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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13 Pieces

Available beginning April 15, 2022! WQXR is pleased to release a new season of Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts, featuring concert recordings captured live from New York City's world-famous concert hall during the 21-22 season. The 13-part series begins with Carnegie's dramatic Opening Night Gala following the Hall's closure during the COVID-19 pandemic and continues with performances from some of the classical music world’s most esteemed artists. Available via PRX beginning April 15 at no cost to stations, each episode is edited to a 2-hour format and is easy to automate.

  • From: WQXR
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2022
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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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5 Pieces

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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10 Pieces

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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10 Pieces

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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36 Pieces

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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19 Pieces

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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8 Pieces

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

Caption: Julian Fleisher and Martha Plimpton circa 2004, Credit: Doug Budin
Martha Plimpton shares her devotion to Aretha, what it's like singing for Sondheim, and who she thinks should really get credit for the American So...

Bought by KICI Iowa City, KCMJ Community Radio, and WFAE


  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Chris Noth, Credit: Getty/Dimitrios Kambouris
Television star, Chris Noth kicks his shoes off with host Julian Fleisher as they undresses his love for music and the legend that is Sinatra.

Bought by KICI Iowa City and KCMJ Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Nico Muhly, Credit: Matthew Murphy
Nico is a composer with a very specific point of view – a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico works extremely ...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jan 19, 2016
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Credit: Kristinn Ingvarsson/Q2 Music
Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose work conjures entire environments of sound, surrounding the listener in a dark and forbidding l...

Bought by WNMU-FM and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jan 19, 2016
  • Length: 56:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Composer Ingram Marshall, Credit: Timo Andres
Ingram Marshall is often called a California Minimalist, a title which, while not exactly geographically accurate, allies him with a loose cadre of...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jan 19, 2016
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Composer Kaija Saariaho, Credit: Priska Ketterer
Kaija Saariaho's music evokes all sorts of natural sounds, the kinds of complex, white noise-y sounds that we often tune out. She's able to take th...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jan 19, 2016
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Meredith Monk, Credit: Kim Nowacki
Living legend Meredith Monk is a composer, vocalist, dancer,choreographer and filmmaker. While all of these descriptors are technically on point, n...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jan 19, 2016
  • Length: 01:21:28
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Daniel Hope, Credit: Kim Nowacki/WQXR
In the 1930s, thousands of artists, musicians, writers and creative minds began to flee Europe. The rise of fascism forced one of the greatest flig...

Bought by WDPR, KREV-LP, Delmarva Public Media, WFMT Station Account, and WABE


  • Added: Dec 30, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis hosts an hour of holiday jazz favorites by Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter...

Bought by WHRV, KSRQ, Northwest Public Broadcasting, KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., WYPR and more


  • Added: Nov 25, 2015
  • Length: 01:00:44
  • Purchases: 103
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Series: Sinatra 100
Caption: 5th April 1971: American singer and actor Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) holds his Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Academy Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. County Music Center, Los Angeles, Credit: Frank Edwards/Getty
In 1971, Gregory Peck presented the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Frank Sinatra at the 43rd Academy Awards, comedian Tom Dreesen expands upon...

Bought by WDCB


  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 03:06
  • Purchases: 1