Jeff Spurgeon

WQXR Host

Jeff Spurgeon is the morning host on WQXR.

Jeff joined WQXR in 1997, and during his 30-year career in radio, Jeff has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer and producer. His New York radio career began when he joined Mix 105’s Morning Team in 1989. Jeff also taught and developed a course in broadcast journalism at Townsend Harris High School at Queens College in Flushing.

Outside the station he has been a member of an a cappella quartet with a wide-ranging repertoire, and he continues to sing and play the piano for his own pleasure, though seldom for anyone else. Originally from western Nebraska, Spurgeon now lives in Brooklyn with his wife Judy.

Favorite composers: Bach is first; I find more food for the mind and heart together in his music than in anyone else’s. Beethoven reminds me that I’m alive. Schubert’s and Schumann’s songs contain worlds in small packages. And Sibelius’s symphonies tell me of the vastness, beauty and mystery of nature.

Desert island disk: What a cruel question. Just one? I shall defeat your cruel purpose by choosing just one set — Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. 28 CDs, 200 cantatas, one set. I win.

Shows:

Jeff Spurgeon appears in the following:

The Healing Power of The Messiah in a Post-9/11 World

Friday, December 15, 2017

Listen to a 2001 audio clip featuring morning host Jeff Spurgeon speaking with community leaders of Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul's Chapel.
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Listen: Author Jonathan Keates on the Complex History of Handel's Messiah

Friday, December 15, 2017

The renowned author spoke with morning host Jeff Spurgeon about his new book detailing the genesis, premiere and enduring legacy of Handel's oratorio.
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Watch: Martha Argerich and Rome’s Santa Cecilia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 20, 2017

Watch a special presentation of Carnegie Hall Live featuring the legendary pianist Martha Argerich and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

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Michael Tilson Thomas Leads the San Francisco Symphony in Mahler

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFS present an evening of symphonic Mahler.

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Listen: Jordi Savall's Musical History of Venice

Friday, February 03, 2017

Listen now to the archived WQXR broadcast from Carnegie Hall when Jordi Savall takes us through a musical history of Venice.

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Listen: He Sang/She Sang Podcast on Gounod's 'Romeo and Juliet'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

This week, the He Sang/She Sang team is joined by WQXR morning show host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss Charles Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet."

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Listen: Neil Sedaka's Musical Career Comes Full Circle

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Best known for his pop hits like "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," Neil Sedaka started his musical career as a concert pianist. These days he's returned to the concert hall. 

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'Shuffle Along,' an Unusual Revival Finds Its Way Back to Broadway

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The musical 'Shuffle Along' tells the story behind the making of a 1920s production of the same name. Charles Isherwood discusses the merits show and its 10 Tony nominations.

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'Hamilton' Receives Record 16 Tony Nominations

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Charles Isherwood joins WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss this year's Tony nominations, which honored the musical 'Hamilton' in nearly every category possible. 

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'Waitress' Serves Up a New Recipe for Movie-to-Musical Adaptations

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The new musical, 'Waitress,' starring Tony-winner Jessie Mueller, with a character-driven score by Sara Bareilles opens on Broadway. Charles Isherwood weighs in.

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In 'Mary Page Marlowe' a Role so Big It Requires 6 Actresses

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

New York Times Theater critic Charles Isherwood joins WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon to discuss a new work written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.

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'Exit Strategy': The Final Days of a Failing School

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ike Holter's play 'Exit Strategy' comes to Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theater, following a successful run in Philadelphia. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood weighs in.

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'Bright Star' by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell Shines on Broadway

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Comedian/author Steve Martin and singer/songwriter Edie Brickell have collaborated on a new bluegrass Broadway musical, about a woman coming of age in the South.

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Roman Coppola Is 'Tickled Pink' to Bring Classical Music to New Audiences

Thursday, March 24, 2016

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'Mozart in the Jungle' co-creator Roman Coppola talks to Jeff Spurgeon about where he looks for inspiration in the classical music world.

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Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick Bring 'Disaster!' to Broadway

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The new musical 'Disaster!' crashes onto Broadway, spoofing 70s films such as 'The Posidon Adventure' and 'Earthquake.'

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'Mozart in the Jungle's' Jason Schwartzman on Breaking Down Musical Walls

Thursday, March 10, 2016

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Series creator and cast member Jason Schwartzman shares his discovery of the classical world.

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Hélène Grimaud Dives into Nature with 'Water'

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pianist Hélène Grimaud chats with Jeff Spurgeon about her latest release, which revisits her liquid 2014 performances at the Park Avenue Armory.
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When Beethoven Last Climbed the Billboard Pop Charts

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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Jeff Spurgeon looks at the last time the classical cannon topped the Billboard Hot 100 in honor of Throwback Thursday.

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When Arthur Rubinstein Packed the House at Carnegie

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When Arthur Rubinstein was 74 years old in 1961, played ten recitals at Carnegie Hall. All of them were sold out.

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Plácido Domingo Celebrates 75, Recalls Switching From Tenor to Baritone

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Domingo turns 75 and WQXR's morning host Jeff Spurgeon recalls talking to him about becoming a Baritone for Verdi's Othello.
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