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Tune-in alert: WQXR’s “Nixon in China” preview

Tonight, January 19, at 7pm, Classical 105.9 FM WQXR will host a special preview of the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of John Adams’s iconic Nixon in China, live from the station’s innovative and intimate performance venue, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.
The event will feature a discussion with Adams and director Peter Sellars about the celebrated opera, moderated by WQXR host Terrance McKnight, as well as performances of key arias by artists featured in the Met’s February 2-19 production.
Tickets for the event are sold out, but listeners everywhere can hear it live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR and, OR tune in to a live video webcast at
The conversation will offer insights into the ways Nixon in China explores human truths beyond the headlines and history books.  The discussion will be complemented with live performances by Met singers of three arias from Nixon in China: James Maddalena, who originated the role of Nixon in 1987, will sing his “News Aria,” which Adams has listed as one of his all-time favorites among his own compositions; Kathleen Kim will sing Madame Mao’s “I Am the Wife of Mao Tse-tung”; while Russell Braun, as the Chinese premier Chou En-lai, will sing “I Am Old and Cannot Live Forever.”
WQXR Presents: Special Preview of John Adams’s Nixon in China
Wednesday, January 19 at 7pm
105.9 FM
New York Public Radio is New York’s premier public radio franchise, comprising WQXR, WNYC-FM, WNYC-AM, and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, as well as,, and www.thegreenespace.orgClassical 105.9 WQXR is New York City’s sole 24-hour classical music station, presenting new and landmark classical recordings as well as live concerts from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and other New York City venues, immersing listeners in the city’s rich musical life.  As America’s most listened-to AM/FM news and talk public radio stations, reaching 1.1 million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City’s cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International, American Public Media, and the British Broadcasting Company.  WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural, and music programming, while WNYCAM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting.  In addition to its audio content, WQXR and WNYC produce content for live, radio, and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station’s street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space.  For more information about New York Public Radio, visit

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