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 ofRichard Wagner’s birth, WQXR offered a week of music and commentary focused on his life and works. In October 2013, WQXR celebrated theVerdi bicentennial with a week of music, commentary and full-length operas online. In November 2013, WQXR produceda “Month of Mozart” (see separate story on the following page). In June 2014, WQXR markedRichard Strauss’s 150th birthday with a week of special programming showcasing his major work, a documentary program and special podcasts.
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 CompetitionNobuyuki Tsujii, and the debut performance of the newly anointed 2014Metropolitan Opera National Council audition winners, hosted by Deborah Voigt.