James Bennett II

James Bennett II appears in the following:

Hear Me Out: Romaria Choral Music from Brazil (Various)

Friday, July 17, 2020

Fun fact: Heitor Villa-Lobos is NOT the only Brazilian composer!


IN CONVERSATION – With Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Friday, July 17, 2020

This week you can join James Bennett in his conversation with Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

The Classical Crossing, Part Three: Youtubers and Gold Seatbelts

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The 1980s brought us greedy CDs and the 1990s brought us sex appeal. Now we'll see how the 2000s opened the genre to anyone with an iPhone and a basement. 
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The Classical Crossing, Part Two: Hot n' Corny

Thursday, July 09, 2020

As a concept, classical crossover isn't new. The 1980s brought us greedy CDs. Now we'll take a look at how pop executives of the 1990s drove classical music into a sexy abyss. 
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Hear Me Out: Piano Concerto in C Minor (Helen Eugenia Hagan)

Friday, July 03, 2020

Here's to the amazing pieces that have been wiped from history.

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The Classical Crossing, Part One: CDs and Happy Accidents

Thursday, June 25, 2020

As a concept, classical crossover isn't new. But the 1980s and its technological innovation, insatiable corporate hunger, and glitzy commercials set the stage for something different.
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In Conversation – With John Holiday

Friday, June 19, 2020

In January, WQXR’s James Bennett, sat down with opera singer John Holiday to talk about the relationship of black America with opera and much more.

Do I Need to Wear a Ball Gown to Go to the Opera?

Thursday, June 18, 2020

In which we address that decades-old question.
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Hear Me Out: We Shall Not Be Moved

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

(Daniel Bernard Roumain and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, 2017)


IN CONVERSATION – With Inbal Segev, Anna Clyne and Marin Alsop

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Our guests today are the collaborators cellist Inbal Segev, composer Anna Clyne, and conductor Marin Alsop.

On Taking Lip [Service]

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Influential and powerful brands and companies have expressed support of mass demonstrations against anti-black violence. But how far do words go?
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Hear Me Out: Chernobyl (Hildur Guðnadóttir, 2019)

Friday, May 08, 2020

James Bennett II on the soundtrack to Chernobyl by Hildur Guðnadóttir. Just think of it as a very good hot sauce.

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Hear Me Out: Entr'acte (Caroline Shaw, 2017)

Friday, May 01, 2020

Let's take, a long walk.


IN CONVERSATION – With Lucy Dhegrae

Thursday, April 30, 2020

This week IN CONVERSATION is mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae with WQXR's James Bennet to talk about her unique approach to singing, the voice as an instrument, and some of her projects.

Hangin' Out with Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh

Friday, April 24, 2020

New Sounds
Last week, COVID-19 claimed saxophonist Lee Konitz as one of its victims. WQXR's James Bennett, II has this reflection and a listening recommendation. 
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