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WQXR Presents "19 for 19": Artists to Watch in the Upcoming Year

WQXR Presents "19 for 19": Artists to Watch in the Upcoming Year

Contrary to the misguided and musty reputation often bestowed upon classical music, this art form is very much alive — and in the hands of many talented and creative musicians ushering it forward. That’s why WQXR is kicking off 2019 by introducing “19 for 19,” a group of artists we love that includes long-time heroes, established favorites and newcomers set for stardom.

WQXR: Yeethoven - Great Minds Think Alike: Kanye West vs. Beethoven

WQXR: Yeethoven - Great Minds Think Alike: Kanye West vs. Beethoven

After the success of 2016’s Yeethoven composer and arranger Johan and conductor Yuga Cohler have returned for Yeethoven II, a concert focused on the similarities between the artistry of Kanye West and Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides just having a great name — who wouldn’t want to explore the limits of that wondrous portmanteau — the creators of the project see it as a way to explore the ways in which artists at the top of their game can have a deep impact on the culture beyond their musical influence.

WQXR: The Cliburn Winners' First Public Appearance

WQXR: The Cliburn Winners' First Public Appearance

The winners of this year’s edition 선우예권 - Yekwon Sunwoo, Kenneth Broberg and Daniel Hsu come to The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR for their first public appearance as winners. WQXR’s Elliott Forrest hosts this special evening of music and conversation.

WQXR: Ethan Hawke Cameos in Pianist Bruce Levingston's Philip Glass Survey

WQXR: Ethan Hawke Cameos in Pianist Bruce Levingston's Philip Glass Survey

Bruce Levingston, no stranger to the music of Philip Glass, has finally issued an in-depth, two-disc survey of Glass's piano music, and the result is a surprisingly passionate and spontaneous portrait of the composer. Dreaming Awake (Sono Luminus) is a boldly individual approach to the keyboard works of an American master.

WQXR: Bite-Sized Bytes: Ray Lustig Composing in 15 Seconds

WQXR: Bite-Sized Bytes: Ray Lustig Composing in 15 Seconds

What would you do with 15 seconds? For composer Ray Lustig, it's the perfect amount of time to set up a low-stakes creative lab and ongoing audio-visual experiment. He explains below the inspiration behind his 15-second Instagram compositions, dubbed "composagrams," and how they feed his artistic growth.