Café Concerts

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

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Café Concert: Kristin Lee

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Plenty of violinists have evoked the sounds of other instruments. For violinist Kristin Lee, it was the gamelan, the musical ensemble from Indonesia known for its gently chiming percussive sounds, that caught her ear.


Café Concert: Jennifer Choi

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ethel, the New York string quartet known for its use of improvisation and amplification, has just welcomed Jennifer Choi to the group. Watch a video of this dynamic young violinist performing in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: International Contemporary Ensemble

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble arrived in the WQXR Café to present Stravinsky's arrangement of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor. It's a piece that sounds so lush and romantic that it scarcely resembles Bach.

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Café Concert: Music From Copland House

Friday, July 22, 2011

For the last dozen years, Aaron Copland's house has been turned into a center for scholarship and performance, most notably as the headquarters of the chamber group Music From Copland House. Watch them perform in this video.

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Café Concert: Jason Vieaux

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Until this year, the Curtis Institute of Music, the famed conservatory in Philadelphia, did not regard the guitar as an instrument worthy of a place in its curriculum. When the school changed its policy, it hired Jason Vieaux to co-run a guitar department.

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Café Concert: Arnaud Sussmann

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Like the proud owner of a new car out for a first spin, Arnaud Sussmann came to the WQXR Café with a violin that had barely nudged the odometer. Watch him put some quality miles on the instrument in our latest video.

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Café Concert: Brasil Guitar Duo

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brazilian music draws on a rich fusion of influences, including African sounds, jazz and European classical influences. Those sounds come together in the music of the Brasil Guitar Duo, which recently visited the WQXR Café. Watch the video.

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Café Concert: New York Polyphony

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

When radio programmers discuss "urban music" formats, 14th-century Gregorian chant is generally not what immediately springs to mind. Don’t tell that to New York Polyphony, a group that prides itself on a hip, urban vibe. See them perform in two videos.


Café Concert: Philippe Quint

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Philippe Quint stars as a Russian violinist who moves to New York in the new indie film, "Downtown Express." He joins us to share one of the film's musical selections in the WQXR Café. Watch the video here.

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Café Concert: Angela and Jennifer Chun

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Why settle for a violin soloist when you can have a duo? That, at least, is the theory behind the partnership of Angela and Jennifer Chun. The sister duo recently stopped by WQXR to play live. See what happened in this video.

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Café Concert: Inbal Segev

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In the WQXR Café Inbal Segev applied her 1673 Francesco Ruggeri cello to a suite of Celtic folk tunes, bringing out the hypnotic, insistent drone that one normally hears in bagpipe melodies.

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Café Concert: Kate Royal

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In the WQXR Café, the three-months-pregnant Kate Royal performed a selection of songs from her latest CD, and talked about how her busy career is going to change dramatically over the coming months. Watch one of Royal's performances here.

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Café Concert: Jennifer Koh and Anssi Karttunen

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Anssi Karttunen talk about the rich repertoire for violin and cello, including pieces by Ravel, Kodaly, Villa-Lobos, Honegger. See them perform a duo by Erwin Schulhoff in the WQXR café.


Café Concert: Arabella Steinbacher

Monday, April 25, 2011

On a recent spring afternoon in the WQXR cafe, Arabella Steinbacher tore through Ysaye's Obsession. Next, she turned her attention to Kreisler’s brooding yet dramatic Recitative and Scherzo. Then it really got interesting.

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Café Concert: Alisa Weilerstein

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

In the WQXR Café, the effusive 29-year-old Alisa Weilerstein evoked a classical version of Janis Joplin, fearlessly lunging into the grand emotional climaxes of Bach's Third Cello Suite while reducing soft passages to barely a whisper.

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Café Concert: Ray Chen

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ray Chen set himself a certain challenge with the name of his debut album: "Virtuoso." But the 22-year-old Taiwanese-Australian violinist proves his mettle in fiendishly difficult works by Tartini, Wieniawski, Franck and J.S. Bach.

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Café Concert: Matt Haimovitz

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

In the WQXR Café, Haimovitz plays on the same 1710 Matteo Gofriller cello that he took with him to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle and the former punk hangout CBGB.


Café Concert: Miloš

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Plenty of fine guitarists have made their mark on classical music but, let's face it, the instrument hasn't been wholeheartedly embraced by today's younger generation. Miloš Karadaglić, 28, is determined to change that.

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Café Concert: Leila Josefowicz

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Leila Josefowicz is not a violinist who normally gets pigeonholed as a new-music specialist and yet she has devoted a substantial portion of her activities in recent years to championing contemporary works. She shares that passion live in the WQXR Café.

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Café Concert: Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Friday, February 25, 2011

The 23-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs live in the WQXR Cafe, and explains why mental toughness is the key to mastering the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

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