WQXR

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WQXR 105.9 FM, which streams live at www.wqxr.org, is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, among other venues. WQXR also broadcasts essential destination programs including New York Philharmonic This Week and Young Artists Showcase. For listeners in search of the new, WQXR operates New Sounds, a hand-crafted, genre-free home for the musically curious, with a 24/7 radio station, a slate of podcasts, and live video sessions with  dynamic and emerging artists, all available at newsounds.org. Operavore is WQXR’s opera site featuring news, interviews, and commentaries from the world of opera, as well as a 24/7 all-opera stream. WQXR.org provides essential playlist information and online listening, as well as original content, host blogs, NYC cultural news, and videos.  The station’s free mobile app allows listeners to take WQXR with them wherever they go. As a public radio station, WQXR is supported by the generosity of its members and sponsors, making classical music relevant, accessible and inspiring for listeners in New York City and around the globe.

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Available beginning May 15, 2021! This year Carnegie Hall Live marks its 10th anniversary and we're celebrating with a look back at some of our favorite performances from the last decade! The specially curated 13-part series features recordings of some of classical music's most esteemed artists in an array of styles and repertoire all captured live at New York City's world-famous concert hall. Available at no cost to stations via PRX Subauto delivery, each episode is edited to a 2-hour format and is easy to automate. A complete schedule will be posted to PRX in mid-April.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2021
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To mark the 150th birthday of Claude Debussy, WQXR is offering a five-episode series dedicated to Debussy’s works for piano hosted by David Dubal.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Sep 11, 2012
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The Jonathan Channel’s newest series For The Record explores the making of five seminal Broadway cast albums produced by Thomas Z. Shepard. Shepard hosts the series with fellow record producer and Broadway aficionado Julian Fleisher.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2016
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From New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, Meet the Composer is a Peabody-Award winning five-part radio series that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most engaging, innovative, and beautiful music today. Featuring host Nadia Sirota with composers John Luther Adams (2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music), Caroline Shaw (2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music), Donnacha Dennehy, Marcos Balter, and Andrew Norman.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016
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From New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music, Meet the Composer is a Peabody Award-winning five-part radio series that takes listeners into the minds and creative processes of the composers making some of the most engaging, innovative, and beautiful music today. Season 2 features host Nadia Sirota with Meredith Monk, Kaija Saariaho, Ingram Marshall, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Nico Muhly

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016
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The Jonathan Channel is celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with “Sinatra 100."

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Oct 30, 2015
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  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2019
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The series that asks the question: what makes the Great American Songbook so darned great?

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Feb 01, 2016
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The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt, a new eight-part series, celebrates the essential operatic role and the people who have given it voice. With lively music and commentary, each one-hour episode highlights a different aspect of the soprano’s world, including an examination of different types of soprano voices, illustrated with important sopranos of past and present. Voigt also takes a lighthearted look at selected opera plot themes, including death scenes and mad scenes. The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt is a production of WQXR and is supported in part by The Thompson Family Foundation and the Monteforte Foundation.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2014

Latest Pieces

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A rare performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion comes to you on this episode of Carnegie Hall Live. This encore performance features Canadian co...

  • Added: May 14, 2021
  • Length: 01:58:01
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For more than 125 years, the greatest pianists in the world have performed in Carnegie Hall. On this episode of Carnegie Hall Live, we'll hear some...

  • Added: May 14, 2021
  • Length: 01:58:01
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Episode 1 of Carnegie Hall Live kicks off with music written in America -- Gershwin from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony,...

  • Added: May 14, 2021
  • Length: 01:58:00
Caption: Conductor Roderick Cox, Credit: Greg Helgeson
This live broadcast, originally recorded on December 22, 2019 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ, features up-and-coming c...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2020
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Leonard Bernstein, Credit: Don Hunstein, Courtesy of Sony Music Archives
"Leonard Bernstein's Black America", a one-hour radio documentary, explores the critical history of Bernstein's contributions to American culture a...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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Caption: Ira Glass, Credit: Jesse Michener
Public radio superstar host Ira Glass switches seats and becomes guest on The Naked American Songbook.

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
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Caption: Rachel Bloom, Credit: Imprint PR
Rachel Bloom, star and co-creator of the CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, is also a Disney Princess impersonator, a student of musical comedy, and a fa...

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 59:59
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Caption: Stephin Merritt, Credit: Marcelo Krasilcic
The Naked American Songbook went LIVE with singer-songwriter-producer-genius Stephin Merritt, the force behind at least one indie-cult classic grou...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:58
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Caption: Neil deGrasse Tyson on stage at the Emmy Awards in 2015., Credit: Phil McCarten / Associated Press
Neil deGrasse Tyson joins host Elliott Forrest for an hour-long exploration of Gustav Holst’s 20th-century masterpiece "The Planets" and how it con...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Julian asks "How do you thank someone who has taken you from crayons to perfume?" As usual, the solution here is music.

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:00:00
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