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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: WQXR Presents Avi Avital & the Venice Baroque Orchestra

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mandolinist Avi Avital performs works from his new album "Vivaldi" with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in The Greene Space.

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WQXR Features

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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New York Now

Listen: Strings of Ensemble LPR Premiere David Longstreth and Mica Levi

Friday, March 13, 2015

On March 11, Ensemble LPR gave two premieres, from David Longstreth and Mica Levi, alongside works by Claude Vivier and Iannis Xenakis at Le Poisson Rouge.

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WQXR Features

Video Webcast: Avi Avital Plays Vivaldi in The Greene Space

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tonight at 10 pm, tune in for the radio version of mandolin player Avi Avital performing an evening of Vivaldi and other composers in The Greene Space.

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WQXR Blog

Kirill Gerstein on the Piano Concerto You've Been Hearing All Wrong

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The crashing piano chords that have endeared listeners to the opening of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 are probably not as the composer intended.
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Reflections from the Keyboard

Piano Music Big and Small

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Glorious Decade was a great time for piano building, piano composing and piano playing. It was a time when the piano was a cherished element in domestic life.

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World of Opera

Gounod's Romeo and Juliet From Madrid

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Host Lisa Simeone presents Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" in a production from the Royal Theater in Madrid. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva and tenor Roberto Alagna star in the title roles.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in Christopher Rouse’s "Phantasmata," Bloch’s "Schelomo" featuring cellist Jan Vogler, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1.

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WQXR Blog

Top Five Ticket Resellers for Classical Music Fans

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

It used to be rabid classical fans in desperate need of a ticket had to test their luck with scalpers on the street. Now a bevy of websites offer more secure and certain methods.
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Conducting Business

Sheet Music: In with the Tablet, out with the Page?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Without a shop where one can browse and get advice on sheet music, what online options are there for the classical musician? Two digital converts give their views.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

The MSM Precollege Philharmonic in Concert

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Young Artists Showcase heads uptown for a concert from the students of the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music.

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Operavore

NYC Opera Suitors Seek to Establish Themselves with Star-Filled Gala

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New York City Opera Renaissance held a star-filled gala tribute to the late conductor Julius Rudel at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater Monday night.
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Operavore

Call Waiting: Anna Caterina Antonacci

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Anna Caterina Antonacci has had a thriving career in Europe but remains under the radar in the U.S. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers roles that would help her break through.
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Carnegie Hall Live

On-Demand: András Schiff Plays Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Listen to the on-demand performance recording of pianist András Schiff playing the final sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Warning to Iran, Homework Vs. Playtime, and Ethan Hawke on Artistic Identity

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Takeaway explores a game of international politics playing out on Capitol Hill, a movement to get rid of homework in favor of playtime, and Ethan Hawke drops by.

Operavore

Video: Operatic Dance Piece Filmed Inside Giant Particle Collider

Monday, March 09, 2015

The Large Hadron Collider has played host to a grand conceptual performance that combined opera, dance and physics. Watch the video.
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Operavore

Singers' Union Warns of Potential for Lockout at Chicago Lyric Opera

Monday, March 09, 2015

The union representing singers, dancers and producers at the Lyric Opera of Chicago has warned artists and their agents to prepare for a work stoppage.
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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Benjamin Hochman Reinvigorates a Familiar Theme in 'Variations'

Monday, March 09, 2015

The composers on "Variations," pianist Benjamin Hochman's new disc on the Avie label, are ideally suited to the form of Theme and Variations. Stream the album in full. 

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Exploring Music

Happy Birthday, Samuel Barber

Monday, March 09, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin explores the life and oeuvre of one of America's most gifted composers, Samuel Barber.

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Albums of the Week

New Releases: Nelson Freire, Avi Avital and Philharmonic Soloists

Monday, March 09, 2015

New York Philharmonic string players explore standards; Nelson Freire essays Chopin; and mandolinist Avi Avital plays Vivaldi.

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