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Did North Korea Execute Four Orchestra Musicians?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered the execution of four members of Pyongyang's Unhasu Orchestra last month.
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WQXR Blog

Ravel's 'Gaspard De La Nuit': The Most Difficult Piano Piece Ever?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday at 10:30 am, tune in for a recording of "Ondine" from "Gaspard de la Nuit," and take our poll.
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The Takeaway

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Plays Free Concert to Lift City's Spirits

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The musicians wanted to give back to the city they love, so they played an impromptu concert on the lawn outside their home base at the Joseph Myerhoff Hall in downtown Baltimore.

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WQXR Blog

Iconic Portrait of J.S. Bach Returns to Germany

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A portrait of Bach considered one of the most important paintings in the classical music world is being returned to his home city after a 250-year odyssey.
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Carnegie Hall Live

On-Demand Audio: Gardiner Conducts Monteverdi's Vespers

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Listen to the archived broadcast of John Eliot Gardiner leading the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir in Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers. 

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Reflections from the Keyboard

The Spanish Spirit

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This week, host David Dubal explores the Spanish spirit with pianists sharing a deep love for the Iberian Peninsula.

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World of Opera

Nicolai's 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' From Belgium

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Using the same story that later inspired Verdi's "Falstaff," Nicolai's colorful score combines the sparkle of Italian opera with the budding style of German romanticism.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Socialist President, An Empty Stadium, and Buddhism in Crisis

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Takeaway explores Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid, the latest game played by the Baltimore Orioles, and Buddhist faith in Nepal.

Q2 Music

Get Involved: John Luther Adams's 'Soundwalk 9:09' Opens the Met Breuer

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The sounds you record could make their way into a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams.

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WQXR Blog

After Turmoil, Baltimore Symphony Plays Free Outdoor Concert

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Members of the Baltimore Symphony gave a free concert Wednesday for a city that 36 hours earlier had been rocked by violent protests.
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WQXR Features

Beethoven Piano Sonata Marathon Makes a Comeback

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Join WQXR at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday, May 9 for a 13- hour marathon of Beethoven's cycle of 32 piano sonatas, performed by 20 different pianists.

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WQXR Blog

Met Museum to Expand Concerts to New Breuer Building

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to announce its 2015-16 season Wednesday, one that will include the first performances in the newly acquired Met Breuer building.
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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five a Cappella Versions of Classical Standards

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

From the King's Singers to Bobby McFerrin, here are five impressive a cappella and vocal arrangements of classical standards.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Back to Boca and the Lynn Conservatory

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Boca Raton, Fla., is home to the Tashkent Piano Trio and Lynn Piano Quintet, two chamber groups from Lynn University’s new tuition-free conservatory.

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WQXR Blog

Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter Who Founded Empire Brass, Dies at 63

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rolf Smedvig, the charismatic trumpeter who co-founded the Empire Brass, one of the most successful brass quintets in the past half-century, died on Monday.
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WQXR Blog

New John Cage Website Aims Set the Record Straight on Composer

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"It's not about doing whatever the hell you want," the famously colorful conductor told an audience of supporters and journalists.
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New York Now

Listen: Four World Premieres from Cone Composition Institute

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Four young composers had their works premiered by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra last summer as a part of the inaugural NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute at Princeton.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Ben Folds & yMusic

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The boundary-hopping piano-banger joins forces with the pop-influenced chamber ensemble tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg. 

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Operavore

2015 International Opera Awards, Richard Tucker Award Announced

Monday, April 27, 2015

Classical music's spring awards season is underway, with last week's Pulitzer Prize announcement and now, two sets of accolades from the world of opera.
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Chamber Music Society

Orion String Quartet Plays Korngold and Kirchner

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Orion String Quartet plays Leon Kirchner's Quartet No. 1 and pianist Gary Graffman leads a small group in a Korngold suite.

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