presents its lush, textured arrangements of pieces by Philip Glass. Watch the videos.


Café Concert: Pablo Villegas

Friday, October 10, 2014

Pablo Villegas has made his home in New York City for a decade, but his performances have a strong sense of his roots in La Rioja, Spain. Hear why in this Café Concert.

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Café Concert: Zuill Bailey

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Zuill Bailey performs the music of Bach in the WQXR Cafe, and talks about his wide-ranging career that included a stint as a (fictional) murderer on the TV series "Oz."


Café Concert: Time for Three

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Within the last month, the string trio Time for Three has had the unusual distinction of being covered by the Today Show, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Strad and yes, WQXR. Here's why.

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Café Concert: Anne Akiko Meyers

Friday, March 21, 2014

Anne Akiko Meyers plays a centuries-old Guarneri del Gesu violin once used by Itzhak Perlman, Henri Vieuxtemps and Yehudi Menuhin, but it doesn’t reveal its beauty easily.

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Café Concert: Jenny Lin

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The pianist Jenny Lin comes to the WQXR Cafe to show two sides of her personality, with Stravinsky's Firebird Suite and Gershwin's Embraceable You.

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Café Concert: Alisa Weilerstein

Monday, January 27, 2014

Alisa Weilerstein brings a Bach Gigue and Golijov's Omaramor to the WQXR Cafe, and talks about Dvorak, Venezuela and married life.

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Café Concert: Avi Avital

Sunday, January 19, 2014

When Avi Avital arrived on the scene, he set out to dispel the mandolin’s somewhat dowdy reputation, playing cross-cultural works from Klezmer to Balkan music. Watch him play two folk-influenced works in the WQXR Cafe.

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Café Concert: Calmus Ensemble

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Calmus Ensemble has sung not only Bach and Debussy but Irish airs and folk songs, jazz tunes and pop hits by Michael Jackson. In the WQXR Café the ensemble goes Christmas.

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Café Concert: Pacifica Quartet & Anthony McGill

Monday, November 25, 2013

The Pacifica Quartet is joined by Anthony McGill, the principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to give a performance of the second movement of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Susanna Philips

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The soprano Susanna Phillips brought to the WQXR Café a set of Mozart songs that have their roots in salon music, meant to be sung by amateurs in living rooms and at social events.

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Café Concert: Jason Vieaux and Julien Labro

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Accordion and classical guitar: it’s an unusual combination but it seems to work for the guitarist Jason Vieaux and the accordionist and bandoneón player Julien Labro.

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Café Concert: Béla Fleck

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When Béla Fleck came to the WQXR Café, curious staff members began asking about his repertoire. Would he be playing Scarlatti or Scruggs? A Bach invention or a bluegrass breakdown?

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Café Concert: Imani Winds

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Imani Winds was a novelty when it first arrived on the scene in 1997, a wind quintet that veered away from the customary European classical fare. Now they've reached a turning point.

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Café Concert: Conrad Tao

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Conrad Tao runs his own music festival, has a major-label debut and is working towards a double degree from Columbia and Juilliard. The overachieving pianist and composer turns 19 this week. See him play at WQXR.

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