Jeff Spurgeon


Jeff Spurgeon appears in the following:

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

Thursday, March 10, 2016

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

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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Throwback Thursday: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Thursday, November 19, 2015

It was on this day and this date 152 years ago, on a Thursday, November 19th, in the year 1863, that Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.


Throwback Thursday: Stokowski's Orchestral Toccata in D-Minor by Bach

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Seventy-five years ago this week, Walt Disney premiered "Fantasia" featuring Leopold Stokowski is the conductor portrayed in the film, conducting Bach’s Toccata in D-Minor.

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Throwback Thursday: Monopoly's Origins

Thursday, November 05, 2015

It was on this date in 1935 that board-game maker Parker Bros. began marketing the game they called “Monopoly.” Jeff Spurgeon looks back on the game's history.

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Throwback Thursday: The Internet's Birth

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

In life, it's important to look ahead. But once in a while, a glance in the rear-view mirror is a good idea. Today's throwback: the Internet's birth. 
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Friederich Nietzsche: A Classical Perspective

Thursday, October 15, 2015

On this date in the year 1844, in a small town near Leipzig, Germany, the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born. The rest is (music) history.
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Throwback Thursday: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Cats' Opens on Broadway

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Love it or hate it, Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'CATS' set all kinds of musical theater records. Jeff Spurgeon looks at its phenomenal run.

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Throwback Thursday: Walt Disney World Opens

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Walt Disney World opened on this date in 1971. Jeff Spurgeon considers its place in popular culture, including its influence on classical music.

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Throwback Thursday: The Last Home Game Played by the Brooklyn Dodgers

Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 24, 1957: A date that will forever live in baseball infamy.

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Throwback Thursday: Music for the IND Subway Line

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Eighty-three years ago, on September 10, 1932, the IND subway line began servicing commuters along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan


In-Studio: Alina Ibragimova Performs Bach and Ysaÿe

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova in recent years has developed a following in Europe, especially in the U.K., where she studied and came of age. Here's why.


Left-Handedness Leaves its Fingerprints All Over Classical Music

Thursday, August 13, 2015

In honor of Left Handers Day, host Jeff Spurgeon considers one violinist who had to switch hit out of necessity – and who thrived doing so.
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Berlin Philharmonic Names Kirill Petrenko as Chief Conductor

Monday, June 22, 2015

The 43-year old Russian maestro Kirill Petrenko will succeed Simon Rattle as chief conductor and music director when Rattle steps down in 2018. 
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Love and Death, Wagner-Style: 'Tristan und Isolde' at 150

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" premiered 150 years ago Wednesday in Munich. Listen to this (highly condensed) synopsis of the opera.
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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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For Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winterreise Conjures Politics, Sex and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tenor Ian Bostridge has fused his backgrounds in academia and art song with a new book on Schubert’s Winterreise.
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