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Diving Deep into Music with Festivals
In addition to producing programs such as Carnegie Hall Live that are distributed nationally, WQXR programmed a variety of festivals in Fiscal Year 2014 to provide listeners with a deeper, richer and more contextualized experience of music. To mark the bicentennial of Richard Wagner’s birth, WQXR offered a week of music and commentary focused on his life and works. In October 2013, WQXR celebrated the Verdi bicentennial with a week of music, commentary and full-length operas online. In November 2013, WQXR produced a “Month of Mozart” (see separate story above). In June 2014, WQXR marked Richard Strauss’s 150th birthday with a week of special programming showcasing his major work, a documentary program and special podcasts.

The Best Gift of the Season Is Music
Music remains the best gift of the holiday season. WQXR again programmed its popular Holiday Channel stream and produced nationally syndicated specials such as “A Chanukah Celebration Across the Globe” and “Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell and Friends.”

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Live from The Greene Space
Offering up unique and intimate live experiences, WQXR produced an array of events in The Greene Space in Fiscal Year 2014. Events included performances by Japanese pianist and co-winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition Nobuyuki Tsujii, and the debut performance of the newly anointed 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council audition winners, hosted by Deborah Voigt.