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Yotam Haber On Hunger, Migration and the Baroque Doctrine of the Affections

Monday, April 27, 2015

A new album of chamber music from composer Yotam Haber draws on themes of modernist sculpture, Italian Jewish Chant and the Baroque doctrine of the affections.

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WQXR Features

WQXR's Eine Kleine Trivia Nacht

Monday, April 27, 2015

On Wednesday, May 6, WQXR presents a classical music-themed trivia night at BAM. Take this quiz to determine how well you might do on the quiz hot seat.

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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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WQXR Blog

Arts Groups Offer 'Sensory-Friendly' Performances for People with Autism

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A growing number of performing arts venues offer programs for families affected by autism spectrum disorder. It's helping some orchestras demonstrate their relevance.
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Pipedreams

Toccatas, Again

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The toccata, the original "touch piece," has manifested itself in many different ways, dependent on time and place.

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From the Top

Interlochen, Michigan

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The mighty Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, directed by Dr. Carolyn Watson, performs a world premiere inspired by the story of The Three Musketeers.

Metropolitan Opera

Today: 'Cav/Pag' from the Met Opera

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Join us today at 12:30 pm for a broadcast of opera's favorite twin bill: Pietro Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Ruggero Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci."

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Movies on the Radio

Anglo-Centric Scores From 'Wolf Hall' and 'Far from the Madding Crowd'

Saturday, April 25, 2015

British musical traditions are evoked in two new scores by British composers. Hear both tonight at 9 pm.

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Classics For Kids

Classical Music that Turned into Musical Theater

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tune into Classics for Kids this week to hear about classical pieces that inspired Broadway shows.

Operavore

The Operatic Ibsen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrik Ibsen's high-octane dramas and occasional comedies are the stuff of opera, writes Fred Plotkin. So why aren't there more adaptations?
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WQXR Blog

Valentina Lisitsa to Give Toronto Recitals, a Month After Twitter Uproar

Friday, April 24, 2015

Valentina Lisitsa, the pianist known for her barbed Twitter commentary, has found a way to perform around Toronto after all.
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Q2 Music

Big, Bad, Heavy and Dark: A 24-Hour Marathon

Friday, April 24, 2015

All day today, Q2 Music counters spring buoyancy with 24 hours of the heaviest, most profound music out there. Hosted by Phil Kline.

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WQXR Blog

Whitney Museum to Get Its First Dedicated Performance Space

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feasts for the eye can be found at every turn in the Whitney Museum of American Art's new downtown space. But museum officials want to offer a buffet for the ears too.
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WQXR Blog

San Francisco Symphony Targets Younger Fans with Nightclub Events

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Vegas-style nightclub is the San Francisco Symphony's latest effort to attract a younger audience as it faces dwindling ticket sales.
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World of Opera

Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro' From Turin

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Deep down, as with many of Mozart's comedies, "The Marriage of Figaro" isn't as funny as it first seems, with plenty of telling human foibles all lurking beneath a slapstick veneer.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Tonight: Leila Josefowicz Plays Adams's 'Scheherazade.2'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tonight at 9 pm, tune in for the world premiere broadcast of John Adams’s "Scheherazade.2," performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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WQXR Features

When Shakespeare's Rhythms Hit the Right Notes

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shakespeare is arguably the single most important source of literary inspiration for composers. Listen Thursday and decide for yourself who has succeeded -- and failed.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

The Flavors of Spanish Piano Music

Thursday, April 23, 2015

With elements of guitar, folk songs and dances, the spirit of Spain is rolled into some very flavorful keyboard pieces. Hear why tonight at 8 pm.

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Conducting Business

Michael Kaiser To Ailing Arts Groups: 'Don't Play It Safe'

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"If everyone does Beethoven's Ninth or everyone does "Swan Lake," a) we get very dull, and b) there are many versions of Beethoven's Ninth that you can get online."

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

The Three Vs

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Young Artists Showcase this week gets a musical dose of vitamin V in the form of Vivaldi, Villa-Lobos and Vaughn Williams.

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