WQXR Presents “New York in Concert”
A new weekly broadcast featuring New York City concert recordings from the WQXR Archives, including performances by Simone Dinnerstein, Yuja Wang, and The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Launches Today at 9pm on WQXR 105.9 FM
(NEW YORK – April 9, 2020) — Concert halls around the world have shut their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but WQXR — New York City’s sole classical music station — is keeping the flame of live music burning with “New York in Concert,” a new weekly broadcast featuring concerts recorded live at New York City and regional performance venues.
“New York in Concert” kicks off tonight with a performance by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Xian Zhang and featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Strauss, and Haydn. The series will continue with performances recorded at venues including New York Philharmonic, 92 Street Y, the Naumburg Bandshell, and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, among others. Each broadcast will include interviews with the selected recording’s musicians about the performance. Listeners will also hear about the challenges that classical musicians face in this unprecedented moment.
“New York in Concert” airs every Thursday at 9pm on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and online at WQXR.org.
“New York in Concert” is a tribute to the vibrant classical music community of New York City and our region,” said Matt Abramovitz, Vice President of Programming, WQXR. “From the largest concert halls to some of the city’s wonderfully intimate performance spaces, the series includes some of our favorite recordings from our archives. We’re delighted to be able to bring our listeners together to share in this music on air and online, while we stay safely apart.”
The schedule is as follows:
April 9: The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Concert highlights from 2016, when conductor Xian Zhang was announced as Music Director. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Marche Slave, the Suite from Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 102. With interviews from Music Director Xian Zhang, President and CEO Gabriel van Aalst, Principal Oboist Robert Ingliss, and Principal Flutist Bart Feller.
April 16: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and the ensemble Baroklyn
Performing works by J.S. Bach, recorded at the Miller Theatre without an audience. This program also includes highlights from Dinnerstein’s concert with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, recorded by WQXR at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park in 2017.
April 23: Music from the 92nd St. Y
Performances from two concerts: Bach sonatas performed by violinist Pamela Frank, and a program of Chopin, Beethoven and Prokofiev by pianist Garrick Ohlsson, recorded without an audience.
April 30: New York Philharmonic highlights
Performance featuring pianist Yuja Wang and conductor Jaap van Zweden in his New York Philharmonic debut. This program will include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
New York in Concert runs through June; additional programming notes to be announced at a later date.
WQXR is New York City’s only all-classical music station, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life on-air at 105.9FM, online at WQXR.org and in the real world via live events and broadcasts. WQXR presents new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic, and broadcasts essential destination programs including New York Philharmonic This Week and Young Artists Showcase. WQXR is also the co-producer—along with the Metropolitan Opera—of the critically-acclaimed podcast Aria Code, hailed by The New Yorker as “illuminating …accessible…immediately pleasurable.” As a public radio station, WQXR is supported through the generosity of its members, donors and sponsors, making classical music relevant, accessible and inspiring for all.