James Bennett, II

James Bennett II is a staff writer for WQXR.

James is a noted pineapple enthusiast and native of the original (read: Chesapeake) Bay Area. At the impressionable age of 17, he moved to New York in search of concrete pastures and scooped up a BA in history from Columbia University. Classical music had always been an interest, but it really switched on after he heard Yo-Yo Ma rip “Fear” from Astor Piazzolla’s Four Tango Sensations. It popped up on shuffle, and he listened to it no fewer than 40 times in a row.  He’s also game to talk about jazz, hip-hop, and wave (chill, synth, vapor, or otherwise). James is also fond of funky ales, fall foliage, all things nautical, and harsh winters. Some would say he has a passing interest in the post-romantic situational comedy Friends

James Bennett, II appears in the following:

A World Record for World’s Highest Concert

Friday, January 18, 2019

Pianist Evelina De Lain brought Chopin to the Himalayas.
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Why, Yes, Glass Cellos Are in Fact a Thing

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Artist Gary Word fell in love with fused glass and uses that knowledge to create unique instruments. If you wanted to know what a glass cello sounds like, this is your chance.
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Listen to this Incredible Bass Arrangement of Zigeunerweisen

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bassist Lauren Pierce teamed up with a Texas ensemble to record her arrangement of Saraste’s most famous piece.
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Marisa Tomei Becomes Maria Callas, in New Anthony Roth Costanzo Video

Monday, January 07, 2019

Costanzo’s new music video features him singing more Handel, and Marisa Tomei assuming the role of Maria Callas.
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Jaap's First 100 Days

Monday, January 07, 2019

It’s been 100 days since Jaap van Zweden officially took the helm as New York Philharmonic Music Director. We thought we’d check in to see how he’s doing.
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WQXR's Classical Countdown: What We Learned

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

From the returning champion Beethoven's Ninth to a surprise entry by Gilbert and Sullivan, here's what we learned from this year's Classical Countdown.
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: Joyce DiDonato and the Brentano String Quartet Perform a Personal Song Cycle

Friday, December 21, 2018

The opera singer joined Clemency Burton-Hill in the Greene Space to discuss her craft and share excerpts of a song cycle written just for her.
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: Bridget Kibbey Brings Her Spookiest Bach

Friday, December 21, 2018

At a Halloween party in the Greene Space, harpist Bridget Kibbey put her own spin on Bach’s creepy classic.
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: Seong-Jin Cho Returns

Friday, December 21, 2018

Nearly a year after his first visit to WQXR, pianist Seong-Jin Cho came back to lay down some Chopin.
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That Bass-Baritone Pairing Kendrick Lamar and Rossini Is Not New to the Mashup Game

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Babatunde Akinboboye has a reason why those two go well together.
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19 of Our Favorite Internet Moments in 2018

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Internet often serves up some wonderful treats, and 2018 did not disappoint.
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: Bomsori Kim Bids Farewell to Winter with a Wonderful Ravel

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The violinist joined WQXR for a “Midday Masterpieces” featuring the music of Maurice Ravel.
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: Lawrence Brownlee Previews a Song Cycle

Friday, December 14, 2018

The tenor treated us to an excerpt of a new song cycle shortly before its Carnegie Hall premiere.
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: Basil Twist’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’

Friday, December 14, 2018

For one of this year’s Classical Beer Jams, MacArthur Genius Basil Twist gave attendees a look at how he uses a Berlioz classic in his puppeteering.
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20 Artists We Lost in 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

As the year comes to a close, we're taking some time to remember the legacies of many talents who impacted our musical lives.
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: Apollo’s Fire Brings Vivaldi ‘Madness’

Friday, December 07, 2018

How would you spend the afternoon before your Carnegie Hall debut?
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: This Villa-Lobos Song Means a Lot to Nadine Sierra

Friday, December 07, 2018

During an evening of “Classical Up Close,” Nadine Sierra shared a Villa-Lobos piece that she has loved since her teenage years.
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WQXR Best in Studio 2018: The Percussion Collective Goes ‘Seaborne’

Friday, December 07, 2018

The experimental percussion-centric group performed a multimedia musical experience.
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WQXR’s Best in Studio 2018: Leah Crocetto Sings from the Songbook

Saturday, December 01, 2018

When the soprano dropped by WQXR, she demonstrated how she embraces programmatic freedom by closing with “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”
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