All About Encores

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Classical concerts have their own rhythm and their own rituals. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, one of them is the encore.

"Encore" comes from the French word meaning “again," and may have originated spontaneously -- perhaps from audiences demanding more at the end of a concert.  

Indeed, it’s always a treat to have an artist play something extra at the end of a concert. But encores weren’t always in this spot. In earlier times they were more like a kind of instant replay – a favorite operatic aria, or a favorite section of the music would be played again for the amusement of the audience, sometimes right in the middle of the concert.


Hilary Hahn's upcoming performances, featuring her winning encore submissions


Newark, NJ
New Jersey Performing Arts Center


Princeton, NJ
McCarter Theater, Princeton University

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Special thanks to the 92nd Street Y, which provided the live recording of Marc-André Hamelin's concert. 


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Associate Producer: Laura Mayer

Managing Editor, WNYC News: Karen Frillmann