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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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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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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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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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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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WQXR Features

Earth Day: How Mother Nature Inspired Four Major Composers

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wednesday marked Earth Day, and WQXR featured a number of pieces throughout the day inspired by nature and environmental awareness.

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WQXR Blog

Video: Pianist Yundi Li and Taylor Swift Star in Chinese Car Commercial

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The phenomenon of American celebrities starring in commercials overseas is nothing new, but chances are, few have involved classical pianists.
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New York Now

Listen: World Premiere of Edward T. Cone's Symphony

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Last summer, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presented the premiere of Edward T. Cone's Symphony at Princeton University as part of a project celebrating local composers.

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WQXR Features

Video Webcast: The Piano in Spain with David Dubal

Monday, April 20, 2015

Watch the archived video: David Dubal traces the history of piano music in Spain with a host of distinguished young pianists.

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WQXR Blog

Julia Wolfe's 'Anthracite Fields' Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 20, 2015

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields, a multimedia oratorio about the plight of Pennsylvania coal miners, has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music.
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Operavore

How the Stars Align Around Planet Opera

Monday, April 20, 2015

A recent, bittersweet birthday party of an important European singer leads Fred Plotkin to consider the ways in which opera stars create extended circles of friends.
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WQXR Blog

Hilary Hahn Takes Aim at 'Graphic Coughing' by Minnesota Audience

Monday, April 20, 2015

This week, WQXR is featuring Hilary Hahn's new album of concertos by Mozart and Vieuxtemps, but on social media, the violinist has been making waves for another reason.
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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Martin Scherzinger's Alternative Calculus in 'African Math'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Composer Martin Scherzinger's new record is an enlightened take on the traditional music of Africa – mostly because his music recognizes that it is not African music. Listen all week.

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Soundcheck

Celebrating 50 Years Of Musical Incompetence

Monday, April 20, 2015

As PDQ Bach celebrates his 50th anniversary, creator and composer Peter Schickele talks about how to make serious music funny, and how to take funny music seriously.

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Exploring Music

Voices from the East

Monday, April 20, 2015

This week, host Bill McGlaughlin explores the music of composers who struggled for artistic freedom on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

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Chamber Music Society

Celebration

Monday, April 20, 2015

Every week you get an hour of chamber music from Lincoln Center. This week features pianist Menahem Pressler and the Emerson String Quartet performing the Piano Quintet in A by Dvorak.

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Albums of the Week

Channeling the Spirit of Shakespeare in Songs and Overtures

Sunday, April 19, 2015

We're celebrating William Shakespeare's 451st birthday, observed this Thursday, with featured albums spanning Elizabethan lute songs and a selection of light comedy overtures.

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Pipedreams

Americans Abroad

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Though relatively few in number, some significant instruments by organ builders from the U. S. have found themselves as musical ambassadors in foreign settings.

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