In November 2014, WQXR held a month-long festival called Bachstock: 30 Days of Peace and Music, which featured “My Daily Bach,” hosted by Jeff Spurgeon; an all-Bach stream; “BACH,” from the WQXR app, with over 50 tracks of exclusive Bach performances available for download; and live performances, including an 18-hour “Bach Organ Marathon” at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City. There were more than 18,000 streams of the marathon the day it was held and the day after on The festival included two events in The Greene Space: a live taping of On Being with Krista Tippet exploring the cosmology of Bach through performance, and “Baby Got Bach,” a hands-on interactive Bach concert for kids.


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In the spring of 2014, 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. Thanks to strong on-air, social media and community engagement, listeners in the five NYC boroughs, Westchester, Long Island and Northern New Jersey helped WQXR surpass its goal of collecting 1,000 instruments by donating more than 3,000 instruments. Throughout Fiscal Year 2015, the instruments were refurbished and distributed to the music programs of selected New York City schools, offering much-needed classroom enrichment programs. Instruments went to 92 schools, five community organizations and 61 nonprofit groups. Over time, the instruments placed in these programs will benefit more than 50,000 New York City public school students. The drive concluded with a concert by the Bacon Brothers. Michael and Kevin Bacon performed with music students from the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) in The Greene Space.

On WQXR and

Around Broadway

Carnegie Hall Live

A Christmas Carol

Concerts from The Frick Collection

Concerts from the Lucerne Festival

Conducting Business

The McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Movies on the Radio

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts from Central Park

Old School with David Garland


Q2 Music

Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal

The WQXR Classical Countdown

The WQXR Holiday Channel

WQXR at the Proms

Your Morning Bach with Jeff Spurgeon

Radio Properties

105.9-FM New York

90.3-FM Westchester

WQXR Presents in The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space

The Greene Space provides the WQXR community with a wonderful performance space in which to experience great classical music. This year, WQXR presented 24 live events in The Greene Space, featuring performances by – and conversations with – a variety of emerging and established artists. Superstar violinist Joshua Bell and international pianist Lang Lang returned to The Greene Space for sold-out performances. The Berliner Philharmoniker previewed its six-concert NYC residency at Carnegie Hall. Other prominent events featured guitar player Miloš Karadaglić; the Seattle Symphony Orchestra performing new work from John Luther Adams; Richard Tucker Music Foundation singers (Michael Fabiano, Jennifer Johnson Cano, and Brandon Cedel); James Galway (a 75th birthday celebration); David Dubal (exploring “The Piano in Spain”); mandolinist Avi Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra; and a spring preview from the Metropolitan Opera with performances from Susan Graham (The Merry Widow), Albina Shagimuratova (Lucia di Lammermoor), Oksana Dyka (Aida), Piotr Beczala (Un Ballo in Maschera), Dmitry Belosselskiy (Ernani), and George Gagnidze (Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci). Nurturing the next generation’s love for classical music, The Greene Space also hosted WQXR events featuring young performers from the NYC Department of Education Summer Arts Institute, two New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts and “Baby Got Bach.”

WQXR’s Artist-in-Residence

In September 2014, WQXR named operatic soprano and Grammy Award winner Deborah Voigt as the inaugural Susan W. Rose Artist-in-Residence. This is an annual position awarded to a prominent classical artist who will collaborate with WQXR to produce on-air programming and live events in The Greene Space. In October 2014, “The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt,” an eight-part weekly exploration of what it means to be a soprano, aired on WQXR. A second season of “The Sopranos with Debbie Voigt” debuted in January 2015. We also hosted an exclusive event with Voigt in The Greene Space celebrating the launch of her biography. In addition, she performed at the NYPR Gala in November 2014.

WQXR’s Digital Releases

In Fiscal Year 2015, WQXR released great digital content via the WQXR app, including a “Beethoven Piano Sonata Digital Box Set” (all 32 piano sonatas), made up of the best recordings from the two WQXR-hosted piano sonata marathons. Also released were a number of pieces recorded as part of the “Carnegie Hall Live” series, as well as other Greene Space performances, totaling over 200 pieces of music.

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
Kennedy Galleries, Inc.

Susan Braddock

Judith M. Carson*
Arts Educator

Alain Coblence
Coblence & Associates

Paul Guenther
Retired President, PaineWebber
Chairman Emeritus, New York Philharmonic

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

Robert M. Kornreich
Senior Partner
Wolf Popper, LLP

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

Lawrence Maisel
Chief Legal Officer

Joanne Banks Matthews*

Christina McInerney
Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Bethany Millard*

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

Graham Parker
General Manager of WQXR and Vice President of New York Public Radio

Ellen Polaner*

Susan W. Rose

Roberta Schneiderman

Lauren Seikaly*
Actress and Producer

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

Cynthia King Vance*
Adjunct Professor, Hunter College

Grace Lyu Volckhausen
Tiger Baron Foundation

Laura R. Walker*
President and CEO

New York Public Radio

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

Mary White, MD*
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Joseph A. Wilson

*New York Public Radio Board of Trustees