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Brian Wise

Brian Wise covers the classical music business for WQXR, including aspects of performance, technology, philanthropy and institutional trends. He produces the Café Concerts series and the podcast/show Conducting Business. He manages the station's homepage and makes sure what you hear on air is what you see online. Follow him on Twitter at @Briancwise.

Brian Wise came to WQXR Radio after having worked for several years as a producer at sister station WNYC, on the program Soundcheck.

Brian has worked as a print journalist and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Travel & Leisure, BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone, The Strad, Time Out New York, Opera News and other publications. At WNYC, he has reported on a various stories for the newsroom and has produced concert broadcasts from Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Brian has worked in various aspects of the music and media industries, including a custom publisher of program books and a dot-com in the early days of the field. He studied musicology and journalism at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, where he received his Master's degree. The son of two scientists in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he enjoys travel, hiking, running and almost any kind of ethnic cuisine.

Brian Wise appears in the following:

Opera World Mourns Germanwings Plane Crash Victims

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The opera world is mourning the loss of Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak, the two singers who were among the 150 victims of Tuesday's Germanwings plane crash.
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Can a Performance Simulator Train Musicians for High-Stress Gigs?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Virtual reality technology is being used to try and help musicians prepare for the cutthroat classical music world.

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Opera Singers Among Victims of Germanwings Plane Crash

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Opera singers Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner were among the 150 people on board the plane that crashed on Tuesday in the French Alps.
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Pierre Boulez at 90: Interviews from the NYPR Archives

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

For Pierre Boulez's 90th birthday, we spotlight his New York Public Radio appearances.
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Met Opera Names 2015 National Council Auditions Winners

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The largest talent contest in American opera, the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions, concluded on Sunday, yielding five winners from nine finalists.
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Met Museum's Marble Statues 'Star' in New Opera

Friday, March 20, 2015

The marble statues in the Met Museum's Vélez Blanco Patio are the stars of a new site-specific "video opera" based on La Celestina.
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Neat vs. Messy: Which is Better For Creativity?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Are messy individuals more innovative? As thoughts turn to spring cleaning, here's how several composers have approached the question of neatness.
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Detecting Music Plagiarism, After the 'Blurred Lines' Case

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Classical music would sound rather different today if composers from Palestrina to Bach, Stravinsky to John Williams didn't borrow or steal melodies.

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Video Webcast: Five Musicians Receive Avery Fisher Career Grants

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Each of the five recipients received their awards in an event on Wednesday night in The Greene Space. Watch the archived webcast here.
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Embattled Seoul Philharmonic Cancels U.S. Tour After Police Raid Offices

Monday, March 16, 2015

Days after police raided the offices of the Seoul Philharmonic, the Korean orchestra said Friday that it is cancelling its U.S. tour, which was scheduled for April.
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Ethan Hawke: Live Concerts Are the Savior for Classical Music

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ethan Hawke, the actor recently nominated for an Oscar for "Boyhood," is back in movie theaters, but this time he's behind the camera.
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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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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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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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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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Youth Symphony Accused of Censorship After Canceling Piece With Nazi Song

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony’s decision to drop a newly commissioned piece days before its Carnegie Hall premiere has drawn accusations of censorship.
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What Do Orchestras Really Need in a Music Director?

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Factors to consider include taste in repertoire, age, nationality, race, gender, fundraising skills -- and of course, musicianship.

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Avery Fisher Hall to Be Renamed David Geffen Hall

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Entertainment mogul David Geffen will donate $100 million toward the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall, transforming the 1962 building into David Geffen Hall.
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Final Bows for Frank Music, Midtown Sheet Music Retailer

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The cause is all too familiar: a world transformed by the growth of online retail and the slow decline of brick-and-mortar music sales.
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Simon Rattle to Take Over at London Symphony Orchestra in 2017

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The London Symphony Orchestra has named Simon Rattle as its next music director. But will London build a new concert hall at his request?
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