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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  • 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

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Caption: Vintage postcard showing the entrance to the Sands Hotel. The marquee announces Frank Sinatra and Joey Bishop as the current entertainment., Credit: Curt Teich Postcard Archives
Author James Kaplan discusses how Frank Sinatra made Las Vegas what it is today.

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2015
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From: WQXR
Series: Sinatra 100
Caption: Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald on The Frank Sinatra Show - Airdate: May 9, 1958, Credit: ABC Photo Archives/Getty
Author Adam Gopnik explores the musical talents of Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong, Julie London and of course Frank Sina...

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Caption: Frank Sinatra;Tony Bennett at 'Frank Sinatra and Friends' - air date: April 21, 1977, Credit:  ABC Photo Archives/Getty
Tony Bennett first met Frank Sinatra in 1942, at Sinatra's famous Paramount Theater gig. Bennett and author James Kaplan bring us back to 1501 Broa...

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Caption: Entertainers Deana Martin, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra perform on a Christmas special TV show in December 1967., Credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Stinger/Getty
Tom Dreesen and Will Friedwald explore Sinatra’s family, friends, and personal life.

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Caption: Frank Sinatra 1960, Credit: GAB Archive/Getty
Author Tom Santopietro explores Sinatra the superstar – a tender tough guy with super human drive.

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2015
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From: WQXR
Series: Sinatra 100
Caption: 1975: American singer and actor Frank Sinatra in concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, Credit: Joe Bangay/Getty
Author Adam Gopnik examines the contradictions in Sinatra, his musical choices at the end of his career and the enduring status of his life work.

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2015
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Caption: American singer and actor Frank Sinatra laughs during a performance with musician and bandleader Tommy Dorsey 1941, Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty
According to critic Will Friedwald, it was on the bandstand that Frank Sinatra was most comfortable.

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2015
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Caption: Singer and actor Frank Sinatra, Hollywood, California, mid 1950s, Credit: Underwood Archives/Getty
Author Tom Santopietro takes us back to the amazing and storied 1950s comeback of Frank Sinatra.

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Caption: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly carried by Frank Sinatra in a publicity still from the film, 'High Society', 1956, Credit: Silver Screen Collection/Getty
Author Will Friedwald discusses Bing Crosby’s influence on Frank Sinatra’s career in music, radio and film.

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2015
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Caption: 25th July 1953: American singer and actor Frank Sinatra performing during a visit to London, Credit: Ronald Startup/Getty
Author Adam Gopnik tells the story of the confidential, refined and emotional side of Sinatra.

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2015
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