Kicking Beethoven To The Curb

In Fiscal Year 2012 and Fiscal Year 2013, WQXR declared November “Beethoven Awareness Month.” In Fiscal Year 2014, Mozart kicked Beethoven to the curb and WQXR presented a “Month of Mozart.” The Mozart marketing continued the “street-art” aesthetic of the “OBEY-THOVEN” campaign and kicked off with an outdoor teaser campaign that playfully suggested a dethroning of Beethoven, until the Mozart I AM A DEUS art surfaced on street posters, billboards, social media and TV spots on WNET.

WQXR offered up daily Mozart-themed programming. The festival included a child-friendly version of The Magic Flute performed by the Amore Opera at The Greene Space and a screening of the movie Amadeus at Symphony Space preceded by a conversation with WQXR Host Elliott Forrest and F. Murray Abraham. The month-long festival concluded with a live broadcast of the New York Philharmonic playing Mozart’s final three symphonies on November 30.


Playing It Forward


Studies show that participating in a music education program can have a meaningful impact on how well children do in school and on their ability to solve problems as adults. Too many schools have noted their lack of instruments for music programs, and WQXR set out to do something about it.

March 28 through April 7, WQXR held its first-ever musical instrument drive. Held in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Sam Ash music stores and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, the initiative reached out to the community and encouraged people to donate their used instruments. The instruments were then refurbished for distribution to underfunded New York City school music programs. With a strong on-air, social media and community engagement plan, and drop-off locations in all five NYC boroughs, Westchester, Long Island and Northern New Jersey, the goal was to collect 1,000 instruments. During the course of the drive, WQXR collected more than 3,000 instruments. Selected New York City schools received the instruments for their music programs in the fall of 2014.

The WQXR Advisory Group advises WQXR on its growth and development as a public radio station and destination for classical music. It is composed of New York Public Radio trustees as well as other supporters from cultural and philanthropic organizations in New York. Members include:

Martha J. Fleischman*, Chair President
Kennedy Galleries, Inc.

Judith M. Carson*
Arts Educator

Alain Coblence

Alexander Kaplen*
Executive, Time Warner
President of The Kaplen Brothers Fund

Marianne C. Lockwood
Co-Founder, Orchestra of St. Luke’s & DiMenna Center for Classical Music Arts Advisor, The Enoch Foundation

Joanne Banks Matthews*

Christina McInerney
Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Bethany Millard*

Richard A. Pace*
Executive Vice President
Bank of New York Mellon, Retired

Ellen Polaner*

Susan W. Rose

Roberta Schneiderman

Anne Spitzer
Faculty Marymount
Manhattan College

Nicki Newman Tanner*
Oral historian; speaker and writer on women’s philanthropy

Cynthia King Vance*
Advanced Strategies LLC

Grace Lyu Volckhausen
Tiger Baron Foundation

Alan G. Weiler*
Weiler Arnow Management Co., Inc.

Joseph A. Wilson

*New York Public Radio Board of Trustees


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.”


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.


Sharing The Joys Of Classical Music

WQXR shares the joys of classical music with the widest audience it can reach. This year, WQXR was proud to say hello to Westchester. In July 2013, New York Public Radio acquired a Westchester radio station and extended the reach of WQXR in central and northern Westchester. Today, the new WQXW-FM 90.3 (formerly known as WDFH) brings audiences from Sleepy Hollow to Bedford and from Chappaqua to Katonah the same programming heard on WQXR-FM 105.9 in New York City. The acquisition enabled WQXR to expand the audience it serves and to build cultural partnerships in Westchester with organizations like the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. The acquisition was funded in part by a $300,000 grant from the Ford Foundation, as well as by major donors.

On WQXR and

All Ears with Terrance McKnight

An Anonymous 4 Christmas

Around Broadway

Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here

Carnegie Hall Live

The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

A Christmas Carol

Concerts from The Frick Collection

Concerts from the Lucerne Festival

Conducting Business

The McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Month of Mozart

Movies on the Radio

Music Is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration

Musical Gifts: Joshua Bell

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts from Central Park

Old School with David Garland


Q2 Music

Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal

Spring for Music Festival from Carnegie Hall

Strauss Week

Verdi Week

Wagner Week

The Washington Report

Radio Properties

105.9-FM New York

90.3-FM Westchester